Ignore the Useful Idiots: We are Winning in Iraq

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    Ignore the Useful Idiots: We are Winning in Iraq
    February 15th, 2006



    Americans increasingly lack patience and perspective. A pastor I know used to call this a “microwave mentality.” We think everything should be as easy as heating a burrito in a convenience store. Push a couple of buttons and two minutes later, lunch is ready.

    This form of luxury, as great as it is and as thankful as I am for it, spoils a free people and gets them accustomed to living in a life of comfort and expediency. So, if I can order a pizza and have a guy five miles away have it at my front door in thirty minutes, shouldn’t this “Iraq thing” be stable in the same amount of time?

    Our capitalist economy has enabled us to enjoy comforts beyond the wildest dreams of our founders. The media, Useful Idiots of terrorist groups everywhere, come into our living rooms and show smoke rising from bombed out cars, talk of more servicemen dying, and make a subtle effort to get you to believe that this war effort is either wrong, failing, or both. And of course, they don’t feel obligated to keep the story in perspective by reminding us of the improvements in the lives of ordinary Iraqis.

    Let’s put it in perspective for the Useful Idiots, then.

    The world is an evil, hostile place. Tyrants are ready to sacrifice millions of lives to get their way. They hate us for our freedom, our prosperity, and the example we offer to their own oppressed people.

    War is sometimes a regrettable necessity. Bumper stickers that proclaim “war is not the answer” are simply wrong. Unfortunately for the utopians, war is almost always the answer when you are dealing with evil tyrants who respect nothing but force and whose ambitions are boundless. Another idiotic bumper sticker says, “If you want peace, work for justice.” If you want justice, spread freedom. As long as the free world winks at tyranny, there will always be injustice.

    Since the end of the Ottoman Empire, when the British victors of the First World War carved out the nation of Iraq, the people of this ancient land have known nothing but coups, tyranny, revolution and fear.

    First the Useful Idiots predicted mass body bags for the liberation. That didn’t happen. Then they predicted low voter turnout in the January 2005 elections because of the fear of terrorist retaliation. That didn’t happen. Then they predicted low voter turnout for the election in fall of 2005. That didn’t happen. Then they predicted disaster for the December 2005 elections. The turnout was far better than most western nations.

    The record of the Useful Idiots isn’t very good with these predictions.

    For the first time since Saddam took power, the rape rooms and torture chambers are gone. The brutal secret police do not terrorize ordinary citizens. Media in Iraq are free to criticize the government, schools are open, hospitals are open, oil production is back up and running, and the Leftists in Iran, Syria and Egypt are taking notice. Why don’t you know about these things? Because the Useful Idiots are too busy making sure you know about the latest car bombing and the Marines that died in the ordeal.

    The biggest threat to our success is this bad reporting. Take note, America.

    The Useful Idiots have no interest in the American people getting the whole story, just the parts that are deemed relevant by them. If the Useful Idiots succeed in breaking the resolve of the American people and cause a premature pullout, and this war does turn into Vietnam redux, the blood of not only American Servicemen, but of hundreds of thousands or millions of innocent Iraqis deemed traitors and apostates by the thugs entering the power vacuum, will be all over the hands of the media and the antiwar Left.

    The most troubling aspect to me is how the American public – in fact, our culture as a whole in this day and age – view battlefield casualties. The United States of America – its citizenry, mind you, definitely not its warriors – cannot effectively fight another major war if the deaths of brave warriors are turned into an argument against pressing on to victory. Iraq has been a three year operation resulting in 2000 battlefield fatalities, liberating 26 million people from the clutches of a tyrant. If 2000 deaths can send the public into hysteria, how will we fare if we face a determined enemy willing to sacrifice on the scale we saw in World War II, when battlefield casualties ran into the millions?

    Our World War II generation was an example for those that followed. As thousands died on the battlefield, the American public kept everything in perspective. I really doubt this generation’s ability to do that, based on the reaction to the reporting of the Useful Idiots over the last three years. And based on our microwave mentality.

    If I am right – that based on the hysteria over the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom, maybe Osama is right, that we don’t have the stomach for the fight – God Help Us.


    Jeff Hale

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5249
     
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    1 Island--60 miles long--463 square miles--3 months
    (conservative estimate)

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    Great post, CP - and your new graphic ROCKS!
     
