Monday, August 28, 2006


Today's must-read is a column by W. Thomas Smith, Jr. at titled We cannot lose this fight.  Smith examines the basic rules of fighting and the reasons why cutting and running in Iraq is a bad idea.

Let�s look at the Vietnam War as an example of �game over� and without benefit to the quitter:

On April 25, 1975 � less than a week before the South Vietnamese capital fell to the Communists � a U.S. military delegation met with North Vietnamese officials in Hanoi to discuss the issue of Americans missing-in-action. At one point during the meeting, U.S. Army Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr. turned to his North Vietnamese counterpart and said, �You know, you never beat us on the battlefield.�

The Vietnamese official thought for a moment, then responded. �That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.�

Now, we could argue all day about whether America�s involvement in Vietnam was right or wrong. But that too is irrelevant.

What is relevant for us in this war, is that cutting and running from Iraq will embolden the terrorists and fuel there recruiting efforts.  Of course, the cut and run crowd tells us that quite the oppositie is true.  But what do they know about the rules of war?  They're pacifists, for crying out loud.  And why in the blue hell should we take advice about fighting from pacifists?

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