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George W's War

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by grnberetcj, Sep 28, 2008.

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  1. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Subject: George W's war


    No one likes war. War is a horrific affair, bloody and expensive.

    Sending our men and women into battle to perhaps die or be maimed is an
    unconscionable thought.

    Yet some wars need to be waged, and someone needs to lead. The citizenry
    and Congress are often ambivalent or largely opposed to any given war.
    It's up to our leader to convince them. That's why we call the leader
    'Commander in Chief.'

    George W.'s war was no different. There was lots of resistance to it.
    Many in Congress were vehemently against the idea. The Commander in
    Chief had to lobby for legislative approval.

    Along with supporters, George W. used the force of his convictions, the
    power of his title and every ounce of moral suasion he could muster to
    Rally support. H e had to assure Congress and the public that the war was
    morally justified, winnable and affordable. Congress eventually came
    around and voted overwhelmingly to wage war.

    George W. then lobbied foreign governments for support. But in the end,
    only one European nation helped us. The rest of the world sat on its
    hands and watched.

    After a few quick victories, things started to go bad. There were many
    dark days when all the news was discouraging. Casualties began to mount.
    It became obvious that our forces were too small. Congress began to drag
    its feet about funding the effort.

    Many who had voted to support the war just a few years earlier were
    beginning to speak against it and accuse the Commander in Chief of
    misleading them. Many critics began to call him incompetent, an idiot
    and even a liar. Journalists joined the negative chorus with a vengeance.

    As the war entered its fourth year, the public began to grow weary of
    the conflict and the casualties. George W.'s popularity plummeted. Yet
    through it all, he stood firm, supporting the troops and endorsing the

    Without his unwavering support, the war would have surely ended, then
    and there, in overwhelming and total defeat.

    At this darkest of times, he began to make some changes. More troops
    were added and trained. Some advisers were shuffled, and new generals

    Then, unexpectedly and gradually, things began to improve. Now it was
    the enemy that appeared to be growing weary of the lengthy conflict and
    losing support. Victories began to come, and hope returned.

    Many critics in Congress and the press said the improvements were just
    George W.'s good luck. The progress, they said, would be temporary. He
    knew, however, that in warfare good fortune counts.

    Then, in the unlikeliest of circumstances and perhaps the mosthistoric
    example of military luck, the enemy blundered and was resoundingly
    defeated. After six long years of war, the Commander in
    Chief basked in a most hard-fought victory.

    So on that historic day, Oct. 19, 1781, in a place called Yorktown, a
    satisfied George Washington sat upon his beautiful white horse and
    accepted the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, effectively ending the
    Revolutionary War.

    What? Were you thinking of someone else?

    Submitted by: Curt (and I prefer 7-1/2's)
  2. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Touche' sir.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
  3. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    Blackshear, Georgia
    I wasn't just hooked I was landed. LOL Jackie B.
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