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Going to War with ISIS

By Dr. Bob Uda



Congress People and Their Children Go First


Politicians’ children drafted first.  If Congress declares war, the United States should draft the sons and daughters of all of these politicians first and sent to the battlefront to fight in the war.  Make this a matter of federal law.  That requirement should have a definite impact on whether they would really want the United States to go to war or not.


Politicians should personally lead the battles.  Furthermore, I am not saying that politicians should lead the battles from Washington, DC.  All elected politicians should be suited up in military gear and placed at the battlefront of all wars unto which they send our warfighters.  Again, make this a matter of federal law.  In past wars, the true leaders were out in front of the army leading the warfighters into battle.  For example, we had the following great American leaders leading the fight in their respective wars or battles:


  • Daniel Boone, a great frontiersman who never shied away from a fight during the 1760s-1770s


  • General George Washington, in the lead boat, crossed the Delaware River in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War, 1776


  • Tecumseh (Shawnee), brigadier general under the British at the Battle of the Thames, where he lost his life, during the War of 1812


  • Davy Crockett on his last stand at the Alamo, 1836


  • Union Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (“Old Salamander”) at Mobile Bay during the Civil War said, “Damn the torpedoes!  Full speed ahead!”, 1864


  • Geronimo (Apache), most legendary and feared of all Apache warriors in Arizona during the 1850s – 1880s always led the battles in front of his warriors


  • General George A. Custer’s last stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876, fought while in the middle of that final battle


  • Sitting Bull (Sioux) defeats General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876, led his warriors from the front


  • Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Battle at San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War, 1898, led his troops on horseback from the front


  • Lt Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II with 33 awards and decorations including the Medal of Honor, credited for killing over 240 of the enemy, wounded three times, fought in nine major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war, 1943-45, while always in the middle of the conflicts


  • General A. C. McAuliffe, commander of 101st Airborne Division, when the German’s asked him to surrender Bastogne during the Battle of Bastogne, said, “Nuts!”, 1944, and kept fighting


  • General George S. Patton, Jr., and his Third Army’s drive into Germany, which helped end World War II, 1945, always was in the middle of all conflicts


Leading battles should be an eternal principle.  Whatever happened to leaders like these?  Leading battles should be an eternal principle to keep our errant politicians from starting frivolous wars.  I would love to have seen President Lyndon Banes Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara leading the various battles in Southeast Asia fighting their way through the Vietnamese jungles.  Watching President Bill Clinton on national television leading the charge in all of the silly wars he started in foreign lands would have been a real gas indeed!  It would have been like watching losing presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis riding in that tank with helmet on in that nationally televised campaign commercial.  In that way, we will see how badly they and our Congress people will ever want to go to war in the future.


We need real generals today.  We need General Patton today in Afghanistan and Iraq.  We need him to “kick the rears” of the Iranians and North Koreans.  Where is General Patton who wanted to attack the Russians after the close of World War II?  Where is General Douglas MacArthur who wanted to cross the Yalu River to attack the Red Chinese during the Korean Conflict?  Where are these “old blood and guts” generals today?  Unfortunately, there is none.  We do not need the jokers who are running our Armed Forces by political correctness (PC) as the guiding military doctrine.  General Wesley Clark presents a real joke of an example (learn all about General Wesley Clark by going to this URL: 


Another asset of America gutted.  President Obama has gutted our Armed Forces of over 200 of our top general officers and colonels and has replaced them with cronies guided by PC.  Obama and his minions have been purging the military of officers that do not agree with their political agenda.  They have labeled veterans returning from overseas wars as “potential terrorists.”  They have turned our military into a playground for PC and social experiments.  Our Armed Forces are smaller, weaker, more dispersed, and less prepared for a major war than at any other time in recent memory or since World War II.  Apparently, Obama wants our troops to obey him instead of the Constitution of the United States.



This is how Obama fights his wars.


Go to War to Win


War is avenue of last resort.  Going to war should be the avenue of last resort.  However, once we make a majority decision to go to war, do not hesitate, do not flinch, do not look back, do not have cold feet, do not have “buyer’s remorse,” and do not speak out against it.  Move forward with great vigor.  Never go to war unless you go to war to winThe objectives of winning the war should be for the survival of the country, survival of our citizens, and survival of our way of life.  Do not ever say, “I was for it before I was against it.” ~ John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Duh, what choo say?


When attacked, quickly declare war.  Whenever any enemy attacks us on our homeland, we should quickly declare war and go to war immediately thereafter.  Attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 (9/11), are valid reasons for declaring and going to war against the attackers.  We did it correctly after the Pearl Harbor attack, but we became wimp-outs after 9/11.  No attack on our homeland should ever go without a quick, devastating, retaliatory response.  If not, our enemies will perceive us as weak (as they currently do) and will repeatedly attack us in the future.


