The Hopelessness of Victory

“It went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That’s what we did. We didn’t complain about it.” -- Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell 

The Obama administration is engaged in over a dozen failed operations in the Middle East, and reason shows why they’re failing: the Islamist philosophy is entirely different from theirs. The Islamists are indifferent to the cost of victory, and this makes them not give up.

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Hopelessness really never came into it, because there was never a point where we just felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.

The Obama administration does not understand Middle Eastern regimes and terrorist organizations, and if it doesn’t, it will meet miserable defeats. Luttrell understands the minds of the terrorists and how to bring victory -- or as close an approximation to victory as there can be -- to the Middle East.

The terrorist does not begin to calculate a winning strategy just because he believes in an ordained victory from Allah. He will not engage in strategy or tactics that are troublesome. For example: do you think that September 11, 2001 will lead to victory or advancement? That depends. It shaped the regional issues, the play of what has been happening, lives and deaths, political situations, and designation of resources. Just because you have a strategy without a victory doesn’t mean that the strategy does not have long-term effects. It shapes the rules of the game.

In addition, the Obama administration’s goals have not been consistent. If you can’t depend on someone for consistency in times of trouble, you can’t depend on them at all. The United States has become an untrustworthy ally, as many Middle Eastern regimes can attest to. Let’s look at how Egypt has played its cards over the last three years -- you could say, as a Western statesman like Vice President Joe Biden might, that the Muslim Brotherhood “couldn’t win.” But all they need to do is block others’ victories. If the Muslim Brotherhood, or al-Qaeda for that matter, never gives up, they defy the enemy victory. That is a strategy for triumph.

After having published an article on the Muslim Brotherhood in which I generally analyzed their situation, I received a very nice critique from Egypt’s chief Muslim Brotherhood magazine. They completely understood my critique, and yet concluded that the Brotherhood strategy was right.

They understand us more than we understand them. If they never despair, they spend all the blood and treasure that is required, and Allah -- in addition to other measures -- will give them victory.