When I was in high school I had the privilege (though I did not understand it at the time) of learning history at the feet of a bona-fide American hero. My high school history teacher was a retired Air Force (full bird) Colonel who had what I later learned possessed a “perfect attendance card” for the major wars of the 20th Century. He had joined the US Army Air Corps just out of high school in 1941 and had subsequently fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

So when he taught about the Principles of War I’m pretty sure he did so from a fairly knowledgeable standpoint.

One of the principle objects of warfare – at least according to von Clausewitz is:

To conquer and destroy the armed power of the enemy; always direct our principal operation against the main body of the enemy army or at least against an important portion of his forces.

Or, in other words, to close on the enemy by means of firepower or maneuver and destroy his ability, capacity, and will to wage war against you. To be blunt, in order to win a war you have to be ready, willing, and able to kill your enemy using every available means at your disposal. To do otherwise results in defeat. This is not a hard principle to understand – unless, of course, you happen to be the current Obama Law Czar, personified by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Recently the Obama PR office, commonly known as the MSM, has seized upon a never implemented but highly debated CIA program first proposed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The purpose of the proposed plan/program was basically

to achieve a capacity to carry out something that was directed in the finding,” meaning it was looking for ways to capture or kill al Qaeda chieftains.

Another former “agent” was a bit more melodramatic and described the pipe dream program as:

…straight out of the movies…It was like: Let’s kill them all.

Now there, dear reader, is a shocker. In the aftermath of 9/11 the CIA was charged with putting together a program aimed at liquidated those responsible for the attacks. I don’t know about you, but I’m shocked. Truly. I am. Eric Alterman came close to apoplectic when discovering this “secret” yet un-implemented CIA pipe dream and took the opportunity to fire a salvo at none other than Dick Cheney:

Give the man credit for creativity. Cheney found even more ways to overturn the Constitution, undermine the separation of powers, and possibly make the U.S. government an accessory to murder many times over.

I guess reminding Mr. Alterman that the power to wage war rests solely with the nation’s Chief Executive would be a pointless act in pointing out the constitutional facts of the case. As for making the US government an “accessory to murder”, I’d just like to point out that war is all about killing the enemy – to paraphrase Monty Python’s Brother Maynard – “en masse”.

Team Obama can surely see the handwriting on the wall. With the nation’s unemployment rate set to surpass 10% and a domestic agenda currently languishing in congressional committee, Team Obama is looking for a high profile issue to use as a smokescreen distraction for the nation’s attention. Thus far, “Blame W” has worked fairly well for The One as an excuse as to why Hope and Change aren’t having the advertised effect.

I don’t know about you, but The Pelosi’s feigned outrage and the never ending calls to investigate the W Administration for perceived crimes is beginning to wear a bit too thin. Rather than lamenting the tenets of a pipe dream which all current evidence indicates was never implemented, I personally lament the fact the program was shelved.

In past wars, the men and women who came up with plans similar to the one currently being lambasted in the media would be congratulated for their efforts. Evidently now the rules have been changed by those who think wars can be won without killing the enemy.