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To: AntiGuv
This strategy looks too Vietnam War-esqsue. Keep in mind our pulling punches strategy did not win any "hearts and minds" in Vietnam, but unnecessarily prolonged the war. That long period of war fed the growth of the antiwar movement, with its corollaries of massive civil unrest and the growth of the counterculture, which has, to a large extent, morphed into the mainstream culture, at least in the mainstream media and academia. Another unsuccessful, no-win war will only rekindle a new version of the counterculture.

The U.S. is not in as strong a position internationally as we were in 1991 or even in the 1960s. China is waiting in the wings as a superpower to be. Osama bin Laden has called for a common front between Socialism/Communism and the Islamic jihadists. There is plenty of evidence of military and intelligence cooperation between Iraq, North Korea, China, and Russia. NATO is seriously jeopardized by the refusal of France, Germany, and Belgium to honor their sworn obligation to protect fellow treaty member Turkey. Closer to home, Venezuela, a major supplier of oil, is controlled by a Marxist ally of Castro. Another Marxist has taken over Brazil. Columbia's stability is threatened by an alliance between Communists and narcotraffickers. Chinese companies owned by the Chinese army maintain large facilities dangerously clost to the Panama Canal.

Our nation is threatened by Middle Eastern terrorists who seemingly travel at will even as our airport screeners harass gray haired grandmothers and middle-aged white guys. We have a large, native-born fifth column of leftists, led by prominent Hollywood stars. Muslims of the militant stripe of Louis Farakhan are far more infuential in the black community and in the prisons than was the case 30-35 years ago.

Americans must get serious both about the upcoming Iraqi war and the de facto alliance between militant Islam and the international Left. Additionally, we need to recognize that there are dangerous foes here at home, a Trojan horse filled with homegrown radicals and foreign Islamic extremists.

There is no substitute for victory.

11 posted on 02/13/2003 9:42:42 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: Wallace T.
And don't forget the sanctuaries in Pakistan that will be used against our troops in Afghanistan as soon as Iraq starts.
14 posted on 02/13/2003 11:26:21 AM PST by swarthyguy
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