Anyone old enough to be around during the Gulf War surely remembers Saddam's elite Republican Guard surrendering en masse out there in the desert. And why not? After weeks of allied bombing and pin point tank strikes, Saddam's forces were, to say the least, a bit shaken. (These are same supposedly mighty brutes who slaughtered millions over Saddam's tenure).
So when allied ground forces moved into Iraq they plowed north like a knife through butter and stopped at the outskirts of Baghdad within a very few days. Why George H.W. stopped and withdrew before toppling Saddam is one for the history books. (I still believe his Dad's failure to finish off Saddam was a prime motivator for George W. to invade Iraq.)
Not the point. The reason I cite the Republican Guard's massive capitulation is because it happened repeatedly among Muslims in the Middle East. I remember arriving in Saudi Arabia during the first phase of the Gulf War...Desert Shield. Saddam had already invaded Kuwait (whose armed forces also fell down and cowered) and were threatening to invade Saudi Arabia and capture Saudi Arabia's prime oil fields in Dhahran. Well the Saudi's screamed long and hard and reminded George H.W. that Saudi Arabia had spent hundreds of billions of dollars with American defense companies and it was now payback time.
So American forces deployed to Saudi Arabia, to Dhahran, to Al Kharj, to Jeddah and Riyadh..and began planning to defend the Saudi border and to invade Kuwait and Iraq and drive Saddam's forces back. I arrived in Riyadh in late September of 1990 and the Saudi populace were already fleeing to the East, to safer Jeddah, goats and wives in the back of their trucks and hauling ass, even before the first Scud missile hit Riyadh, and just as we were coming in to defend them (another cowering).
When we promptly ended the Gulf War things settled down a bit, and the fun around headquarters involved everyone goggling a copy of the Saudi government's check to the U.S. Treasury. The amount was $37 billion dollars..so Saudi paid more than their share of the cost of the Gulf conflict.
Then, a couple of years later, I'm walking down the hall of Royal Saudi Air Force headquarters in Riyadh and a Saudi noncommissioned officer stopped me and admonished me for my country's failure to intervene in the slaughter of Muslims over in Bosnia. I must have been in a bad mood because I jumped all over his ass and said "let me get this straight...you're a Muslim nation, equipped with British Tornado bombers and squadrons of American F-15's. You have an army and navy and an Air Force and you want America, a Christian nation, to intervene?"...."why the hell are the Saudi's not jumping in to protect their own?" The conversation ended right there but the Saudi's thought process was a natural one...they had hired Americans to fight their last war and wanted us to do it again.
And, sure enough, we did indeed intervene to stop the slaughter. And eight years later we would invade Iraq and stop the slaughter...and we would sacrifice thousands of our own treasure of men.
So, when I saw the Iraqis tear off their uniforms and surrender their arms and run from the ISIS forces a few weeks ago, I wasn't a bit surprised. Muslims, both the regular variety, and the Islamic radicals, are no more than bullies...they prey on women and the weak...they attack innocents...but when push comes to shove on the battlefield, they are all cowardly.
And, sadly, we have a President that is equally weak and cowardly. He has kissed the ass of Hamas, of radicals in Egypt, in Syria, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is busy kissing Iranian ass in hopes that they'll turn their nuclear into plow shares. And the Middle East is one holy mess because of it.
I've said repeatedly that I'm against any more Middle East occupations. Instead, I'm in favor of surgical strikes and rapid in and out deployments using our pre-positioned equipment and supplies on hand in Turkey, Qatar and Kuwait.
Instead, we have a President that keeps extending a hand to Muslims and having it bit in return. And worse, we keep sacrificing the lives of our brave young men to defend battlefield cowards and domestic bullies, who hide behind the women and children they have not yet abused sufficiently.
If the chicken hawks in Congress want to continue occupying Muslim countries, let John McCain take em out and drill them on the Capitol Mall, climb into a C-5, and go fight those wars themselves...but they better know something; it's gonna be damned hard to find out who the "friendlies" are. Americans have done enough warring for Muslims. We should only act when it is in our own best interest and no more than that.