Middle East Imperative

BY: JIM CASH, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.

I wrote recently about the war in Iraq and the larger war against radical
Islam, eliciting a number of responses. Let me try and put this conflict
in proper perspective.

Understand, the current battle we are engaged in is much bigger thanjust
Iraq. What happens in the next year will affect this country and how our
kids and grand kids live throughout their lifetime, and beyond. Radical
Islam has been attacking the West since the seventh century. They have
been defeated in the past and decimated to the point of taking hundreds of
years to recover. But they can never be totally defeated. Their birth
rates are so far beyond civilized world rates that in time they recover
and attempt to dominate again.

There are eight terror-sponsoring countries that make up the grand threat
to the West. Two,Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, just need firm pressure from
the West to make major reforms. They need to decide who they are really
going to support and commit to that support. That answer is simple. They
both will support who they think will hang in there until the end, and
win. We are not sending very good signals in that direction right now,
thanks to the Democrats.

The other six, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Libya will
require regime change or a major policy shift. Now, let’s look more
closely.

Afghanistan and Iraq have both had regime changes, but are being fueled by
outsiders from Syria and Iran . We have scared Gaddafi’s pants off, and he
has given up his quest for nuclear weapons, so I don’t think Libya is now
a threat.

North Korea (the non-Islamic threat) can be handled diplomatically by
buying them off. They are starving. That leavesSyria and Iran . Syria is
like a frightened puppy. Without the support of Iran they will join the
stronger side. So where does that leave us? Sooner, or later, we are going
to be forced to confront Iran, and it better be before they gain nuclear
capability.

In 1989 I served as a Command Director inside the Cheyenne Mountain
complex located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for almost three years. My
job there was to observe (through classified means) every missile shot
anywhere in the world and assess if it was a threat to the US or Canada.
If any shot was threatening to either nation I had only minutes to advise
the President, as he had only minutes to respond. I watched Iran and Iraq
shoot missiles at each other every day, and all day long, for months. They
killed hundreds of thousand of their people. Know why? They were fighting
for control of the Middle East and that enormous oil supply.

At that time, they were preoccupied with their internal problems and could
care less about toppling the west. Oil prices were fairly stable and we
could not see an immediate threat. Well, the worst part of what we have
done as a nation in Iraq is to do away with the military capability of one
of those nations. Now, Iran has a clear field to dominate the Middle East,
since Iraq is no longer a threat to them. They have turned their attention
to the only other threat to their dominance, they are convinced they will
win, because the US is so divided, and the Democrats (who now control
Congress and may control the Presidency in 2008) have openly said we are
pulling out.

Do you have any idea what will happen if the entire Middle East turns
their support toIran, which they will obviously do if we pull out? It is
not the price of oil we will have to worry about. Oil WILL NOT BE
AVAILABLE to this country at any price. I personally would vote for any
presidential candidate who did what JFK did with the space
program—declare a goal to bring this country to total energy
independence in a decade.

Yes, it is about oil. The economy in this country will totally die if that
Middle East supply is cut off right now. It will not be a recession. It
will be a depression that will make 1929 look like the “good-old-days”.
The bottom line here is simple. If Iran is forced to fall in line, the
fighting in Iraq will end over night, and the nightmare will be over.

One way or another, Iran must be forced to join modern times and the
global community. It may mean a real war—if so, now is the time, before
we face a nuclear Iran with the capacity to destroy Israel and begin a new
ice age. I urge you to read the book “END GAME” by two of our best Middle
East experts, true American patriots and retired military generals, Paul
Vallely and Tom McInerney. They are our finest, and totally honest in
their assessment of why victory in the Middle East is so important, and
how it can be won. Proceeds for the book go directly to memorial fund for
our fallen soldiers who served the country during the war on terror. You
can find that book by going to the Internet through Stand-up America at
www.ospreyradio.us or www.rightalk.com.

On the other hand, we have several very angry retired generals today, who
evidently have not achieved their lofty goals, and insist on ranting and
raving about the war. They are wrong, and doing the country great harm by
giving a certain political party reason to use them as experts to back
their anti-war claims.

You may be one of those who believe nothing could ever be terrible enough
to support our going to war. If that is the case I should stop here, as
that level of thinking approaches mental disability in this day and age.
It is right up there with alien abductions and high altitude seeding
through government aircraft contrails. I helped produced those contrails
for almost 30 years, and I can assure you we were not seeding the
atmosphere. The human race is a war-like population, and if a country is
not willing to protect itself, it deserves the consequences. Nuff-said!!!

