Stratfor has a new Weekly Intelligence Report George Friedman and Reva Bhalla out titled "The U.S. Challenge in Afghanistan" which I embedded an iPaper version at the end of this post.
It is a thoughtful analysis of where we are in Iraq and Afghanistan wars but it is pushing the fallacy of "winning the hearts & minds" of people who we are trying to save.
The idea that we must win the hearts of minds of people who live in Iraq and Afghanistan or any other place we fight our external enemies is foisted upon us by our internal enemies.
I want you to think about it and try to answer the following questions:
Did Saddam Hussein win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people? He had total control of the Iraqi population. Did he maintain the kind of control he had over Iraqis by love, understanding and care?
We all know how ruthless Taliban was. Did Taliban have the "hearts and minds" of the Afghan people on their side?
Let's look at Iran. Islamist Republic is ruled by mullahs with an iron fist. We observed during the latest election that they sure don't have the "hearts and minds" of all the Iranians on their side. Do you think the mullahs are working hard to win the "hearts and minds" of the Iranians who are not happy with the regime? Does our administration care?
Let's turn back to Afghanistan Today? We are demanding that our troops should win the "hearts and minds" of the Afghans even if it means putting our troops in unnecessary danger. Now, if winning in Afghanistan is depended on winning the "hearts and minds" of Afghans, one would think Taliban would also pursue the same strategy of winning the "hearts and minds" of Afghans. Do you see them doing that?
You see, we are being fooled into losing wars by trying to win something uwinnable before winning the actual war.
Folks, there is only one thing that matters when dealing with our enemies and people who may cooperate with or harbor our enemies: POWER. These people already know we are the side with more POWER but they do not believe we have the determination, guts and will to use it. Afghans will side with us instead of Taliban when they realize that we are committed to defeat Taliban and we are not afraid to use our superior POWER to its full extent. We can't make these people love us right off the bat. First we need to demonstrate to them that we are determined to WIN the war by using everything we have in our arsenal even if it means killing Afghans who refuse to take side with us. We need to make them FEAR us first. That's all there is to it.
We need to ignore the liberals' gasps when we declare this is what we'll do because those gasps are fake!
You see folks, it is fairly obvious now that the liberal democRATs have no problem with tyrannies that oppress their own people. They even celebrate the leftist tyrants and work to prop them up and support them. Yes, liberal democRATS support tyrannies that declare the U.S. as their enemy. The only tyrants the liberal democRATs hate are the ones that are friendly to the U.S. Think about that for minute. They are making hay out of election problems in Afghanistan. Who will take over if we pull out because we are supposedly disgusted by the way these people ran their election? Will Taliban hold elections?
Folks, it is sad to see that even our own military is falling prey to this stupid fallacy of attempting to "Win The Hearts and Minds" of people before we fight and defeat our sworn enemies.
I have a proposal for the liberals:
Why don't we pull out all our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan completely and stick "FREE IRAQ" and "FREE AFGHANISTAN" stickers on the bumpers of our Humvees and tanks while the people of Iraq and Afghanistan being oppressed, murdered in mass scale by the tyrants who take over. Hey, we tried to win their "hearts and minds"! They just didn't get it...