November 28, 2006
The Midterm elections have come and gone. The people have voiced their concerns about Iraq with their votes. The question is: Did our government hear them?
The answer is, regrettably, no. Their response has been typical — commissions, meetings, counter-commissions, and more meetings.
Over 25,000 men, women, fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters, have been killed or wounded for a replay of what we did 30 years ago — “peace with honor.”
So, what happens next?
We will be introduced, probably before Christmas, to the Baker-Hamilton Plan, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs “Perfect” Peter Pace Plan, and, of course, the newly-minted powerful Democrat Plan. Count them — that is one, two, three plans! Hell, maybe four plans if the White House produces their plan and, without doubt, they will all be wrong.
Because not one of them will say: fight harder, kill, or arrest Muqtada al-Sadr, disband all militias, bring 100,000 of our soldiers home now, and leave three bases to continue helping and stabilizing Iraq.
Not one plan will say move more of the U.S. government to Iraq, or at least Kuwait, to finish the job of getting Iraq on its feet.
Not one report will admit that parts of Iraq are in the middle of a civil war.
If we do not have the courage to admit what is really going on — that it is a full-blown civil war — then we will not get at the truth of what is happening there.
Over 3,700 civilians were murdered last month in Iraq. Just this past weekend, over 200 Iraq civilians were killed and 350 were wounded in coordinated attacks, resulting in the worst loss of civilian life since we invaded.
Iraq is not going well, to say the least.
Do not expect a good answer when these reports come out. Hell, don't expect a bad answer.
The current crops of political and military leaders are not capable of getting it right.
We are running out of space and time, and the truth is that reports will never get it done. Only action — brave, non-politically correct, drastic, historic action will make the mess that is Iraq better.
Colonel David Hunt has over 29 years of military experience, including extensive operational experience in Special Operations, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Operations. You can read his complete bio here.