June 23, 2006
Republicans Have Lost the War on Terror; Democrats Will Win It

Why are some Democrats all like, “Oh my God, the Republicans are making me out to look weak by miscontruing my support for withdrawal from Iraq to mean that I oppose the war on terror?”

The short answer is, “The Republicans’ war on terror has failed. They have botched the war. Their failed war has weakened America. The war can’t succeed unless our leadership is changed. If you want to win this war, put in the Democrats.”

Listen up, lily-livered Dems. Here are the details of how to counterattack and get out of the Republican box of, “You are for the war, or you are for defeat.” None of it is complicated:

1. The Republicans have weakened the United States and made us all less safe.

2. The Republicans have done this by starting a war in Iraq.

3. We are not in “a war on terror.” We are in a war on the murderers of 9/11.

4. The murderers of 9/11 were al Qaeda and its radical Islamic sympathizers.

5. Afghanistan was a good war because that is where the murderers of 9/11 were.

6. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and had no links to al Qaeda. Iraq was a nasty bad, evil regime — like many others around the globe. But attacking Iraq did not get us closer to killing or stopping al Qaeda.

7. So Iraq was an optional war. But even worse, the war in Iraq detracted our resources from the real battle — against the killers of 9/11.

8. In fact, the removal of Saddam Hussein and the consequent — and entirely predictable — dissolve into civil war and lawlessness has created in Iraq a recruiting hotbed for al Qaeda. In other words, our war in Iraq created an Iraq-based threat to America that never existed before.

9. The sectarian and ethnic division in Iraq, coupled with the warlike culture on all sides, assures that with the lid of dictatorship pulled away, there will be a long, bloody civil war. We can’t win a civil war in a strange country where not side wants us. Staying in means we lose. We can only win by pulling out.

10. In the Cold War, we defeated a much more dangerous enemy than al Qaeda. The Soviet Union was a thousand times stronger than al Qaeda is.

11. How did we win the Cold War, and how can we defeat al Qaeda? Containment. Tough, hard, patient work that takes generations. Surround the enemy, more or less, and let them see your system — for economic and democratic progress -- work, so that the enemy can generate real change, that is, change from within.

12. Containment takes real tough people, strong enough to take a long view and not need to prance around the deck of an aircraft carrier. People like Eisenhower. Not impatient, unconfident bullies like W.

So no, Democrats, you are not “against the war on terror” if you vote to get out of Iraq eventually. In fact, that is a vote to start — five years too late to be sure, but better late than never — a real war on the murderers of 9/11.


Posted by Wayne Uff at June 23, 2006 12:27 AM
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Posted by: Doyle on June 23, 2006 2:23 AM

On item numbers 1 and 2, the neocons have certainly weakened the US by an illegal war in Iraq. But they have also weakened the US by treating US internal security as the biggest pork pie ever seen. The Republican "solutions" primarily function as way to stuff money into the pockets of dishonest politicians and the Haliburtons of the world. The neocons have also used this so called "war on terror" as a means to weaken our Constitution, economy and heritage as well as other desirable facets of American life.

On item number 7. The Republicans would like to call this an "optional" war. But the fact remains that Bush started a war of aggression against a nation that did not, and could not threaten us. According to the Nuremberg dicta, and international law, this war is a "Crime Against the Peace." This is a criminal war, and should be called that.

Posted by: m on June 23, 2006 7:23 AM

When the USA played Ghana yesterday in the Soccer World Cup, a Ghanese held up a piece of cardboard on which he had written: 'God bless America and let Ghana win!'
And God complied.
Don't know what this might have to do with anything, but somehow it appealed to me.

Posted by: Peter on June 23, 2006 8:03 AM
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