Pre-Remedial Lesson For Democrats On "The War"
Try to follow along... I'll make it as simple as possible.
1- Al Qaeda declared war (Jihad) on the US and launched attacks repeatedly against the US for more than a decade before 2001, including under the Clinton administation. The first world trade center and the USS cole bombings just to name a couple.
2- Saddam Hussein (one of the most brutal dictators on the planet) increased his efforts to aquire nuclear weapons, defied weapons inspectors and the UN, violated the no fly zones and payed suicide bombers to kill innocent civilians in Israel. President Clinton defined Iraq as a serious threat to the US and world peace saying the regime must be removed by any means required. (Iraqi Liberation Act)
3- September 11, 2001: Al Qaeda carries out plan to fly Airliners into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and the Pentagon killing over 3,000 innocent Americans. Osama Bin Laden claims credit for Al Qaeda for the attack. The world changed. The war changed. We changed.
4- U.S. launched attack on the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and in a matter of weeks had virtually destroyed most of Taliban control in that country driving them into the remote regions perhaps even out of the country.
5- Meanwhile, dictator terrorist Saddam Hussein continued to defy the UN, the weapons inspectors and the US in his pursuit of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons yet was still given one last chance to disarm and open up to inspections. He declined. Virtually every intelligence agency in the world agreed that Saddam was seeking WMD and it was only a matter of time till he aquired them.
6- Considering the consequenses of a nuclear Iraq, (with full congressional support from the majority of Democrats) the US and it's allies launch an all-out attack on Saddam Hussein and the Republican Guard Army in Iraq easily defeating them in a matter of weeks causing Hussein to have to run and hide in a small hole in the ground until captured by US forces and later hanged to death following a fair trial by Iraqi's.
7- In the meantime, seeing what they believed to be an opportunity to take control of Iraq and drive the US out, Al Qaeda (Sunni) as well as Shiite Armies from Iran began to flood into Iraq from neighboring countries (like Syria). Bin Laden himself declared on many occasions that Iraq was the central battle against America, sending every available resourse into Iraq with the plan to cause a civil war and drive US forces out of Iraq. The war changed from a war against Iraq... to a war on terror, a war against Shiite radicals and Sunni radicals (Al Qaeda).
Yes, the same people who perpetrated the 9/11 attack on the US. The connection democrats have never made and refuse to admit exists.
8- Al Qaeda launced attacks on Shiite Mosques and civilians and in return Shiite radicals like the Hojjatieh attacked innocent Sunni's in the effort to creat the impression of a genuine civil war. It almost worked.
9- Democrats and the US media fell for the "hidden ball trick" and perpetuated the efforts to create that civil war by playing along here in the US.
Democrats turned against the effort and claimed we could never win, that this was Vietnam, that there was a civil war in Iraq and that we should pull out of Iraq immediately leaving it to Al Qaeda. (Exactly what Bin Laden wanted us to do) Violence increased, Al Qaeda and the Sadre Army battled each other via innocent civilians on each side... with suicide bombings, car bombings and IED's. The media ate it up. Many Democrats to this day refuse to admit Al Qaeda was even in Iraq, showing their complete lack of understanding and their losing track of "the ball'.
10- General David Petraeus took over command of forces in Iraq with a new strategy. The surge was born. US forces got the Al Sadre Army to draw down it's attacks against Al Qaeda and Sunni's relieving one side of the so called "civil war". The attacks by US forces were focused on Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda was crippled, then ultimately virtually defeated in their efforts and wiped out in Iraq. Al Qaeda forces then began to flee back to Afghanistan and other areas.
11- Iraq is becoming a free, stable, democratic friend to the US in the region... their economy is booming and they are currently building a large theme park in Bagdhad with the worlds largest ferris wheel... much to the dismay of Democrats, Obama, the liberal media and those who were cheering for a US defeat in Iraq who were certain they would get that defeat.
12- US forces in Afghanistan have been increased (and will continue to increase) as troops have been pulled out of Iraq, focusing on renewed activities by the Taliban and Al Qaeda in that country as a result of their (Al Qaeda's) failure in Iraq.
2- a We did not take our eye off the ball... what democrats failed to see is that the ball moved and we kicked the hell out of it... and still are.
UPDATE: 11/18/08- Iraq violence at lowest level since before the war, Iraq army taking over most provinces, Iraq economy growing strong, US military coming out and going to Afghanistan and home. Iraq has a chance for success.
God Bless America