We’re going to war

By Joseph Farah

America is going to war in the next 60 days.

That’s what my intelligence sources are telling me. That’s the message coming from administration officials. That’s what other sources seem to be telling other journalists.

Sometime, most likely in November, America will begin a strategic aerial bombardment of Iraq that will lead shortly thereafter to an invasion designed to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein.

It’s a necessary mission.

Saddam Hussein not only has weapons of mass destruction in development, he probably has some crude chemical, biological and nuclear bombs already in his arsenal. The threat this maniac poses is only going to get worse in the next 12 months as his mad scientists work overtime on plans to kill Americans, Jews, Europeans and Israelis.

But this is a mission fraught with risk.

This is the job that should have been finished during the first Persian Gulf War. It will be messier this time. We don’t have the forces on the ground we had 10 years ago. Our full attention is diverted from Iraq as we still conduct military operations in Afghanistan. We don’t have the support – real or hypothetical – of the rest of the Arab world as we did during the first campaign.

There are likely to be heavy casualties as U.S. troops are forced to engage in close-up combat, searching palaces and underground bunkers for the factories that produce Hussein’s weapons and the fortified warehouses where he stores them.

This will not be a walk in the park.

There is an excellent chance the war may come home for Americans, too.

Some reports say Iraq and its terrorist allies have already made plans to detonate weapons of mass destruction in America and Europe as soon as the war begins.

It may seem like we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. That is indeed the case. This is the tragic legacy left by indecision and multinational agreements a decade ago. But we must clean Iraq’s clock now or the situation will get even worse in the next 12 to 24 months as Hussein develops deadlier weapons and the ability to deliver them more effectively and accurately.

I have more often than not opposed American military adventures over the last decade. I believe they usually lacked focus, lacked constitutionality, lacked coherence, lacked perspective and lacked clean goals and objectives.

I have explained over and over again how the U.S. has lost its very understanding of “defense” – giving over to the idea that it means projecting military power overseas rather than protecting the American people at home.

I have specifically objected during the last decade to what seemed like pointless bombing missions in Iraq – designed, it seemed to me, for political impact in America more than military impact in Iraq.

Despite all that, I believe America must attack Iraq. There is no choice. Saddam Hussein must go. We must finish the job, finally. There is no turning back. Time is not on our side.

Here are some words of advice to our president as he contemplates these sobering plans:

  • Don’t worry about world opinion. It will come around if America is clear in its mission and resolute in carrying it out.

  • Do concern yourself with congressional opinion. Like it or not, the Constitution is clear about Congress’ war-making authority. That should be respected. In addition, if this campaign turns ugly, you will need Congress behind you 100 percent. Success has many parents. Failure is an orphan.

  • Do not stop short of the objectives of destroying Saddam Hussein’s regime, his war-making ability and his ability to produce weapons of mass destruction in the future.

  • Do not politicize the war. Let the military men on the ground do what is necessary to win. Period.

  • Call for a national day of prayer before the first shot is fired.