Q&A With Col. David Hunt

You asked, and he listened!

FOX Fan received an overwhelming amount of questions for Col. David Hunt.

Please continue to send in your military questions, and be sure to check out his column archive!

Col. Hunt's Previous Q&A:
1234567 • 8 • 9

You are correct in telling us to wake up and do something to stop the direction that our country is going in. I would like to get involved with utilizing the retired military and police as a second line of defense against global terrorism, which I am sure is going to be at our doorsteps shortly. There is a large group of us that have the knowledge and need to be busy doing what we can to protect our country. — Philip, SGM Ret (Westland, MI)

Col. Hunt: SGM, first thank you for your service. You are of course, correct — the nation needs us in this fight. You can go to your prior service component and tell them you want back in and you can back fill those deployed. However, the real help we can give will never be accepted. The current political and military leaders — they want to blame the press and others for their failures. Our soldiers deserve better than they are getting.

Thank you for your service. My two sons have recently joined the Marines, so I seriously hope for some support from our government. Doesn't look like that will be the case, no matter how much the American people email or call them to provide it. They only listen to polls and big media. Shame on them.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that this is what they did in 1975 when Congress cut funding to the Vietnamese. Only this time, it just won't be Baghdad that falls, they will follow us home. An even bigger SHAME on them. — Susan (Hewitt, TX)

Col. Hunt: Sue, God bless you and your two brave sons, although they could have gone in the Army … but it's OK, they are serving proudly. Both sides of the political spectrum deserve your anger; the Republicans would not hold anyone accountable for the mess we are in and Democrats want to give us Political Theater. No matter what happens in Iraq or Afghanistan, this war will not be over for a long time and we better figure out how to fight it better than we have been. The soldiers and Marines are the best, but in many cases they are not being lead by competent leadership.

MSgt Keith Orr here, stationed at Ali Base (Tallil) Iraq. Just a quick note saying after reading you book, and now being here in Iraq for over three months, I agree with you, "How about we actually change the way we fight, unleash our soldiers, allow our spies to do their dangerous and critical work" We sit here while they lob rockets at us, when we know right where the bastards live and we do nothing to stop them. It's no way to win a war.

Any way, thank you for all you try to do, keep bringing up the obvious, hopefully someday they will catch on and "do this fight right". — MSgt Keith, USAF, (Maine Air National Guard Activated/Deployed, 2nd time since 9/11)

Col. Hunt: MSGT, thank you for you service. Damn, two deployments since 9/11! The reserve and guard forces have really had it stuck to them on this one. We can stop the rocket and mortar attacks but it will take blood-letting. The current crop of military and political leaders don't have the stomach to do it. To put it bluntly, we need political and military leaders to grow a pair …

Great reflections!

I am an American by choice, emigrated to the U.S. with my family in 1986. In 2000 we became proud American citizens. We are in this war all together. I got goosebumps when we saw proud American soldiers at the airport recently and I take every opportunity to thank them for what they do for us. GO U.S.A. in the fight against terrorism! Thanks for your uplifting column. — Ulf

Col. Hunt: Ulf, it is because of citizens like you that we are a such a great nation. We need more of you and more of us to vote for president than vote for an American Idol.

Are we on our way of destroying ourselves, in what I term "inside out?" Sometimes I feel that we are going to destroy ourselves, before the terrorists do. Just a thought. — Chuck

Col. Hunt: Chuck, ah yeah. We need you, me, and the ubiquitous “they” to care enough to get mad and do something; as it is becoming very apparent that our government cannot or won’t. Buy my new book (another shameless promotion here) On The Hunt. Then, write to your representatives and tell them to fix the damn problems I write about.

Why doesn't the majority of American people view the war in Iraq as one against terrorism? Why don't they understand that if we weren't fighting there, all that would, without a doubt in my mind, be here on our soil? I am flabbergasted that the Reids and Pelosis and Murthas think this is “just to liberate Iraq.” They are putting all of us in great peril. Additionally, whatever "mess" we are in over there, if our military had been allowed to fight the war without all the interference of politicians and politically correct proponents, maybe we'd be much further along. — Lynn

Col. Hunt: We don’t get it because our politicians are not telling us, not leading us, and not being straight with us. I get your points on the Democrats, but the Republicans, who never held anyone accountable for 9/11 or the lack of WMD, got us to the point where the Democrats won enough power to do this. We are not a nation at war; we are a nation voting for American Idol … and it's sad, very sad.

What will happen if Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are able to defund the war? — Frank

Col. Hunt: If we totally leave Iraq, it will be more chaos than we are seeing now. However, even Senator Clinton is talking about leaving a force behind to keep training the Iraqi Forces and to keep an eye on Syria and Iran.

Col Hunt, thanks for your service to our country and the straight forward answers to your readers. I watched a documentary on the hunt for famed drug lord Pablo Escobar. In the documentary, in addition to the Columbian Police and military groups working with the U.S., a counter militant group was used as a "unofficial" way to apply pressure to him without the restraints of law or military ethics. They were just as vicious as Pablo, although they directed all of their efforts against him not civilian targets. Why do we not do the same for insurgents and outside agents operating in Iraq? — Steve

Col. Hunt: Steve, the operation to get Pablo was excellent. It takes political will to do this stuff, as you saw and I know we have extremely competent and brave people to do this stuff. But, they need courageous leaders to let them do their jobs. Here is what I am talking about in the same country that we got Pablo in, we have been missing four Counter Narcotics Contract personnel for over four damn years. Why? Because we do not have the guts to go and get them.

With the Iran hostage situation in the news, it seems like a good time to tell FOX viewers about how one U. S. president dealt with a quick developing situation in a brilliant and very successful way.

I am referring to "Operation Paul Bunyan." You may have been on active duty at the time. I was on the Joint Staff in the nuclear warfare business.

Operation Paul Bunyan was carried out in the Korean DMZ. I believe it was March 1973. It came about when U.S. and South Korean troops went into the DMZ to trim a tree that was blocking the view between two U.S. observation posts. They had trimmed the tree many times before. No weapons were allowed so they went in with only axes and other tools. While at the tree and with no warning, North Korean troops attacked the detail and killed two U.S. Army officers.

In just three days, repeat: three days, President Ford authorized Operation Paul Bunyan. Another detail of U.S. and South Korean troops proceeded back to the tree with chain saws and they cut the tree completely down, leaving only a very ugly stump. The North Koreans watched but took no action whatsoever. The reason they just watched was because Operation Paul Bunyan included lots of air cover: B-52s, attack helicopters, and other aircraft flying overhead. I suspect there would have been hell to pay if a single North Korean had taken a step toward that tree.

We hear so much about President Regan, and I enjoy hearing it, but maybe we should remind the FOX audience about another president who knew how to act quickly and boldly. We should also remind people what can happen when action is needed and what US power can do when employed wisely. — Darrell C. Marshall Colonel, USAF (Ret.) (Burke, VA)

Col. Hunt: Darrell, thanks for your service even if is was as a “Blue Suiter.” You are correct sir, that was a picture book op — however, the “no weapons allowed” at the time that got our guys killed was just stupid.

The guy who ran the ground part of “Paul Bunyan” was Bill Carpenter, winner of the DSC in ‘Nam and who eventually retired as a LTG. You are correct, it was a decisive political decision carried out by a great military … Darrell, where do we get such men, and where the hell are they today?


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.