Happy Thanksgiving, but the world still turns.

C.I.R. Press Editorial

– Well folks, I say Happy Thanksgiving to all!! I have much to be thankful for and while on this day many celebrate and let everything drift to the back of their minds, I cannot. We should be thankful, but we must also be cautious. To illustrate this I will start with the good and finish with the bad.

The surge in Iraq is working (even the NYT has to admit it), has turned the war around, and as long as we can play whack-a-mole long enough with the politicians that like to say “the war is lost” we can make this work. That is right violence is dropping at not impressive rates. The Sunni’s were a problem being Saddam’s people, but the Shia also became a problem with support from Iran. However they have become as mad with Iran for killing Americans and causing disorder as we are. They have composed a petition regarding Iran’s actions that reportedly have 300,000 signatures including 600 tribal leaders.

This is a must read. It is 12 myths of 21st Century Warfare. This is a fantastic piece. Please follow the link to get the whole piece. These are myths that the lefties want to force feed us, the left wants us to believe their garbage in order to bring their own country to its knees.

Myth No. 1: War doesn't change anything.
Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.
Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.
Myth No. 4: There's no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.
Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.
Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.
Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we're no better than them.

Did the bombing campaign against Germany turn us into Nazis? Did dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end the war and save hundreds of thousands of American lives, as well as millions of Japanese lives, turn us into the beasts who conducted the Bataan Death March?

Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before.
Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.
Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.
Myth No. 11: It's all Israel's fault. Or the popular Washington corollary: "The Saudis are our friends."
Myth No. 12: The Middle East's problems are all America's fault.

Now while we could win this war, I agree with the politicians and talking heads. It is going to take diplomacy, and who do we turn to that for? The Department of State, and the front line people there are Foreign Service Officers (FSOs). These are the people tasked to go out in to the field around the globe to work with people and develop ties. Of the many jobs in State this one specifically tasks the person with going abroad, and going in you know the following:

"Worldwide availability is both an affirmed willingness to serve anywhere in the world and a matter of being medically qualified to do so. Both the willingness and being medically qualified are essential requirements for appointment to the Foreign Service. Worldwide availability also means that members of the Foreign Service are expected to serve anywhere in the world, even in cases where family members cannot go to post due to political instability and/or other concerns, or when family members must leave post as conditions deteriorate (evacuations).

"Candidates should also bear in mind that Foreign Service Officers are expected to take assignments that can involve extremely difficult work, hardship, and even danger. We are looking for capable,
healthy, dedicated candidates who are prepared to step up to the challenges the Foreign Service faces in today’s world.

"The need to influence the rapid pace of world change effectively requires more assignments to hardship posts where such change is occurring. Some of these positions are in danger or war zones and a good number involve sending officers without their families, who usually remain in the U.S. for the duration of the particular assignment."
Why do I not hear the politicians telling the Diplomatic “marines” to do their duty? These FSOs always resist be “directed” to a certain location, most of the time it is by preference. I have no problem with that, usually you have a better worker when they are happy. But when we have the possibility of calming tensions in the mid-east and getting on the right track… and our forces to aid that say they do not want to, they should retire. If they do not they should be fired and lose any government pension for failure to adequately perform their duties. Start putting the State DEPARTMENT ahead of the individual. The individuals at State do not make the policy, they carry it out… well that is how it is supposed to be.

And while we have those that are supposed to be serving our country in a diplomacy manner refuse to do so, we have our friends the communists complaining and sticking their thumbs in our eyes. While we have the USSR complaining that the “west” is plotting against them, keep in mind this is all while the USSR is selling weapons to not just our enemies but state sponsors of terrorism.

The ChiComs are canning a long time planned visit from the Kitty Hawk and its battle group. Which made no sense because they have been following it and spying on the group why not let them sit right near by? What made it worse was hundreds of families had flown to Hong Kong to celebrate Thanksgiving, they were already there. Instead the ships would be out at sea leaving the families on the shore. This is just one more occurrence in a long line of issues that really make me feel like we should consider boycotting the Olympics. Yes, so unfair to the athletes… NBC will lose money. I don’t care, but sure enough as the commies like to do…play games…they suddenly said the group could dock. However in my opinion they made that decision only after knowing the group had headed away and was too far to return. That is just the start. More of a slap in the face than significant action.

There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on China. From the 2006 QDR China “has the greatest potential to compete militarily with the United States and fi eld disruptive military technologies that could over time offset traditional U.S. military advantages.” In addition to that, the band is getting back together.

“PRC President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed 2006 as “The Year of Russia” during their March meeting in Beijing, the leaders’ fi fth meeting in less than twelve months. Building on their joint exercise in 2005, the two leaders agreed to increase military exchanges and hold eight cooperative military activities in 2007.”

The United States has seen work and progress in China’s power. They have been actively transforming their military from one solely based on overwhelming manpower with little to no projection capability, but now they have developed a variety of air, naval, and missile assets that is making it possible that they could project power should they decide. All of that tied in to their concept of being able to take out our communications.

While they have little to no modern warfare battle tested forces they have been running large scale operational exercises with our bestest friends the USSR. Much of their work has been based on studying the modern wars. Applying similar tactics from the first Gulf War to the more current ones. Information can be your biggest weapon. That is why they are spending much more time than in the past employing a variety of imagery and reconnaissance satellites, which is of course normal for every single country with the ability and assets to do so. What is not normal is developing a system to take out satellites, a system and test performed still has yet to be explained.

In the end, little is explained. Therefore we must treat China as a serious problem for the future, be it their military or the road blocks they put up for us in the international community (such as the U.N. and Taiwan).

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