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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A Perfect World Policeman

I still have to chuckle to myself when I recall the out and out adversarial flare between the Eastern bloc and the United States back in the 70's and 80's. I don't recall the same atmosphere in the 60's only because of my focus back then was Freeze Pops, and cartoons.

So, when I see a piece like the one excerpted below printed in prominence by an independent defense analyst based in Moscow I gain that sly grin again. Seeing it as a feature in the Moscow Times seems surreal.

Pavel Felgenhauer takes a stab at world events in this OpEd that, in my opinion, finds the target. He makes reference to "A Perfect World Policeman" which doubles as the byline to his thoughts. As I started to read, it was my assumption that he was referring the United States in whole.

He wasn't.

Instead, Felgenhauer pays homage to the real "policeman;" the United States Military. He totes the flexibility, the might, the leadership, the training, and the morale. And, most importantly, he regards their endeavors with admiration to the extent that he states:


"The U.S. military is the only hope left today that nuclear weapons united with ballistic missiles will not eventually fall into the hands of the likes of Hussein."

How can that not bring a smile to the face of any American Serviceman/Servicewoman? How can that not invoke the least bit of pride in those at home who support their undertakings? Our most prevalent antagonist over a period of 40 some years spent that entire time being force-fed the opinion of the State. Their efforts demonized the United States in the minds of their audience.

It's 16 years later and, now, the most widely read newspaper in the center of the ex-Communist bastion of propaganda has a free opinion piece looking to the United States military to bring'r home.

I just have to chuckle. Upstairs, Ronald Wilson Reagan is probably chuckling too. Then again, when was he not?

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
A Perfect World Policeman
By Pavel Felgenhauer
Moscow Times


Millions of Iraqis lined up to vote in the country's first multiparty elections this Sunday. The American-led invasion in 2003, which was opposed by Russia and several European countries, in less than two years has been followed by the first genuine step towards democracy in Iraq.

If the antiwar protests and the antiwar coalition in the United Nations had managed to stop the invasion, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today. UN bureaucrats and government officials from the antiwar nations would have continued to collect hefty bribes under the oil-for-food program.

However, the will and determination of U.S. President George W. Bush prevailed, and today we live in a very different world. Neither Bush nor his advisers contemplated fully the consequences of going into Iraq. Military might and firm political will was combined with inadequate intelligence, yet the combination produced a decision that has nevertheless positively affected the lives of millions of people.
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