I Told You So
The “War on Terror” is over… But don’t pop open the champagne just yet. According to the Bush administration, we are now fighting a “global struggle against violent extremism”. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, now tell us the solution is, “more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military.” No shit, Sherlock.
Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy, said in an interview that if the nation's efforts were limited to "protecting the homeland and attacking and disrupting terrorist networks, you're on a treadmill that is likely to get faster and faster with time." The key to "ultimately winning the war," he said, "is addressing the ideological part of the war that deals with how the terrorists recruit and indoctrinate new terrorists."
What a freakin' revelation! Wait... Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. Democrats have been saying that since September 11, 2001! And what was President Bush's response at the time:
Some are skeptical that the war on terror is really a war at all. My opponent [Senator John Kerry] said, and I quote, "The war on terror is less of a military operation, and far more of an intelligence-gathering law enforcement operation." I disagree - strongly disagree.
But now the administration is telling us they do agree - strongly agree. This is a HUGE flip-flop.
I could be gracious and say, I'm glad the administration is finally on board with our successful strategy, but screw that. I'll leave that to the politicians and diplomats. After all the derisive comments about "serving the terrorists arrest warrants" and wanting to "understand the terrorists, rather than destroy them", screw that. Democrats were right, so - In Your Face!
Democrats were right; Republicans were wrong.
The way Republicans treated the "War on Terror" as a military operation vastly increased the number of terrorists, their deadliness, and the Islamic world's support for them - just as Democrats said it would. But now, all of a sudden, like these guys just had some great epiphany, we hear that the solution is, "more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military."
President Bush and his merry band of Mayberry Machiavellis - and the not-so-"useful idiots" who enable them - are finally wising up, but it's four years of ever increasing terrorist attacks and one unnecessary - and spectacularly disastrous - war too late. Like I tell my 3-year old son: Sometimes "sorry" just isn't enough.