Saturday, April 05, 2008

A Nation Forgetting Its Quality of Courage

In 1961, we heard from the Democrats, “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Today it is the exact opposite in their quest for political power.

America once could count on Democrats to support spreading freedom, liberty and democracy, defeating despotic regimes and elevating our Brave Troops before the public eye. Since they voted to give President Bush authorization to invade Iraq, Democrat Party members have lined up to denigrate the effort, the President and victimize those same Brave Troops.

In what appears to be a total disregard for the words of President John F. Kennedy, quoted above, today’s Democrats continue their own “surge” to bring about defeat in Iraq, much as they did three decades ago to another struggling Democracy, Viet Nam.

From Presidential candidates to Party leaders, to lesser members, the party seems lined up to deny the Iraqi’s freedoms promised long ago by painting every effort in the ongoing battle successes as failures. Just as the Tet of ’68 Offensive was portrayed as a failure for American Forces, when it was a distinct victory in battle, President Bush’s Troop Reinforcement, known as the “surge” is being portrayed as a failure, when all indications are it too is a distinct victory for America’s Troops, the Iraqi Forces and citizens of Iraq.

It was just August of 2007, as news of the initial success of the Troop Surge was coming out, that top Democrats were caught strategizing on how to cast it as a failure, even though you wouldn’t know from the lack of coverage by the media. Even Senator Ted Kennedy, last living brother of President Kennedy, labeled the effort as an 'immense new mistake' just as it was getting underway.

By all reports and accounts, the surge has been working, violence is down and political progress is made, although not as President had hoped for. Casualties are down, even though Iraq is still a “hotspot” and Iraqi Forces are stepping up more.

Instead of being elated at any progress at all, Democrats seem prepared to repeat their maneuvers of the past, implementing the cries of “failure” and demands for “withdraw the Troops.”

Just this week, several Democrats sent President Bush another letter calling for yet another “New Iraq Strategy.”

As we have come to expect, Democrats label the effort as “a failure” now because “political reconciliation” has not been completed. America hasn’t achieved it in 230 years, yet we demand the Iraqi people accomplish it in less than two years?

In the letter we read,

We are deeply concerned that you and the congressional Republican leadership are intent on staying the current course throughout your Administration and then handing the Iraq war off to future presidents.”

Can you imagine President Truman being handed a similar letter in 1945 as the Allies were gearing up to help rebuild and transition Germany and Japan from dictatorships defeated into thriving democracies? 63 years after the cessation of hostilities in that war, America still has over 50,000 Troops in Japan and over 85,000 in Europe.

That effort was “handed off” to 10 other “future president’s” without a care from the Democrat Party and is still ongoing.

Also this week, we have former candidate Senator Joe Biden, long a critic of Republicans and the Battle in Iraq saying,
The purpose of the surge was to bring violence in Iraq down so that its leaders could come together politically. Violence has come down, but the Iraqis have not come together,” adding, as expected, “I believe the president has no strategy for success in Iraq. His plan is to muddle through, and hand the problem off to his successor.”

This would be the same Senator Biden who last year, as general David Petraeus was preparing to give the congressionally mandated progress report called the Surge a failure then saying,
The surge has not worked and will not work because its basic premise, to give time for a strong central government to take hold, is fatally flawed,” and adding, “After misleading the American people that the troop surge would be temporary, limited in number and limited in duration, the administration is finally acknowledging the truth, the ‘surge’ is really an escalation with no end in sight.”

This, just as the “surge” was just reaching its full implementation.

In speech after speech, interview after interview, Democrat Party members line up to call for an “end” to our involvement in Iraq, which would most likely lead to defeat and failure in Afghanistan and the overall War on Terror, allowing radical Jihadists free reign of terror over that part of the world and eventually, the West as well. I have yet to hear of any of them calling for a “win” in this war, completely unlike Democrats in the 1940’s.

Win” seems to have been removed from their lexicons, except in regards to elections.

Imagine the dismay President Kennedy would feel today if he knew, when he wrote on page one of his book “Profiles In Courage,”
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or reward that quality in its chosen leaders today,”
he was describing not only his own brother, but his party as well.


talk_is_cheap said...

Serious question: How is the surge a "distinct victory for America’s Troops, the Iraqi Forces and citizens of Iraq"?

Whatever one thinks about the war, it is clear that the surge simply has not produced the desired results. Our military was successful in their mission - but Petraeus himself has confirmed that there will be "no military solution" in Iraq.

