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"I have a question regarding the views of Al Qaeda towards Iraq. The president and vice president continue to state the reason behind their belief that Iraq is the central front on the war on terror is because bin Laden has said so. Is it possible that Al Qaeda is attempting to create the impression that Iraq is the central front, when in reality it may be elsewhere? This strategy worked well for the Allies in WWII. We convinced the Germans that the D-Day assault was directed towards Calais instead of Normandy." — Kevin

Col. Hunt: Kevin, yes it is very possible, and it is also very possible that we are using disinformation as well. Motives aside, Iraq just cannot be the central front on the war on terror — that front has to be wherever bin Laden and Zawahiri are. There are elements of Al Qaeda in Iraq, but there are far more illegal militias, former Baathist thugs, insurgents and any number of Iranian and Syrian agents, and we should kill them all. However, Al Qaeda is all over the world and in far greater numbers than are in Iraq.

"Colonel, do you feel that Pakistan is truly our ally? My gut feeling tells me they are, on paper, but not in the sense of "the war on terror." I have always felt that the president of Pakistan knows more than he is telling us. Is there anything we are doing more now with working with their government as far as intel where the two criminals (UBL and Zawahiri) are? Do the tribal leaders have that much influence with the president of Pakistan? Is it just me, or does this guy seem shady? Thanks, and God bless our troops." Darin (Richfield, MN)

Col. Hunt: Darin, you are correct sir; Pakistan is not our friend. We, and they, have allowed bin Laden and others in Al Qaeda to hide for too long inside Pakistan, and it must stop. There is some talk of us doing “secret” things inside Pakistan to get bin Laden…I sure hope it’s true.

"You mention British troops fighting in Afghanistan, but made no mention of the Canadians, who have been at the sharp end pretty effectively as well. Any chance you will?" — Victor (Merrickville, Ontario)

Col. Hunt: Oh, heck yes. The Canadian snipers saved our soldiers’ lives all over Afghanistan. You guys play great hockey and lacrosse, you have some great looking babes, and you have a great military just not large enough.

"Good evening, Colonel. I think your a great man, and I like your perspectives on FOX News and their website. I recently read that you said we have secret missions going on in Pakistan to try to get bin Laden and his right-hand man. Is this the CIA or is it special ops doing the job? Keep up the great work!" Tom (Florida)

Col. Hunt: Tom, it’s a secret … but both are involved, and we all hope they get the bastard this time.

"Col. Hunt, I just want to voice my opinion on Walter Reed. My father was a retired 1st Sgt. who served 22 years in the Army, and my husband is a retired W-4 with over 24 years also in the Army as a helicopter pilot.

The military has always given us great care. My son is alive today because of a military doctor. My dad spent some time at Walter Reed after he retired and received good care while he was there. I do not blame the care the doctors give our military. I do wish our soldiers had better facilities to go to (a lot of the time they are not the best and can be run down); however, in the case of Walter Reed, we do need to remember that it was put on the list of closings.

I'm not sure when this was to happen, but I can understand why a hospital that is going to close is not remodeled. If we have changed our minds on the closing of Walter Reed, then let’s get it remodeled and upgraded. In either case, let’s make sure that we continue to give the best care possible, make whatever changes needed to make our soldiers comfortable and move on." Ricki (River Falls, WI)

Col. Hunt: Ricki, what a great family. You are right, the doctors give great care — it is the out-patient care that is so terrible, with guys waiting months and years to get appointments and money. It’s just awful and needs to be fixed now. So for me, the in-patient care is first rate — it is the out-patient stuff that needs a complete overhaul. The VA is completely broken

"I just want to add to the story on the treatment of the military and veterans and Walter Reed Med Center that my husband served 31 years in the U.S. Navy, and has service-related disabilities. He has been waiting ten years, and his claim is still not resolved."

The VA just runs around in circles, and even though my husband has documentation of injuries that match exactly with the regulation codes for determining disability entitlement, his claim is still in appeal. Ten years of fighting, writing, and waiting — and that is what our returning vets have to look forward to.

There should be a panel made up of the everyday veterans who advises the administration on what is needed and how to fix it. U.S. senators and Congress cannot judge the system, because they get special treatment if they are vets." — Dolly (Ingalls, IN)

Col. Hunt: Dolly, I am so sorry about the treatment your husband is not getting. I wish yours was the only sad story on this subject, but it is not. This nation has let your husband down.

"Dear Colonel, I was curious — what sense does it make for Iran, a Shiite country, to funnel weapons and aid to the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?" — Steve

Col. Hunt: Steve, they are not they are giving stuff to the Shiia death squads to kill the Sunnis. Iran wants to influence, and they are every day that the Shiia lead the government in Iraq and we are letting them. Iraq is now buying everthing from cars to electricity from Iran. It is more than disturbing to think that American soldiers died so Iraq and Iran can be closer.


Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.