Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Official

War on Terror Is the Most Successful Military Campaign In US History.

Before President George W. Bush leaves office it's only fitting to give credit to where credit it due. Although you would not know this from the anti-Bush media or democrats, the US military has waged the most successful major military campaign in American history these past 8 years.

The War on Terror has been an amazing success not only in what has been accomplished but in what it has cost in lives. Two brutal regimes were obliterated, Al-Qaeda was decimated, fledgling democracies were established. But, most importantly, the US was able to do this while sacrificing the fewest number of soldiers monthly than in any other military campaign in US history. In fact, the US today is losing fewer soldiers each month in Iraq and Afghanistan combined than the average number of soldiers lost monthly during the Clinton years (~35 to 78).

Here's how the War on Terror stacks up with other US Wars:

The population today in the US is much larger than when these previous wars were fought. If you factor that in it really puts things into perspective.

In Afghanistan: The US has suffered 604 fatalities in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda has suffered 12,000 fatalities. 28,700 militant Islamists have been captured.

In Iraq: The US has suffered 4227 fatalities in Iraqi Freedom. More than 19,429 Al-Qaeda and Islamic militants have been killed. Over 18,900 insurgents have been captured.

Not only that but as Vice President Dick Cheney said this week we've achieved most of the objectives in Iraq that were established in the spring of '03:

We've got the violence level down to its lowest level since '03. We've had three national elections, a constitution written, a new government stood up, new army recruited and trained, the Iraqis increasingly able to take on responsibility for themselves. And we've now entered into a strategic framework agreement with the new Iraqi government that will provide for the ultimate withdrawal of U.S. forces.

You could not have asked for much more than that in terms of the policies that we started on in '03.

It's only fitting that this is reported before President Bush leaves office. Obviously, you won't hear this from the liberal media. It certainly doesn't fit their narrative that Bush's War was the worst foreign policy mistake in US history.

UPDATE: Terry Gain adds this:

1. More innocent Iraqis were being killed and dying because of sanctions when Hussein was in power than have been killed during the liberation of Iraq. The war has saved lives even as it’s being fought.
2. The vast majority of the killing of innocent Iraqis has been by the domestic insurgents and foreign terrorists. Americans have killed a small percentage of the innocents who’ve been killed.
3. The American war against Iraq ended on April 9, 2003. The war against Iraq by domestic insurgents and al Qaeda followed. That war is also largely over. The pacification of Iraq is continuing apace.
4. The pacification is also proceeding inexorably. Iraqis show every sign of keeping the gift of democracy they have received from the United States.
5. Calling for an end to the war – as have Reid and Pelosi – when it is insurgents and al Qaeda who are continuing the war is a brain -dead Democrat talking point. Even Obama understands that if the United States withdraws prematurely the hard won victory over the insurgents may be reversed.
6. Premature withdrawal will cause the war to continue, not end.

UPDATE 2: Bill Kristol added this on Bush's legacy today:

But I don’t think keeping us safe has been Bush’s most impressive achievement. That was winning the war in Iraq, and in particular, his refusal to accept defeat when so many counseled him to do so in late 2006. His ordering the surge of troops to Iraq in January 2007 was an act of personal courage and of presidential leadership. The results have benefited both Iraq and the United States. And the outcome in Iraq is a remarkable gift to the incoming president, who now only has to sustain success, rather than trying to deal with the consequences in the region and around the world of a humiliating withdrawal and a devastating defeat.


Tom the Redhunter said...

"I don’t think keeping us safe has been Bush’s most impressive achievement. That was winning the war in Iraq, and in particular, his refusal to accept defeat when so many counseled him to do so in late 2006. His ordering the surge of troops to Iraq in January 2007 was an act of personal courage and of presidential leadership."

Exactly right.

Also dead right about the cost of the war. The left whines about cost, and it only resonates with people because we spend so damn much on ridiculous social programs that do more harm than good.

If we can stabilize Iraq with a decent government, our victory there will pay dividends in the decades to come.

Too bad that the left won't be around to eat their words.

Graycrow said...

So...success war is measured by the ratio of people killed on either side. So Isreal is the world champion at war. Nothing to do with the fact that they are fighting against men with small arms and home made rockets and kids throwing rocks, while they have the latest US weapons technology.

Nazi germany was pretty good at war too, they killed lots more than they lost.

Strange things to be proud of.

Graycrow said...

Whats more Reb, if you think the war in Ira has been won, try walking around Baghdad.

Anonymous said...

The Loop Garoo offers this one from the New York Times:

Week In Review, Jan 25, 2009

Gaza Notebook: The Bullets In My Inbox, by Ethan Bronner



I would suggest to Prez Obama that
his 'goodwill gesture' to Arabs & Muslims on al Jazeera will be met with scorn & ridicule.

Diplomacy has no chance to develop a meaningful paradigm when dealing with a brutal theocracy bent on world domination.

Is our new leader that naive? reb

12:18 AM Eastern


Graycrow misses the point, again.

Democrat (Aggressive) War: Vietnam; Kennedy, Johnson, McNamara - 10 years, 58,000 dead.

Republican (Defensive 9/11) War:
Bush, Cheney - 8 yrs, 4,200 dead.
Value...Saddam, Qusay & Uday dead. The Kuwaiti & Saudi Oil Fields Secure; Brutal Regime Changes in Iraq & Afganistan. The Future Is, At Best, Uncertain.

Muslim Theocracy Is Determined To Have Its Own Regional Nuclear Capability...and the 'bone-heads', preferring one-liner comments, continue to Ignore Reality. reb

Graycrow said...

Surely winning WW2 was America's finest military achievement, with two democrat presidents.


Yes Indeed Graycrow!

I would like you to spend 5 minutes
seriously thinking about that, and what Europe (and the rest of the civilized world) would be like TODAY if the "Arsenal of Democracy" (USA) had lost that conflict to Adolph Hitler AND Japan's Emperor Hirohito!

FDR, Harry Truman, and Winston Churchill had the "right stuff"...
with sturdy back-bones, integrity, and genuine leadership qualities.

Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice Is No Virtue, and Extremism
In The Defense of Liberty Is No Vice...And In War, There Is No Substitute For Total Victory.


Read A Short Summary of WWII by Raymond Kraft...(see my Archives, for July, 2006). reb


Obama's "Stimulus" Package wants a Trillion Dollars (printed) for dubious Pork Barrels, and rumor has it he wants an 11% cut in the Pentagon Budget...and Eric Holder as his Attorney General! Whew, it's gonna be a wild ride to nowhere...sooner than we thought.
(More on this fellow before mid-February). reb


Attorney General Eric Holder wants to "investigate" our top security people for enhanced interrogation techniques, and worse...hopes to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in Civil Court in New York City!

A Huge Mistake. - reb