The whole point of surging was to produce true political progress in Iraq. As I write this, I'm watching Lindsey Graham brag that Talabani has written a new 15-point statement aimed at disarming the country's many militia groups! Wow. Oblivious. Can't wait for the commitee report on that one. I'm sure it will put the fear of Allah into Sadr.

That's where we are right now. The surge is over. Malaki called in the Iranians to negotiate a cease-fire with Sadr. We're bribing former Sunni insurgents(terrorists). This is not the media's fault, nor is it the fault of Democrats. Believe it or not, the average Iraqi doesn't give a flying crap what Ted Kennedy might have said last year about George Bush.

This is all about Iraqis, not Americans. It's not Vietnam. It's not WWII. It's not analogous to anything experienced by any living American. Our limited world view prevents us from understanding that we are mere bystanders.

We happen to be occupying Iraq but we do not control its destiny.

Never have, never will.

LewWaters said...

Cheap, you ask How is the surge a "distinct victory for America’s Troops, the Iraqi Forces and citizens of Iraq"? It has succeeded in many ways you on the left desire to ignore. It’s not complete and over, but progress, which was the goal, has been made. You can ignore it, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been made.

Let’s look at Basra, even though it didn’t end in a total victory yet, the Iraqi’s stood up and took the initiative, something many said they would not do. Even with the left spin placed by the lamestream media, they did fight.

Granted they needed assistance, but who doesn’t? Then again, who is really behind the violence in Basra? THE BASRA BATTLE: SIGNS OF IRAN

You say, “it is clear that the surge simply has not produced the desired results.

It is clear it has, except to those who don’t want to see. Even Democrats, sometimes reluctantly, have admitted the success and switched their goal to that of “political reconciliation,” which even America can’t achieve in 230 years. You can see for yourself what a former Officer said last year at Give the 'Surge' a Chance, if you care to.

You might also appreciate Looking Forward in Iraq.

You also have; Brain Baird, “I have come to believe that calls for premature withdrawal may make it more difficult for Iraqis to solve their problems. If you have some guarantee of support, you have working space to reach out and involve the other side.”"In areas where previously patrols were going out every night and being hit with IEDs (improvised explosive devices), all of those measures are better. Local Iraqis are standing up against the extremists on all sides. They are turning in the insurgents. They are fed up with al-Qaida.”
Sen. Carl Levin with Sen. John Warner, “We have seen indications that the surge of additional brigades to Baghdad and its immediate vicinity and the revitalized counter-insurgency strategy being employed have produced tangible results in making several areas of the capital more secure. We are also encouraged by continuing positive results — in al-Anbar Province, from the recent decisions of some of the Sunni tribes to turn against Al Qaeda and cooperate with coalition force efforts to kill or capture its adherents,” although they aren’t as pleased with the Maliki Government.
Dick Durbin and Bob Casey, “We found that today as we went to a forward base in an area that, in the fifth year of the war, it’s the first time we’re putting troops on the ground to intercept Al Qaeda.” “The surge has resulted in a reduction of violence in many parts of Iraq. More American troops have brought more peace to more parts of Iraq. I think that’s a fact.”
Hillary Clinton, “That begins with ensuring that America does have the world’s strongest and smartest military force. We’ve begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar province, it’s working,” although she still calls for withdrawal.

Even anti-Bush critics at Huffington Post titled their cries “Is "Success" Of Iraq Surge About To Unravel?”

Don’t you lefties ever tire of the aging talking point, "no military solution" in Iraq? Please show WHO IS PUSHING FOR A MILITARY SOLUTION! The Military is there or security and training of Iraqi forces and stopping Iran from waltzing in and taking over.
Isn’t it time for a new talking point?

We happen to be occupying Iraq but we do not control its destiny.

Another canard. We are not “occupying” if the Iraqis voted in who they wanted and are beginning to stand up.

I always chuckle to myself to hear leftists whine we are "occupying" Iraq in one sentnece, then cry that the Iraqi government isn't doing what we want in the next.

Perhaps you should aim the “we do not control their destiny” comment towards those Democrats who push to divide the country three ways and let it fall apart.

Oh yes, the similarities to wars past is striking, that is why you leftists work so hard to deny it and fool others into thinking it isn’t. It is about Iraqi’s yes, but also about so much more that only those with their heads firmly planted between their own legs refuse to see.

What people should be asking is, “Where is Germany’s help in rebuilding, training and settling Iraq?

How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq

'The Germans Share in the Responsibility'

German Intelligence Was 'Dishonest, Unprofessional and Irresponsible'

'Germany Can Do More'

Articles are from Germany’s ‘Der Spiegel,’ not Fox News, so you can read them without hiding from your friends.

