The view from the curb
As Presidente Barracho Y Loco fires up Operation Manhood just in time for the weekend before the election (“Chamberlain! Make me look Commander in Chief-ish, and be quick about it!”) it’s only natural that one of the NCO’s of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders™ shouts “huzzah!” from the rumpus room, before going upstairs to watch That 70’s Show reruns:
TAKING FALLUJAH: The New York Times reports that the U.S. military is preparing a massive assault on Fallujah. It is time.
Iâ€™m tempted to say it is long past time. Terrorists have lorded it over that town with impunity for months. It cannot stand. Thereâ€™s an upshot to this, however. A recent article in the Washington Post suggests we are winning at least some hearts and minds by letting the thugs show the locals what they are made of.
Fallujah is ripe for the picking. Even if it werenâ€™t, the so-called Iraqi â€œresistanceâ€ there has gone unopposed long enough.
The U.S. cannot be defeated on any battlefield. I can only hope the Bush Administration and the interim Iraqi government donâ€™t pause in the middle to talk. They need to remember who we are fighting. The enemy has no demands we can give in to. As Christopher Hitchens recently put it, terrorism â€œis the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.â€
Remember Napoleonâ€™s words to the wise: â€œIf you start to take Vienna â€“ take Vienna.â€ (my emphasis on the we’s)
Remember also the wise words of Salvador Dali:
“Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.”