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Re-Deploy to Iraq! (Show 8: 9 September 2014)

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Today’s discussion concerned a touchy subject that has become sensitive only recently; namely, return to a former enemy country, the Republic of Iraq, in order to reclaim it from rogue warriors and terrorists who climbed out of the woodwork soon after our troop withdrawal. When wars broke out in Europe and Asia in mid-20th century, United States did not get involved immediately.  However, many of our leaders foresaw what was happening in Europe would ultimately affect the United States. The world had become highly destabilized as a result of militarization of four industrially-advanced nations; Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist Soviet Union, and Fascist Japan in Asia.  In most instances, each had attacked and occupied its neighbors.

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German-Japanese Axis in World War II

 

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Russian Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin, in World War II
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Militaristic propaganda in Fascist Italy in World War II

Political scientists tell us that well-being of a nation depends on its political and economic stabilities.  Both systems must entail freedom; citizens’ rights and separation of power in the political sphere and a free marketplace in the economic domain.  In United States and the West such guarantees resulted in enormous prosperity and advancement of sciences.  However, the sudden emergence of belligerent states at the time threatened this process. As predicted war broke out–Italy’s Fascist leader Mussolini attacked Ethiopia with plans to attack Sudan and other African nations; Germany’s Nazi leader Hitler attacked ALL countries of Europe, Asia, as well as Africa in order to appropriate their resources.  Russia’s Communist leaders at first conspired with Germany’s Hitler to divvy up the world but then, as is in the tradition of villains, one betrayed the other and Communist Russia itself became a target of attack by Nazi Germany. The civilized world could not tolerate such barbarities.  With United States at the helm of leadership, the West in alliance with the lesser-evil Communist Soviet Union, intervened and defeated all the belligerent states:

GERMANY

Invasion:

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Surrender:

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Occupation:

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Geschichte / Deutschland / 20. Jh. / Nachkriegszeit: Westzonen / Alliierte Mächte / Truppen / USA / mit Deutschen

GERMANY TODAY:

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Modern American-trained German Armed Forces

 

 

And, We Are Still There … in a Democratic Germany

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Members of the U.S. Army Ground Forces in Germany, today

 

JAPAN

Invasion: 

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General MacArthur and Other Commanders Landing in Tokyo

Surrender:

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Occupation:

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Female Americans of Japanese Descent in Tokyo

 

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An American GI of Japanese Ancestry in Tokyo

 

JAPAN TODAY:

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Modern American-trained Japanese Armed Forces

 

And, We Are Still There … in a Democratic Japan

 

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Members of the U.S. Army Ground Forces in Japan, today

 

 

ITALY

Invasion:

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WAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA:  WORLD WAR II/WAR IN THE WEST/NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, ITALY

 

Surrender:

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Occupation:

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ITALY TODAY:

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Modern American-trained Italian Armed Forces

 

And, We Are Still There … in a Democratic Italy

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U.S. Army Ground Forces, the Celebrated 173 Airborne Brigade, in Italy, today

 

But to guarantee stability for the future, United States had to first TEACH the ideals of Western democracy and freedom to the surviving and up-and-coming leadership of the defeated nations.  Thus, we left many hundreds of thousands of troops in each of the occupied country in order to assure social, political, and economic stability.

Today, over half-a-century later, those nations are robust economically as well as politically in that average individuals not only enjoy basic elements of human freedom but also are free to pursue their economic dreams.  In essence, those countries have become regional power houses.

However, the most interesting fact is that despite their prosperity and democratic self-rule, they insist on American military forces to stay around!  This is unprecedented in the politico-military history of the world were an invading nation is welcomed to stay in the invaded nation long after enemies had been eliminated and the occupied have evolved into free-willed nation-states.  In any of the aforementioned countries, their freely-elected Parliaments can easily vote to request expulsion of the United States armed forces from their country.

The principle involved in today’s broadcast as well as blog is that when, at the turn of the 21st century, two states essentially went to war against the United States; Afghanistan by harboring terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center in New York, and Iraq through its 12-year-long campaign of missile attacks to shoot down American planes assigned to prevent the Iraqi mad man, Saddam Hussein, from massacring his Shia and Kurdish minorities.

However, after our occupation of Iraq and establishment of stable government, our biggest political mistake was to prematurely withdraw our forces from Iraq after IT SEEMED the country had become secure.  Presently, President Obama, as commander-in-chief who had made the decision, now seems highly distraught and appears to regret his earlier decision. He has ordered some of our military elite units to return to Iraq to help establish control or what so many of our soldiers endeavored to do when we were stationed there after invasion and occupation.  However, only our sharp-shooting air force pilots have become directly involved in combat while our ground forces have been assigned to training, protective, and observatory roles.

This is a mistaken strategy, as with every one of the nations we liberated previously, we must return to Iraq to assure that its budding democracy and free enterprise system would survive.  Our present strategy of “financial, diplomatic, and military” strategy is tantamount to treating a cancer patient with medicinal herbs, psychotherapy, and occasional chemotherapy.  The patient would not and will not survive; the enemy, the cancer cells are merely too powerful.  As with Iraq, the terror cells are far too ruthless to be intimidated or scared by tactical aerial bombings.

This is not a matter of pride.  The future of the Middle East as well as the entire Muslim world is at stake.  Perhaps no place in the world could benefit the most from a Western permanent presence, in form of American military installations, than the Muslim Middle East.  We stayed behind in Europe, Japan, and South Korea and they survived and have prospered.  We could plant the seeds of moderation and civility in the Middle East once and for all with our military return.

But this is not this host’s singular opinion.  As a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war, I do know that a great majority of veterans feel that we withdrew from Iraq prematurely.  And, that a return to Iraq is of paramount importance and the sooner the better.

Our today’s guest was a United States Army Reserves and veteran of Iraq war, Sgt. Brain Sanshuck, who agreed that we withdrew far too early from Iraq and that a complete return to our former bases and installations is of utmost importance to assure that (a) democracy would survive in Iraq, and that (b) territorial integrity of Iraq would be assured because dividing up the country, on basis of insipid parochial preferences, would only play into the hands of the terrorists as well as the wishes of former warlords be they Sunni, Shia, or Kurd.

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USEFUL LINKS:

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List of U. S. Military Bases in Germany, today

List of U. S. Military Bases in Japan, today

List of U. S. Military Bases in Italy, today

List of U. S. Military Bases in South Korea, today

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