COIN is a fool's errand. Since the Vietnam conflict, this nation, mesmerized by the idiot box's 15 minute segments, with all problems solved within an hour, has lost patience for long and bloody wars. The enemy is taking advantage of that weakness, banking on it. By setting an irrational deadline, President Obama is falling into their trap.
Building a viable government in Afghanistan would take many decades. We don't have decades. Whatever infrastructure we build will soon be destroyed. Our progress is always reversible.
From Vietnam we should have learned that it is necessary to seize, hold and secure territory. We should have learned that the enemy must not be allowed sanctuary. We should have learned the necessity of cutting off the enemy's supply lines.
From Somalia we should have learned the necessity of giving our forces sufficient manpower and equipment; sufficient air & artillery support to accomplish the mission.
From Vietnam, Korea, Somalia & Iraq we should have learned that wars are fought to be won, not stalemated. The lesson: no more half-assed minimalist wars. We should also have learned the necessity of excluding mass media from the theater of war. We lost Vietnam in the streets and on t.v.
Unfortunately, we keep electing leaders who are not intelligent enough to learn from history and apply its lessons. But the worst mistake is failure to identify and accurately describe the enemy, learn his tactics & strategy, strengths & weaknesses and create tactics for taking advantage of that knowledge.
Two Damned Fools
G.W.BushSeptember 19' 06, WCBS Radio quoted Shrub's speech to the General Assembly. [Emphasis added for clarity.]
August 19, '07 Fox News quoted Shrub's speech to the American Legion convention.
B.H. ObamaApril 06 ' 09 msnbc quoted Obama's speech at Cairo.
Oh, we are not at war with Islam? What then? Who is at war against us?
Who are we at war with?Between 1787 and 1815, our merchant vessels were attacked and seized, their cargo confiscated and ransoms & tribute demanded by the Barbary Pirates. When asked for an explanation, the reply was clear. This is lifted from Wikipedia.
In March 1785, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring "concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury", the ambassador replied:
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.  
The Barbary pirates were motivated by loot, and justified their plunder by Allah's writ. That should be a clue for the damned fools. When members of the magnificent nineteen slit the throats of the flight crews they pronounced takbir: "Allahu Akhbar" (Allah is greater!) If the enemy is not Islam, why is it acting in the the name of Islam's demon?
Al-Qaeda is nothing more than a name, a false front to prevent us from recognizing our enemy. Our enemy is Islam. All of the Islamic terrorist groups share one common element; what is it?
War of ideas
G.W. BushAt Off Club, Kathleen T. Rhem quotes Shrub from a speech made April 24 '06.
The Washington Post, February 9, '06, quotes Shrub from another speech.
B.H. ObamaAt NRO, James. S. Robbins quotes Obama from an al-Arabiya interview. January 28, '09.
What Ideas?Shrub & Obamination won't identify the ideas in the enemy ideology. They describe those ideas as dark, totalitarian and bankrupt, but they fail to identify them. I am about to do something the President won't do: identify the most significant ideas in the enemy ideology.
Only Allah has the right to be worshiped.This expression occurs frequently in the Hilali & Khan translation of the Noble Qur'an. I found it in 35 of the 114 surahs. Here is one example.
If only Allah has the right to be worshiped, then religions other than Islam are prohibited.
Only Allah has the right to rule.
Governments not operating on the principle of Shari'ah must be overthrown and replaced by Islamic regimes.
Muslims are obligated to enforce Allah's rights.What is the relationship between Allah and the Muslims? It is a master: slave relationship, one to many. Why does Allah need Muslims; what does he want them for? To do his wet work. Surah At-Taubah 111 makes this clear, read it and curse Islam. [Emphasis added for clarity.]
What is Allah's cause? His cause is to make Islam dominate the world. How do I know this? By Allah's word and hadith.
Narrated Abu Musa:
A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause."
In 9:111, a bargain is mentioned, what is it? The bargain is the sale of their souls to Allah. We learn more about it in Surah As-Saff. It is the commerce which saves a Muslim from the fire and assures his admission to the celestial bordello.
61:11. That you believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know!
61:12. (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of 'Adn Eternity ['Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.
61:13. And also (He will give you) another (blessing) which you love, help from Allâh (against your enemies) and a near victory. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad ) to the believers.
You have seen the carrot, now its time to view the stick. For the description of Hell, turn to 56:41 and 22:19 The threat of eternal damnation is clearly implicit in At-Taubah 38-39.
9:39. If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allâh is Able to do all things.
Orders to fightThese are contained in Surah Al-Anfal & Surah At-Taubah. They are fight until loops, with neither geographic nor chronological limits.
9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The orders to fight are confirmed by Moe in this hadith.
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah." Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, "O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?" He replied, "Whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah', faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have."
Practical ApplicationFor this, we turn to Maududi's Jihad In Islam. Open it to page 15.
Flip one more page.
They will not be satisfied with reconquering Israel, Spain, Greece, etc. Their objective is total global conquest.
When Islam attacksThe religious obligation to participate in the annual attacks on disbelievers is fard al-kifaya, binding on all eligible Muslim men until a sufficient number have reported to the battlefront.
When we retaliateThe religious obligation to defend Dar al-Islam is fard ayn: binding on all eligible male Muslims, plus slaves and adolescents. If the Muslims are overrun, the fard extends to women, children, sheikhs and slaves.
A clue for youBrig. S.K. Malik, in the Qur'anic Concept of War, uses language so plain as to be crystal clear. We must learn from this! This crucial quote is found on page 60. [Emphasis added.]
spiritual dislocation. To instill terror into the hearts of the enemy, it is essential. in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith. An invincible Faith is immune to terror. A weak Faith offers inroads to terror. The Faith conferred upon us by the Holy Qur'an has the inherent strength to ward off terror from us and to enable us to strike terror into the enemy. Whatever the form or type of strategy directed against the enemy, it must, in order to be effective, be capable of striking terror into the hearts of the enemy. A strategy that fails to attain this condition suffers from inherent drawbacks
and weaknesses; and should be reviewed and modified. This rule is fully applicable to nuclear as well as conventional wars. It is equally true of the strategy of nuclear deterrence in fashion today. To be credible and effective, the strategy of deterrence must be capable of striking terror into the hearts of the enemy.
To terrorize us, they first set out to destroy our faith. Got that clue yet? You can not defeat Muslims while they continue to believe in Allah. So long as they believe in Allah's promises and threats they can not be defeated short of annihilation. If you would win their hearts and minds, you must first emancipate them from Allah.
Go ahead, build schools, they will blow them up when you turn your back. Build roads, they will mine them. Try to protect civilians, they will blow them up wholesale. Institute idiotic rules of engagement, they will use human shields.
Wise up!If you do not cause Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq & Pakistan to be depopulated or apostatized, they will continue to be corrupt tyrannies and state sponsors of terrorism. Your choice: smoking ruins, de-Islamized or victors. Which will it be? We suffered terrorism because we displayed weakness and lack of resolve in Somalia. Can you learn that lesson or not?
So long as Muslims continue to believe that Allah will burn them in Hell if they do not wage war against us, and will reward them with eternity in the celestial bordello if they do, we will never have peace and security. They will continue to torment us, poking and prodding for weakness. Eventually they will nuke us.
The war must be waged against Islam, and we must use the ultimate weapon: truth. We must show Muslims the reality of the character and works of their Profit. We must use Islam's canon of scripture, tradition, exegeses & jurisprudence to show Allah's slaves what he is doing to them and what they are doing to others. Those who retain a scintilla of residual morality will apostatize. We have MOABs for the recalcitrant remainder.