It is the sworn duty of the soldier to kill the enemy but who is the enemy?

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?

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Comment by Mark D. Kennedy on March 27, 2012 at 4:42pm

We need a President who will acknowledge that treason has been comitted by Obama and his cronies, as well as members of Congress and Senate.  The Founding Fathers came up with a way to deal with that nasty little act.  It's called try, convict, and execute penalty.  But we are oh, so, far too civilized to to do anything so horrible, right?  Well, since we can't get tough on crime then we will just have to embrace the offenders and move over to make room for more of the same.  Crime will be tough on us. 


Comment by Phil McConathy on March 18, 2012 at 5:51pm

The true enemies of America are located in Washington,DC. They are supposed to defend our constitution and the voters wishes but DON'T.

Comment by Lanny C. Valentine on March 17, 2012 at 9:29pm

We have met the enemy and it is our leaders, we have brave warriors being put in harms way for what?  If the country were to be left alone what would be the loss, any Afghan that wants to get out can as the borders are pourous and I suspect more foreign fighters are there opposing us than true Afgans.

Comment by Ron Wiggins on March 16, 2012 at 9:41pm

Thank you Rich for stating this so clearly, and what many of us know to be true but don't know how to put it into words.

Comment by Glenn D. Hoxie on March 16, 2012 at 8:02pm

The only enemies I see  are the ones in high places and their radical leader and those that back him and cover for him.

Comment by Jerold Ross on March 16, 2012 at 12:42pm

Our Generals have become grovelling idiots politically and have no basic principles toward American ideology. They are controlled by the puppet masters which is really scary. Obama could declare a Dictatorship tomorrow and the Generals would fall in line like sheep, ready to try to wipe us off the map using our own military. This must be changed. Maybe some Generals need to see court martials if we ever get a Constitutional President.

Comment by Frank Haydock on March 16, 2012 at 12:29pm

Right on Billy.  The famous cartoon strip “Pogo” declared it very succinctly, “We have found the enemy and the enemy are us.”  I would also remind the readership that the Oath of Enlistment for the Armed Forces is


“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”


The Oath of Enlistment for the National Guard adds in the State of the Guard.  When the oath states very clearly that the defense of Constitution shall be taken up against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic and that is stated ahead of obeying the orders of the POTUS, what is supposed to happen when the POTUS is the enemy?  Obama is not a citizen, illegally took office, continues to lie about who he is and where he comes from, will not make full disclosure of proof of citizenship, and proceeds to dismantle and violate Constitutional powers and the Bill of Rights.  The leadership of the House and Senate sit by and either let it happen or push it to see how far it can be violated without consequences, and the Supreme Court is legislating from the bench outside of its Constitutional powers and mission?  Now, who is the enemy?  We the People have got a real problem.

Comment by Edward E Richardson on March 16, 2012 at 11:49am

I have said it before and will say it again here;

A time is coming when the NON-muslim people of the world will have to decide if they 1-want to become muslims or 2-exterminate all muslims. The problem with the NON-musslim world is that they do not understand that you CANNOT "COEXIST" with muslims. It is not because WE are INTOLERANT of THEM, it is because THEY WILL NOT ALLOW US TO COEXIST WITH THEM! For them it is ALL or nothing. If you do not convert then you WILL BE KILLED. The sooner the NON-musslim world learns this lesson, the fewer muslims we will have to exterminate to protect NON-muslims and the fewer NON-muslims the muslims will kill in their CONSTANT pursuit of GLOBAL DOMINATION!



Comment by Bill Boltinghouse on March 16, 2012 at 11:36am

Why is it so hard to understand the Oath of Enlistment?

We take the oath to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION against ALL Enemies both Foreign and Domestic!

Enemies of what???The Constitution!

Who are the enemies of the Constitution?

Very simple - those who violate the Constitution are the enemy!

Remember the part "both Foreign and Domestic"?

Think hard now - ho is violating the Constitution who re part of the DOMESTIC???

Domestic: of or pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries OR indigenous to or produced or made within one's own country; not foreign; native!

NOW Think real hard - who in this country is violating the Constitution - HINT: LIBERALS!

The Purpose of a Military is to Kill People and Break Things!

Comment by Ernie Webb on March 16, 2012 at 11:20am

Basically, a good article--- except for the premise. It is not the soldier's sworn duty to kill the enemy--- that is for mercenaries--- not the professional U.S.Army. Our sworn duty is to defend the Constitution---and to obey all lawful orders.  Our soldiers-- even in their "worn-out" state are still doing the job--- the problem is with the politicization of the generals--- and of course the effette intelectuals in the administration. Our generals have become overly enamoured of all the cute things they say to each other. The basic rule is to "know your enemy."  That means know and respond to that enemy--- primarily his capabilities-- then his intentions. Just as this past few months--- we thrust North Korea to not fire any more missiles--- afterall-- didn't we give them food?  and hillary just knew they would keep their word!!!!   Our generals no longer even attempt to "Know the Enemy"--- and our soldiers on the front die as a result---- but this is just a rehash of Vietnam---I know --  went through it in Vietnam--- see SOLDIER -- NYT best seller----- We were one of the most effective combat units in Nam----then, when we reported a general for trying to cover up war crimes---- Tony Herbert and I were persona non gratis-----  ---- We are definitely on a slippery slope to hell---

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