Nec­es­sary vic­tory

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

I re­cently heard on the ra­dio that Demo­crat Sen­a­tor Elect Jon Tester from Mon­tana was look­ing for­ward to a diplo­matic so­lu­tion in Iraq. “Diplo­matic so­lu­tion” means de­feat. We had a “diplo­matic so­lu­tion” in Viet­nam. Al­though we, the mil­i­tary, won our bat­tles, the politi­cians and diplo­mats lost the war.

In Viet­nam, af­ter we “cut and run”, the com­mu­nists took con­trol. In Iraq, if we “cut and run”, the ter­ror­ists will take con­trol.

There is a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween Viet­nam and Iraq. Af­ter the Viet­nam war, the only Viet­namese to fol­low us back to Amer­ica were those seek­ing free­dom. If we leave Iraq with­out vic­tory, the ter­ror­ists will fol­low us to Amer­ica and at­tack us here. They will con­tinue their quest to de­stroy us.

In­stead of look­ing for­ward to how we can ne­go­ti­ate our de­feat, we should be look­ing for how we can ex­pe­dite and se­cure vic­tory.

TheIraqwarhas­not­goneaswe­would­like, but now is not the time to quit. Had we quit in Europe and the Pa­cific when things weren’t go­ing well for us, Hawaii would be­long to Ja­pan and we would have been chant­ing “Heil, Hitler!” If we fail to pre­vail in Iraq, we’ll be con­fronted with an em­bold­ened and more pow­er­ful foe in the near fu­ture.

If we fail in our bat­tle with rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists, we will be plunged into a dark age of ter­ror, op­pres­sion and death. Now is the time to ex­am­ine our past fail­ures, an­a­lyze how we can change­to­suc­ceed,and­press­for­ward­to­ward­vic­tory.We­haveon­lyt­wo­choices,vic­to­ry­orde­feat. William L. Catts Way­nesville, Mis­souri

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