Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Truth About Kuwait

Thoughts on Kuwait
By W. Thomas Smith Jr.

ALI AL SALEM (Kuwait, near the Iraqi border) — OK, how do I say this tactfully: I like many of the Kuwaiti people I've met in my previous three visits to this country (four visits, counting my landing here at Ali Al Salem yesterday). But I personally don't like Kuwait: I hope one day my opinion will change.

Aside from the fact that far too many Kuwaitis are so oil-rich, yet refuse to work — preferring instead to bring in foreign workers for all jobs at nearly all levels — the younger Kuwaitis are being taught that the U.S. played only a secondary role in ousting Saddam Hussein's forces from this country during the Persian Gulf War. When in reality, U.S. and British forces (and other allies) knocked out Saddam's command-and-control, chased away or killed his air force, then kicked in the front (Kuwait) and side (Iraq) doors and destroyed much of his army in the open desert.

This was done after Kuwaiti soldiers — officer and enlisted alike — cut and ran like frightened schoolgirls when Iraq invaded (many even leaving their women and children behind): This has been detailed to me from multiple legitimate sources, many of whom were special operators in the region prior to the invasion and in the country during the war.

One Navy SEAL here told me that while the Kuwaitis were on the run, they were stripping off their rank insignia and uniforms and dressing in the clothes of ordinary 'foreign' workers — plumbers, truck drivers, etc. And, again, their women were left at home, and at the mercy of invading forces. Not a pretty history, but there it is.



Blogger Patsy said...

What are all of these Arabs going to do when alternative energy research discovers a replacement for their only source of income? Guess they'll starve. And they won't be engaging in terrorist activities on a global scale anymore, either.

8:59 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

That's the truth, Patsy! Saudi Arabia is just about as bad...

9:03 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

They may be worse. They have more people and oil. They also are nuts with their Wahabbi fundamentalist extremism. They're fanatics. See what happens when backwards, uncivilized, warring tribes get their hands on too much money?

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't surprise me. In The first Gulf War, in the battle of Al-Khafji, when Saddam sent his troops into Saudi Arabia, it took the Saudis two days took retake this little town. The 5th. Marine Div. could have taken it in two hours, in fact a Marine recon team was trapped inside the town but still was able to call down artillery and air-srtikes on the Iraqis which allowed the Saudis to take it. They had to be allowd to excersice their ''prestige''. On the whole though Arab males and their armies are basically cowards. J'Mac.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

At least Kuwaiti women were allowed to drive, otherwise how much greater a tragedy would it have been if those women hadn't driven their families out? The saudi's didn't know what to do with all those women driving over the border...


10:46 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

I often wonder how much oil the United States really has available as a natural resource. The environmental protection regulations have our energy exploration & development at a standstill.

If we were to elect a Congress that would remove the chains which have our energy industry padlocked, what would we discover?

Does America have oil deposits vast enough to produce the fuel we need, and also provide it to the rest of the world? Actually become competitors of the Arab oil producers, and undercut OPEC.

If we do, wouldn't that go a long way to ending radical Islam's reign of terror? No petrodollars, no funding for al Qaeda.

Don't we owe it to ourselves to explore this? We'd need to get all the tree-huggers out of the way, repeal all the BS enviro-protection legislation that has a stranglehold on our nation's oil industry.

We'd actually start drilling for oil again, build refineries. Install holding tanks, maybe even get back into the oil tanker shipping business.

This could mean a massive amount of jobs brought back home from overseas -- ship building. Imagine that. This could get a bunch of Conservatives elected, could it not?

12:37 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

Sadly, sometimes it takes a nation to be rebuilt to make it capable of standing on its own -- Germany, Japan, Iraq. Kuwaitis think that they dodged a bullet and so they can continue to live life "as it is, as it was". They are acting like the Democrats are acting in the U.S. The problem is that the threat didn't come close enough to either one to spark a change in outlook or behavior.

2:26 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Wow, you guys really know your stuff--thanks for posting under this thread!

6:11 PM  

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