Friday, January 26, 2007

More clearly see our "anti-victory" Congress

In my Warning! Bozos and Liars in Power! comment below, I mentioned my favorite column on the SOTU speech was from Lori Byrd at the Examiner.

Add another voice from
Mona Charen, appearing in the Jewish World Review on the undeniable proof that our new pacifist Congress (both Dems and Republicans) clearly do not wish to win in Iraq... despite all they speaketh with their forked tongues.

The key paragraph in President Bush's State of the Union speech was this:

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.

The Republicans in the room rose to their feet and applauded. The majority party members remained planted in their seats. So there it is, stark and unmistakable, the Democrats do not wish to win in Iraq and will do nothing to further the cause of victory. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi said upon taking the gavel, "Iraq is not a war to be won but a situation to be managed."


This defeatism on the part of the Democrats and some Republicans is one of the reasons our task in Iraq is so difficult. Can a divided and demoralized nation win abroad? Don't the Islamists and the communist Chinese and the mullahs of Iran notice America's sunken chest? Is it an accident that China chose this moment to show off its satellite-killing capability?

Drawing the lessons from our 20th-century confrontation with totalitarian menaces, Ronald Reagan counseled that weakness is provocative. That insight is eternal. Today, America has the economic and military capacity to lead the world — but our psychological fitness for the part is in serious doubt. There is no end to the malevolent forces who will be eager to fill the role if we decline it — and we will find a world dominated by them far more horrifying than anything we face in Iraq.

read entire commentary at link above

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