As the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is less than a week away, we need to recall that an entire generation has no idea what life was like before then and has never known the specter of the real enemy of terror.
Let us not forget that fundamentalist Islamic jihad is the constant enemy of western civilization in general, and the United States in particular. That is still unchanged from 20 years ago.
What has changed is the focus of engaging that enemy. Twenty years ago, the USA and close allies defeated over 75% of the threat of Al Qaeda/ISIS/pieces of excrement in Afghanistan before moving to a less essential military theater. Since then, our troops have been put at risk, generals were awarded medals and lucrative board seats in retirement, and no one was held accountable, unless you count courts-martial for servicemen who had an impossible task following rules of engagement that never acknowledged what “winning” a war, another nation’s civil war, would look like.
What has changed is the vitriol coming from Democrat Congresspersons stating that Israel is the enemy, not fundamentalist Islam, or nation-states that have vowed to eradicate the existence of our only real ally in the Middle East which is an oasis of democracy and generosity to all her neighbors, asking only one thing: please recognize her right to exist.
What has changed is that our military, at the top, has been politicized, weirdly promoting race sensitivity training in the most diverse environment on the planet, claiming that the climate is the most important mission for our people in uniform, and failing to execute a retrograde operation that is the bread and butter of armies: getting all your people out and leaving no one behind. To a lesser extent, their personal animosity to a former president has clouded their collective judgment, even if their advice to him was correct and you-know-who ultimately agreed with them.
Instead, a political hack (Biden) who has never been right about any foreign policy issue in nearly fifty years, sets a political standard to a potentially horrific situation made worse by ineffective planning. Yes, our generals lack both brains and balls, plain and simple.
And then they pat themselves on the back. We should have been out of that region 19 years ago, and they call leaving the following to the Taliban and God-knows-who-else a “tremendous success.”
The Taliban is now the fifth or sixth most well-equipped army in the world thanks to Joe Biden. It is reported that the Taliban has more attack helicopters than the country of Australia.
A partial list of hardware, not to mention the technology:
American Aircraft, Equipment & Armored Vehicles
- 2,000 Armored Vehicles Including Humvees and MRAPs
- 75,989 Total Vehicles: FMTV, M35, Ford Rangers, Ford F350, Ford Vans, Toyota Pickups, Armored Security Vehicles etc.
- 45 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters
- 50 MD530G Scout Attack Helicopters
- 30 Military Version Cessnas
- 4 C-130s
- 29 Brazilian made A-29 Super Tucano Ground Attack Aircraft
- Heavy Equipment, Including Bull Dozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks, Excavators
At least 600,000+ Small arms M16, M249 SAWs, M24 Sniper Systems, 50 Calibers, 1,394 M203 Grenade Launchers, M134 Mini Gun, 20mm Gatling Guns and Ammunition
- 61,000 M203 Rounds
- 20,040 Grenades
- Mortars +1,000’s of Rounds
- 162,000 pieces of Encrypted Military Communications Gear
- 16,000+ Night Vision Goggles
- 10,000 2.75-inch Air to Ground Rockets
NOTE: The above is cobbled together from Forbes, TV news, and certain rifle associations.
What has changed is that on the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 the talking heads say that white supremacists are the real enemy of America. While I and all rational citizens agree that those people are despicable and should be tarred and feathered, I haven’t heard one iota of mass terror coming from that corner of the darkness on any media. Not a single report of authorities “saving the day” from a domestic terror attack by the guys in white sheets. Can’t blame those clowns for the killing fields of Chicago, either.
What has changed is that the media is complicit with cancelling or mocking anyone who espouses the virtues of American culture, of individualism and protection of the most vulnerable, of supporting the Judeo-Christian traditions of western civilization, of the government getting the hell out of everyone’s lives.
What has changed is that common sense and good judgment now count for nothing if you don’t toe the democrat party line, accept bullying from the political class, scream that the police should be defunded, and you can’t complain because your skin makes you privileged.
What has changed is that violent protests and mob rioting is castigated only when they support one ideology that is not their own.
What hasn’t changed? The American people are intelligent, can accept bad news and deal with it accordingly, can tell when the Democrats have overplayed their weak hand, and they won’t tolerate any more failure, especially when it involves our collective security.
Let us not forget who the real enemy of our way of life is: fundamentalist radical Islam.
I pray that our generals and the political hierarchy are prepared for something civilians do not expect on the eve of this extraordinary day in our nation’s history.
And that they get their politically ideological heads out of their collective ass before it’s too late.
By Kevin Horgan
Kevin Horgan is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative. He is an author, retired attorney, and Marine. His work can be found on his blog Our Culture Inchoate, and his books, including his most recent novel A Face on the Flag, are available at Amazon.