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Why is there no longer the massive bombing campaign, like we saw at the beginning of the invasion of Afghanistan? Why are we not getting the support of the Pakistanis to go into those areas themselves, or at least allow us to do it? If Ike had these rules of engagement during WWII, we would all be speaking German at this point. — Don

Col. Hunt: We probably cannot do the bombing campaign, but you are very right about the rules of engagement — we are fighting this war with both hands tied behind our backs.


Col., who are the "warriors" wearing stars in our military, and why aren't they in charge? I think the reason we're bogged down in Iraq is because we didn't kill enough of the enemy. When the 3rd Army was catching it in the Ardennes, Roosevelt didn't commission any committees or working groups. We just killed a lot of Germans and moved forward. — Ned

Col. Hunt: We need another Grant, or Marshall, or Puller — they are out there, but our system of promotions does not recognize combat skills. We are having real trouble fighting this war, as I mention in my new book "On The Hunt" (sorry, shameless promotion.)


Isn’t it about time we use a different strategy? With IEDs being detonated by cell phones, why do we even allow cell phone technology in Iraq? Do the Iraqis really need cell phones? When the Iranians broadcast the British sailors and Marines on TV, why do we allow the Iranians the luxury of television? Wouldn’t an adequate countermeasure be to “jam” their transmissions, and stop their manipulation of the media? Why are terrorists allowed access to the Internet? Why don’t we take down all of the Arab websites for a month and let them see how powerful we can be. Let’s use our heads, instead of sacrificing the lives of soldiers and Marines. — Stan

Col. Hunt: We are using jammers, but the bad guys keep using different systems. They are a smart enemy and they keep getting lots of help from Iran and other places. We have done better at getting new stuff in the field, but not as fast as the bad guys can change how they do their things. On far as the Arab websites go, we are not getting enough Intel on them … anyway, they are doing more harm than good. For me this is about security, not free speech.


I am not sure of the details of the capture of the 15 Brits. First, I see a picture of the frigate Cornwall, then of the Iranian gunboats. Why did the frigate commander allow his people to be taken when he had all the firepower? This is not the Navy of Blake, Nelson and Howard! What are the rules of engagement in the area? — Grady

Col. Hunt: The Brits blew this one. The captain of the HMS Cornwall had to ask permission to shot the Iranians and was told no. Also, and I hate to say this because the Royal Marines are a terrific unit, but these sailors and Marines did not act with much or any discipline; it was kind of embarrassing. Talk to the guys held in North Vietnam or North Korea about real torture and discomfort. This is a bad day for Britain and another good day for Iran, which is overall, a very bad scene.


Do you think that a mandatory military draft will be enforced in the future? Thanks also for your ability to "tell it like it is.” It is so refreshing to hear. — Mary Ann

Col. Hunt: I think we need a service draft, in which everyone, no exceptions, no exemptions, everyone from 18-21 serves in some way. We could give them a choice — they can work in places like homeless shelters, women’s shelters, as a cop, as a teacher, and/or, yes, as a soldier. It is because of the totally unfair draft during Vietnam that this issue is not going to be brought up any time in the near future. It would take more political courage than any of us have seen in a long time.


I am a Social Studies teacher in North Carolina, and we just finished a unit on terrorism. The biggest surprise that I received was how little we really know about this. My students were truly amazed by what they learned, especially the jihad and wahabism. Several of the parents have called or e-mailed me to show their appreciation of the unit. We tend to not know enough about this subject — I was given all of my help from Gen Thomas McInerney. My question to you is this: How do we not only educate the school systems about these threats, but the general public as well? — David

Col. Hunt: David, thanks for teaching our kids. A mandatory history of terrorism course would be helpful.


It’s my understanding that the WMDs in Iraq were removed mostly by the Russians, and we don't want to upset the Russians by making this Intel public. Thanks for you insight. — Jim

Col. Hunt: Jim, it did not happen that way, sorry. They were not there and probably were not there since ‘98. We had 1500 experts in Iraq looking for them after we took the place. They found that Saddam had intent for them, but there were actually little WMD. I have no problem with us taking Saddam, but we should have done it for terrorism reasons, not 9/11 terrorism. We should have done it because Saddam paid $25,000 to suicide bombers to kill Jewish children, for having a terrorist camp called Salman Pak, where hundreds of terrorists were trained, and for giving Abu Nidal and Abu Abbas, two big time terrorists a safe haven. However, WMD was the reason we were all given, and it turned out to be wrong.


Col. Hunt. Sir, I notice you have 29 years of military service. Thank You. I see you on FOX all the time. Are you a full bird Colonel or a Lt .Col? If not a bird Colonel, how did you stay in for 29 years? — Sam, former Marine Sgt. (four years)

Col. Hunt: Sam, thanks for what you did for this country. I did 29 years and eight months. And yeah, I made Colonel Eagle like (0-6), which is much easier to make than Marine Sergeant.


Do the Republicans not get that their days are numbered? They fought a politically correct war on terror and lost. As a loyal American, I am ashamed that we cannot win a war against these terrorists, due to our not wanting to be mean. The Democrats deserve a chance. Can they really be any worse then the Republicans? It is humiliating that we could win against the Germans and the Japanese simultaneously, and not against the terrorists. The war on terror has emboldened our enemies due to our lack of a will to win. — John

Col. Hunt: The Democrats now want to change the language and not call this a global war on terror, so they have chosen semantics rather than substance. We deserve much better from both parties than we have gotten. I just wrote a book (here comes another shameless promotion) called "On The Hunt," in which I name names on who are causing us to have so much trouble winning this war on terror.


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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.


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