To the editor:

I strongly disagree with Bob Hickey’s evaluation of George W. Bush’s job of conducting the war in Iraq. So apparently do all the mid-grade officers who are leaving the service as soon as their term expires. Even Saddam Hussein could keep those in his country under control until we intervened.

What Bush did, needed to be done. We are now having to do what the Israelites failed to do when they took control of the promised land. They did not destroy the inhabitants of the land as God had commanded them to do. Instead they made deals with them to allow them to live in the land as long as they would be their laborers. As a result, they corrupted the religion and worship of God of the chosen and caused the chosen to have to be punished by other nations more powerful than their original enemies as they wandered farther from obedience of God’s word, which was in effect at that time, being the Old Testament of the Bible.

We are now fighting the descendants of Ishmael, of whom an angel appeared to Hagar, Ishmael’s mother, and prophesied this about Ishmael’s descendants: “He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.” Gen. 16:12.

If George Bush has the courage to invoke the draft and put in enough troops to block every nation which is sending in insurgents to keep everything in turmoil and to quit being afraid of other nations that are supporting the insurgency, then we have a chance of doing what should have been done many years ago and was commanded to be done by God.

Otherwise the Democrats who will, no doubt, win the next election because the shape of the economy is so bad, will pull the troops out of Iraq. Then when these people come at us again, we will try to pay them off with money to stay out of our country. When they, and we, run out of money, then they will come to the shores of America and sack us, because we have shown them we do not have the will to stand up and punish our enemies who started this thing by attacking us.

At least this was the way the Roman Empire fell to them before they sacked Rome. So we will either have the courage and stop them now in their tracks, or we will eventually fall to them. Thus our military strategy must be changed by the president who was in office when this started, or we will pay the grievous price for pushing out of our society everything that pertains to God (the one true God) and His Bible.

H. Clovis Shipp