In this article on The Spectre of Declinism, Carroll Andrew Morse writes, “They assume that ‘getting real’ or ‘taking responsibility’ for the war on terror can mean only one thing — taking action to win the war on terror.” (Credit to Doc Rampage for the link.)
I think I finally understand Senator Senator Kerry’s plan for the war on terror; He’s offering a truce.
Of course he can’t come right out and say so. That’s not the way diplomatic negotiation works. But look at his talking points: Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11; Saddam was contained; He had no weapons of mass destruction that were a threat to us; Wrong war, Wrong place, Wrong time.
The message is, “You leave us alone, we’ll leave you alone. You don’t threaten us (other than verbally) and we won’t threaten you (other than verbally). We stand down, you keep the suicide bombers out of the continental US, and the whole war on terror goes from hot to cold; from a matter of war to one of law enforcement.” Nothing in writing, just a gentleman’s understanding.
Then we can get on with making the US a paradise of equality and social justice, with free medical care for all; You can get back to killing your own people, if you must; Leave us out of it, and we’ll let you retain power. The occasional low-grade incident won’t be handled by the Army, but by the Justice Department (Under new, more sensitive leadership, of course).
The effect of Senator Kerry’s campaign pronouncements, and the support they receive, is to offer the terrorists a cease-fire. Why would rational people capitulate, instead of fighting to win? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened. Francis W. Porretto at Eternity Road doesn’t think we’ll defeat ourselves again. In The Tale of the Tape, he writes, “The central fact about the United States at war is that the only adversary that can defeat us – that has ever defeated us – is ourselves. We won’t make that mistake again.” I hope he’s right.
It’s not that they (the American far left) are evil people. They mean well. They always mean well. The far left is chock full of good intentions. Nobody could possibly be more aware of their nobility of purpose than I am; Except maybe for they themselves.
Nor is the plan irrational, as such. It follows logically from the American far left’s convictions about human nature, how the world works, and what’s important. The views of Senator Kerry’s core supporters were formed in opposition to the Vietnam war, solidified by years of MASH reruns, and articulated by Noam Chomsky. They see Senator Kerry as the model soldier, and genuinely don’t understand why a substantial majority of soldiers on active duty vote Republican. Didn’t the Senator say he’d bring to office the same spirit he brought to Vietnam?
This, I think, is Senator Kerry’s plan for victory in the war on terror. It promises an end to the fighting, because that’s what the far left understands as victory. After all, Vietnam is the last war they won.
But what about today’s news? If any of this is true, what do we make of Osama bin Laden’s Halloween video? That’s left as an exercise for the reader.