VICTORY IN IRAQ DAY (VI DAY) – NOVEMBER 22, 2008


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 Thank you US TROOPS and PRESIDENT BUSH….job well done!

More on VI Day and its declaration here.

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3 Responses

  1. In my heart I am a republican who needs a little help in the way of politics. I would say that I am not very educated about it all, but I do know what I stand for personally. So I have come to this message board for answers. I respect and admire the educated opinions of the posts I have read on this board. SRT you have created a wonderful insightful page. I am grateful for our troops, never thought the war should end. I’d like to know though, what about Osama? Didn’t he attack us and destroy our twin towers. What about him? What about that? And remember I am only trying to understand. How do we solve that problem? I need these answers in order to defend myself against the some of my Leftist friends.

  2. Newatit,

    A good question. From a symbolic and inspirational leadership standpoint, capturing or directly killing bin Laden would be a significant blow to AQ. For the radical Islam to see bin Laden brought before Western justice or be photographed laying on a slab in a morgue would likely be devastating. Not achieving that is a failure for the current Administration and provides continued inspiration to bin Laden’s followers and supporters. Hopefully, the newly elected President will follow through on this stated commitment to capture or kill bin Laden.

    However, from an operational standpoint, the AQ infrastructure that existed in Afghanistan that helped bin Laden’s people to engineer 9/11 is gone. Much of AQ’s leadership that existed when 9/11 happened are captured or dead. THOUSANDS of AQ fighters, both in Afghanistan and Iraq, are captured or dead. AQ, as an organized force, has been run out of Iraq. The Taliban and their AQ allies continue to present a challenge to the government of Afghanistan, but they hold no territory and are defeated every time they fight with American / NATO forces. More needs to be done there to ensure the continued long-term security of the Afghan government and the new Administration indicates they will provide the needed support.

    Lastly, the killing or capture of bin Laden will likely NOT end the threat of Islamic terrorism. It will simply remove a major ideological player. We can probably keep the threat under control going forward, but it will only be eliminated when the Islamic World, like the Sunni’s in Anbar Province (Iraq), decides that it’s had enough. The establishment of secure representative democratic governments in Iraq and Afghanistan should (hopefully) tend to reduce the direct power that radical religious figures currently have in many Islamic countries. As those democratic countries prosper, their influence on the culture will also tend to diminish. That is when the support for radical Islam will start to evaporate. We may have a long wait, that is why Pentagon refers to it as the “Long War”.

  3. An example of what I’m talking about…

    http://www.military.com/news/article/marine-corps-news/marine-makes-insurgents-pay-the-price.html

    November 18, 2008
    Marine Corps News|by Cpl. James M. Mercure

    FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.

    Shewan has historically been a safe haven for insurgents, who used to plan and stage attacks against Coalition Forces in the Bala Baluk district.

    The city is home to several major insurgent leaders. Reports indicate that more than 250 full time fighters reside in the city and in the surrounding villages.

    Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area.

    “The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

    The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

    “The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”

    During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

    “I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

    After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.

    “I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”

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