The Covert Letter has been in hiatus since early summer due to medical challenges beyond our control. We hope to be back to regular input soonest. In the meantime it is fitting that this day, September 11, 2011 marks our return to cyberspace. A decade ago we were shocked into sobering reality with the dastardly attack on America by Muslim Terrorists. I make no apology for the foregoing description of our enemy that day — and today.

World WAr II U. S. Army recruiting poster is as apropos Setember 11, 2011 as it was in 1917.

 It is frustrating that our national leadership seems not to know the face of the enemy and has formed alliances with friends of these Muslim Terrorists. The failure of our leadership to pursue this enemy with alacrity is distressing and appalling.

Our military think tanks and training institutions emphasize a vital lesson established by the respected 19th century military theorist and soldier Carl von Clausewitz. He insisted that fighting forces must intend to destroy the enemy’s ability and will to fight. Consider that we are bogged down in Afghanistan and Pakistan because of our civilian leadership’s failure to enable our troops to pursue just such an end.

Moments after the second United Airlines plane struck the second tower, September 11, 2001.

Consider, too, that our fighting forces are admonished not to fire unless fired upon. We never would have defeated the Axis Powers in World War II with today’s rules of warfare established in the White House. The Department of Defense and the White House insist on this touchy, feely type of military games. I suppose that is better than “shoot, ready, aim,” but the enemy isn’t using paint ball guns.

I could give you a litany of admonitions from Gen. George S. Patton Jr., but that would require some editing to conform to  decorum you demand. Instead, consider the words attributed to Andrew Jackson while he commanded the defense of New Orleans during the War of 1812. “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes….” I suppose Rooster Cogburn’s words in the movie “True Grit” are as telling, “A gun that isn’t loaded and cocked isn’t worth anything….”

We offer our prayers and best wishes for the survivors of the victims of the attacks in New York City, The Pentagon and the United Airlines aircraft forced down in Pennsylvania that fateful day.

We also offer our prayers and tribute to the men and women of the U. S. Army, U. S. Marine Corps, U. S. Navy, U. S. Air Force, U. S. Coast Guard and those contract personnel supporting and sharing the danger in Southwest Asia and other perilous assignments worldwide.

No preaching here can put more urgency on the meaning of today. When you leave The Covert Letter, please go to  https://www.rememberingseptember11.com/twin_towers_before.htm . It is informative and inspirational.

God Bless America.–Norman M. Covert

You may contact Mr. Covert at nmcovert@thecovertletter.com.