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A lot of folks are probably thinking that since what's left of Osama's crazy crew is on the run, the war is over.
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And Osama bin Laden's game plan isn't to storm Washington, D.C., with tank regiments and infantry divisions like the Reds did to Saigon but to freak us out enough to seriously screw with our economy.
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Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the American people can't afford to treat this new war against terrorism like they did Vietnam.
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But even on the battlefield, a leader's biggest problem has always been alertness.
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Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, when evil creeps like Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev threatened to bury us, we bought time and saved lives by playing the containment card.
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Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can't be treated just where it's visible - every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed.
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Fortunately, it's still not too late to develop a comprehensive global strategy to eliminate our real enemy.
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Grunts on the line, where the enemy wants them dead, still goof off - even knowing that by letting their guard down they might die.
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I see fewer flags flying these days, and the patriotic flame that burned so brightly after Sept. 11 also seems on the wane.
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If a policy is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt, I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed.
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If I die, tell Eilhys I was grateful for every moment she bought me, every extra moment I got to spend with her. Tell her my greatest achievement is the love the two of us shared.
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In my last combat tour in Vietnam with a mainly draftee battalion (the 4/39th), we didn't lose one soldier because our opponent got the edge.
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In order to drill into young men the need to stay alert and stay alive, I used to punish offenders with my fists, boots and rifle butt, and with stockade time.
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It's human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn't banging loudly on the door.
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Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie.
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Of course, it's imperative that we stabilize Iraq and quickly reduce our armed role there.
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Our fumbling government's response since Beirut - during both Republican and Democratic administrations - has been to cut and run, or to flat ignore this growing threat, apparently hoping it would go away.
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Our generals talk a good game about taking care of their grunts, and the majority of our Beltway politicians bay with moralistic fervor about how they, too, support the troops.
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Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can't happen without the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people.
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That's because international Islamic religious fanatics have the same goal as the Axis fascists - the destruction of our way of life.
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That's what supporting the troops is really all about - making sure American grunts get the right stuff!
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The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning.
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The whole stinking scandal reminds me of the treatment of malaria in the early days in Vietnam, when we were unknowingly experimented upon and too many soldiers died from meds that were worse than the malaria itself.
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Their plan is to return the entire world - not just the Middle East - to the days of the caliphate and either convert all of us so-called infidels into born-again Islamic believers or kill us.
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War is the ultimate reality-based horror show.
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We citizens don't need to know every detail of every military operation in this new kind of war. Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy.
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We must all discipline ourselves into becoming super soldier-sensitive to weird, suspicious stuff and reporting same to the FBI or local police.
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While watching the tapes of U.S. Army Special Operations warriors parachuting into Afghanistan on a dangerous raid, I felt a great surge of pride for the skill, professionalism and daring of our raiders.
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Writing with you is the only thing that keeps me alive.
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