President Bush has made a
brilliant move in calling troops home from our bases in Europe. The
redeployment is a move that is as much strategic as it is political. This
one move could bring the war on terror to a much quicker end. With
recruitment holding strong and the war winding down in Iraq, Iran and North
Korea should be shaking in their boots. We all are wondering where Bush will
move our currently based European troops. Will the troops be moved to the
Middle East to support our efforts in Iraq, or could they be moved to
support our newer member nations of NATO? Those troops could also be used
to strengthen our borders and provide homeland security. What our enemies
don’t understand is that if Bush brings home all of the currently deployed
troops we could do all of the above and it would cost no more money than we
are currently spending.
As reported today (August 19,
2004) Iran is threatening a pre-emptive attack against troops in Iraq and/or
Afghanistan. Iranian Generals reportedly are drawing up plans for the
attack if the U.S. continues to press Iran to remove their nuclear plants.
This threat comes soon after Bush’s announcement to remove troops from
Western Europe. Nearly as quick was Democratic Presidential Candidate John
Kerry to say that he would not pull troops out of South Korea
because North Korea has nukes. To me pulling troops out of South Korea makes
sense. If North Korea has a nuclear bomb, why would we want to put our
troops in the path of a nuclear bomb? Wouldn’t it make more sense putting
troops into the Middle East before Iran gets a nuclear bomb and fight a
non-nuclear war? After all we have the missiles with nukes on them to hit
North Korea and we will use them should it be needed. Besides South Korea
has been building their forces for the last fifty years and by now should
have a very respectable fighting force.
We should always remember that
we are living in dangerous times and we need a leader, who is strong enough
to make those decisions, that leader is our President George W. Bush.
Ps. I would also like to see the
Big Red 1 returned to their home base
at Fort Riley, Kansas.