that intercepted phone calls between enemy units revealed their plans
to attack several key positions under his command. What would he do?
Would he immediately “shut down” those positions, take his troops out
of harm’s way, and hope the enemy does not attack? Of course not. Wars
are not won by conceding territory, but by taking it; or, at least,
No, that general would not back away in the face of an enemy threat.
Rather, he would see it as an opportunity to inflict even greater
damage to his antagonists by reinforcing those positions with
additional troops and fire support, and daring them to try. “Let the
bastards come!” would be his battle cry—as it was for men like
“Chesty” Puller, George Patton, “Skinny” Wainwright, Jimmy Doolittle,
Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas
Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and so many other courageous leaders of our
past whose decisive actions kept us strong and free for more than two
Recently, our “generals” in Washington had just such an opportunity
presented to them and they chose to run rather than fight. Instead of
reinforcing our embassies they opted to close them indefinitely and,
in so doing, gave the terrorists a victory without them having to fire
a single bullet. The terrorists now know that all they have to do to
disrupt the government of the most powerful nation on earth is to make
a cell phone call to their buddies. They must be wringing their hands
over the possibilities it presents.
Sadly, these same “generals” will claim this as a victory over
terrorism and try to sell their spineless response to us as
justification for an intelligence-gathering program that collects
phone call and e-mail data on every American citizen. They will do
this without realizing that, by their timid reactions to enemy
threats, and their expedient disregard of our constitutional rights,
they are doing the terrorist’s job for them.
“Appeasement of the enemy has never, in any time in history, resulted
in anything but disaster for the appeasers.” — vt
Vito Tomasino is a veteran of two major conflicts (Korea and Vietnam)
he has a different viewpoint of the latest terrorist threat to our
embassies, and thus takes exception to our government’s reponse to it.
He currently resides in Las Vegas.