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I know the buzz on Iraq this week is that there is an “interim” political report … but here is the surprise: the Iraqi government is not doing its job. (Ya think?)
Well, this week I want to revisit one of the men — if not the main man outside of the president (since the buck stops there) — that brought us to the mess we now just call “Iraq,” despite the daily bravery of our magnificent military.
This week, we learned that in 2005, great guys from Seal Team 6, Special Forces, and other terrific Special Operations Organizations were sitting on a runway in Afghanistan, all geared up, ready to go and capture and or kill much of al Qaeda's top leadership. You remember al Qaeda; they’re the ones who killed us on September 11, 2001. Our supremely brave, conditioned and trained men were fully rehearsed, totally committed and ready to kick some serious al Qaeda ass.
They call him Rummy … or at least I do. He's the former and totally incompetent Secretary of Defense, who less than two years after 9/11 — two years after the president says “we will hunt them down” — decides that this mission was to be canceled. He makes this bone-headed decision because it might be “dangerous” and it might piss off the president of Pakistan. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Hey, Mr. “Ask and Answer Your Own Questions,” everything about war is dangerous and General Musharraf is not our friend.
The bigger issue here is this: we have all yelled, (and by we, I mean me) at Clinton and his administration for not going after bad guys, especially bin Laden, for eight years. Clinton deserved our angst. Hell, Bush got elected primarily because he was not Clinton.
So we get hit, and hit hard, on 9/11, we go and invade Afghanistan and Iraq to right what was wrong, and we get thousands and thousands of our best killed and maimed. While all of this is going on, our secretary of defense cancels a critical and very necessary mission … because it was dangerous?
It is precisely because of men like Rumsfeld that we are having such trouble in this war. He (Rummy, that is) did not have guts and lacks gravitas. Decisions like this in Afghanistan have led us right down this path of chaos — that the surge in Iraq is supposed to improve. Men like Rumsfeld do not deserve the soldiers which they claim to lead.
Now we have the Secretary of Homeland Security telling us that he "has a feeling" that al Qaeda, might hit us this summer. Hey Mr. Secretary, give a shout-out to Rummy, because if he had not chickened out, you might not have had your feeling today. Oh, by the way, unless you are going to do something about them, keep your “feelings" to yourself. Between this guy’s feelings and Rummy’s lack of guts, it is no wonder we are in this mess.
The fix of all this is pretty straight forward: fire a bunch of these non-leaders and hire proven men and women who understand how to fight, and support and lead those that actually do the fighting. What a great thing that would be to see.
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.