Thursday, April 26, 2007
With Whom Will You Stand?
In South Texas near San Antonio there stands a crumbling Spanish mission where 189 volunteers gave their lives so that Texas could win her independence and eventually become part of the United States. The legend of the Alamo has been told and retold for well over a century.
As a child, Father Cordeiro told me endless stories about Davy Crockett and his band of Tennessee volunteers at the Alamo. I’ve watched John Wayne’s epic Alamo movie more times than I care to admit. If the Duke had only hired a decent editor, the film might be bearable. But I digress.
In all the Alamo legends you’ll find the story of Colonel Travis drawing a line in the sand “with his Army saber” and declaring to his troops they could cross the line and leave, or stay with him and fight. As the Ballad of the Alamo says, not a soldier crossed the line.
Those of you regular SOTR readers will understand there is no love lost between myself and Senator Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus). He has taken the unprecedented step of declaring the Iraq War to be “lost”. I’ve done some historical research and I cannot find another political leader (minority or majority party) who was bold – or stupid – enough to undercut troops in combat by telling them their cause is lost while they’re still fighting it.
I’m not sure of Dusty Harry’s qualifications to pass judgment on the Iraq War. His biography mentions no hint of military service or anything relating to military strategy. He does make very colorful illusions to his Searchlight roots and service as a Capitol Hill policeman. Dusty Harry is, and has been since age 28, an ambitious politician. Somewhere along his life’s course he somehow got the delusion he was qualified to act as a military expert.
On the other side of the proverbial line in the sand stands General David Petraeus. His military qualifications and biography are unparalleled. He was tapped by the Commander-in-Chief to lead the Iraq effort because he was the best man for the job – bar none. Petraeus has forgotten more about military strategy than Dusty Harry will ever learn. He literally wrote the book on counter insurgent operations. Add to that the fact all the medals on his dress uniform can set off metal detectors in Washington even though he’s in Iraq and it kind of makes you wonder why Dusty Harry and The Pelosi put so little faith in this man and his abilities.
Dusty Harry, The Pelosi and the rest of the Congressional Jackasses simply aren’t interested in seeing the Petraeus Surge succeeding in any way, shape, manner, or form. Dusty Harry himself indicated he would not believe any reports of success coming from Iraq – even if they came from Petraeus himself. Ask yourself, dear reader, given what I’ve already shown you about the biographies of both men, who do you believe has the better perspective on Iraq?
It shouldn’t even be a question.
As for me, I’ll stand on the Petraeus side of the line in the sand. Dusty Harry is a disgrace to the US Senate, the State of Nevada, and the United States. If you don’t believe me, go read David Broder’s latest Washington Post column. Even people on the left are starting to throw bricks at Dusty Harry.
There is a Proverb which states the following:
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind…Memo to Dusty Harry: The wind is coming.
Here endeth the lesson.