Vic­tory de­fined

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - Francis Baker War­ren­ton, Vir­ginia

Vic­tory in Iraq may be de­fined as fol­lows: When our en­e­mies’ ac­tiv­i­ties can no longer threaten us in Iraq mil­i­tar­ily, eco­nom­i­cally or po­lit­i­cally we will have achieved vic­tory in Iraq. Among such en­e­mies are Saudi Ara­bia’s Wa­habis and Iran’s ter­ror­ists and IEDs (Ira­nian Ex­plo­sive De­vices). Also threat­en­ing us in Iraq are Red China’s in­fil­tra­tion of the Iraqi oil in­dus­try and Rus­sia’s sup­port of Iran’s ad­vanced weaponry pro­gram.

But, vic­tory in Iraq is not our only con­cern in the re­gion; the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq cer­tainly should not be con­sid­ered in a vac­uum. Vic­tory for us in the Mid­dle East is a larger mat­ter; our mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Iraq and Afghanistan are but two cam­paigns in our Mid­dle East re­gional de­fense against de­vout Mus­lims (aka rad­i­cal ex­trem­ists).

Start­ing in Bagh­dad and Kabul, our road to vic­tory in the Mid­dle East passes through Islamabad, Qom, Da­m­as­cus, Gaza, Riyadh, Bei­jing and the Krem­lin.

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