Every U.S. soldier takes a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is incumbent upon the civilian leadership to clearly define the enemy before committing our soldiers to war. It is also mandatory for the civilian leadership to clearly define the enemy to every citizen in a way to gain and maintain support for the total war effort.
I suggest this has not been done by numerous presidents when it comes to dealing with the Middle East.
This came to the forefront when I read a column by Rod Nordland in the New York Times
titled, “In Reactions to Two Incidents, a U.S.-Afghan Disconnect.
” Rod addresses the question of why burning pages of the Quran resulted in mass outrage and killings but the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, by a U.S. soldier did not. Rod reports the remarks of an incredulous Mullah Khaliq Dad, a member of the council of religious leaders who investigated the Koran burning, who said, “How can you compare the dishonoring of the Holy Koran with the martyrdom of innocent civilians? The whole goal of our life is religion.”
This is the difference between Western values and the values of our enemies. Peter Feaman in his book “The Next Nightmare
” describes the first Crusade as “not a war of conquest but that of Christendom striking back at Muslim aggression.” Peter when describing the killing of innocents by both sides states, “The Crusades were a reaction to what the Muslims had done. Recognize the primary difference: The Crusader’s wanton killings were in disobedience of their scripture
. The Muslim killings were in accordance with their scripture
.“ [His emphasis]
Our enemies have clearly defined their enemy; our civilian leaders have not defined our enemy.
Our enemy is willing to sacrifice the lives of innocents in the furthering of their goal – the establishment of a global Caliphate. We have not defined our goal, which has led to, among other things, the killing of innocents without purpose.
But why have our civilian leaders failed to define our enemy?
According to Peter it is a new form of appeasement called: multiculturalism. Congressman Allen West, in the forward to Peter’s book
, writes, “What prevents us from knowing our enemy is not just a failure of our leaders. It is also blindness caused by political correctness. When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.”
Our soldiers are the proverbial canaries in the mine shaft. They are suffering from a great sickness, the inability to identify their enemy on the ground in Afghanistan. Daniel Greenfield in his column “The Blood Price of Afghanistan
” writes, “The American soldier in the ISAF is expected to patrol and retreat, to smile and reach out to Afghans while they shoot him in the back. After risking his life to hold back the Taliban, he is expected to take it calmly when his government announces that it is trying to cut a deal with the Taliban. As he waits out the final months until withdrawal, seeing his friends lose their limbs and their lives, knowing that the enemy has won, that he has been betrayed and is being kept senselessly on the front line for no objective except the diplomatic position of a government that hates him, that is taking away his health care, his equipment and his job; how does he feel?”
Michael Yon in the New York Daily News column “The Panjwai 16
” writes, "The mass murder in Afghanistan was predictable...About 200 coalition members have been killed or wounded from insider attacks...Even our most disciplined troops — not the few problem troops — have lost all idealism. They have not lost heart for the fight. Mostly, they just don’t care. They fight because they are ordered to fight, but they have eyes wide open. The halfhearted surge and sudden draw down leave little room for success. We face a discipline collapse.
" [My emphasis]
Ralph Peters in his column "Soldier murders Afghans, Generals Murder Soldiers
" writes, "That staff sergeant—who turned himself in after the killings—is guilty of murder in a degree yet to be determined, but the amazing thing is how disciplined, patient and tenacious our troops have been. Given the outrageous stresses of serving repeated tours in an environment a brand-new private could recognize as hopeless (while his generals fly back and forth congratulating themselves), it’s remarkable that we have not seen more and even uglier incidents. The problem in Afghanistan isn’t our troops—although craven generals routinely insist that everything is the fault of 'disrespectful' soldiers—it’s a leadership in and out of uniform that is bankrupt of ideas, bankrupt of ethics, bankrupt of moral courage—and rich only in self-interest and ambition
." [My emphasis]
"If there’s a 'battle cry' in Afghanistan, it’s 'Blame the troops!' Generals out of touch with the ugly, brute reality on the ground down in the Taliban-sympathizing villages respond to every seeming crisis in Afghan-American relations by telling our troops to 'respect Afghan culture',” laments Ralph.
Finally, Brian Roberts from CBS News in his column “That ticking time bomb is America's exhausted army
" writes, "Bad things happen when a nation tries to fight too many wars with too few troops. The blunt fact about the U.S. Army and Marines — whose difficulties have become the stuff of headlines — is thatthey are exhausted and at their wits' end
." [My emphasis]
May I humbly suggest that unlike WWII where the enemy was clearly defined as National Socialist Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan and the goals were the “unconditional surrender” of each nation, no such clarity exists today? Civilian leaders from both parties have failed to clearly define for the American people and our military the enemy and the ultimate goal. During WWII the allies killed millions of civilians in order to destroy the governments of Germany, Italy and Japan; thereby destroying the ideologies they embraced and saving the world from totalitarian conquest.
Peter Feaman quotes the esteemed historian of Asia William Muir who wrote, “The sword of Mohammed and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty and truth which the world has yet known. They have combined to create an unmitigated cultural disaster, parading as God’s will.”
America and the West are in the middle of the Third Jihad (WW IV) and we are losing for the lack of clarity. For what are we fighting and dying? I believe it is past the time for a global clarion call for the "unconditional surrender" of all those who embrace the “sword of Mohammed and the Quran”! I ask our duly elected leaders simply: What is the "whole goal" of the lives of our soldiers?