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Leaders such as President George W. Bush, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Ted Stevens proclaim we must stay in Iraq "to fight the terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here in America." This disgusting display of ignorance must surely have America's enemies screaming with laughter, and Islamic terrorists praising Allah for making our leaders so stupid.
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American government propaganda, including exaggerated threats and magnified grief to make Americans docile, has made it seem as though the Middle East is the only authorized playpen for "fighting terrorism." If our terrorist enemies really are as capable as our government brags, this has made our country vulnerable to the simplest military attack technique there is: misdirecting attention through a feint.
For example, while we're entertained in Iraq and Afghanistan with mounting casualties, terrorists just have to send blackmailed Hispanics or Caucasians who are unknowingly infected with highly contagious diseases across the Mexican border. This border is porous enough to allow hundreds of such agents to penetrate and spread throughout the United States.
The only reason something like this hasn't happened is that Islamic terrorists aren't as smart, organized, dedicated and powerful as propaganda promotes. Yet if our leaders continue to do things that even a moron can take advantage of, even this won't help.
So why must we accept our leadership's justifications for failure and irrationality? Libraries are full of better solutions for those willing to study. For example, America's method of suppressing insurrection and "terrorism" in Iraq is like trying to exterminate fire ants and their nest by pounding them with a sledge hammer.
How about applying military principles of siege? We simply use all our military strength to lock down passage over all Iraq borders, using electronic identity devices readable from a distance. This would cut off support to Sunni, Shiite, Kurd and so-called al-Qaida partisans and would enable Iraqis to bring about their own civil order.
Meanwhile, we let the 20,000 plus mercenaries in Iraq hired by U.S. contractors actually earn their pay. Troop withdrawal would be inevitable - unless our leadership secretly wants unending war more than victory.