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General Petraeus and an Historical What If

Posted by Mike on September 14, 2007

The conservative blogosphere has created several illustrations of what today’s dishonest and vile anti-war activists would have sounded like in past conflicts.  The comparisons are often too harsh for the critics, but are nevertheless spot on.  The most recent hypothetical is an excellent example.

Redstate has taken the left’s disgraceful treatment of General Petraeus and applied it to World War II in a hypothetical 1940s MoveOn.org ad against General Eisenhower.   The Eisenhower attack ad appears as ludicrous as the recent Petraeus attack ad, until one considers that the latter actually ran in the New York Slimes.

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September 14, 2001

Posted by Ryan on September 14, 2007

On this date six years ago, Congress passed a Joint Resolution authorizing President Bush to use the necessary and appropriate force to combat those that attacked us on 9/11/2001.  It is a very short and broad resolution and extraordinarily vague given the subsequent circumstances.  We needed a show of force to react to the horror that struck us the previous Tuesday.  It was the closest that Congress came to declaring a war on terror (in the post-War Powers Act world, it’s all a President needs to legitimately wage war).  Some believed that President Bush did not even need the Iraq War resolution because it was under the umbrella of this resolution.  I’m glad he got one anyway.

September 14, 2001 was also the day that what would eventually come to define Bush as a President, when he toured Ground Zero, borrowing a megaphone/bullhorn to speak with and lift the spirits of those working to recover the remains of their colleagues and fellow Americans.  Some had been working practically non-stop all week.  That image is iconic, historic, showing power and perseverance that America needed in those early days, and six years later, it’s a bit poignant too.  The George Bush of today is the same George Bush in this photo and he wakes up every morning realizing that the job is not done: it has influenced everything he has done in the White House for six years. 

I’m one of those who gives Bush the benefit of the doubt most of the time on national security issues.  I try to look past the partisan headlines of the day and look at the deeper issues that were here before Bush and will be here after he’s gone– that’s the historian in me.  Who would want to be President on 9/11/01?  Who wants to be the President who has to make a call about emerging threats in a new and scary world, about balancing the Constitution with the people’s need to be protected, about sending young Americans off to die for what he believes is a just and noble cause realizing most of the country is unsure about his choices?  I think about this image when I think about President Bush and those murky early days of the War on Terror.  Others choose “Mission Accomplished” or “My Pet Goat” or the “16 Words.”  Not me.  Despite his numerous mistakes, the character of the man remains strong in my view and he at least believes that squaring our security and freedoms are his top priority.  After 9/11, as a nation we were willing to accept a lot more than the measely Patriot Act, as evidenced by the broad and sweeping nature of things like this Joint Resolution passed six years ago today.  So in a sense, I’m glad we had George Bush in the White House on that day, rather than someone else.  When I vote for President next year, I want my candidate to be able to hold that megaphone with the same strength and determination as Bush if a similar crisis were to befall us.  It was not John Kerry, and it’s certainly not She Who Must Not Be Named, who’d rather demean our generals to their face than upset her special interest group friends.

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Ayatollah Assahollah

Posted by Ryan on September 14, 2007

Leader of Iran’s theocratic ruling council, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned the United States that our leaders (especially Bush) will be tried for crimes in Iraq one day in the future, just like Hitler and Saddam were removed from power and faced consequences (does he get his talking points from Dennis Kuchinich or Ron Paul?  Just wondering).  He also said that the non-nuclear, tranquil Iranian nation has foiled American “conspiracies” and will continue to do so.  He’s at least correct in that they are thwarting us.  Khamenei believes that open discussion about Iraq, like the kind General Petraeus gave this week, is a sign of weakness and failed policy.  Khamenei is cool with banning hundreds of policitcal parties, fomenting terrorism and insurgencies, suppressing his people, and calling for the utter destruction of Israel.  Paradise, huh?  Yet, some on the radical Left share this point of view about the failed policy and the war crimes of our leaders, saying that if Israel could have nukes, then ask why shouldn’t Iran.  They don’t read much do they.

Iran should be mindful of its standing in the region– Israel (those supposedly “hated” Jews) Wednesday bombed military targets in the nation of Syria and there has been NO significant outcry from the area.  Huh?  Why not?  The Arab nations in the region realize that this was a strike on Iranian interests, so they can accept Israel hitting Iran’s proxy or its interests.  Iran scares the heck out of most of the region.  I’m not even sure Jordan or Iraq is going to care if Israel uses their airspace to hit Iran’s nuke sites at some point in the future.  If Israel can hit them, you can bet we’d be in good standing in the region if we decide to join or help them in a bombing campaign.

The Ayatollah’s speech marked the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  Since it’s Ramadan, it unfortunately means to the extremists that if a Muslim dies in jihad, they go straight to heaven.  The gates are swung open to all, including the murders who’d use God’s name to kill innocents.  So, expect AQI to go nuts this month (they’ve already assassinated a major Sunni leader in Anbar), as well as the IRG, Hezbollah, and/or the Mahdi Army.  Also, a stampede or a major bombing in the Shia holy city of Karbala is probably going to drape the news until October.

Title of post is borrowed from a shirt owned by Ned Flanders.

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