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Opinion

June 17, 2013

We can't give up fight against terrorism

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“Victory over America becomes possible at the point when the American public becomes so demoralized and alienated that it insists the war be abandoned.” Words from Osama bin Laden. Just look what he did to us because of 9/11. He sat in caves as we hunted him. He finally found asylum in Pakistan as we spend billions for our security and safety.

We need to pay attention to the words coming from these terrorists. Ayman al Zawahiri said, “The Americans are facing a delicate situation in both countries. If they withdraw, they will lose everything and if they stay, will continue to bleed to death.”

We left Iraq and look, every day, terror strikes Iraqi citizens, many led by al-Qaida factions striving to create a civil war, take over the nation and its oil and have the revenue and the base to carry out terror attacks. When we leave Afghanistan in 2014 the Taliban will rule that nation and once again al-Qaida will have another protected training base. Remember they told us, “You have the watch, we have the time.”

Al-Qaida may be splintered, it maybe wounded, but it is not dead yet, it is not been defeated yet and we have to face that reality. With all the tension in Middle East nations we cannot fall asleep.

I am not for war but as General Douglas MacArthur said, “War is an evil of man and it must be abolished, but it must be faced with all the force a nation can muster when necessary.”

I fear for us as a nation that we will be able to defend our security needs with the cuts planned to the Pentagon and our defense budget. The planned $1.5 trillion in cuts to our military over the next 10 years seems highly problematic.

We got our butt kicked in Vietnam. We have a “truce” with North Korea. In Iraq and Afghanistan we have no victory. While the threats to our nation are increasing daily we are cutting back on our military and security budgets. It makes no sense, no sense at all. More threats, less military, how does that protect security?

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