Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Mullen the Moron
"Having routed the Taliban, liberated millions, midwived a (Sharia-supreme) constitution, assisted in elections, propped up a government and routed the Taliban, some more, all the [US] needs now to win victory in Afghanistan is to win the 'trust' of the Afghan people. So, cockamamiely, wrote Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs [JC], in a column appearing in the Washington Post just days before President Obama ordered 17,000 new troops to Afghanistan, nearly doubling the American presence there. ... Sorry, admiral, but if that is what we have 'learned' in a war that has claimed more than 600 American lives, wounded and maimed thousands more, and cost billions of pre-bailout dollars, we are practically done for. Why? The short answer is that making a primary objective out of winning the 'trust' of the Afghan people, the chairman of the [JC] has, by definition, abandoned all rational war policy. Indeed, he has placed the marker for American success not on the ability of US forces to execute their missions, but on the emotional reaction of the average, illiterate, modernity-challenged Afghan to those missions. ... I wish I could say I've never heard such fatuous counsel, but the entire so-called war in terror, from start to non-finish, reverberates with this same sort of line. It tends to turn profound Islamic differences from the West into profound Western failings toward Islam. ... Mullen goes on to accept, ... the thoroughly bizzare idea that 'each civilian casualty for which we are even remotely responsible sets back our efforts to gain the confidence of the Afghan people months, it not years.' ... The infilitration of jihadists is as advanced as it is complex, and defeating it requires more than massive deployments of troops abroad. For starters, it requires total reconfigurations of two national policies: our energy policy to decouple us from Islamic oil; and our immigration policy, including travel restrictions, in order to stop any further demographic incursions of Sharia and jihad into the West", my emphasis, Diana West (DW), 20 February 2009, link: http://townhall.com/columnists/DianaWest/2009/02/19/win_the_trust_of_people_who_hate_us_what.
I agree with DW. Mullen is a joke as JC Chairman. Has he heard of our Vietnam debacle? What do we pay Mullen for anyway? Mullen, 62, served in Vietnam. Does he think we won? I last mentioned Mullen on 2 December 2008, link: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/12/security-and-specialization.html. Dismissively, he was called a "Havard MBA type" officer. Very close. Mullen was a Havard AMP. Heaven help us with admirals like this. Hey Mullen, the torpedoes exit from this side of the tube! David Hackworth called "Mullens" "perfumed princes of the Pentagon". Amen. In Vietnam they were called "REMFs". Look it up. Mullen is the Navy's "Major General", my 25 August 2008 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/08/new-army-career-path.html.