This week, Myrick said she began contacting other co-chairs of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, such as Rep. Jane Harmon (D-Calif.), Rep. Richard “Bud” Cramer (D-Ala.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) about setting up a meeting with Coughlin and Pentagon officials to find out the circumstances behind the firing. — from this article on the firing of Stephen Coughlin
That is good news. For this article by LTC Joseph Myers is one of the clearest, best, and most important statements ever posted here — or posted anywhere — about the failure of the American government, and the Bush Administration, to begin to think and reason clearly about what it must do if it is to understand the worldwide, long-term, even permanent threat of Jihad.
The statement by LTC Myers saddens, and stirs, and infuriates. One is saddened, stirred, infuriated that such a piece had to be written by an American military man, in order to denounce the stupid and cruel and dangerous decision to fire Stephen Coughlin (oh, sorry: not to fire, but “not to renew his contract”). His firing leaves us at the beginning of a very long, likely endless (but manageable, if we come to our senses in time) conflict with one of the very few people who understands the matter, Stephen Coughlin, shortly to be out of the Pentagon — while one Hasham Islam (and who knows how many others like him?) sits contentedly in his office, just down the hall, no doubt, from his supposed boss and puppet, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.
Meanwhile, there remain the incoherence and the squandering of men, money, and matÃ©riel, the sheer stupidity about doctrine, the timidity about learning too much that in turn might require taking steps that people don’t know how to articulate or explain — because they are ignorant, and mentally lazy, and have been for decades. There remains the rigidity, the not wishing to figure out how a situation (for example Iraq) can be made to work to our advantage. It can only be made to work to our advantage if we are willing to ruthlessly exploit the Camp of Islam’s pre-existing divisions, rather than to attempt naive and sentimental feelgood missions based on the assumption that “democracy” is transplantable, and that the very word “freedom” means the same thing to “ordinary (Muslim) moms and dads” in the Middle East as it does, say, to those who attend caucuses in Iowa or New Hampshire or in any other of the remaining forty-eight, and that surely “prosperity” and “freedom” will somehow — the “how” of that “somehow” is never stated, never explained — lessen the threat that comes from the doctrine of Jihad, and from Muslims all over the world. Some are ruling the states of Iran and Saudi Arabia, some are breeding rapidly in the historic heart of the West, and some are simply content to say and do very little, but in the end will go along, as they must, for so it is written, in Qur’an, and Hadith, and Sira.
I wrote above that the piece saddens, and stirs, and infuriates. Mostly, right now, it stirs. It stirs one to be implacable in one’s disgust at those who have misunderstood so much, and been so lazy in their misunderstanding, and have made other men pay, some like you and I mere taxpayers shelling out our share for that trillion-dollar continuing folly in Iraq, and some with their lives, like the two American soldiers killed by an Iraqi soldier supposedly fighting with them — despite the official line, this is not the first time it has happened in Iraq — for a goal that is unattainable and that in any case, from the Infidel point of view, makes no sense.
Rage and disgust should not get in the way of ice-cold analysis. But keep track of those whose stupidity, rigidity, timidity, and cupidity have gotten us into this. Keep track of all those who, of all parties, have been the recipients in ways direct and indirect, of Saudi, Kuwaiti, Emirati, and other Muslim Arab largesse for so many years, as this country failed to come up with either a foreign policy, or an energy policy, over the past thirty years that might have made sense, because it would have been based on a clear-eyed understanding of Islam.
We can’t take much more of these fools. The army, losing its young officers, can’t. The civilians, forced to spend hundreds of billions unnecessarily every year, can’t. The country, forced to endure the continued in-migration of hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are apparently flooding in without a single attempt to do the obvious: halt all Muslim migration, and help support those in Europe who wish to do the same thing, because Western Europe is even further along the road of decay and disarray, if such were possible, than such decisions as the firing of Stephen Coughlin demonstrate is the case here.
Rage however you wish. But rage.