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OP-ED: Our Intrusion Efficency Index
(Parenthetically, just about all nations of any consequence have had “weapons of mass destruction” in their arsenals for decades!)
When we found or rather could not find those WMD's, we figured, what the hell, we’re already here, might as well keep going, and it's damned good for defense contractors anyhow. Then on a lovely day, our then President proudly stood on a ship in a safe San Diego harbor and declared: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! So we could then ditch Iraq and leave it to the bombers and oil giants and move on to Afghanistan where we had manfully driven out the Russians who could not have been happier to be rid of the place, leaving us to fight for something we have yet to understand as our national interest.
In both Iraq and Afghanistan, the mightiest armed forces in the world have been unable either to defeat something called “insurgents” or negotiate a reasonable conclusion of any kind after a questionable investment of more than a few trillion dollars and thousands of lives.
Comes now our newest scenario where we feel obligated to fire million dollar missiles as a stern warning to one more dictator we didn’t much mind until his people decided to rebel.
Of course there is much more to this tale of our INTRUSION EFFICIENCY INDEX, given we have had no identifiable strategic plan for what we do after we do the intruding. There has been no revelation of what we will do after we slap Assad's hands and leave lots of Middle Eastern residents wondering precisely why and what we will do now.
Do we simply "hit and run"? Do we somehow muster from a bunch of tired warriors who have been deployed and redeployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan some kind of military sans any draft...to do something if Assad does not capitulate?
The American people are certainly entitled to this information if Congress is getting it, wouldn’t you think?
But, given the unfinished business in Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps there is another point to consider:
My parents and teachers always told us never to go on to something else before finishing what we are already doing. In this case, it would be wise finally to check our INTRUSION EFFICIENCY INDEX….if we have the courage to do so.* * *
Joseph J. Honick is a Bainbridge Island, WA-based international consultant to business and government and writes for many publications, including www.huntingtonnews.net. Honick can be reached at email@example.com.