War of Attrition


A flawed strategy.  General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, coined the phrase “war of attrition.”  His central strategy to fight this “war of attrition” was somewhat flawed.  Gen. Westmoreland’s objective was to decimate the North Vietnamese people “to the point of national disaster for generations to come,” while in South Vietnam, his aim was to eliminate Viet Cong (VC) combatants faster than they could be replenished.1



Meat grinder and search-and-destroy strategies.  The goal simply was to pound the enemy into submission.  The Pentagon called this strategy the “meat grinder,” which was supposed to be achieved through massive bombing of North Vietnam and “search-and-destroy” missions in the south that would root out the National Liberation Front (NLF) and eradicate them with U.S. Air Power.  The hope was that this strategy would buy time for the Saigon government to become a viable political and military entity.2  Does this not sound like the Iraq government?  After nearly a decade of attempting to make the Iraq government a viable political and military entity, when push came to shove, the Iraqi Army dropped their weapons and retreated for their lives from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces.  What a joke!


Discard war of attrition strategy.  Never take the “war of attrition” approach.  The United States foolishly did that in Vietnam.  Now, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, although started out correctly, have transitioned into wars of attrition.  Gen. Westmoreland designed the war of attrition strategy to meat-grind-down the enemy forces.  However, this “war of attrition” in Afghanistan and Iraq grinds down our own warfighters…one soldier at a time.  You do not want a war of attrition to go that way.  The American public will not stand for it.  Thus, either turn those wars over totally to the generals or get our troops out of there!  Fighting those wars the way we are doing today is both ludicrous and insane!


Let the Generals Run the War


Turn it over to the generals.  When we go to war, we should turn it over to the generals to run.  Generals train to fight and win wars.  Do not use them as puppets to perform for politicians as puppeteers holding onto the strings.  Do not tie one of their arms behind their backs (or tear it off as depicted by the cartoon above) and expect them to win the fight.  Give them all the resources, latitude, authority, and power to wage and win the war.  If you are not willing to do that, then do not go to war in the first place!


Only order is to go win the war.  Sun Tzu said, “In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign.”  In the United States, the sovereign is the president (POTUS) or the commander-in-chief (CINC).  However, in today’s ISIS environment, the president should give only one command to the top general or, in our case, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  That command should be this: “Go win the war by any means possible.”  That is it!  Let the Joint Chiefs of Staff figure out what to do and how to win the war.  All politicians should stay out of their way and let them do their job the best way they know how to do it.  If they do not win the war in 12 months, replace them with better generals who can and will accomplish the mission in the shortest time possible.


Politicians Stay Out of It!


Vietnam War.  No single politician or group of politicians should be involved in directing the war.  Keep them out of it!  They are the ones who have screwed up past wars and got our war-fighters unnecessarily killed by the tens and hundreds of thousands.  Presidents Kennedy and Johnson screwed up the Vietnam War.  President Nixon campaigned and won on the policy of Vietnamization of the Vietnam War.  However, after Nixon resigned the presidency, President Ford had to take the retreat tactic, pull out, and lose the Vietnam War.  The Vietnam War unnecessarily killed over 47,000 warfighters.  What a waste of valuable human life!


World War II.  President Truman made the right decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which abruptly ended the war in the Pacific after the Nagasaki drop.  However, President Truman made the mistake of stopping General George S. Patton, Jr., from fighting the Russians as Patton had desired.  He also made the mistake of stopping General Douglas MacArthur from taking our troops across the Yalu River and attacking the Red Chinese.  If Truman had allowed those two generals to implement these strategies, as they should have, we would not have had the frapping Cold War!


Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.  President George W. Bush made the wrong decisions in fighting the Afghanistan War and Iraq War as were done in Vietnam.  He started these wars correctly with carpet bombing and massive force.  However, as time went on, we turned wimpy.  We should have wiped out all insurgents when we had the chance.  Instead, we are now experiencing another “war of attrition” of our warfighters!


Turn wars over to the generals.  President Bush should have turned over to the generals (i.e., Joint Chiefs of Staff) the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and personally stay out of it.  Let them fight and win those wars and then bring our troops home where they belong.  Whatever it takes to win those wars, they should do.  General George S. Patton said, “Sure, we want to go home.  We want this war over with.  The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.”  Then, President Barack Obama entered the scene.  He did the foolish thing by adopting the same strategies and tactics of the GWB administration, which is a war of attrition of our own troops!  Stupid is as stupid does. ~ Forrest Gump


Fight to win the war on terrorism.  It is no wonder the Democrats and secular progressives (SPs) were dead against these wars as well as the “War on Terrorism” during President Bush’s tenure.  It is no wonder the North Koreans are spitting in our collective faces.  It is no wonder the Iranians have scoffed at the UN resolutions and badmouth the United States.  Then, President Obama pulled our forces out of Iraq without implementing a status of forces agreement with the Iraq government.  With his feckless approach to fighting wars, it is no wonder we are experiencing all kinds of terrorist acts being committed all over the world.  If we are going to fight a war on terror, let us fight to WIN the War on Terror!  However, according to the Obama administration, we do not have a War on Terror.  Instead, we have just Overseas Contingency Operations (OCOs), whatever that is?


