by Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
"Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself." Andrew Carnegie
Two days ago the President of the United States made comment during a public appearance that he did not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS - an Islamic State enemy running amok (and they did not pop up over night) now in at least five countries murdering thousands and thousands (men, women, and children) - beheading; torching; heaving from atop buildings; etc., and destroying historical and cultural artifacts.
They are brutal, determined, and threaten the United States.
And this sick ideology is not unlike the one the world, led by the United States, destroyed last century.
What? The President of the United States has no strategy?!
And it's not a joke.
This evening I watched a replay of a two-hour program on the 11 September 2001 - 9/11 - attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
Those attacks were carried out by a likewise ruthless and determined Islamic enemy - murdering several thousand innocents representing 90 countries. Most killed were American.
I knew a Sailor killed in the Pentagon. Poof! Gone. He never knew what hit him. Nor did his wife and two young boys left behind.
Has the President of the United States forgotten what happened nearly 14 years ago?
Have Americans forgotten what happened nearly 14 years ago?
Mr. President, here is your strategy - courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, U. S. Army (Retired)...
"The way you deal with Islamic State, these bloodthirsty, blood-drunken terrorists, is to kill them, keep on killing them, until you kill the last one, then you kill his pet goat. That's how you deal with them."
Simple. Direct. No confusion.
None are delusional that your lack of strategy is the fault of the Defense department.
So use the sensible view of Lieutenant Colonel Peters not only as strategy but, too, as your mission statement, Mr. President.
Deliver it to your military - the most capable and powerful military force in world history. And let them figure out the means for accomplishing the mission.
Rest assured, they will take care of the problem. They are itching to.
And in the unlikely case your generals and admirals do not have a plan(s) to execute, with forces moving within minutes of the order issued, court martial them.
And, by the way, for your lack of attention to duty, to your sworn oath, why you have not been removed from office, forcibly if necessary, is mind-boggling.
America cannot, must not, wait another 18 months without definitively addressing and decidedly destroying the ISIS terror and threat. For that is time enough for disaster. That is time enough for another 9/11, or worse.
As to your legacy, sir, you have nothing to lose. Nothing. Tend to your duties.
I am not angry.
I am pissed. And have every right to be.
And every single American should be pissed, too.
Since President Obama's (personally embarrassing) remarks as to no strategy a few hundred more American advisors/trainers have been sent to Iraq. Pointless!