To all those Democrats that screech for an immediate pullout from Iraq (yeah, I'm talking to YOU, John "traitor" Murtha, Lynn "lefty" Woolsey and fellow San Fran Sickos Sam Farr of Carmel, Pete Stark of Fremont and Barbara Lee of Oakland...I'm talkin' to Jose Serrano of New York, Robert Wexler of Florida and Cynthia "Cop-Hater" McKinney of Georgia, as well as fellow lunatic fringers Jim McDermott of Washington; Jerrold Nadler, Maurice Hinchey and Major Owens of New York; Michael Capuano of Massachusetts and William Clay of Missouri), I present to you a brilliant analysis by Ralph Peters comparing Somolia of 1993 with the Afghanistani government that helped launch a brutal assault against America on 9/11:
THIRTEEN years ago, our troops won a lopsided battlefield victory in Mogadishu. President Clinton declared defeat and pulled out. We've been paying the price in terror ever since - and it might be about to soar.
We were close to finishing it. And a cowardly president quit.
Osama bin Laden repeatedly cited the pullout from Somalia as evidence that Americans were weak and wouldn't fight. Our rewards for quitting were the attacks on our troops housed in the Saudi Khobar Towers complex and on our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya - next door to Somalia - followed by the USS Cole bombing.
The Clinton administration could not have cared less, as long as its poll numbers were good. As for the attack on the USS Cole, our dead sailors were easily dumped in the lap of the incoming Bush administration.
Now there's fighting in Mogadishu again. With several hundred dead in a week... A movement fronted by Somali-Muslim judges and clerics is gobbling up Mogadishu. It's the Taliban, Somali-style.
Check the déjà vu block: The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan after the Americans walked away...
Meanwhile, the remains of al Qaeda dream of building a new Afghanistan in Somalia. A terrorist organization our military smashed is being allowed to rebuild itself.
There's a vital lesson here: In the War on Terror, you've got to finish what you start. America quitting Somalia after suffering less than two dozen dead in the course of a battle won was the biggest single boost the terrorists ever received. The Clinton surrender in Mogadishu pointed al Qaeda straight toward 9/11.
Meanwhile, consider this: Somalia was a global sideshow. We walked away. Now it threatens to become a prime refuge for terrorists. And a much tougher nut to crack.
Get the point, "Get Out Now!" crew? As you probably don't, Peters will make it for you:
Imagine the price we'd pay if we quit Iraq.
Not one of the "Declare defeat and get out" crew has ever spoken publicly about what the results of their actions would be. They care not for the safety and long-term security of the nation; their only concern is getting re-elected to their cush job for another two years, and if that means jumping off a bridge and dragging God knows how many down with them, well, so be it.
Why hasn't the media focused on what the possible outcomes of this disasterous Democratic policy would be, and asked some of the protaginists of the movement (that the media so love to deify) to explain how the country would be better off if we chose retreat?
Oh, right...that is not the job of propagandists! Sorry for my confusion...