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University A Conservative Harvest: A Boston Tea Party …(100 Years)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Boston Tea Party …(100 Years)

The Iraq war has reached the five year mark since the fall of the Saddam statue. General Petraeus was asked by congressional members this week about when the war will end. Barack Obama has been misrepresenting John McCain’s statement of a military presence in Iraq for the next 100 years. Democrats want to define war as a finite amount of time. Evidently, the end should be whenever America decides it should be.

Most wars throughout the world’s history have ended with the surrender of one side to the other. On a vacation to Hawaii a few years ago, my family and I toured the battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor. We saw the exact spot where Japan surrendered to MacArthur on September 2, 1945 ending World War II. The surrender was brought about by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by President Truman. The end of the war was celebrated by Americans at the time.

Today the American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is criticized by many far left Democrats. An example of this criticism can be seen in Barack Obama’s mentor reverend Wright’s rants from the pulpit. This bombing saved thousands of American soldier’s lives and brought an end to a war that could have gone on for many more years. This week in a similar condemnation Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said this about John McCain, “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”

The left has now reached the point where America is damned if they do and damned if they don’t when it comes to war. America and its soldiers are bad for doing what is necessary militarily to win a war and is bad if a war takes to long. Barack Obama asked general Petraeus when this war would end. The answer is and always should be when America wins. How do we win? We win when the other side surrenders or ceases terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies. How long will it last? The time frame is dependant upon the enemy.

If we left Iraq and only fought in Afghanistan as Democrats recommend would we be able to predict an end to the war against radical Islam? Afghanistan would be come the gathering place for al-Qaeda to fight America. It is highly likely the Democrats would be asking us to leave Afghanistan before victory was accomplished if it lasted five years. The fact is victory only happens when the enemy quits or is forced to quit. Any time frame is irrelevant. If the enemy wants to fight for 5, 10, 25, 50, or 100 years more in Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan or anywhere else in the world we must be willing to challenge them year after year after year until the end of time if that is what it takes. Radical Islam must be defeated both through political and military means and until then as is said about war, time stands still.


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