Friday, October 01, 2004
Don't Forget Afghanistan
Kerry -- and all the Loyal Opposition out there -- needs to learn that you cannot easily support the soldiers without supporting the war, for it is we who fight it.
"This is not a military dictatorship. The President makes the decision to go to war, after consulting with Congress. He may even approve or veto specific military strategies. But he does not write the war plan – the Pentagon does that. Our war planners are some of the most brilliant, thoughtful, and well-educated warriors on the planet. They’ve studied Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, and Mahan. They’ve dissected and analyzed all the major battles in history, from Thermopylae to Desert Storm. They know about logistics, intelligence, artillery, air support, guerilla tactics, and psychological warfare. They are professionals – the best of the best."
Afghanistan is a stunning success, and demonstrates the possibilities that a more aggressive foreign policy can achieve in an otherwise evil world. To restate an old saw: If not us, who? If not now, when? If not here, where? (Kerry's "wrong war, wrong time, wrong place" is a non-answer of Chamberlainian proportions.)
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