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by Jack Tompkins

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by Paul Gonzales

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by Neal Morrison Jr

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by Gene Groner

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Withdrawal

By David Cahn, Marines, USMC/ 1973-2008

Writing Type: Prose

By David Cahn


I have been asked about my opinion on America abandoning our allies in Afghanistan.


We could call this winning battles and losing wars or the misguided obedience to our enemies.


War is the act of imposing our will upon the enemy until the foe is morally broken and no longer willing to resist our policy objectives. In other words, we fight until the enemy has lost the will to win. The very definition of war is the failure of the political process, resulting in violence. We accomplish the fight by many means, including bringing the war to the enemy, gaining and maintaining the initiative,  unity, speed, surprise, overwhelming fire superiority, air supremacy, etc.


The “leaders” have followed the same failed tactic as when we ran away and surrendered to America’s enemies in Iraq, creating another opportunity for “Mr. I Hate America” to pursue his evil objectives and atrocities against his own countrymen and democracies around the world.


Without direction or leadership, our enemies do not fear us, our allies do not trust us, and nobody respects us. As of this writing, our enemies are taking over and planning continued violence against anyone who wants to be free. When the inevitable thousands and thousands of people who remained are killed or enslaved by the atrocities of our enemies, history will look back and know that this submission to evil was one of the worst, ill-advised failures of leadership.


Our overseas enemies were lifelong warriors determined to win or die. For us, the wars were limited. We fought with too few forces with too many rules and restraints. While the Islamists proved dedicated to an unlimited struggle with our brave men and women, we still found ways to eventually bring some limited form of freedom to an ancient people.


Which brings us to the actual subject of this article. The finest fighting force the world has ever seen is our United States military. We are a nation whose armed forces report to civilian “leadership,” and overall that is a good thing. The forces have shed blood and treasure for this nation and for others far from our shores. Our military will successfully accomplish any mission given to it. It is the best trained, equipped and armed in history. We have a proud history and draw on our experiences to fight battles and win wars. Note that war is a national struggle. Our warriors require the entire spectrum of beans, bullets and bandages. In addition they require our nation’s moral support and backing.


Our armed forces have suffered physical, emotional and moral pain. Their families have been affected much to the same degree. They deserve every accolade and recognition we can bestow upon them. This surrender to the forces of evil and their taking over the part of the world where so many men and women have bled and died will create an emotional scar on the fighting forces and our national record. This is unacceptable. One thing we learn in the military is there is always a way. Surrender is not in our creed. This withdrawal is a stab in the back of all those who fought for freedom and democracies from our founding fathers to the latest recruit.


America was never a nation to run and cower. We are strong and intelligent. Well, we used to be.


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