To say that Max Boot is a brilliant genius is an understatement.
Mr. Roberts does a great job with presenting the guerrilla warfare analyses, but any discussion of the role of public opinion makes too slight mention of the leadership role in molding public opinion.
Western publics, especially American, have very short attention spans and leadership must be honestly devoted to the necessity of the cause and its victory in terms of the security and well-being of the citizenry.
When the draft had been terminated, forces became voluntary. Unless there is quick victory, war across the ocean will not gain general approbation unless the public is forthrightly convinced of its necessity for the survival, safety and security of our people.
Remember, George Bush 41 always said the job was not to depose Saddam but to liberate Kuwait and he did do a masterful job of getting Islamic cooperation, and not being coerced by the calls to follow Saddam, on to Baghdad, which superficially was inviting.
Now in hindsight, (apart from the moral issues which are not germane because nations do not fight other nations because the ruler is an evil murdering despot, they are supposed to fight only when vital interests are involved)
Bush 41 maintained the “no-fly zone” and the pressure could have been increased. Saddam could have been advised that chemical warfare against the Kurdish north would result in bombing his facilities in Baghdad and his palaces would have been destroyed. Evidently, no one realized the geopolitics of Sunni dominated Iraq albeit with a Shiite majority population was preferable as a counterweight to Shiite Iran under the Ayatollah after the 1979 Western, more particularly, Carter failure.
So now our current President is not at really philosophically opposed to Islamic Jihad is quite willing to take the drone method of operation because it shields the government from the difficult aspects of interrogation and information gathering. The real strategy should be to prevent either a Sunni or Shiite caliphate to wind up eliminating Western presence and influence in the area.
Of course, the overarching question: Does the West and America have any will to contain Islamism as it’s domination. Christian Europe proceeds apace, and once allies like secular Turkey are Islamic, rivals as Sunni Turkey seeks to become with Egypt -those two powers vying for leadership of the Sunni world to counter Iran’s Shiite world.
American public opinion is betwixt and between, because the government doesn’t have a clue except to install Socialism in America and destroy Republicans and Conservatives -by any and all means.
As matters stand, I wonder who is going to do what is necessary to keep Iran from obtaining (with Russian and North Korean assistance) nuclear capability?
And, all the incredibly ignorant talk of a “peace process” and “two-state solution” with Hamas and Hezbollah (sworn to Israel’s extermination and Fatah) is still a useless appendage of Arafat’s corrupt cronies. They are still preaching the “We will hate and kill the Jews” ideology.
What kind of peace is anybody talking about?
Going back to the Elliot Abrams article in this issue, one has to wonder at the hard to believe ignorance and gullibility at almost every level of American and Western leadership.
Posted by – Bunny Rabbit