Is it that too many Americans learned all the wrong lessons from Vietnam?
Is it that our woefully broken educational system and immoral mass media have left Americans in a state of self-hating denial?
Is it that we are simply incapable of remembering what happened 30 years ago?
Or is it that America’s enemies have learned all the lessons exceptionally well and remembered how to apply them under new circumstances – in a war that actually means far more to the future of the U.S. and everything it means to be an American?
Maybe it’s a combination of all four premises that set the stage for us now as America’s elected officials and top policymakers prepare for surrender to the Islamo-fascists of al-Qaida just five years after Osama bin Laden incinerated 3,000 Americans in the worst-ever foreign attack on U.S. soil.
Or maybe it’s an indication we as Americans just don’t have the intestinal fortitude – or the moral courage – to stand up to people willing to fight and die for something bigger than themselves, no matter how evil that cause may be.
This is what is going through my mind today as I watch history repeat itself in Washington – as armchair generals in the House and Senate vote to go to war, authorize expenditures for that war, approve new leadership with a new plan for that war, debate whether that new plan makes any sense, then pass nonbinding resolutions against the new strategy developed for and approved by the commander in chief.
If you’re as old as I am, you’ve lived through this kind of charade before. Back in Vietnam, when the cowards in Congress finally and inevitably ended all financial support to the allies with whom our troops had fought for so many years, it ended predictably in a holocaust – millions victimized by the killing fields of Southeast Asia dead and tens of millions more enslaved by Communism for a generation.
The only cost to us here at home was to our national psyche.
But that won’t be the case when we lose Iraq – and, notice, I didn’t say “if.” I said “when.” It’s all over but the white flag retreat. The end of this battle has been scripted, not by America’s enemies abroad, but by our enemies at home – the same kind of self-loathing cowards who sold out the freedom-loving people of Vietnam and Cambodia.
We got off relatively easy after Vietnam. The stakes were not nearly so high. There was never any threat that war would “come home,” much as the enemy’s supporters inside America threatened and tried.
This war is different. The enemy has already attacked us at home more successfully and devastatingly than any of our enemies in the past – Hitler’s Germany, Imperial Japan, the Soviet Union included.
This enemy will never give up. After all, in their eyes, today’s war is really just a continuation of one begun 13 centuries ago.
When America leaves Iraq with its tail between its legs, America’s enemies will be primed for attack like a shark that smells blood in the water.
I have been physically and emotionally unable to speak or write about recent events still unfolding in the Congress of the United States – as elected officials who approved going to war now say they were misled. Of course, under the Constitution, these people have the power to stop this war right now. But they don’t have the courage to do that. Just as they won’t accept responsibility for their votes to authorize the war, they won’t accept responsibility for ending it either.
So they pass nonbinding resolutions, which, of course, have no effect or impact other than emboldening our enemies – signaling to them that our will is weak, that the end is near, that America no longer has the stomach to fight.
All I can tell you is that seeing this once in my lifetime was too much for me. Seeing it twice – and now with the stakes so much higher – is more than I can bear.
It invites a judgment on our country that could be terrible and swift.
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