Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Eisenhower Before Congress

Not Eisenhower the president, but Eisenhower the general.

The setting early 1945 in the Capital can you imagine the current crop of legislators in that session?

[Q] The Invasion of Europe was folly we were attacked by Japan not France or Belgium! Now our boys are in a position to be killed at Christmas time in Belgium. I know General Eisenhower, you are only following the orders of a misguided president blah-blah-blah.

Now, let me explain to you why I go back to that time. In June of 1944 Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy France at great cost. Our men managed to secure their landing on the beaches of Normandy and advanced inland. Prior to Christmas of 1944 the Germans launched a major counteroffensive:
The [German's] Ardennes Offensive was planned in total secrecy, in total radio silence. Although Ultra, the Allies’ reading of secret German radio messages, suggested a possible German offensive, and the United States Third Army predicted a major German offensive, the attack still achieved surprise. The degree of surprise achieved was compounded by the Allies’ overconfidence, their preoccupation with their own offensive plans, poor aerial reconnaissance, and the relative lack of combat contact in the area by the U.S. 1st Army. Almost complete surprise against a weak section of the Allies’ line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, when the Allies’ strong air forces would be grounded.
Source: Battle of the Bulge – Wikipedia
The Ardennes offensive today would be trotted out and held up as evidence that Roosevelt's policy was wrong. While I believe we are winning the fight in Iraq and we and our allies have the momentum in no way do I believe the enemy in Iraq can not put up a fight. Sadr and the militias have long been a problem and now we have Al-Qaida reduced we can now start focusing on Sadr and the militias.