With all the political rhetoric floating around about when should the troops be withdrawn from Iraq begs the question, “Have Washington politicians forgotten how to win a war?” Judging from their record of wins versus losses I would say, yes. By contrast they certainly have no problem getting us into a war, but for some reason have a problem completing the mission. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
Over the past half century or so, the US has developed the strongest and most well equipped military that has ever existed. Knowing this we can safely exclude the military or a lack of resources as the reason the US loses wars. In fact history proves building such a capable military has been a colossal waste of taxpayer money. Why? Because politicians will not permit military leaders to use the necessary strength it takes to win a war. On the contrary, they feel the need to impose rules of engagement that require the military to fight with one hand tied behind it’s back. Of course this tactic virtually guarantees more friendly troops will be killed and also explains why the US hasn’t won a war since 1945.
You may have noticed that Congress no longer takes the responsibility for going to war by actually “declaring war” on the enemy. Instead they prefer a more CYA approach commonly known as the “police action.” Why does Congress encourage fighting a war in this manor? Because a police action provides great political cover for politicians. They get to assume the role of observer and avoid responsibility for a war they vote to wage. To officially declare war on the enemy doesn’t permit this luxury. History proves that waging war using the “police action” creates an open ended campaign and the path to victory is harder if not impossible to define.
As the war drags on, the Democrats have wasted little time in their efforts to blame the President. They are seeking to absolve themselves of “their” decision to deploy troops by claiming they were lied too. How convenient and disingenuous considering we now know most of the information that they knew at the time a decision had to be made. You have probably heard this statement so profoundly delivered by Hillary Clinton, “If I knew then what I know now I would have voted against the war.” Think about that for a moment and see if it doesn’t make you scratch your head. If I knew then what I know now I would have picked the correct lottery numbers and would never have to work again.
Another clue that politicians no longer know how to win a war is that they feel the need to get permission from the United Nations before defending the country. The reason for this treachery is that they view it as a way to divert responsibility if things go wrong. You see politicians are selfish creatures and with few exceptions are not willing to risk their power, poll numbers or next election for the sake of something so trivial as a military victory. The good of the country and it’s people fall well below their personal ambitions.
So this brings us back to the question, “When should the troops be withdrawn from Iraq?” This is one of those questions whose answer is so obvious it makes one wonder why it is being tossed about in the first place. The answer is, “The day after the war is won.”
On your quest for wisdom you must understand that there is never a substitute for victory. Cutting and running from one situation usually creates newer and more dangerous ones down the road. Days are growing to a close where this will be an option so perhaps Washington politicians should begin thinking “Total Victory” as a novel new approach to waging war.