Friday, November 03, 2006


Almost 7,000 men killed in battle in just under a month.  Almost one third of the 60,000 man army either killed or wounded.  All to capture an area that measured about six miles by two miles.  A prediction of future casualties in Iraq?  No!  A past war?  Yes!   What was the military thinking?  Who made such a disastrous military decision?

“Two defensive zones … offered especially difficult going.  No attempt was made to flank the defenders … —a fact which caused some persons to criticize American generalship as being over-conservative.  The return to base of one Marine division which was later badly needed also offered a basis for censure.”  “For nearly three months the fight continued before the last enemy pockets were eliminated.  Final casualties were put at … over 11,000 American dead with about 32,000 wounded.”1.  What was the military thinking?  Who made such a disastrous military decision?  Was the President voted out of office?

How could America suffer such casualties and not react negatively to such inept military planning.  Almost 7,000 men killed in less that a month in one battle zone!  Over 11,000 men killed in three months of fighting in one battle zone.  For what?  Don’t the leaders know how to lead our nation and prevent such tragedies?  Shouldn’t every last one of them be voted out of office?

“[The] War … ended … barbarism and vanquished totalitarian power that threatened to conquer the globe.  The cost of the war was immense.  Allied military and civilian losses were 44 million; those of the [enemy] 11 million.  The United States lost almost 300,000 people in battle deaths….”  “The U.S. government spent more than $300 billion on the war effort….”2.

Do you recognize the two battles?  Do you recognize the war?  Do you remember your American history?  Did you learn any American history?  (Or, did you spend your time in American history building a replica of an Indian village.  I’m sorry.  I couldn’t help myself.  As a social science major and one time teacher I get upset with what is promoted as the progressive teaching of American history.)   The first battle where almost 7,000 Americans were killed in less than one month was the Battle of Iwo Jima. (“Iwo Jima”, Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2007. [DVD]. Redmond Wa: Microsoft Corporation, 2006.)  The second battle where over 11,000 men were killed was the Battle of Okinawa. (1. “Okinawa”, Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2007. [DVD]. Redmond, Wa: Microsoft Corporation, 2006.)   Two battles that cost about 18,000 American lives to capture two islands in the Pacific.  The war, of course, was World War II. (2. “World War II”, Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2007. [DVD]. Redmond, Wa: Microsoft Corporation, 2006.)   The victorious side lost 44 million people.  The U.S. lost almost 300,000 people.  The vanquished lost 11 million.  It cost more than $300 billion in the 1940’s.  Maybe we should have surrendered because the financial cost and the loss of live were too great!  NOT!!!!!!!

There has not been a war in American history that lasted for more than a few days that has not been criticized and condemned by some people—often large numbers of people.  Everyone with hindsight as their guide seems to think they could have done better.  The problem, of course, is that those who are making the decisions don’t have the benefit of hindsight.  The problem, of course, is that we are fighting an enemy that is also trying to win and be victorious.  

WAR is not a soccer match where the contest has a time limit and after the contest we all shake hands and go home.  The enemy is trying to kill us to the best of their ability.  We are trying to kill them to the best of our ability.  This is WAR not some sports contest.  Wouldn’t it be nice if our side actually realized that we are at WAR?  

We are at WAR and it was not a WAR of our choosing.  Libertine Democrats do you realize this—we are at WAR!  Voters do you realize this—we are at WAR!  Do you really believe that the terrorists will lay down their arms and stop fighting if we leave Iraq?  Do you really believe that???  

We entered World War II after the Japanese attacked us.  We declared war on both Japan and Germany.  Then, lo and behold, we placed the major emphasize of our efforts on defeating Germany and not in defeating Japan.  Was President Roosevelt criticized for declaring war on Germany when they had not attacked us?  Of course he was.  Was President Roosevelt criticized for concentrating on Germany instead of Japan with our war efforts?  Of course he was.  Did critics complain that the financial cost was too great?  Of course they did.  Did critics complain that the loss of life was too great?  Of course they did?  Did critics complain that mistakes were being made and things should have been handled better?  Of course, they did?  Is all of this eerily familiar?

Were the voters in 1944 smart enough to reelect President Roosevelt and his majority in Congress?  Yes!  Are the voters today smart enough to realize that we are at WAR and that withdrawal from Iraq will not end the war on terror?  I pray that we are.  No man knows the immediate future.  However, the terrorists have declared that the United States is the “Great Satan!”  The terrorists have declared that their ultimate goal is to destroy the United States.  

Why would they stop fighting if we pull out of Iraq?  Would not that action embolden them to press on to their goal of our destruction?  What solutions have the libertine Democrats presented other than withdrawal and our stopping the fight in Iraq?  Do you really believe that will end terrorist actions that have occurred at least since 1979?

We were, at one time, a nation who refused to lose.  Have we become so fat, have we become so decadent, have we become so materialistic, have we become so impatient, have we become so blind that we refuse to accept that we are at WAR?  Would we rather appease terrorists who wantonly murder the innocent because fighting for our own freedom and the freedom of others is too costly?  We will get a change to help answer those questions on November 7.  Vote; but vote wisely.  Our very existence, as we know it, may depend on the outcome of this election.

We can fight terrorists today or we can fight terrorists tomorrow.  Theoretically, we might even live in peace.  However, it might well be peace as established by Muslim terrorists because libertine Democrats will have given our nation away.  Be sure of this, the terrorists have declared that THEY WANT US DEAD!!!!!

Hey, of course, it might all be an act.  President Bush may have lied about the fact that terrorists murder innocent civilians.  President Bush may have lied about the fact that terrorists chop off the heads of prisoners.  The terrorists really just want our understanding.  They really believe in the same things that libertine Democrats do.  They just want to join hands and say “can’t we all just be friends.”  Right?      


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