We Are Not in a Quagmire
Today is being called by the press a “bad” day for the war. Allied forces have taken more casualties today, including two Army Apache crewmen taken prisoner after a hard landing. Michael Savage today was saying we aren’t prepared for stuff like this. Bull.
Lets consider the following:
- Allied forces are now 50 miles (roughly) from Baghdad, according to the press as I write this. They have travelled roughly 300 kilometers in 5 days. This is a faster rate than the one sustained by the Allies after the Normandy breakout.
- The Allies have sustained 38 casualties, 22 of which have been Americans. This represents 0.0152% of the force, out of the 250,000 troops in the region before combat began.This is, as far as I know, the lowest rate of loss yet encountered. So far.
- The Iraqis have 250 planes in their Air Force. Not one of them has taken off. If this continues, this will be the first war the U.S. has fought in (since it began flying) where no aerial fighter combat has occurred.
Yet the press continues to report that today has been a “bad” day. It is a skewed perspective, one that I believe has been created in part by the video-game-war belief. No war in U.S. history has gone this well. God is blessing us with victory, yet we must remember that war is still dangerous, despite our technology. War is punishment on a nation, robbing its wealth and its youth. We should expect casualties, but remember: we are doing well, by any measure, and we should give thanks while we pray for the troops’ safety.