It’d be great if he could look back today and say: Yes, we lost
1000 soldiers, but the U.S ultimately mastered the social, economic, and
military environment in
As of March 24, 2008, the U.S. dead count in Iraq has ascended to 4,000. That's 4,000 Americans – people like you or me -- who are now but a memory.
Who’s to blame for the quadrupling of
However, Usedcarsalesman believes that the insurgency's success at killing our personnel is greatly enhanced due to the following errors committed by U.S. Leaders:
I. Employing a Strategy That Does Not Eliminate Insurgency
Chief of the British General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannat, speaking in September 2007, stated that “…With the exception of the Al Qaeda in Iraq element…(Insurgents) are Iraqi Nationalists and are most concerned with their own needs – jobs, money security…”
What does the U.S. use to combat these insurgents -- these private Iraqi soldiers not a part of any nation’s standing army, and “who are most concerned with their own needs?” Of course, the U.S. uses the military tool it has most readily available -- its own standing army. Usedcarsalesman says this is the wrong "tool" for the job
What do we see as a result? A high-stakes, "police-vs.-criminals" scenario, where the U.S. Armed Forces
play the “police” and "insurgents" play the "criminals." And Just as with crime in the
This force could be achieved by drawing deeper from the current pool of ex-combat soldiers, ex-Marines, ex-Army Rangers, and ex-Officers with those forces, as well as by using an even larger number of ex-soldiers / sailors and officers from Special Operations Units – Army Special Forces, Recon Marines, and Navy SEALS.
Yes, money and lots of it, would serve as the aforementioned "draw." But as General Dannat said above, "jobs, money and security" are what motivates the Iraqi Insurgents. So, the ethical equation balances out, so to speak.
Usedcarsalesman believes that in effect, such a Contractor-Counter-Insurgency (CCI) force –
essentially "Mercenaries" who are mostly
II. Failing To Adequately
Rebuild (Remodel?) The Economy of Iraq
Iraq’s adult population -- namely the guys willing to carry the gritty AK-47s -- has faced chronic low or under-employment for the last 5
years in no small part due to the
Usedcarsalesman, however, says that the failure of the U.S. to enable full and ample employment of the native population has left conditions in Iraq especially fertile for Insurgency
it not reasonable to assume that all people who are unemployed and who want to work
will potentially turn in to "outlaws" if they fail to find adequate employment
(true for the
How Does The U.S. Fix The Aforementioned Two Problems? Usedcarsalesman humbly submits the following solutions:
I. Voters Should Elect Either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Next President of The United States.
Here's why: We know that Obama or Hillary will withdrawal
Instead, Obama or Hillary’s "troop
withdrawal" action will enable former
Sen. John McCain -- he a great leader and patriot and also an old, third-generation Naval Academy War Horse --
will not withdrawal troops. In fact he will add troops -- the poorly paid
Army/Navy/Marine guys enjoying mediocre public support and experiencing little
in the way of perks other than ready-access to base fast-food -- and the
Yes, you could argue that 5,000 well-paid military contractors will come home in body bags in 8 years instead. However, Usedcarsalesman would contend that those dead military contractors went to Iraq by choice, knew the risks, and could leave at any time. They were not there for some vague or questionable national objective, either
(All is not peril for a CCI force of military contractors. Keep in mind these well-paid privateers could afford – and have
the leeway -- to arm and armor themselves with state-of-the-art equipment, thus
cutting some of the risk of death and injury that they would face using
“Standard-Issue” (Lowest-Bidder) gear .
II. The U.S. and The Rest of The U.N. Needs to Get the Iraqi Economy Moving Full-Throttle
Usedcarsalesman wants to see Iraqi Movie Studios bigger than Warner Bros., Iraqi Investment Banks that dwarf Morgan Stanley, Iraqi Entrepreneurs that make Steve Jobs seem flat-footed, Iraqi shopping malls better than anything in Tyson's Corner, Va., Iraqi hotels better than the best in Dubai, world-renowned Iraqi Universities, an Iraqi Six Flags, a dozen Iraqi Harley Dealerships and Walmarts.
He doesn't want a single Iraqi to have time to contemplate picking up a
weapon unless it’s at the newly built gun club down the road from the new Coach
Yes, you could say that the aforementioned economy would be a better state
of affairs for many people in the
The good news is that the U.S. may gain experience "fixing" Iraq that will enable it to correct its own problems at home