- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2010


If the article “U.S. to curb ‘socially irritating nighttime raids’ ” (Geopolitics, Friday) does not curdle the blood of every combat veteran, I do not know what will. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s new directive for the Obama war strategy is irrational, ill advised and downright ignorant.

How can Gen. McChrystal, the hot-shot Special Forces warrior, even consider such a path? He already has been ordered to give up his air power and heavy weapons. Do we defend our troops in the field, or is this just another video game? Did we not learn anything from the Vietnam faux pas? We fought that war on the enemy’s terms, and we did not win any hearts and minds.

Historically speaking, I am very glad the Allies did not take the same approach with Germany and Japan during World War II. We killed 50,000 German souls in Dresden in a one-night bombing raid, and now we are going to run the war in Afghanistan from dawn to dusk so our Afghan brothers can get their beauty sleep? Hogwash. What’s next? Shall we stop combat operations for lunch? How about for every Muslim, Christian and Jewish holiday? What about Groundhog Day? The fact is that the Taliban kill far more Afghan civilians on purpose than we will ever kill or injure by accident. War is about winning. We cannot win running the war on a part-time basis. Mr. Obama’s path to “victory” is littered with the bodies of Allied troops.

If Gen. McChrystal is really a hot shot, he should convince our rookie president to move forces to the border with South Waziristan, be the anvil to Pakistan’s hammer and smash the Taliban. We could then work in conjunction with Pakistan to move north. It does not take a War College graduate or even a high school graduate to read a map.

Gen. McChrystal and the Joint Chiefs should tell Mr. Obama to stop waving the white flag. Our flag is red, white and blue. I don’t know what color Kenya’s flag is.


Gaithersburg, Md.

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