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Mr. Reigle: Defeatist? Anyone who knows me or has read my columns for the past five or six years (or longer) would know that I’m anything but. And the issue isn’t the Samarra bombing that brings me to this point. I’ve been saying, for nearly a year, that the president hasn’t been doing the job of wartime leadership. He needs to be doing what Churchill, FDR and Lincoln did before him. What is victory? The president has said only that victory is to end tyranny and establish democracy. Which puts the control of the endgame to those terrorist states — and radical Islamists — who won’t and will never accept the idea of democracy. Victory means disposing of the threat, and that means ending the regimes in Syria, Iran and other nations. And ending the Saudis’ support for terrorism.
This is, at its base, an ideological war. We have been fighting the war with bullets and bombs. We need to fight that war, too, but we have to engage the radical Islamists as we engaged the Soviets. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, understands this. He has said, again and again, that the information war is as important as the kinetic war. In this, he understands this war much better than the president.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?