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Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From San Francisco
by Burt Prelutsky
by Mark Steyn
by J. F. Kelly, Jr. [writer]
metaphor “stay the course” is often used by incumbents
in attempts to persuade voters, especially in wartime, to demonstrate
support for their policies by reelecting them. Actually, ships
rarely stay the course because shifting winds and currents
require course adjustments in order to stay on track and reach
the intended destination. So it must be with the ship of state,
plowing through treacherous seas toward ultimate success in
the war on terrorism.
I say success
rather than victory because there may be no ultimate victory
in this war. It is doubtful that we can ever totally eliminate
terrorism from the earth so long as religious extremism and
intolerance of other faiths create fanatics driven toward violence.
We will probably always have to contend with suicide bombers
foolishly believing that God actually wishes them to kill those
of His creatures who practice a different faith or form of
worship and that they will earn a heavenly reward by doing
J.F. Kelly, Jr.
Kelly, Jr. is a retired Navy Captain and bank executive
who writes on current events and military subjects.
He is a resident of Coronado, California. [go to Kelly index]
Nobody said that this war would be brief or easy or without
cost and setbacks. But we must bear whatever hardship and costs
that may be required and persevere through the setbacks because
the consequences of failure are simply unacceptable and they
would be borne primarily by our children and grandchildren. We
are fighting to save civilization for them.
With two years remaining in office and facing low levels of
public confidence, President George W. Bush is still displaying
remarkable passion and conviction in telling the American people
why we must remain on track in prosecuting this difficult war,
including ensuring that Iraq is not abandoned to become a haven
for international terrorists.. He acknowledges mistakes that
have set us off track but these are best dealt with by course
adjustments, not by reversing course. He says, correctly, that
most Americans want us to win this war. How could they want anything
else and still be counted loyal Americans?
heightened appeals for support and understanding of the difficulties
we face, though sincere, are clearly timed
for maximum impact on voters in the midterm elections who, if
the early polls can be believed, seem poised to unseat some Republican
incumbents. Democratic office seekers and Bush critics, aided
by a liberal, Bush-bashing mainstream media, are attempting to
exploit the characteristic impatience of an American public weary
of watching TV images of carnage and destruction in Iraq. Most
of them are doing so with the best of intentions, perhaps, but
their actions further weaken the public resolve to see this difficult
Iraq campaign through to some successful conclusion, thus encouraging
our terrorist enemies to believe that they can wear us down.
Rather than blaming
America’s enemies, they blame the
president for the difficulties, setbacks and casualties, largely
predicted after 9/11, in a manner reminiscent of the blame heaped
upon Harry Truman for Korea and Lyndon Johnson for Vietnam. Impatient
for something that can be called victory, intolerant of casualties,
protracted wars are not popular with Americans and they will
inevitably take out their frustrations on the party in power.
We have been in Iraq longer than we were in World War II.
Should that frustration translate into enough election victories
for Democrats to take control of the Congress, the task of prosecuting
this war will become immeasurably more difficult. For one thing,
there will almost certainly be an effort to impeach the president.
While it would deservedly fail, consider the effect such an event
would have on world opinion and on the morale of our enemies.
We would, of course,
survive such things but at what cost? And then what? Would
there be a new direction in the war on terrorism?
What direction might that be? We haven’t a clue from the
likes of Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Biden, Kennedy or Pelosi. What
is their plan for pursuing the war on terrorism and keeping America
safe other than consulting with world diplomats and urging UN
resolutions? American voters need to know and they should demand
answers. Criticism of the present course does not constitute
In World War II and
previous wars we had a loyal opposition. Those days are, sadly,
over. Politics has become so ugly and
people so polarized that every issue, every setback, every casualty
is exploited by politicians for political gain and by the media
for viewer and reader attention. When things go badly, instead
of rallying around our wartime leader, we turn against him. But
before we do, it’s fair to ask ourselves what it is that
we would do differently. CRO
2006 J. F. Kelly, Jr.