May 9, 2004

Not a pretty picture that's going to look...

Richard Cohen in the NYT is declaring defeat:

...It is precisely such a rout of the American idea that now confronts the United States in Iraq. The world is asking what sort of liberation is represented by an American woman holding a prone, naked Iraqi man on a leash in Saddam Hussein's Abu Ghraib prison, of all places...
"The World?" What exactly does that mean? Probably those parts of the world where they never make mistakes. France, Germany, the NYT, the Democrat Party...
...No matter that the offenders represent a tiny minority of the American military or that torture may be common in Arab jails...
It's "no matter" to you. You are totally focused on what's important: America and Bush to be defeated and humiliated so that the march of change will cease, and liberal Timesmen will be restored to their former glory and influence. Too late, it's not going to happen.
...Such images will be held aloft for many years whenever America declares itself determined to right a wrong...
That's your plan in a nutshell. You, and the NYT will be recycling those images for decades. (And suppressing images of 9/11, hoping that we will forget.)
"This is the most serious setback for the American military since Vietnam," said Richard Holbrooke, a former United States ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration. "We now have to admit that the American position is untenable."
In your dreams, Clintonista. We've not yet begun to fight.
...In Europe, some people are saying that if America were a country of 10 million people, its leaders would be hauled before an international criminal court...
We've been hearing some nasty stories about Dutch and German troops in Kosovo recently. So, when are those national leaders going to hauled before a court? What's that you say? The purpose of "International Courts" is to hurt America only? Gee, who'da thunk it. Well, bad news, Jacques. We'll never join your kangaroo court, and even if America were shrunk to 10 million people, we would still be strong enough to thumb our noses at you.
...So, a little more than a year after American tanks swept into Baghdad, the central question has become how to salvage the American credibility on which peace in places from Kosovo to the Korean peninsula depends."...
Credibility flows from being willing to fight, not from pleasing lefty journalists. America's enemies, such as you, may take momentary pleasure in Abu Ghraib. Go ahead, revel in the pleasure while you can, wallow in it. But the war will go on. The terrorists will continue to plot and to attack. You are the one in a quagmire, because you have to pretend that we are not locked in a savage global war. Pretend that there is no real danger. You are forced to pretend, because if we really are at war, then what you are doing is hindering and demoralizing your own country in wartime, Not a pretty picture that's going to look, once your pretense wears thin.


Posted by John Weidner at May 9, 2004 4:04 PM
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