BY JIM CASH
wrote recently about the war in Iraq and the larger war against radical
Islam, eliciting a number of responses. Let me try and put this conflict
in proper perspective.
Understand, the current battle we are engaged in is much bigger that
just Iraq. What happens in the next year will affect this country and
how our kids and grandkids live throughout their lifetime, and beyond.
Radical Islam has been attacking the West since the seventh century.
They have been defeated in the past and decimated to the point of taking
hundreds of years to recover. But they can never be totally defeated.
Their birth rates are so far beyond civilized world rates that in time
they recover and attempt to dominate again.
There are eight terror-sponsoring countries that make up the grand
threat to the West. Two, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, just need firm
pressure from the West to make major reforms. They need to decide who
they are really going to support and commit to that support. That answer
is simple. They both will support who they think will hang in there
until the end, and win. We are not sending very good signals in that
direction right now, thanks to the Democrats.
The other six, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Libya
will require regime change or a major policy shift. Now, let's look more
Afghanistan and Iraq have both had regime changes, but are being fueled
by outsiders from Syria and Iran. We have scared Gaddafi's pants off,
and he has given up his quest for nuclear weapons, so I don't think
Libya is now a threat. North Korea (the non-Islamic threat) can be
handled diplomatically by buying them off. They are starving. That
leaves Syria and Iran. Syria is like a frightened puppy. Without the
support of Iran they will join the stronger side. So where does that
leave us? Sooner, or later, we are going to be forced to confront Iran,
and it better be before they gain nuclear capability.
In 1989 I served as a Command Director inside the Cheyenne Mountain
complex located in Colorado Springs, Colorado for almost three years.
My job there was to observe (through classified means) every missile
shot anywhere in the world and assess if it was a threat to the US or
Canada. If any shot was threatening to either nation I had only minutes
to advise the President, as he had only minutes to respond. I watched
Iran and Iraq shoot missiles at each other every day, and all day long,
for months. They killed hundreds of thousand of their people. Know why?
They were fighting for control of the Middle East and that enormous oil
At that time, they were preoccupied with their internal problems and
could care less about toppling the west. Oil prices were fairly stable
and we could not see an immediate threat. Well, the worst part of what
we have done as a nation in Iraq is to do away with the military
capability of one of those nations. Now, Iran has a clear field to
dominate the Middle East, since Iraq is no longer a threat to them.
They have turned their attention to the only other threat to their
dominance, the United States. They are convinced they will win, because
the United States is so divided, and the Democrats (who now control
Congress and may control the Presidency in 2008) have openly said we are
Do you have any idea what will happen if the entire Middle East turns
their support to Iran, which they will obviously do if we pull out? It
is not the price of oil we will have to worry about. Oil will not be
made available to this country at any price. I personally would vote for
any presidential candidate who did what JFK did with the space
program---declare a goal to bring this country to total energy
independence in a decade.
Yes, it is about oil. The economy in this country will totally die if
that Middle East supply is cut off right now. It will not be a
recession. It will be a depression that will make 1929 look like the
The bottom line here is simple. If Iran is forced to fall in line, the
fighting in Iraq will end over night, and the nightmare will be over.
One way or another, Iran must be forced to join modern times and the
global community. It may mean a real war---if so, now is the time,
before we face a nuclear Iran with the capacity to destroy Israel and
begin a new ice age. I urge you to read the book "END GAME" by two of
our best Middle East experts, true American patriots and retired
military generals, Paul Vallely and Tom McInerney. They are our finest,
and totally honest in their assessment of why victory in the Middle East
is so important, and how it can be won. Proceeds for the book go
directly to memorial fund for our fallen soldiers who served the country
during the war on terror. You can find that book by going to the
internet through Stand-up America at www.ospreyradio.us <http://www.ospreyradio.us/
<http://www.ospreyradio.us/> > or www.rightalk. com <http://www.rightalk.com/
<http://www.rightalk.com/> > .
On the other hand, we have several very angry retired generals today,
who evidently have not achieved their lofty goals, and insist on ranting
and raving about the war. They are wrong, and doing the country great
harm by giving a certain political party reason to use them as experts
to back their anti-war claims.
You may be one of those who believe nothing could ever be terrible
enough to support our going to war. If that is the case I should stop
here, as that level of thinking approaches mental disability in this day
and age. It is right up there with alien abductions and high altitude
seeding through government aircraft contrails. I helped produced those
contrails for almost 30 years, and I can assure you we were not seeding
the atmosphere. The human race is a war-like p opulation, and if a
country is not willing to protect itself, it deserves the consequences.
