"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Victory is Our Goal

Rightwing Guy posts this morning regarding what he believes to be the status of the battle in Iraq.

Bemoaning the media and the likes of Kerry, Murtha, Clinton...., whose message is and has been:

"That our military endeavor in Iraq has been merely a huge failure and we would be better off if we packed it up and came home right now and forget what happens in the part of the world."
That is so, so, so, shortsided that it boggles the mind.

Terry believes that withdrawing from Iraq would embolden the enemy and result in them coming to our shores. I agree with him and will add that bringing the "battle to our shores," is the ultimate negative consequence of not taking the situation in Iraq seriously. That would be bad enough, but what would become of things elsewhere prior to their visiting us?

To the ilk we are up against, the U.S. does not have what it takes to persevere; to a degree they are correct, but we haven't been hit hard enough to make it stick. The war is a propaganda nightmare, with the espousers of defeat leading the way. This is "Bush's war," not a cultural fight for survival against warped individuals.

The melding of fact and fiction has created such a misunderstanding, that I would be surprised if we ever understood what it was all about.

Do you think working with the U.N. is difficult now? Just wait until we have backed down and turned tail - believe it or not, that would make things all the more difficult.

I'm 40, I don't think this will be over in my lifetime; the Iraq battlefield will be history, but the war will continue. That's what I understood the president to mean when he said, "Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign may not be finished on our watch -- yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch."

Give Rightwing Guy a visit and read his very worthwhile post, "Victory is Our Goal."


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