FROM THE DEBATE — heard Wednesday morning drive-time —
No, I didn’t watch. My — er — my cable was out. Yeah. That’s the ticket!
…Soundbite was of Barry Whatsisname saying, “There are some things I don’t understand. I don’t understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9-11, while Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are setting up base camps and safe havens to train terrorists to attack us.” (Quote found, BTW, at Media Matters, so if it’s wrong, blame them.)
First, let’s get this out of the way. If you don’t understand that, you have, ipso dictam, demonstrated your unfitness for office — any office. And, yes, I do mean virtually every elected Democrat in Federal office and a large portion of the
bureaucracy civil service.
Second, what I don’t understand is how you can miss the fact that a regime which aided and abetted (and possibly instigated and planned) an earlier attack on the key target of the 9/11 atrocities, which was under UN sanctions following a ten-year-old cease fire agreement which it had honored more in the breach, which was suspected with high confidence of possessing or pursuing weapons of mass destruction and was, indeed, subject to a UN inspections regime which it was taking every opportunity to hinder, which it was pretty clear was supporting terrorists generally (see: $25,000 bonus paid to the families of suicide bombers in Israel)…
How you can miss the fact that this is the veriest definition of “Low. Hanging. Fruit?”
Now, I’m not saying Obama’s stupid — for all he is. I’m saying that, when you nitpick and pettifog a grand strategy over a detail which is, at best, semi-relevant, you’re displaying evidence of ulterior motives. You make it sound like you’re on the other side.
So get this — once and for all. The 9/11/01 atrocities were and are NOT the reason we took up this cudgel, this war against Islamofascist extremists — which some of us still maintain is more broadly a war of civilization against the political plague called Islam. It was the point at which we said, “BASTA! ENOUGH! We’ve HAD it with you rag-heads and your spittle-flecked, rage-driven, mad-dog attacks on everyone and everything. You want to die for the glory of Allah? Allow us to oblige you. You WILL stop your insanity, or you WILL die, and you will NOT accomplish your ends. Ever. Period. End of discussion.”
You will note that, looked at in this light, Saddam had far more than enough to answer for to justify the exercise in Iraq.