When will Republicans finally call him on is failed strategy?
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Nation-building placed us on the strategic defensive. Iran, Syria — and our faux ally Saudi Arabia — are the sources of funding, arms, and jihadis who plan and mount terrorist attacks against us. Terrorists cannot be the existential threat they now are without the support of the nations that sponsor them.
For over nine years we have been fighting the terrorists instead of forcing the terror-sponsoring nations to cease their support for terrorism. In those years, we have sacrificed thousands of young American lives, spent hundreds of billions of dollars in combat and fruitless nation-building actions, and have done nothing to stop the sponsorship of terrorism. Bush refused to fight the ideological war despite the advice he received from Tony Blair and Donald Rumsfeld. Obama has compounded that mistake by preemptively surrendering the ideological war. He has gone so far as to ban the terms “jihad” and “Islam” from his National Security Strategy doctrine.
For too long, Obama has controlled the political narrative, limiting it to domestic issues. We hear no debate on the war, just political statements from both sides on issues ranging from Obamacare to the Tucson shootings. Republicans cannot allow Obama to keep the war off the air and on the back pages of the newspapers.
For one simple reason, there must be a debate — of sufficient intensity to flush Obama out of his domestic issues cover — to correct our course in this war. The reason is that we are losing the war.
This war is different from Vietnam in the most important respect. Vietnam wasn’t an existential war, and this one is. We lost in Vietnam but that loss cost us none of our freedoms at home. The war that the terror-sponsors are waging against us is existential: if we lose this war, we lose America and all the freedoms our Constitution preserves.
With apologies to Rudyard Kipling,
If you’re dazed and confused by Afghanistan’s banes
and the thought of withdrawal is all that remains
then quit nation-building and rethink your aims
and fight the real enemy, bolder.
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