War is Against People


When we fight a war, we fight people.  We cannot effectively wage a war and win when we fight against an idea, an ideology, a concept, an “-ism,” an inanimate object, land, an infrastructure, animals, plants, and any other such ridiculous things.  In other words, we cannot fight and win a war against drugs, against poverty, or against terrorism.  There will be no end to them unless and until we change our paradigm to make them a war on specific people—the bad folks.  In our current situation, we must fight a War on ISIS and win by killing off every single one of them.


War on drugs.  The War on Drugs continues and never seems to have an end or conclusion.  Until we change the War on Drugs to the War on Drug Dealers, War on Drug Pushers, War on Drug Addicts, War on Drug Cartels, War on Drug Traffickers, or War on Drug Smugglers, nothing positive will happen to win that war.  You win the War on Drugs only when you knock off (one-by-one) all those who are illicitly participating in advancing the manufacture, sale, and use of drugs for money.


War on poverty.  Likewise, the War on Poverty rages on for years and years, and there is no end in sight.  The War on Poverty will always exist until we change its designation to one or more of the following:


  • War for educating poor people


  • War on those who attempt to keep poor people on the figurative plantation


  • War on extreme left-wing SPs who advance hand-out (entitlement) programs


We can never win the war on poverty.  By definition, you cannot eradicate poverty.  As long as we have the rich, we will always have the poor.  As long as we have the “haves,” we will have the “have-nots.”  Hence, by definition, we will never eliminate the poor.  However, we can make things better for the poor by educating them, increasing the overall economic pie, and outlawing those who attempt to keep the poor on the figurative plantation.


War on terrorism.  The same argument applies to the War on Terror.  It is no different with the War on Terrorism.  We must change that paradigm to the War on Terrorists, War with al-Qaeda, War with the Taliban, War with Hezbollah, War with Hamas, and/or War on Islamo-fascists.  You need not fight a country or nation to go to war.  We can go to war with an organization, a group of people, and members of an ideological party.  We need to start knocking off Islamo-fascists one by one until our work is finished.  These groups represent a finite number of human bodies.  Hence, that tactic will work.


One at a Time


Our poodle dogs do not have any fleas because we have killed them one flea at a time.  Terrorists are no different than fleas.  We just need to knock them off one terrorist at a time.  In addition, we need not make any fanfare about it either like how Obama danced in the end zone after assassinating Osama bin Laden.  We need not brag about our accomplishments.  We just snuff them out quietly, deliberately, and consistently.  Finally, one day, we will get up, and there will be no terrorists (or fleas) left.  Isn’t that too bad?


World War III?

We do not need to call the War on Islamo-fascists as World War III.  We do not need to call it as we did the Korean War, Vietnam War, or Gulf War.  Unless we went to war with Iran, we do not need to go to war with a country.  We simply can go to war with a group of people such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, or Islamo-fascists.






1 Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim, Four Hours in My Lai (New York: Penguin Books, 1992), p. 32.

2 Ibid.



Note: This article is a sequential one to my August 24, 2014, article titled “ISIS Pre-War Considerations.”  You can access that article at /contributor/pages/7/162/stories.html


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    • DRJerkins

      Very well done.

      One observation, though; Fighting ISIS (or Hamas, or Boko Haram, etc.) is a losing proposition. The enemy is the Dar al Islam. War must be fought against Islam, against Muslims. Fighting ISIS and ignoring the reality that they are but a part of Islam is akin to fighting the Luftwaffe and ignoring the SS, Panzer, etc. In the fight against Germany, people understood that the fight was not only against the infantry, but the entire German war machine including the office workers and bookkeepers in Berlin who helped to organize the fighting, the bankers who financed the fighting, the factory workers who produced the instruments of war and the farmers who labored to feed the troops on the front lines.
      ISIS is only a single military wing of Islam, which can and will be replaced by another upon defeat. Only by waging war on all Muslims and their supporters can we hope to win this war.
      This is a hard pill for many to swallow, but without waging war on the Islamic world as a whole, we are only fighting the infantry, while allowing the greater bulk of the Muslim war machine to keep rolling and gathering speed.
      So long as there is Islam, there will be another ISIS. So long as there are followers of Mohammed, there will be people who live up to the abhorrent and bloody standard that Mohammed set for them.

    • J. Jackovich

      :idea: Just remember WHO, created them; :idea:

      (I say, “lock the s.o.b’s. up”! Known the world over for making up, the enemy. if, there aren’t any…) :wink: :wink:

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