Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This week has seen a Defeatist Parade in Washington. First we had the confirmation hearings for Rummy’s replacement, Bob Gates before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Confirmation hearings are always entertaining, even if the entertainment causes widespread depression among American conservatives.
Yesterday’s hearings featured testimony masquerading as questions lobbed by such senate luminaries as “Scotch” Kennedy, Carl Levin, and “Sheets” Byrd. The major news came when Gates stated he did not believe the US was “winning” in Iraq.
For the most part, I have to agree with Dr. Gates. Victory is defined as defeating one’s enemy. I do not believe the US is currently defeating her enemies in Iraq. In the best light, I believe we are doing little better than breaking even. If defeat can be defined as a lack of progress towards victory, then yes, the US is losing in Iraq.
This begs the question as to the reason why we are not winning in Iraq. Personally, I believe the answer to this question is quite simple. We are not allowing our military to do what is necessary to win.
There is no force on this earth, military or otherwise, which can defeat the United States. It simply cannot be done unless the United States lacks the ability to win.
Long before he became President, Abraham Lincoln delivered an address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois. Part of the speech centered on how, in Lincoln’s mind, America could be defeated. Said Abe:
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.Lincoln’s thoughts, even at the relatively young age of 28, border sharply on the prophetic. There are those in this nation, even in the highest levels of the elected Congress, who would like nothing better than to see America withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan, and any other place where we might be offending terrorists by hunting them down and killing them.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. -- The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois January 27, 1838 (Emphasis Added)
The Defeatist Cheerleading Squad, Muqtada al Sadr, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will no doubt take heart with the Iraq Study Group’s report released today. (Bypass the MSM and actually read the whole thing here.) I’ve read most of it, and I feel comfortable saying for the record there is very little optimism contained within its pages. It is a blueprint for self-inflicted defeat in a war we cannot afford to lose.
The Islamofacist Murdering Thug Caucus knows that America, when exercising her righteous might, cannot be defeated. They therefore go to great lengths to use the tried and true strategy of turning Americans against themselves. It worked in Vietnam. It worked in Somalia. Their end goal is to have America die by suicide.
Normally I am a pretty optimistic guy. But after listening to Bob Gates’ exchange with the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning (courtesy of Blogfather Hugh’s podcast) and reading portions of the ISG report, my optimism is waning.
Either that, or I need more Diet Coke. I’ll let you know if that helps.
Here endeth the lesson.