Saturday, August 25, 2007

War is neither conservative or liberal.

I read a "conservative" blog that takes aim at Senator John Warner, former Navy Secretary and former chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who suggests that American troops should be withdrawn from Iraq this fall and be home by Christmas.

One of the few World War II veterans left in Congress, Senator Warner isn't an idiot. Nor does he, as a Republican, owe blind allegiance to President Bush. The same can be said for two other Republicans with the stripes to question the White House, Indiana's Richard Lugar and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. They, too, aren't idiots but two of the most respected people in Washington.

The fact is that this president has embarrassed the Republican party by his ineptness and bullheaded resistance to any ideas other than his own. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center the nation was ready to support an Iraq invasion aimed at taking out Saddam Hussein, who was such a tyrant that his removal was justified regardless of whether weapons of mass destructions were ever found.

We are nearing six years since 9/11. Bin Laden still hasn't been found. Over 3,000 American lives have been lost in Iraq in a war that is a bottomless pit. Saddam is gone. The national pasttime in the Middle East seems to be bloodshed and we aren't likely to change it.

In the Vietnam era, young men joined the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam. Now the National Guard is on the front battle lines. What does that say about our nation's military preparedness?

That question was raised by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, hardly a liberal, who posed a good question: If we couldn't manage a crisis like Hurricane Katrina, what would happen with another terrorist attack?

So far, we haven't had a good answer. Bush got a mandate in the 2004 elections. He didn't deliver.

War isn't a liberal vs. conservative thing. Vietnam started with two liberal presidents and our escalated involvement obviously forced President Lyndon B. Johnson not to seek re-election in 1968.

War shouldn't be a political thing. The fact that three respected veteran Republicans senators have come forward to question our Iraq strategy isn't something done lightly. It is the triumph of oath and duty over politics.

As for the Democrats, for most it's all about politics. Take a politcal shot at W -- after all, he's a convenient target. There's no political courage but only cheap opportunism.

While we've squandered our military presence in Iraq, we have failed to adequately fight the terrorists in Afgahnistan, quell the nuclear threat from Iran and South Korea and many other nations laugh at us. Make no mistake: Democrats are just as guilty.

As a Republican, I didn't turn my back on President Bush. He's turned his back on us.

1 comment:

Dad29 said...

Don't bet too much of your paycheck on 'under-working Afghanistan.'

There's a helluvalot going on there which will NEVER be covered by the MSM, largely because it's triple-dark-night-cover.

Same-o for the Phillippines.