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    Excellent piece.
     
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    it's very difficult to get a balanced view of what's happening in Iraq. I wish more reporters and newspapers devoted themselves to broad, balanced coverage.

    On the other hand... several things the writer says don't make sense:

    1. He shows inadequate respect for the journalists who are risking their lives in Iraq to bring us information. If he's so sure it's safe in Iraq, tell me, which street in Iraq could he walk down, unarmed? It's been clear for a while that even the "Green Zone" is hardly safe. 4 children and a half-dozen adults were blown up yesterday, in an apparent attack on a liquor store instigated due to fundamentalist prohibitionism. If he's so sure that reporters are biasing things negatively, there's nothing to stop him from going to Iraq and filing more positive reports rather than dissing those who actually go there as "idiots."

    2. There's an important reason that the media has been generally critical of our progress in Iraq that he completely leaves out: many journalists have been feeling shamed by their failure to inadequately question Bush's oh-so-secret rationales for the war, for swallowing the "slam-dunk" rhetoric, which turned out to be nothing than a bunch of discredited baloney about aluminum tubes and uranium, along with fake intel from Chalabi, Curveball, etc. As a result, they're being more careful to scrutinize administration claims of progress. They're dealing with a president who was so naive about the political situation in Iraq that he claimed "Mission Accomplished" fully 3 years ago.

    3. Although the MSM has not been perfect in bringing us positive news, they've not been awful either. The New York Times, for example, runs a regular feature which shows the progress in detailed graphical form--growing circles show progress in pumping oil, bringing basic services, etc. Basically, this is a glass half-full vs glass half-empty type of situation--you can choose how you want to see it. But we're far behind any kind of schedule or prediction Rumsfeld and Bush were making 2-3 years ago. Oil production, for example, has yet to attain pre-war levels, something that was supposed to happen long ago, and only a couple of thousand Iraqi troops are up to leading difficult missions, per the Defense Dept.

    4. The writer ignores the fact that most of Saddam's crimes--100,000+ Kurds gassed to death--took place prior to Bush 2, prior to Dick Chency doing business with Saddam, and prior to Clinton. I'm as happy as anyone that Saddam is gone, along with his torture apparatus and Ba'ath party. Good riddance. But it's disingenuous to paint a picture of vast criminal activity right up until Bush invaded. In fact, your chance of dying as an Iraqi is higher since our invasion than before.

    5. There's a reason people are not happy about military deaths in Iraq. That's because of the steadily mounting evidence that Iraq was a bait and switch ploy which distracted us from chasing the real bad guy--Osama bin Laden--and may have made us less secure not more (via the creation of ~200 new insurgency and terrorist groups and the vast drop in mainstream Muslim support for the U.S. following the invastion). If we were losing a few thousand soldiers in battles with Al Qaeda in Pakistan that would be one thing. Losing a few thousand in search of an idealistic plan to end tyranny and spread democracy to the entire Middle East is too much even for some Republicans (e.g. Reagan's speechwriter Peggy Noonan and Bush 1's Brent Scowcroft). I fervently hope Bush's plan succeeds (and have promised to vote Republican in the next election if he does), but it's clear he's bitten off a lot--perhaps more than he can chew.

    Mariner, aka "useless idiot," as I'm sure someone will be quick to call me.

    "If everyone's thinking the same thing, someone's not thinking"
     
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    you dumb shit---our invasion didnt "cause" all those civilian casualties and since when did you even give a shit about Iraqi civilians? :chains:
     
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    "There's an important reason that the media has been generally critical of our progress in Iraq that he completely leaves out: many journalists have been feeling shamed by their failure to inadequately question Bush's oh-so-secret rationales for the war...".

    Mariner

    And what, pray tell, will be the MSM's rationale for it's steady drumbeat of defeatism when the awful truth about WMDs comes out - to wit: they existed?
     
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    If and when that happens, it will be very interesting indeed. For one thing, it might force the completion of the investigation into the administration's use of intelligence, which the White House has successfully stalled for years now. The operative question will be--if they were real, how come our intelligence was so bad that we didn't know where to find them, and how come our military planning was so bad that we let them get away?

    Mariner.
     
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