Roger Chapin

The real question concerning our strategy in Afghanistan is whether we are willing to go all-out in adopting a winning game plan or continue the current holding pattern that won’t win the war but won’t lose it now either. The latter would exhaust the American public’s limited patience – this because of an unending and costly war with nothing to show for it, and ultimately lead to a U.S. withdrawal, a stronger al-Qaeda presence and total disaster.

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Our holding pattern would undermine the Pakistanis’ already questionable confidence and resolve while positioning the Taliban to infiltrate of Pakistan, with a risk of them gaining access to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. Some could wind up in the hands of Iran, al Qaeda or other terrorist groups for early use against our homeland.

Be aware that a prestigious, congressionally authorized commission warned that a single nuclear missile, fired from a freighter off our coast and detonated some 300 miles above Omaha, could wipe out virtually our entire electric power grid and water pumping systems with what is known as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) effect. 70 to 90% of our population would die from starvation and disease within one year. Yet the Obama administration is currently ramping down our missile defense systems.

The radicals would also tap into millions of madrassa-brainwashed Islamic fanatics who could be deployed as foot soldiers in insurgencies across the Middle East and beyond.

If we are to prevail against radical Islam we must accept this fundamental premise:

We are locked in a life or death worldwide struggle with radical Islam, which is irreversibly dedicated to our and Israel’s destruction and the domination of western civilization. If we are to survive we have no rational choice but to destroy the radicals and their power structure wherever they are. They are a cancer that must be totally excised if we are to avert a nuclear and/or biological doomsday. Let us also recognize these hard realities:

1. It will likely require a minimum of 500,000 to 1 million additional troops in the Afpak region to get the job done. Because we will not accept these levels of U.S. forces or the resulting casualties, we must assemble a permanent International Freedom Force (IFF). It would be individually recruited and serve under U.S. command. Even if less professional, overwhelming force trumps sophistication in combating an insurgency.

Roger Chapin

Roger Chapin has had a distinguished and varied career in both the nonprofit and entrepreneurial worlds.