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Friday , August 17, 2007

By Col. David Hunt



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Mr. Romney agrees with 3,000 years of recorded history and disagrees with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and woman and our Constitution and laws should reflect that. We must remember that every child deserves a mother and a father. Mr. Romney recently said, “It’s unfortunate that those who choose to defend the institution of marriage are often demonized.”

I am deeply touched by Mitt’s statement. Hazing in the U.S. Army Infantry Bootcamp is tiddlywinks compared to the hazing liberals hand out if anybody stands up and defends their conservative values in the state of Massachusetts. I can personally attest that defending the traditional definition of marriage in Massachusetts is essentially considered criminal behavior. May the next president of the United States reflect the values of those that founded this country and not the values of an extremist sect of the population. What is your opinion? — Stephen

Col. Hunt: Stephen, I am really jumping into the deep end of the pool on this one. The next president will have to reflex the values of those who elected him or her, not just the values of the founding fathers. Nothing will be changed until more of us vote for president than vote for American Idol. ( I have been saying this for a few months now and I know I have to come up with something better … sorry.)

Sir, as usual, you have hit the nail on the head. Things really are not as complicated as people (politicians especially) would have us believe. I myself served in the Army for five years, so I have a bit of an understanding of what our people are sacrificing for people who it seems could care less. It’s sad, really. I just wish that this president, whom I voted for twice, had a bit more Harry Truman and a bit less Lyndon Johnson. The point is that you can't really begin to rebuild while the fighting is still going on and the fighting will continue until the spirit of the enemy is crushed. The Nazis and the Imperialist Japanese fanatics were no different than these guys we are currently trying to defeat; the only difference is we won’t go all in and kick their butt completely. One trillion dollars, 5,000 or so Americans dead and untold thousands injured — hell, we could have MOAB'd every city in Iraq, Saudi, Iran, Syria and the West Bank and gotten off a whole lot cheaper. It's my pleasure, as always, to read your thoughts and hear you speak, keep giving 'em hell, some of us are with you. — Scott

Col. Hunt: Scott, is there a question in here? If we did as you said and bombed all those places, things would be worse today than better. Without understanding the underlining causes of terrorism and how it is supported we will never stop it. Your bombing campaign, for example, will not get at the religious aspects of this war. Killing is part of this war, but just as important is how we got here and how to fix the root cause of terrorism and the hatred that many feel toward this country.

Having read General Zinni's book, "The Battle for Peace," I find it interesting that we did not follow the blueprint from existing battle plans that had been drawn previously for the invasion of Iraq! Why would Donald Rumsfeld and the administration believe that they should question a combatant commander’s battle plan that had been war-gamed and refined many times over? Also, have you read the book, and what are your opinions on his points concerning the invasion and occupation of Iraq? Thanks for your straight forward answers and I appreciate your service. Semper Fidelis. — John USMC Retired

Col. Hunt: John, thanks for your service, although you could have been an Army guy … but OK. Zinni spent too much time in the gym, he had some plates fall on his head. He does, however, make some good points in his book. Rumsfeld scrapped the plans and he was wrong to do so. We had enough force to take Iraq, obviously, but not nearly enough for the peace and nation building that came afterward. John, it was not just an intelligence failure on the WMD question it was piss poor leadership at the senior level of the Pentagon, with many generals who went along with the plan. You and I both know we are way better than this.

You said this morning that the U.S. State Department isn't stepping up to the plate to bring resolution to the Iraq War. The State Dept. has been a bastion of liberal leftovers during this entire administration. Could it be that they are in bed with the liberal left in seeing to it that we are defeated and disheartened in our attempts to bring peace and freedom to the Iraqis? — Harry (Lakeland, FL)

Col. Hunt: Harry, the Department of State just sucks period. It is dysfunctional. State has a ton of brilliant, hardworking men and women that lack any semblance of leadership or direction. Powell tried and had an ass-kicker named Armitage (although not everyone is a fan of both) to help and could not turn it around, and Rice has the leadership and management capabilities of a fish. This is important because these are idiots along with DOD that brought us Iraq today.

Just read your article “Surge is ‘Working,’ But True Success is Up to the Iraqis.” The real point sir, is how can we leave Iraq without the jihadists being perceived as having won a victory and chasing us out of Iraq? — Steve

Col. Hunt: Steve, damn it, I have never said to leave Iraq! I have said we should change the way we fight and force the Iraqi military and police and government to do their jobs. Oh, and let us be clear, in this kind of fight, the bad guys get a vote and get to use what is happening for their own evil ways. Right now, terrorists and Iran can say they have kept us in Iraq for over five years. We won the war and took a country, but have not been able to figure out what to do since. We are going to have to stay and make this better and that sucks.

