But the object of war, in Liddell Hart’s famous distillation, is not to destroy the enemy’s tanks (or Russian helicopters) but his will. And on that front America loses, always. The “unmatched” superpower cannot impose its will on Kabul kleptocrats, Pashtun goatherds, Egyptian generals, or Benghazi militia. There is no reason to believe Syria would be an exception to this rule. America’s inability to win ought to be a burning national question, but it’s not even being asked.
Making it even more complicated is that with Syria, we don’t even know what our “will” is. All we really know is that, as usual, pResident Gutsy Call no doubt feels it’s something that we need to be apologizing for.
It does mark another historic first for him, though: this will be the first time the country has been dragged into war merely to keep the Dimwit In Chief from looking bad because he couldn’t stop his big mouth from writing checks his dumb ass couldn’t cash.
We haven’t had a national will in regards to military matters since the vast defeat engineered by the left in Vietnam. Ever since, most Americans have assumed that any military adventure, even in the gravest instances of self-defense, will end in disaster. So why would we have any will to rush into guaranteed disaster?
George W. Bush could have broken that mindset, but chose, for incomprehensible reasons, not to do so. Had he simply said at the time, “Mission Accomplished” and shipped everybody home, the world – and America – would be a far different place today. Instead, the President Chimpy-Chump chose to turn a crushing American victory into an endless American defeat – again.
And spare me the bleating about how Iraq was not a defeat. The real reason we went to Iraq was to end the threat of Islamic terrorism against us. We still have it. Iraq is still a pesthole, albeit not as horrid a pesthole as it was under Saddam, but still a pesthole, and still liable to fall under Iranian hegemony at almost any moment.
The military defeat of Iraq over a three week period was one of the most devastating military victories we have ever enjoyed, perhaps, in terms costs vis. us versus them, the most crushing. Had we left it at that, we would have created a hammer that could not be ignored by any would-be enemy. Moammar Gadaffy understood this, which was why he dumped his WMD program. He didn’t want to end up like Saddam. (Although in the end his fate was even worse).
It is almost as if Obama is designing this “strike” to be a pre-guaranteed military failure, which will do nothing more than enforce the national notion that our military is impotent. But the man is right: Our military is the most powerful in history, but the American left has destroyed the American will to properly employ it in the defense of our nation.
A tradition now being continued by the current leftist in the White House, Barack Hussein Obama, whose half-brother is a Muslim terrorist supporter.