Saturday, October 23, 2010

27 Years Ago Today

Did you forget this anniversary? Many people maintain that this is when the war against Islamofascism began. Only, we didn't know or recognize it.



If only we had struck back then. Maybe, just maybe, 9/11 would not have happened.

But we'll never know, will we?

Just know this, all who were killed in that barracks 27 years ago are not forgotten here at PYY.

6 comments:

Chuck said...

If only we had struck back then. Maybe, just maybe, 9/11 would not have happened.

Dead on.

I think Reagan, Bush Sr, and Clinton all let us down on this.

I even think GWB let the left harass him into being too soft but I don't include him because he at least made an attempt.

I've said all along that we should have punished the supporters of the Beirut bombing severely and we may have been spared a lot of grief.

Mustang said...

I have condemned the president and the (then) Commandant for years … General Kelly visited Beruit before the bombing and never “corrected” the laxity of the existent ROE. As it happens, the MAU commander lost his promotion to brigadier general … as he should, but ought to have been the subject of disciplinary action as well. This was a tragedy of epic proportions and no, we didn’t learn a damn thing from it. In this conflict that has existed long before Bush the younger, there is no prize for second best. The sooner we learn that, the better for future young men and women who go in harm’s way. A mosque at GZ? HELL NO!

LASunsett said...

//I've said all along that we should have punished the supporters of the Beirut bombing severely and we may have been spared a lot of grief.//

Hindsight, for sure. But what i want to know is, why did we try to knock out Qhadafi (or however how he spells it now) and leave this lay?

LASunsett said...

//As it happens, the MAU commander lost his promotion to brigadier general … as he should, but ought to have been the subject of disciplinary action as well.//

Do I understand this correctly? He was up for BG and merely lost it?

A.C. McCloud said...

Hindsight, for sure. But what i want to know is, why did we try to knock out Qhadafi (or however how he spells it now) and leave this lay?

Good question. If we assume Pan Am 103 was Libya's doing then he killed more than the Beirut bombing in retaliation.

Reagan and his realpolitik advisors like Baker and Schultz, et al. probably thought we could play the cut and run game and get away with it, taking the more political short-term approach as most politicos are apt to do. They didn't think these clowns would hold a grudge, evidently, and they certainly couldn't conceive they would think of America as a 'paper tiger'.

LASunsett said...

AC,

As brilliant as Reagan and others could be, I don't think ANYONE could have predicted how persistent these bastards could be.