Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

No Exit Strategy Because It is Kill or be Killed

The Wall Street Journal editorial on 1/10/2007 entitled, “No Exit in Somalia” stated,

The strikes in Somalia are also a reminder that in the war on terror there is no "exit strategy" short of victory.

No, that is not exactly correct. There are actually two other options: first the turning tale and running as did Pres. Clinton, Pres. Reagan and Pres. Carter in Mogadishu subsequent to the Black Hawk Down incident, the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, and the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and the kidnapping of our personnel in Tehran respectively; and second the abject failure in Vietnam.

Col. T. Snodgrass ascribes our previous failures to the Limited War Doctrine formulated by the Pres. Kennedy administration. See his article entitled, “Limited War Doctrine: A Fatal Flaw.”

The beauty of history is that it allows us to learn by our mistakes. Pres. Bush seems to have learned the lesson that with Islamo-fascists we can not afford to elect either of the losing options listed above. Whether or not the newly empowered Democratic Party has learned the lessons is doubtful. Pres. George W. Bush is not down and out yet. But, the Democrats, out front is Sen. Edward Kennedy, are pushing to emasculate the President’s Constitutional authority to protect the country with foreign policy application. What else can you expect from a Senator who has made cut and run the cornerstone to his career since at least July 18, 1969 when he abandoned Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in his car on Chappaquiddick Island. Time will tell.

The truth of the matter is that there is no exit strategy applicable when dealing with Islamo-fascism. It is kill or be killed.

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