For your reading pleasure, which you might have to hide from your fellow friends, What a Pentagon review of 600,000 Iraqi documents tells us

It is time to Wake Up.

Gary Fouse said...

This is what happened to the son of a servicewoman serving in Iraq.

Jamiel's Law

Recently, I wrote on the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr last month in Los Angeles by an illegal alien gang member who was never deported after being released from LA County Jail. The suspect had served 4 months on a weapons charge. Apparently, when arrested, he told the cops that he was born in LA, and his word was accepted. One day after his release, he shot and killed Jamiel Shaw, a 17-year-old star high school football player and son of a servicewoman serving in Iraq. Had normal procedures been followed, an immigration hold would have been placed on this person, and he would have been deported upon his release. But because Los Angeles is a "sanctuary city", immigration authorities were never notified. Now, we have a dead youth senselessly murdered.

In response to this outrage, mayoral candidate Walter Moore, with the support of Jamiel Shaw Sr, is asking the LA City Council to revoke the city regulation (Rule 40)that prohibits LAPD officers from even detaining known illegal alien gang members. Yesterday, the two appeared before the City Council to state that "Enough is enough" and plead for their support.

So far, they have met with zero results. In fact, they were treated with arrogance and disinterest.

For example, City Councilmember Ed Reyes, while expressing sympathy for Mr Shaw, stated that to revoke the rule would bring "unintended consequences". Such as, Mr Reyes? Saving innocent lives, perhaps?

City Councilmember Jan Perry, for her part, expressed concern at the angry tone of the hearings.

What a bunch of garbage that is the leadership of the City of Los Angeles. From Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the leading voice of Sanctuary, to his political hack police chief, William Bratton, to the City Council, this has to be one of the worst-run cities in America-and there is a lot of competition.

Of course, to call the City Council a "do-nothing" city council would not be accurate. Why just recently, they have approved a big rate hike on behalf of the Dept of Water and Power, which says it needs the revenue-in spite of the fact that they kicked back 175 million dollars to the city's general fund this past year and despite the fact that they are able to offer lactation classes to their employees and dependents. The council is also currently involved in passing laws to protect local celebrities from paparazzi. Laws to protect their citizens from illegal alien gang members? Well, that would have "unintended consequences" in the words of Ed Reyes.

Another point that must be stated: Where are all the so-called black civil rights leaders in LA? People like Najee Ali, Eddie Jones, and the others have all been strangely silent. When a black criminal is shot or roughed up by the cops, they are out there marching on City Hall. Yet, when a young black kid with no criminal ties gets murdered by an illegal alien gangbanger, it's "Ho hum". I for one just don't get it.

LA radio talk show host, Doug McIntyre has gotten involved in the effort to bring attention to the city's disgrace. His web site has a pre-printed form letter to each of the LA City Council members urging them to pass "Jamiel's Law", which would exempt LAPD officers from this ridiculous Rule 40-at least when it concerns illegal alien gang members.

The address for the LA City Council for anyone who would like to weigh in is:

City Hall
200 N Spring St
LA, Ca 90012

There are 15 council members, which are listed below along with room numbers and telephone numbers:

Ed Reyes- room 410, tel (213) 473-7001
Wendy Greuel- room 475, tel (213)473-7002
Dennis Zine-room 450, tel (213) 473-7003
Tom LaBonge-room 480, tel (213)473-7004
Jack Weiss-room 440, tel (213) 473-7005
Tony Cardenas-room 455, tel (213) 473-7006
Richard Alarcon-room 425, tel (213) 473-7007
Bernard Parks-room 460, tel (213)473-7008
Jan Perry-room 420, tel (213) 473-7009
Herb Wesson-room 430, tel (213)473-7010
Bill Rosendahl-room 415, tel (213)473-7011
Greig Smith-room 405, tel (213) 473-7012
Eric Garcetti-room 470, tel (213) 473-7013
Jose Huizar-room 465, tel (213) 473-7014
Janice Hahn-room 435, tel (213) 473-7015

This episode points out the insanity of this whole sanctuary city philosophy, which, unfortunately, is spreading across the country. It is vital that pressure be applied to get "Jamiel's Law" passed. In addition, this should not just be limited to LA; it should become a nation-wide movement.

gary fouse

LewWaters said...

Jeez, Gary, so much for "they are just here to make a better life for themselves."

I read of the murder but hadn't heard of the difficulties the family has run into trying to keep it from happening again.

Thanks for putting this here.