The price of self flagellation

Oliver North describes the price of internal destructive combat in the Washington Times Commentary Allied angst

A Philippine officer who had served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan put it succinctly: “If America fails to deal with these matters, our dreams for the future will be nightmares.”

Any effort is weakened by second guessing, failure prognosis, self doubt, and a lack of resolve. In the U.S. these tactics are used as political weapons. They push the envelope of responsible free expression of ideas.

Such free expression should not be confused with the renewed talk about the ‘Fairness Doctrine” which is a thinly veiled attempt to suppress talk radio. Nor should it be confused with the so called campaign finance reform that received a recent court setback. These efforts are attempts to censor internal debate and responsible discussion of ideas.

What is issue here is more in line with ex President Carter’s condemnation of US policy and practice to overseas audiences or Congressional leaders judging outcomes before an action has been taken. When Congress passes legislation or a resolution of significant international impact, such as the authorization to use force in Iraq, and then reneges on it just a few years later, much damage is done.

The concept is that it is most responsible to make up your mind, stick to it, and get it done. When a country does not do this, it creates misery for all of those who count on trust and integrity.

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