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.
The “insurgents” who claim to hold true the Islamic ideals of brotherhood and faith are not really Islamists. These men are prepping the battlefield for the war between the U.S. and Iran. They are paid soldiers that don’t have fancy tanks or high technology radar systems, but they are the first elements of the Iranian Army. Terrorist leaders hijack Islam to convince young men to give up their life and their future. Insurgents don’t produce any goods, they don’t provide any services, and they don’t develop technologies, so how do they get the money to raise an Army? Easy. They get it from those people that are hell bent on destroying the United States and the West.
The Iraq Study Group Report suggested that we attempt political relations with Iran and surrounding neighbors. Do this, while they send funds to the terrorists in Iraq and while they plan the next attack on the United States? Political action is a viable alternative but only in conjunction with strong military action.
We must be careful; the U.S. can fill a hole with more U.S. soldiers, when simultaneously the hole gets deeper as more of these paid terrorists stream into and are recruited within Iraq. The military in Iraq must be strengthened, and at the same time, the borders of Iraq must be secured. Americans are notoriously bad at this—look at our own border issues. The ability of these terrorists to bring in guns, money, and other explosive devices must be stopped before any political solution can prevail. Iran is banking on the lack of steadfastness by the U.S.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad wants the U.S to retract, take a defensive stance, and ultimately roll up the tarps and leave. He wins. Ahmadinejad has taken extensive measures to ensure that members of the new Iraqi government are sympathetic to Iran and that this supposed civil war serves to adequately distract and deter Western infidels into retreat, or, as some would say, “phased withdrawal.” This is yet another strategy to beat the U.S. Remember, it took from 1993 to 2001 before the terrorists tried again to attack the World Trade Center. Iran is not going anywhere; Iranian leaders are not stopping their development of weapons of mass destruction. They sneered at the UN sanctions and they view their victory in Iraq as a long term proposition—one they will wait out the U.S. to achieve.
That leaves the U.S. in a very unique position at this juncture. The U.S. is fully engaged militarily in Iraq. The opportunity to truly change the history of the world rests on the current President and U.S. Congress. The new path in Iraq must include a very militaristic element that ensures the strength of the Iraqi military, above all political solutions. While pouring in money, and possibly troops, to shore up these vital elements, the U.S. must not ignore the porous borders of Iraq. Troops should be sent to close these borders. The constant infusion of money, arms, and terrorists must be halted or at least slowed to a drip. Without these cross border transfers, the Iraqi forces might have a chance to stem, and eventually stop, the sectarian violence. Without this, Iran will surely send in and recruit more money and “troops” to counter any increases in U.S. troop levels.
The proposition for an early and easy way out is not feasible. The terrorists understand patience and persistence. They don’t have a future to plan. The Iranians understand patience and persistence. Now, Americans must exhibit the fortitude and strength to see this through. We are at war, and victory can only be achieved by knowing thy enemy.