Exit Strategy


We hear this simple two-word phrase volleyed about a lot today. It is used in regards to the battle ongoing in Iraq in the War on Terror. Does anyone actually understand just what this implies?


From the online Wikipedia we find the following definition: An exit strategy is a means of escaping a very difficult situation. An army without an exit strategy is presumed to be in a quagmire.”


From the American Heritage Dictionary, a similar word is found, retreat, The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.” Also, “The process of going backward or receding from a position or condition gained.”


Is it a good strategy to engage in warfare with the pre-thought of retreating, giving up, when it gets a little tough? We did that in Viet Nam to the detriment of millions of freedom seeking South Vietnamese citizens.


With the instant communication worldwide of information today, our enemies as well as our allies also instantly know any strategies mentioned. If they realize we have a plan in place to retreat, will they play to the implementation of that plan and hold back their strongest offenses to attack after our retreat, as happened in Viet Nam? I think history best answers that.


War is brutal and costly. No one likes war, least of all, those of us who have fought in them. Still, there are those out there who hate our freedoms and way of life and wish to destroy that any way they can. War is basically a failure of Diplomacy, which all to often happens. With this current enemy, there is no Diplomacy. They only know defeat by death or, to those in lesser support of the terrorists, showing them how they have been brainwashed by a radical element of Islam, bent on world domination under their prostitution of the religion.


Above, the first definition says if you don’t have an exit strategy, you are in a quagmire. As long as our troops are advancing and taking the fight to the enemy and defeating them while rebuilding and helping those innocents whose lives have been disrupted, I don’t see a quagmire. Sadly, with the slanted reporting from the leftists within our country, who only report anything that appears to be a setback, several Americans have been misled that we are in an endless quagmire with no “exit strategy.”


They are wrong! Many returning troops and many serving in Iraq and Afghanistan report the progress that goes unreported by our Leftstream media, which all too often is still being ignored. Schools are being built, power is being restored, free elections are being held, Armies are being built and trained for self-defensive measure against the terrorists and terrorists are failing in their goals of intimidation.


Had these same people been as given as much voice during World War Two, as they have today, would the Nazi Party still be openly operating in Germany? Would we have surrendered during the early hours of the D-Day Invasion or the Battle of the Bulge? Would Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima brought about the retreat of our hard fighting troops and retained a maniacal regime over the country of Japan? Thank God we don’t know the answer to that.


To defeat these terrorists it is going to be a long and hard fight. Surrender plans will only demoralize our Military and give the terrorists the support they need to impose their radical and oppressive view of the religion of Islam on several millions as deserving of freedom of choice as Americans are. Openly advocate retreating and how soon will we see another Islamofacist attack on another major city within our borders?


Don’t be misled. The only acceptable exit strategy is complete and total victory. World War One should be our lesson in this. A Cease-fire was the exit strategy then and a little over 20 years later, we had World War Two. Viet Nam is another lesson in the folly of “exit strategies.” We tucked tail and left, while we were really winning the fight and allowed millions of innocent Vietnamese to become enslaved. After the first Gulf War, we encouraged Iraqis to stand up and fight Saddam and never gave them the help they would need. Their uprising failed and several just disappeared, leaving Saddam in power.


Any “exit strategy” other than victory is just another cowardly way of snatching defeat from victory. I pray that never happens again. Don’t let our young veterans utter in disbelief years from now, as Iraq and Afghanistan are once again under brutal and oppressive regimes, “what happened? We were winning when I left.”


Exit Strategies are just another way of advocating surrender while winning.


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