Friday, July 4, 2008

We Need a Patton Today

I was told as a child never to start anything you cannot finish . The Iraq War is now being fought on another Independence Day. Senator Obama will soon go to Iraq and determine how to prosecute the war. Senator McCain has decided how to fight the war,it is to win it.While politicians talk about the war over hot dogs this holiday, soldiers like my cousin are in the war zone trying to survive. No one likes war ,as the noted philospher Edwin Starr asked "War,what is it good for ? Absolutely nothing."
This July 4th as we debate about whether we should be in Iraq ,we seem to forget the past.We didn't ask that question on September 11 ,2001 whether we should be in Iraq. America was just like the American settlers of the past responding to an Indian raid.Just round up a posse and get the Indians ,any Indian will do. So know we are holier than thou,when it comes to our past logic. We shouldn't be there ,we now say. We Americans should not start anything we can not finish .We need to be careful regarding any withdrawals or plans of occupation as this is a recipe of disaster.We create more enemies when we are not careful with our actions.
The bottom line my friends ,is that I would not want us to be in Iraq ,but we are there.The only way for us to come home ,is to come home a winner. General George Patton and those leaders of "The Greatest Generation "need to talk to this generation to give us some focus.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hits the nail on the head.

July 4, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Gator said...

We do have a General Patton. His name, General Petraeus.
"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time." -John Wanamaker

July 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous SG Lominac said...

You can't have a Patton today by
Modern communications/media have made it impossible for a General/Admiral to act with the autonomy of a Patton or a Spruance. Patton had it tough enough with the media in the 1940s but at least he engaged pretty much the way he wanted to. Not only that, present day commanders are saddled with various social experiments thrust upon them by politicians that are more apt to get them relieved than a military defeat. My guess is Patton would be laughing (maybe crying) at an army and a nation that employs women to fight for them.
What the hell is going on out here? - Vince Lombardi

July 5, 2008 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Vincent Hall@ http://www.yallquitplayin.com said...

Come home a winner? Did you ever see Michael Jackson in the Wiz? He sang a song you damn Republicans need to hear.
"You cant win, you cant break even and you cant get out of the game!
The problem is that McCain aint got the brains and apparently Obama ain't got the nuts to get us out of Iraq. No need for anymore lost lives in this
undeniable loss.

July 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM  

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