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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

The real front of the War On Terror is in London, not in Baghdad. Nothing you are doing in Baghdad, none of the insane amount of money you are spending there, and no scrap of the "noble cause" of bringing Democracy to the Middle East has any impact whatever in the War On Terror.

Neither the insurgents in Iraq, nor the foreign nationals fighting beside them have anything to do with the War On Terror, except to use Iraq as a training ground for honing skills in the application of explosives, and getting some combat experience.

The real bases for terror are elsewhere, probably in Iran and western Pakistan, perhaps in Saudi, and you have so tied up our army with the foolishness in Iraq that we really can't do a damn thing about them, even if we find them. And, no, aerial bombardment of a few camps is not doing a damn thing about them, just in case you happen to find them.

The real cells for terror are in Europe and elsewhere, as are the real targets. The only way to address them is to rebuild the world cooperation which you so wantonly destroyed by invading Iraq.

The real tactics of the enemy in the War On Terror is to strike the target of opportunity which you are not guarding. It will not be conferences of government leaders, unless you stop guarding them. It will not be hijacking of airplanes to fly into buildings, unless you let airport security and fighter plane coverage get lax. And it will not be anything that is not either symbolic, as was the WTC, or full enough of people to generate massive casualties.

There will not be enough room to make small conspiracies to go after anything less under the current security climate. Big, unguarded, targets by a small number of serious conspiracies with much fewer people in the know is what we face. And what we just didn't prevent in London.

You had this to say at Fort Bragg last week:

Our mission in Iraq is clear. We're hunting down the terrorists....Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq.....The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened, or defeated.

It was a stupid thing to say, as today's events have just proved. It was a stupid thing to say even without today's events. Your failure to follow up properly in Afghanistan because you wanted to invade Iraq is a primary reason why the world still has Osama Bin Laden to listen to. Invading Iraq was a stupid thing to do. Not only that, in the bargain, you lied, deceived, and connived to do it, and you and your cabinet also did it stupidly and badly. Hence this mess.

You are losing the War On Terror for us.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people who hate America flock to Iraq and blow themselves up there, not sure we are not in better shape with them doing it there than elsewhere. I would rather have them do this where we have military on site than all around the globe.

In reality, I think the only thing we are doing wrong is to keep coming out and saying we are not at war with Islam. Seems like as long as these folks keep funding, harboring, teaching, and preaching this hate, we should label their religion for what it is, hate filled terror network. I would be more impressed if I saw all the Islamic religious leaders coming out strongly calling these folks terrorist and for other Islamic believers to jihad to end their lives for the preservation of their faith. I would also like to see Islamic folks coming out in drovers to volunteer to fight against these terrorist in the same numbers that Japaneese and Germans volunteered to fight ToJO and Hitler.

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