To all this, add the refusal of significant numbers of scribblers and academics who, in sync with the president, refuse to admit the existence of the Ts and Is. And add the attorney general, who, like the president, thinks that we are the root cause of most of this world’s basic problems, insisting that it’s all about race. “It” isn’t all about any single thing, but we do need a serious national debate about religious hatred, and especially about jihad. It seems to me we’re not getting there yet.
NEW BUT UNEXPECTEDLY RELATED THOUGHT: The American way of war. We’ve had a few brilliant generals, but we’ve won the big wars because of our amazing energy, strength, wealth, and power. The Germans and Japanese had some fabulous generals and admirals, probably more than we did, but they had no chance. It didn’t matter how many American soldiers, ships, planes, and tanks were destroyed, because there were twice as many the next day. The country turned into an awesome assembly line of fighters and materiel, and we overwhelmed our enemies.
When I read comments about Operation Boston, in which the cops and the Bureau are criticized for overdoing it, I remember the American way of war. Did they have to put an entire city under military rule? Probably not. There were more elegant ways of doing it. But those aren’t our ways, as a general rule. We overwhelm them. And in the end, we won and they lost. Which is what matters.
It isn’t always the best way, you need hardly waste breath trying to convince me. I’m fully convinced. I keep arguing that we don’t have to fire a shot or drop a bomb to bring down our main enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran. All that talk about “keeping the military option on the table” worries me to no end (parents of Marines don’t much like military options). We can do a lot just by pronouncing the right words, like “we want a free Iran,” and “we support the Iranian people,” or “the Iranian regime is our enemy.” Those words would give hope to the regime’s opponents, and it would–as it would have in Boston–improve the quality of our own government’s investigators, analysts, and strategists.
But our leaders don’t say that. It’s not permitted. The rot spreads and the stench intensifies.