Monday, November 21, 2005

How to Lose the War

Ralph Peters in today's NY Post has the answer: QUIT. It's that simple. Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War. That's precisely what the Democratic Party wants America to do in Iraq. The Dems are looking to throw the game just to embarrass the Bush administration.

Forget about our dead soldiers, whose sacrifice is nothing but a political club for Democrats to wave in front of the media. Forget that our combat veterans are re-enlisting at remarkable rates — knowing they'll have to leave their families and go back to war again.

Just set a time-table for our troops to come home and show the world that America is an unreliable ally with no stomach for a fight, no matter the stakes involved. Tell the world that deserting the South Vietnamese and fleeing from Somalia weren't anomalies — that's what Americans do.

The irresponsibility of the Democrats on Capitol Hill is breathtaking.

They need us to fail, and they're going to make us fail, no matter the cost. They need to declare defeat before the 2006 mid-term elections and ensure a real debacle before 2008 — a bloody mess they'll blame on Bush, even though they made it themselves. (Thanks to Ted for the lead to Peters' story.)

And the lefty media are in cahoots with the Democrats. In a speech at the University of Toronto yesterday, Chris Matthews, host of the CNBC Hardball, said that Americans have still not learned to know their enemies instead of just hating them. "If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective."

Matthews said the U.S. decided to invade Iraq due to a combination of factors. "I think the father-son relationship with the Bushes is part of it. I think the oil thing is part of it. Our friendship with Israel is part of it and 9-11 created a kind of crazy Zeitgeist in the country."

The coalition of anti-war media types and liberal Democrats is following a familiar playbook.

North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap wrote in his memoirs that "We were not strong enough to drive out a half-million American troops, but that wasn't our aim. Our intention was to break the will of the American government to continue the war."

The Islamo-fascists know their history. A letter from al Qaeda leadership to Abu Musab Zarqawi the leader of the Iraqi terrorists said “The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam, and how they ran and left their agents, is noteworthy.” Al Qaeda’s belief is that the United States is irresolute and weak and that the Americans will take the first opportunity to "run."

Though we may run, we can never hide. Vice President Cheney said today that "It is a dangerous illusion to suppose that another retreat by the civilized world would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone."

The only way we can lose this war is if the media and the Democrats convince us to quit. God help us if we do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hmmm. Let's see if this post survives your censorship process.....

You clearly have a passionate desire to sustain the war in Iraq. You obviously don't believe that enough people have been killed in it yet, and have some expectation that a victory for the "good guys" can somehow be achieved.

However, "victory" is becoming almost impossible to envisage and the Iraqi consensus is now that foreign troops should be withdrawn in a phased manner from their country. Given those facts, how many US and Iraqi deaths and the expenditure of how many billions of dollars will be enough for you?

We have witnessed the single biggest foreign policy mistake by our country in its history. The least we can do is to be honest about it.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always enjoy your stuff, Bill.

Well, what have they reaped for us? Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara today is quoted as saying the U.S. would lose a war with China because Americans are unable to sacrifice. He said that after the first 2,000 casualties we would cut and run. (Story is on Drudge.)

Happy Thanksgiving.


7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another 10-ring shot! (I don't know why I bother to say that any more; all of your pieces are bullseyes). I can't thank you enough for including me on your distro list - reading your blogs is the highlight of my day.

As for Iraq, just as with Vietnam, the democrats and liberals and other assorted anti-war "people" - they need us to fail to prove that they were somehow "right" about it. As I've said many times: we are living the fall of the Roman empire, and the decline of our great nation is due solely to liberals.

Take care and be well.

7:59 PM  
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