Lt. Col. Scott  Rutter

The most fundamental element in raising an Army is money. By extension, the United States has the most powerful Armed Forces in the world. We can claim that we are the smartest and the most organized. We can claim that our democracy fosters the decisions that portend strength in the Armed Forces. But, at the very foundation, our nation’s military strength is based on our capitalist society grounded in the continued pursuit of monetary wealth. Period.

It is interesting to speculate on the reasons that we really went to War with Saddam Hussein. Some would argue it was because of WMD’s, in retribution for 9/11, to quash the terrorists, or to kill a brutal dictator. All of these are valid reasons, and all were part of the mix when the U.S. made that decision in 2003. But, in selecting Iraq, the President made an interesting choice. This decision will prove to be pivotal and vital in the history of mankind.

The connection between money and Iraq is clear. If we go back to 9/11, the intricate details necessary to carry out such a plot required patience and money. The “insurgents” in Iraq require money. The attack in 1996 on the US military barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole, 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and the 1998 attacks on U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania all required money. Lots of money.

There are millions of poor Muslims throughout the world that have no prospect for a life filled with family joys, pursuit of education, or contribution to the greater good of society. They don’t need people; they need money. That money flows from the organizations and governments of Syria, Iran and others. While all of these nations have despicable human rights policies and provide funding to terrorists cells in a myriad of forms throughout the world, Iran has a special place in hell-dom. Why? Iran is bent on developing weapons of mass destruction, giving them to terrorists, and destroying any people or country that has relations with the U.S. or Israel. And, oh by the way, Iran has money. A much bigger problem than North Korea, which is dirt poor and near implosion.

Therefore, while pundits can argue that we are there for the Iraqi oil, to find abhorrent the despot Saddam Hussein, or because we thought that WMD’s may be harbored within Iraq, the truth is that we went to war with Iraq to get close to our real nemesis—Iran. While that might sound outlandish, think of where we would be if these “insurgents” hadn’t propagated and threw a loop into this plan.

Lt. Col. Scott Rutter

Silver Star Recipient Lt. Col. Scott Rutter commanded the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, capturing Baghdad International Airport during the combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lt. Col. Rutter is a frequent speaker for Young America's Foundation on college campuses across the country. You can listen to their podcasts here.

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