Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Presidents and Generals

Nobody Remembers

Did you ever wonder why President George W.H. Bush did NOT go into Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein during the first Iraq war? Notice, there was not much talk about Daddy Bush’s great Desert Storm victory at his funeral. They hardly even mentioned it. I’ve heard more about his young daughter dying than that war, which was the only ‘victory’ I can think of from his Presidency.

That always bugged me. While the American people were kept in the dark about WHY Desert Storm was so vital, it was claimed that Hussein was a tyrant. Still, Daddy Bush did not go after the enemy. He stopped on his doorstep. It wasn’t until later that we learned about the “oil” factor.

So, why?

Dick Cheney, said this:

I would guess if we had gone in there, we would still have forces in Baghdad today. We’d be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home.
And the final point that I think needs to be made is this question of casualties. I don’t think you could have done all of that without significant additional US casualties, and while everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the (1991) conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn’t a cheap war.

That seemed to be a big mistake, for years later, and trillions of dollars more spent, America is STILL there. In 2015 it was reported that 6,845 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and over 900,000 Americans were wounded.

What is it today I wonder?

There was another time in history that many Americans wondered WHY our leaders made the same decision.

At the end of WWII, when the Russians, Brits, and the United States were all heading towards Berlin to take out Hitler, the United States stepped back, and let the Russians do it.

Eisenhower made that decision…and he made it as he saw it, in the best interests of the American people.

What many people don’t know, is that Eisenhower, throughout the war, had to butt heads daily with Churchill and his big dog general, Montgomery.

Montgomery wanted the glory of having the British take Berlin. He really had a big ego. But Eisenhower knew that the Russians were already in mass and surrounding the city, and for the Americans to run into the Russians on any kind of borderline he feared would lead to WWIII. Like Cheney, he didn’t want to risk any more American lives lost for a city he did not consider a military target. There were other more important German cities to get to first, like the nuclear development sites.

Once again, Eisenhower made the right decision as history has shown.

Besides, by the time the Germans were surrendering, and Eisenhower KNEW that the few men that he had left, had to be sent over to the Pacific to fight the war with Japan.

Eisenhower had to choose. Save Europe for England. Or save America.

History shows that Churchill was also right, but England didn’t have the manpower either to defend all of Europe

Russia took over a lot of territory— including Germany and the formation of the Berlin Wall.

It took years, and President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher to issue the “Tear Down this Wall.” command.

And speaking of walls, this has nothing to do with the wall that President Trump wants to build on our border.

Unlike the Berlin Wall, nobody will be ‘shot’ if they want to leave America.

So, While President Trump is being criticized for leaving the Muslim Wars, while also trying to stay friends with Russia, he is thinking very much like General Eisenhower. Eisenhower knew that post Europe, was not our problem. Trump thinks the same way. Sure, there will be repercussions when America leaves the Middle East, but what’s more important is keeping America strong. Europe must learn to solve its own problems.

Also, Eisenhower bent over backwards not to offend, in any way, the Russians.

After all, without the Russians helping, Germany would NEVER have been defeated, and that’s a fact.

Eisenhower made the choice: Europe or America? He chose America.

And that’s why, he made such a great President himself.

President Trump has more in common with President Eisenhower than he knows. He would have made a great general.

And in this historical moment in our history, where the biggest enemies are in our own government, it’s good to know we have such a man at the top, who really knows what he’s doing.

And that’s my Nobody’s Opinion.

And by the way, that wasn’t the only time Eisenhower saved us. He went to the White House during the Cuban missile Crisis and told Jack Kennedy how to deal with the Russians.

(Read, the National Bestseller: Eisenhower at War 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower.)

Great book.

 

January 4, 2019 Posted by | Afghanistan, American History, War | , , | Leave a comment

   

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