Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Dick Morris: Right for the Wrong Reasons
MORRIS: I think that withdrawal from Iraq — it obviously gives al Qaeda a huge victory. Huge victory. On the other hand, if we stay in Iraq, it gives them the opportunity to kill more Americans, which they really like.Before I get to the real point of this post, let me note that our invasion and occupation of Iraq is the real victory for Al Qaeda. The sooner we get out the sooner we can commence to repair the damage we have done to our military, and international standing. All the evil, destruction and waste that has flowed from this debacle has been a bow wrapped gift from this President to Osama Bin Laden. Dick Morris may focus on the victory for Al Qaeda a withdrawal would represent, but for some mysterious reason he ignores how much the entire adventure has helped their cause in the first place.
One of the things, though, that I think the antiwar crowd has not considered is that, if we’re putting the Americans right within their arms’ reach, they don’t have to come to Wall Street to kill Americans. They don’t have to knock down the trade center. They can do it around the corner, and convenience is a big factor when you’re a terrorist.
On to the big point of this post... Dick Morris actually thinks that providing targets for the terrorists which is convenient for them to reach is a good thing. If I were a family member of a service member, I would be highly incensed about this. In fact I may not have a family member in the service, but I'm cheesed anyway. These are American lives being wasted for no better reason than fear of what may occur if they are not offered up to our enemies.
This willingness to sacrifice soldiers lives to keep the terrorists over there is reminiscent of societies where the cream of the youth were sacrificed to some Deity in an effort to keep the Deity from becoming angry with the people. It is sort of a necessary evil in the eyes of those who fear the consequences of stopping the slaughter of their own people. If we stop those troops from getting killed over there, we might get killed over here. Outrageous!
Dick Morris proves that he for one understands the consequences of his logic. I would like to see him talk to an Iraq widow, or a kid who's lost his legs. Would he actually thank them for sacrificing the rest of their lives so those insurgents would blow up the bomb that took their loved one or their limbs over there rather than trying to do it here? The logic from Morris, and by extension the administration and it's spokes toadies is patently absurd.
This truly is the essence of fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here. We are giving them targets there so they (supposedly) will not try anything here. We are willing to spend billions of dollars to spill our blood in a nation that had nothing what so ever to do with the attacks of Sept. 11 in order to hopefully keep them from trying to come to America. Fighting them there or they will come here is a crass appeal to allow fear to set our policies. We are dying over there so we don't have to die over here...
This logic is equivalent to someone saying to themselves: "Gee... I live in a real pretty neighborhood. I really like my neighbors. So rather than possibly having a car wreck in my own neighborhood, I am going to intentionally drive my car over a cliff in a neighborhood several blocks away from here so the carnage of my car wreck happens over there!" Brilliant!
I imagine the people in the neighborhood several blocks away would not appreciate this logic. How do you think the people of Iraq feel, having the administration decide to make their land the central front in the war on terror. Did they have anything at all to do with Al Qaeda or 9/11? There we are, wrecking their nation so ours possibly will not be targeted on the homefront. If someone did that to our nation we would have every right to be angry about it, and rise up in righteous indignation to demand it stop.
I would like to thank Dick Morris for providing this clear and concise example of someone who routinely parrots the administration proving how wrong headed the logic they use to justify the Iraq disaster is.
Let me wrap up by pointing out how this reflects upon the sacrifice born by this nation in the war on terror. The typical American is not just being asked to do absolutely nothing in the way of sacrificing for this epic struggle, this generational war, this clash of civilizations... we are actually asking our military families to sacrifice, possibly everything, so we don't have to sacrifice anything at all. Disgusting!
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