Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
  Safer? Yeah right.
I read Donovan's blog a couple of times a week mostly just to see what one of the more "respected" public minds in North County is thinking about. Blogging is usually a means of personal expression, so the fact that I find Donovansblog to be boring and often a little off the mark is of absolutely no consequence. But one of the main themes that Bill harps on, domestic opposition to bad foreign policy, bugs the crap out of me.

Today is no different. He uses his space to chide the Transcript for their editorial lauding a college student who called "BS" on Senator John "Straight Talk" McCain's outspoken support of the Iraq debacle. Bill takes great exception to the notion that our recent military actions are anything but noble, just and wonderful. In particular he feels that criticism of policy is an attack on the men and women in the military. That's a very weak straw-man argument and I am pretty sure that Bill knows it.

This line would make me laugh it were not so tragically naive and flat out wrong in many, many ways:

America and her soldiers have made today safer for Ms. Rohe and all of her fellow graduates, none of whom will have to worry about doing anything to repay them or help shoulder their burden.

Where to begin....?
  1. We are not safer. Policy decisions made in the White House throttled down our efforts in Afghanistan in 2002 to ramp up for the war in Iraq. This allowed many of the culprits and actual leaders of Al Qaeda to continue their efforts.
  2. By invading Iraq on false pretenses we have created a rallying cry for an entire generation of new and future jihadists from almost all sects of Islam, rather than just the previously isolated radicalized Wahabis from the Arabian Peninsula. The neo-con fantasy of "teaching the Arabs a lesson" has completely backfired in multiple ways. And let's not get started on the radicalizing effects of the decisions made by our civilian leadership to toss off the ideals of the Geneva Conventions when it comes to dealing with the enemy.
  3. The notion that those who oppose the policy behind the war do not care about soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors and their travails is offensive and false. (I tend to take this particular jibe very personally for reasons that I will not get into here. Since anybody who stumbles on this probably has not read my prior writings, let me just say that I am a liberal hawk and quite pro-military. The late Senator Scoop Jackson and I would have much in common.)

Donovan is partially correct about one thing in this regard - The justifiable and necessary War on Terror has indeed been compromised.

When, and if, the next major terrorist attack or attempted attack in the USA occurs (and it probably will) Donovan and many like him will likely be tempted to blame their fellow Americans for supposedly undermining the War on Terror by criticizing the decisions that have been made by this administration. The sad and tragic truth is, if people want to point fingers at anybody in America for making us more vulnerable by massively screwing up the most basic strategies of this fight and emboldening and enlarging the enemy, they should start at the top with the man currently in the Oval Office - not with some college kid giving a speech.

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