I quote from an article in Forbes titled the “Upper Hand” by Andrew C. MCCarthy, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and who is also found on National Review Online. I’m typing his name as printed with 2 cap CC’s; he writes “When I grew up in the Bronx, there were street gangs. You mostly stayed away from them, and, if you really had to, you fought with them. But I never remember anyone saying “Gee, maybe if we just talk to them….”. Nor do I remember in two decades as a prosecutor, anyone saying, “Y’know, maybe if we just talk to these Mafia guys, we could achieve some kind of understanding…” Sitting down with evil legitimizes evil. As a practical matter, all it accomplishes is to convey weakness. This spring---after trumpeting the Bush Doctrines “you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists” slogan for five years---Secretary of State Rice pathetically sought to bribe Iran out of its nuclear program with a menu of carrots and no sticks…and certainly no demand that the mullahs stop fomenting terror. The result? They’re still laughing at us, even as they build their bombs, harbor al Qaeda operatives, and arm the militias killing American soldiers in Iraq.
While our rhetoric blathers that we’ll never let them build a nuke, our talks beg them, pretty please, to stop building one. And our actions all but hand them one. If all that makes you wonder who the superpower is, what do you suppose they’re thinking?
Most of us felt numerous times that we have mishandled this war and called for many heads to literally roll but few did. Who was most responsible for the mishandling? The buck stops at the top. As a Republican and an aging senior I am most disappointed in many of the actions of the top echelons of our government. Democrats can share much of the blame for letting the situation get so far along that terrorists were able to crash our systems and kill thousands of our citizens on our own soil. For those of you who point out the many mistakes we made in other wars had better start believing this is the most important war of our history and the mistakes made will affect this continent forever. Only one thing will change the outcome and we don’t have the political guts to do it and that is to go to an all out war against those who do not even want to capture us but want us dead.
Cal Thomas has it right in his column Friday in the JS titled “Only Force Can Finish Iraq Job”.
For those of you who think these evil and misguided people will “make nice” with us if we just go home and stay home will someday go down in history as either being foolishly ignorant or cowardly traitors.
There is an old saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get tougher.”
The Baker Kissinger commission reports should be studied, now that they have been erroneously done but inviting Syria and Iran in for peace talks is like inviting the Hamas, al Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists over to visit your teen age daughters when you are not at home.
It’s most likely that there is another error in bible and the meek will not inherit the earth.
Like most things in life, I cannot guarantee who and what will inherit the lands I love but history so far has proven that it will not be the weak.