Now, my last comments will get to the nerve. They will be on politics.
I am not a Republican. And, George Bush has made enough mistakes as
President to insure my feelings about that for the rest of my life.
However, the Democratic Party has moved so far left, they have made me
support those farther to the right. I am a conservative who totally
supports the Constitution of this country. The only difference between
the United States and the South American, third world, dictator infested
and ever-changing South American governments, is our US Constitution.
This Republic (note I did not say Democracy) is the longest standing the
world has ever known, but it is vulnerable. It would take so little to
change it through economic upheaval. There was a time when politicians
could disagree, but still work together. We are past that time, and that
is the initial step toward the downfall of our form of government.
I think that many view Bush-hating as payback time. The Republicans
hated the Clintons and now the Democrats hate Bush. So, both parties are
putting their hate toward willingness to do anything for political
dominance to include lying and always taking the opposite stand just for
the sake of being opposed. JUST HOW GOOD IS THAT FOR OUR COUNTRY?
In my lifetime, after serving in uniform for President's Kennedy,
Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush I have a pretty good feel
for which party supported our military, and what military life was like
under each of their terms. And, let me assure you that times were best
under the Republicans. Service under Jimmy Carter was devastating for
all branches of the military. And, Ronald Reagan was truly a salvation.
You can choose to listen to enriched newscasters, and foolish people
like John Murtha (he is no war hero), Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Michael
Moore, Jane Fonda , Harry Reid, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Ted
Kennedy, and on-and-on to include the true fools in Hollywood if you
like. If you do, your conclusions will be totally wrong.
The reason that I write, appear on radio talk shows, and do everything I
can to denounce those people is simple. THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR THIRST
FOR POLITICAL POWER AND QUEST FOR VICTORY IN 2008 ABOVE WHAT IS BEST FOR
THIS COUNTRY. I cannot abide that. Pelosi clearly defied the Logan Act
by going to Syria, which should have lead to imprisonment of three years
and a heavy fine. Jane Fonda did more to prolong the Vietnam way than
any other human being (as acknowledge by Ho Chi Minh in his writing
before he died). She truly should have been indicted for treason, along
with her radical hus band Tom Hayden, and forced to pay the
This country has started to soften by not enforcing its laws, which is
another indication of a Republic about to fall. All Democrats, along
with the Hollywood elite, are sending us headlong into a total defeat in
the Middle East, which will finally give Iran total dominance in the
region. A lack of oil in the near future will be the final straw that
dooms this Republic. However, if we refuse to let this happen and really
get serious about an energy self-sufficiency program, this can be
I am afraid, however, that we are going in the opposite direction. If we
elect Hillary Clinton and a Democrat controlled congress, and they carry
through with allowing Iran to take control of the Middle East, continue
to refuse development of nuclear energy, refuse to allow drilling for
new oil, and continue to do nothing but oppose everything Bush, it will
be over in terms of what we view as the good life in the USA.
Now, do I think that all who do not support the war are un-American---of
course not. They just do not understand the importance of total victory
in that region. Another failure of George Bush is his inability to
explain to the American people why we are there, and why we MUST win.
By the way, it is not a war. The war was won four years ago. It is
martial law that is under attack by Iranian and Syrian outside
influences, and there is a difference.
So, what do I believe? What is the bottom line? I will simply say that
the Democratic Party has fielded the foulest, power hungry,
anti-country, self absorbed group of individuals that I have observed in
my lifetime. Our educational system is partially to blame for allowing
the mass of America to be taken in by this group. George Bush has done
the best he can with the disabilities that he possesses. A President
must communicate with the people. And, I would tell you that Desert
Storm spoiled the people. Bush Senior's 100-hour war convinced the
people that technology has progressed to the point that wars could be
fought with no casualties and won in very short periods of time. I
remember feeling at the time, that this was a tra gedy for the US
military. To win wars, you must put boots on the ground. When you put
boots on the ground, soldiers are going to die. A President must make
the war decision wisely, and insure that the cause is right before using
his last political option. However, CONTROLLING IRAN AND DEMOCRATIZING
THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE ONLY CHOICE IF WE ARE HELL-BENT ON DEPENDING ON
THEM FOR OUR FUTURE ENERGY NEEDS.
Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
Lakeside, Montana 59922
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