I am an Army wife. I have been mistreated by our colonel’s wife who leads our FRG. What can I do to address this issue? I have tried to go to Rear D… however, he has his hands full due to many KIAs our unit has suffered. The colonel’s wife has come right out and said that because of her husband, she will face no consequences. She also “reminded” me if I do say something about her actions, her husband is a superior over my husband and it could affect his job in the Army. My husband has been deployed for over a year. I have not talked to him about this, for one because I am lucky to talk to my husband twice a month for eight minutes at a time, next because I know he has more to worry about (like saving his soldiers lives and his own) than the pettiness of this colonel’s wife. Please help. — Patti K.

Col. Hunt: Patti, You are experiencing the very worse that the United States Military has to offer. Having said that, you might want to consider standing up for yourself. This type of crap is not going away. Wives, not their husband's rank, carry. (Yes, that is how Yoda would say it.) The husband is an ass for allowing this. I bet the unit is not that good and cannot be with this kind of leadership. You can go to the IG, you can call the CG hotline, send an anonymous letter to the CG — but, be careful before this gets fixed or it may get worse. We are in a war and there is no time for this foolishness. You are dealing with small minded people who have nothing better to do.

My husband is 40 years old and only a sergeant because he recently joined the Army for pure patriotic reasons. He was in Force Recon years ago, then a police officer in Michigan for almost 12 years. He decided to join the service again because America needs more soldiers. He is a good man and stepped up to the plate. We left a high paying job and a beautiful home with 30 acres in Michigan to take a huge cut in pay, etc. due to patriotic reasons. It saddens me that I am being treated like this … and I feel I have no one to turn to. — Cynthia

Col. Hunt: This is a tough one. Your brave husband has not had enough of “the life.” He has left you and your family and comfort to fight for his country. It is not fair to you, period. Soldiers are hard to figure on a good day and impossible in a war. Like firemen and policemen, we go into places all others run from. If you stay with him, he is a lucky man; if you leave, no one should point a finger. It is more than trite to say “they also serve who stand and wait,” but as you are living it, it’s not wrong to point it out. He needs your love and understanding and you need to be real honest with him on how you feel. There is not good answer here. He is very brave and you are alone and hurt. I hope you have some friends, religious help, job, kids, parents and volunteer work, something to help with the loss of this brave man. This too will not help, but it's true; this war on terror is being paid for by women like you and the thousands of families from whom these incredible men and women leave to serve. Where to we get such men like your husband and women like you?

Is there any candidate you are thinking of endorsing for '08? Will any of them get us out of the chaos in Iraq? — Nancy (Minnesota)

Col. Hunt: Nancy, my endorsing a candidate guarantees that candidate's defeat. Those running need your help far more than mine. We will not be leaving Iraq for a very long time. We should however stop fighting for them now. I do not see a real fighter on any side. We are not getting our best and brightest to run anymore.

What do you think President Bush should have done after 9/11? What could have avoided the situation we are facing now? — Jose (New York, NY)

Col. Hunt: The president needed to get to the Pentagon and NYC a lot quicker than he did. He was being run around because the Secret Service got a threat wrong.

One of the main reasons that Rudy is making so much money talking about leadership and now running for president is because he filled the void created by the president who did not display the level of leadership we needed. He should have made us stay in Afghanistan until bin Laden was dead, which means chasing him wherever he went, along with all those associated with them. He needed to have kept those in his administration accountable to him when they screwed up — and by that, I mean fired over things like how poorly prepared we were for 9/11, the no WMD, Abu Ghraib and so many others. We the people are a much to blame for this state of affairs, as we did not hold the president accountable … in fact, we thought Vietnam was more important in the last presidential election than Iraq or the war on terror. We get the government we participate in, and therefore, deserve.

I hear that more and more kids keep enlisting in our military. How do you feel about kids joining up, since it’s clear how you feel about the war? — Charlotte (Texas)

Col. Hunt: Charlotte, I have been pissed for over three years at the way this war has been conducted, no question. The Army did not meet its recruiting goal for two months, but last month exceeded their goals However, service to this great nation helps those who serve and the country they serve. I would make it mandatory that all high school graduates serve this country in some capacity for two years, we would all the be the better for it.

What do colonels do after they retire? Are you still advising the military in any way, or are you just writing books these days? — Bob (Nebraska)

Col. Hunt: Bob, most who retire stay retired. The active force and the government does not ask colonels for help — they ask generals if they ask at all. I own my own security company, do some writing and some TV and radio and play Mr. Mom. I do not miss the service at all, but I do miss the men and women with whom I served and the things we did.


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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.