Aces High

On Strategypage, I once saw a question from a German as to why there weren't any aces from the allied side in WWII. There was a technical answer to that question. But the best answer was simply:

WHO CARES? A job needed to be done, and it was done.

And this is indeed the essence of our military. They are professionals. They study hard at their discipline, and know how to win wars. They are under civilian control, so all the civilians need to do is say "go fix it", and it will be done. Quelling an insurgency may take longer than expected if the insurgents have some really weird things in their brain, but at the end of the day, just leave it to the professionals, give them the time they need, and let them weave their magic.

Instead of second-guessing the professionals every 5 minutes and saying "oh, had a bit of difficulty in that operation - LET'S SURRENDER", as the Democrats were prone to do, as the only option their little brains could think of, just be patient.

And here is the end result of that patience. 11 provinces have been transferred to Iraqi control. By January next year another 6 should be added to that list. And by mid next year the last remaining one is due to be transferred.

In 20 years, no-one's going to give a damn about the microscopic detail of how the fighting was done. It'll simply be a case of a US-led coalition invaded Iraq and replaced a cruel dictatorship with some semblance of democracy and human rights (as we define it). The number of people killed on any side will not even rate a mention. Iraq's population will be more than whatever it was prior to liberation, and a plethora of opinions will be available to choose from instead of only being allowed to parrot Saddam.

I'm sure even in 20 years time, there will be stacks of very disturbing opinions from the country. Just as there are very disturbing opinions coming from the US today. Obama answering his stooge's "legitimate question" is a good example of that.

By the way, an Obama victory won't be all bad if he actually does what he says he will do - invade Pakistan!

That rat's nest (the tribal areas) needs to be cleared out. Giving the territory to Afghanistan would be a nice touch too. Hey, if it's OK to steal territory from a liberal democracy like Serbia, the US shouldn't have any qualms about giving territory taken from a terrorist state which doesn't control the territory anyway, and giving it to Afghanistan, which isn't a terrorist state.

It's just not the route I would have chosen. No reason to address that problem, which will probably require a lot of troops (unless you nuke the place), when there's better targets available.

Still, because I'm not a hypocritical lying weasel like the Democrats, when a Democratic president brings some semblance of human rights to the good people who live in the Pakistani tribal territories (e.g. women who don't want to be forced to marry some old fart), I won't be bitching and moaning. I'll be applauding the Democrats advancing MY OWN GOAL. And if the French do it instead, or as well as, I'll be applauding them too.

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