We Are Losing the War on Terror

The 11th anniversary of 9-11 passed this month. It was further bittered by another attack on Americans. I did not blog about 9-11 because I am very torn with regards to it.

Essentially, 10 years later I am more sorrowful. Not as much as I was 11 years ago when 9-11 transpired just an hour or so from my home. But I will say that I am far more discouraged at the 11th anniversary than I was at the 1st anniversary.

This recent article is part of why. The article details the growing influence that Iran has in Iraq. And from a quick read you can gather fairly easily that Iraq is likely to become another Iranian puppet state like Syria and Libya.

All that money, and all those precious lives, expended on the war in Iraq – for what?

We failed to bring real stability, we failed to rebuild a thriving infrastructure like with did in Germany, Japan and Korea. And I believe in part that is due to the fact that we balked on spending $$$ to build and wound up spending even more on a prolonged conflict.

Now we read about our troops in Afghanistan going on needless patrols only to be blown to bits. Gaining no terroritory, accomplishing nothing…

I wager any Vietnam veterans reading these recent accounts of futile patrols in Afghanistan are crying. Because they know how painful it is to lose a friend, but how much more painful it is to lose that friend needlessly and without purpose.

But even if Aghanistan and Iraq are chalked in history as failures. That’s not the true proof that we lost this war. The real proof we lost the war on terror is the TSA.

Everyday thousands of Americans and their children are subjected to invasive searches and seizures. Checkpoints in which bodies are groped, fondled, and handled in ways that’d land a priest in jail. And this is tolerated…along with the trampling of numerous other civil liberties. All in the name of freedom safety. A safety most will affirm is merely theater.

Are we REALLY afraid that a passenger plane will be hijacked and used as a bomb again? I’m not. I know if anyone attempted to hijack an American passenger plane, those Americans on board would rise up and subdue their hijackers; dying if necessary, to keep us safe.

If it ever happens again, it will not be a passenger plane. Rather, it will be a cargo plane such as those used by UPS or FedEx. A plane with nothing but a 2-3 man crew to be overcomed. And even that I believe is unlikely.

Meanwhile, what scares the crap out of me is how easy it would be to sail a 25 ft boat from West Africa or Indonesia into Baltimore, NY, Miami, San Francisco or San Diego harbor and go BOOM!!!

The lack of a nuke or dirty bomb is pretty much the only thing preventing America’s enemies from accomplishing such a strategy. So while we waste billions on security theater in our airports. The real threat and danger lurks. If there is anywhere that needs money, it’s the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol.

The Coast Guard with it’s aging ships is in desperate need of new tools to do their job and keep us safe. I’d argue they’re more important than the U.S. Navy at the moment. A 25 ft sailboat with a dirty bomb is a far greater threat than a surface engagement with another superpower like Russia or China.

Frankly, I would like to see Congress to authorized a new light drone carrier for the Coast Guard so they can run drones up and down the coast line monitoring for suspicious activity or radiological signals. Equip their vessels with anti-submarine warfare equipment. As recent articles have pointed to increased use of such equipment by drug cartels to smuggle contraband into our nation.

These simple actions are “no brainers”, that Congress apparently is unable to contemplate. And why I fear that one day, we may see a tragedy that makes 9-11 pale in comparison unless we wise up.

But so far, it sure looks like we’re losing the “War on Terror”. Yes, we got Saddam. Yes we got Osama bin Laden. But we’re losing Afghanistan, Iraq, and American Liberty.

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I know that some will be offended by my accusation that we are losing the war on terror. Please, do not take that as a desire on my part to do so. But rather calling into question the failed strategies and implementations. And the fact that we are paying an exceedingly high price in liberty to gain a miniscule amount of safety.

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For the lovers of the AK

A film about war in Afghanistan. Chock full of AKs.

Oh, here’s the twist….it’s 1987, and details the Afghanista war from the Soviet Union perspective.  Looks quite interesting and well

done.http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/9thcompany/

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 5:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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iPod latest gadget on the battlefield…

Interesting article on the adoption and use of iPod Touch/iPhone for battlefield use in Iraq/Afghanistan.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/194623

Published in: on April 22, 2009 at 1:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rest In Peace DASY

 

Marcus Luttrell, the lone surviving Navy S.E.A.L. from the vicious battle in Afghanistan back in 2005.  (See the book “Lone Survivor”)He suffered a bullet wound to one leg, shrapnel in both and three cracked vertabrae. During recovery he was given a recovery dog which he named DASY after his squad: Danny, Axe, Southern Boy (Marcus), Yankee.

Three punks out for a joy ride decided to shoot DASY.  Marcus pursued them across three counties at upwards of a 100mph until police were able to detain them.  They are suspected in a slew of dog murders over the past few months. The driver of the vehicle was cited for not having a license.

These three punks had no idea who they picked a fight with. The suspects were talking smack & making threats when they were detained. I wonder if they’ve yet realized that they basically came very close to meeting their makers.  
Read about it…

Listen to the 911 conversation during the high speed chase…
http://www.dat-e-baseonline.com/front/a.asp?arg=8F7D995F927E755F6373757F628B73798C6A716C807B79

 

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My thoughts on the situation…

Glad a bunch of punks are hopefully going to jail.  That said, chasing and engaging bad guys is dangerous.  The question of whether he could have fired in self-defense is rather objective.  The murder of a pet is not likely to stand up in court as justification for shooting another human being (even if the scum deserves to be shot).  

That said, walking out of your house to find three punks with a gun, your dog shot dead, would make many feel their life was threatened. No one would know the intentions of the the scumbags. Did they shoot your dog to silence it and remove it as a threat before entering your home?  They’ve already shown the willingness to shoot and to kill.  IMHO, I think most people would feel endagered and therefore be justified.  

Marcus Lutrell on the otherhand did not take the guys out. Even though all three probably would have been dead before they knew what happened had he chosen to do so. Instead, he called 911 and engaged in a long high speed pursuit across three counties. Until the police could finally interdict the punks.  That said, for most of us, this would have been a poor decision. One man chasing down three punks who are armed is not the best odds. (But hey, I guess when you’ve faced odds of 25-50 to 1 and survived.  Three doesn’t seem so intimidating.)

That said, if we put ourselves in this position, and it was our most precious things in the world – our child – that these punks had shot and killed. I’d wager that most dads would be chasing at 110 mph….

That said, one must understand that there are two paradigms. One is justice. And one is legal.  While they both often meet there are many times that they do not.  Chasing a bad guy is most often a bad choice in the eyes of the legal system.

That said, if I sat on a jury and heard that a bunch of punks shot some daddy’s little girl just for fun. And he chased them down and slew them all.  I’d view the action as justifiable murder, but I don’t think our legal system has that option.   

Most of all. Just be mentally prepared. Make your decisions ahead of time. And know why, and be able to express why you chose a given course of action. And lastly, be willing to suffer the consequences for choosing such action.

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Lastly, Marcus if you ever happen to stumble upon this thread. My sincerest condolences to your loss and my sincerest thank you to for protecting us both abroad and from scum right here at home.