Voting ourselves off the island

Mark Steyn has it (Washington Times)

“These Colors Don’t Run” is a fine T-shirt slogan, but in reality these colors have spent 40 years running from the jungles of Southeast Asia, the helicopters in the Persian desert, the streets of Mogadishu. … To add the sands of Mesopotamia to the list will be an act of weakness from which America will never recover.

we are all Spaniards now. The incoming House speaker says Iraq is not a war to be won but a problem to be solved. The incoming defense secretary belongs to a commission charged with doing just that. A nostalgic Boomer columnist in the Boston Globe argues that honor requires the United States to “accept defeat,” as it did in Vietnam. Didn’t work out so swell for the natives, but to hell with them.

The mid term elections were not an anomaly by historic standards but, in the current context, they were symbolic for the international community. ‘Cut and run’ Murtha is being considered for House majority leader. The conversation is not now about a war on terror but rather how do we get back to killing soldiers with traffic accidents at home rather than bullets abroad.

We have ample evidence of what this path means. It is a hypocrisy of values of the first order. But then, such hypocrisy is just the image that those who fly airliners into skyscrapers have of us. They use it as their reason for doing things like that.

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