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The Dean Dongs are "spinning" out of control...
[Hugh Hewitt] 12/24/03
the Homeland Security alert level was raised on Sunday, a poster
for America made
this comment, which is representative of opinion among the
Dean Dongs: "Dean's remarks about national security
and the Saddam capture not making the U.S. any safer has
been validated by today's Orange Alert."
There's no arguing
with such reasoning – even by pointing
out that although banks continued to be robbed after Dillinger
was killed, banks were indisputably safer than when he was alive
and among the robbers.
The left does not want to understand the war on terror because
to understand it is to leave the left and join the center-right
on issues of deterrence and preemption, and especially the center-right's
suspicion of the impotence of international organizations on
matters of national security.
Here is a harsh political truth that most Republicans have avoided
saying because they thought there was no sense in rubbing it
in: If America is struck again today, this week, this month or
anytime in 2004, it will be because the cancer of radical Islam
grew too large during the presidency of Bill Clinton to be excised
in the space of a few years.
President Bush has been reluctant to make this point because
he is a gentleman, but there is a cost for that courtesy, which
is the encouragement on the left of awful thinking about the
nature of the enemy. Even as Churchill refrained, after taking
office, from attacking the Men of Munich for their terrible misjudgments,
so Bush has kept his quiet about Clinton, Berger and Albright.
people did not have to be reminded of the extent of the threat
the Nazis made no effort to hide themselves,
and Churchill's people did not have to endure continual second-guessing
from Chamberlain, Halifax, Hoare, Wilson and Henderson – the
disgraced core group of vain and incompetent officials who thought
they could "manage" Hitler. These men and their allies
had the decency to leave the public stage and keep their quiet
when war consumed the country – a war that could have been
prevented, but wasn't.
Their example has
been lost on Bill and Hillary, Al Gore, Madeline Albright and
scores of petty officials from the locust years
of the '90s. The effect of their collective ambition is to enable
the Howard Deans to declare such amazingly dense things as "the
capture of Saddam did not make America safer," and to traffic
in lunatic conspiracy theories, as Dean did when he speculated
it was an "interesting theory" that the Saudis had
warned Bush of the 9-11 attacks.
Instead of putting
on sackcloth and sitting in the ashes of their foreign-policy
collapse – and it is not just vis-a-vis
terrorism and radical Islam, we need to note, but in North Korea
as well, where in December of 2000 Madeline Albright clicked
glasses with the tyrant who had boldly torn up every agreement
he had reached with the Clinton people. The Democratic presidential
candidates have all refused to repudiate the record of the Clinton
years, and they campaign on a return to its glories.
That is madness, but
of a contagious sort. A Dean supporter called my program last
week to argue that Clinton had handed
Bush an "action plan" on Osama that had not been implemented,
proving 9-11 and the terrorist threat was Bush's fault. This
is one of many stunning delusions the advocates of the Democrats
have embraced – the sort of self-deception that will end
up warning the electorate of the fundamental disqualification
of Bush's opponent, whether it is Dean or another of the Democrats
or even Hillary, if she cannot resist the pressure upon her to
run. They still don't get it.
What is "it"? Simply this: There are tens of millions
of people who want tens of millions of Americans dead. Their
motivations may vary, and their ability to carry out their intentions
are sometimes quite limited, though unfortunately quite capable
in some segments of their numbers. There is no choice but to
kill the competent among them first, and there are no international
organizations that will do the job for us – and it is folly
to trust such organizations to act in our place.
The war will be a long one, with many battles and casualties,
but it cannot be lost except through loss of will. Time is of
the essence. The obvious targets are not the only targets, and
all the rallies in the world won't make the threat go away.
This is hard stuff – not
the sort of thing that people want to think about on Christmas
But it is the sort of thing they ought to pray about in their
visits to church tonight. We all ought to pray for peace tonight.
But we also ought to pray for continued resolve as a nation and
continued vision in our leaders.
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
He blogs regularly at HughHewitt.com and he frequently contributes opinion pieces to the Weekly
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