Now, my last comments will get to the nerve. They will be on politics. I
am not a Republican. And, George Bush has made enough mistakes as
President to insure my feelings about that for the rest of my life.
However, the Democratic Party has moved so far left, they have made me
support those farther to the right. I am a conservative who totally
supports the Constitution of this country. The only difference between the
United States and the South American, third world, dictator infested and
ever-changing South American governments, is our US Constitution.

This Republic (note I did not say Democracy) is the longest standing the
world has ever known, but it is vulnerable. It would take so little to
change it through economic upheaval. There was a time when politicians
could disagree, but still work together. We are past that time, and that
is the initial step toward the downfall of our form of government.

I think that many view Bush-hating as payback time. The Republicans hated
the Clinton’s and now the Democrats hate Bush. So, both parties are
putting their hate toward willingness to do anything for political
dominance to include lying and always taking the opposite stand just for
the sake of being opposed. JUST HOW GOOD IS THAT FOR OUR COUNTRY?

In my lifetime, after serving in uniform for President’s Kennedy, Johnson,
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush I have a pretty good feel for which
party supported our military, and what military life was like under each
of their terms. And, let me assure you that times were best under the
Republicans.

Service under Jimmy Carter was devastating for all branches of the
military. And, Ronald Regan was truly a salvation. You can choose to
listen to enriched newscasters, and foolish people like John Murtha (he is
no war hero), Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Michael Moore, Jane Fonda , Harry
Reid, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and on-and-on to
include the true fools in Hollywood if you like. If you do, your
conclusions will be totally wrong.

The reason that I write, appear on radio talk shows, and do everything I
can to denounce those people is simple. THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR THIRST FOR
POLITICAL POWER AND QUEST FOR VICTORY IN 2008 ABOVE WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS
COUNTRY. I cannot abide that. Pelosi clearly defied the Logan Act by going
to Syria , which should have lead to imprisonment of three years and a
heavy fine. Jane Fonda did more to prolong the Vietnam war longer than any
other human being (as acknowledged by Ho Chi Minh in his writing before he
died). She truly should have been indicted for treason, along with her
radical husband, Tom Hayden, and forced to pay the consequences.

This country has started to soften by not enforcing its laws, which is
another indication of a Republic about to fall. All Democrats, along with
the Hollywood elite, are sending us headlong into a total defeat in the
Middle East, which will finally give Iran total dominance in the region. A
lack of oil in the near future will be the final straw that dooms this
Republic. However, if we refuse to let this happen and really get serious
about an energy self-sufficiency program, this can be avoided. I am
afraid, however, that we are going in the opposite direction. If we elect
Hillary Clinton and a Democrat controlled congress, and they carry through
with allowing Iran to take control of the Middle East, continue to refuse
development of nuclear energy, refuse to allow drilling for new oil, and
continue to do nothing but oppose everything Bush, it will be over in
terms of what we view as the good life in the USA ..

Now, do I think that all who do not support the war are un-American — of
course not. They just do not understand the importance of total victory in
that region.

Another failure of George Bush is his inability to explain to the American
people why we are there, and why we MUST win. By the way, it is not a war.
The war was won four years ago. It is martial law that is under attack by
Iranian and Syrian outside influences, and there is a difference.

So, what do I believe? What is the bottom line? I will simply say that the
Democratic Party has fielded the foulest, power hungry, anti-country, self
absorbed group of individuals that I have observed in my lifetime. Our
educational system is partially to blame for allowing the mass of America
to be taken in by this group. George Bush has done the best he can with
the disabilities that he possesses.

A President must communicate with the people.And, I would tell you that
Desert Storm spoiled the people. Bush Senior’s 100-hour war convinced the
people that technology has progressed to the point that wars could be
fought with no casualties and won in very short periods of time. I
remember feeling at the time, that this was a tragedy for the US military.
To win wars, you must put boots on the ground. When you put boots on the
ground, soldiers are going to die. A President must make the war decision
wisely, and insure that the cause is right before using his last political
option. However, CONTROLLING IRAN AND DEMOCRATIZING THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE
ONLY CHOICE IF WE ARE HELL-BENT ON DEPENDING ON THEM FOR OUR FUTURE ENERGY
NEEDS.

Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
Lakeside,Montana59922

“I’ll tell you what war is all about, you’ve got to kill people, and when
you’ve killed enough they stop fighting.” Gen. Curtis LeMay

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