Immutable truths in war

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Before the Vietnam war started, a fact finding mission was sent there to see if the US should become militarily involved. The report came back, either bring all the US forces up to strength and go in all at once or stay out. We did neither, we committed a grave administrative error, which is why the war ended up like it did in Vietnam. Then, through media coerced by the Administration, the country blindly blamed it on the troops. The Vietnamese were friends by day but would kill the troops by night. They hated the US soldiers, and we still don’t understand these truths of war.

Failing to learn these lessons led to the US repeating it in Iraq and Afghanistan. Invasion and occupation on behalf of Big Oil will always bring hatred and killing, it cannot be changed.

Lost in the blame game in the deaths of four Americans in Libya, is this same immutable truth, friends by day, enemy by night.

As reported in the Washington Spectator, Dan Senor who spent 13 months in Iraq as “senior advisor“ to Paul Bremer and the failed CPA “left behind a great deal of damage, yet learned nothing from Iraq.” Senor is Romney’s Middle East expert. The Spectator continues; “In an alternate universe of some GOP elites, the CPA, which Iraqis dubbed “Cant’ Provide Anything, remains a nation-building model, a deep well of neocon wisdom”. “Even as he rails about Iran, he is never questioned about the Iraqi regime he and Bremmer helped put in place, an instant Iranian ally that is now accused of aiding Syria’s regime.”

According to the Nation magazine neighborhoods where Sunnis, Shiites and Christians lived together peacefully, are now segregated, people are walled off from one another and are divided up. Bet the Iraqis are friends by day and enemies by night.

A Romney win could mean this same Middle East neocon wisdom will prevail with Dan Senor as head of the highly secretive NSA.

Vietnam is ancient history, but that doesn’t mean the lessons we should have learned do not apply to this day. Will Dan Senor understand that continued global conquest for Big Oil brings friends by day and enemies by night?