Cheering the Enemy
Vol: 30 Issue: 25 Thursday, March 25, 2004
It is hard to imagine anything more important to ultimate victory in any conflict than national morale. The carpet bombing of Germany and Japan in World War Two was designed to break the national morale of the enemy.
The Battle of Britain was part of Hitler’s ‘Operation Sea Lion’ — his planned invasion of Britain. When it failed, Hitler ordered the bombing of London in an effort to break the will of Great Britain.
Both sides deployed their most skilled propagandists in an effort to shore up national morale for a single reason, eloquently articulated by Abraham Lincoln quoting Scripture during a Civil War speech; ‘A house divided cannot stand.’
In her testimony before the 9/11 Commission, Madeline Allbright somewhat ironically noted the need for unity in the fight against terror.
I say ‘somewhat ironically’ since she and her fellow Clintonites have been working around-the-clock to discredit the Bush administration in public since the day he took office. The resulting “not my president” and “anybody but Bush” campaigns have done nothing but spread disunity since.
They’ve talked down the economy, hoping to dampen enthusiasm and investment, thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that they could then seize as a campaign issue.
Take unemployment, currently at 5.5%, nationally. That is the same level as it was when Clinton was campaigning for re-election in 1996, based on the strength of the Clinton-Gore economy.
I know people that are CONVINCED we are in the midst of an economic meltdown based on the same numbers that convinced them the economy of the 90’s was a Clinton ‘miracle’.
The presidential campaign is a rehash of the most divisive and vicious election in living memory, except this isn’t 2000 anymore. We can’t afford to lose national morale and still expect to prevail in the war on terror. Iraq proves that.
It remains incomprehensible to me that anyone could argue against the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. It is the equivalent to arguing against removing Adolph Hitler before he grew strong enough to launch World War Two.
But millions marched against it to mark the first anniversary of Iraq’s liberation, while there was virtually zero opposition to the removal of Slobodon Milosevic in 1999. The Serbian War was conducted without UN approval, just like Iraq. And there was far less at stake in terms of US national interests in Serbia than the risk posed by Saddam Hussein.
The rantings of John Kerry, Howard Dean and Al Sharpton on the campaign trail were augmented by the whisperings from various former members of the Clinton administration about how Bush’s poor leadership led to the 9/11 attacks in the first place.
The United States has never been more divided since Abraham Lincoln noted that a ‘house divided cannot stand.’
The politics of destruction and innuendo, rather than on issues and leadership, is a sad commentary on the times in which we live — but more than that, it is an unrecognized peril. While at war with an faceless, stateless enemy abroad, we are fighting an internal culture war instead, and in so doing, handing victory after victory to our enemy.
The New York Times has become an unwitting (one hopes) propaganda tool in the hands of al-Qaeda, who can use America’s own ‘newspaper of record’ to prove to new recruits that they are, indeed, fighting a ‘Great Satan’. It’s leader is a liar — it says so in black and white. He is a coward who shirked his military duty.
The nation is corrupt — it gives preferential treatment to the rich and conducts its foreign policy based on profits, ‘blood for oil diplomacy’, according to some of its own leaders, dutifully quoted by the New York Times.
It isn’t just the New York Times. Any would-be terrorist with a satellite dish can hear the same things from the lips of America’s most trusted news anchors; Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, or read how evil America has become from the pen of America’s most-trusted newsman, Walter Cronkite, (whose columns are regularly published by the New York Times).
They can hear former presidents like Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton repeatedly criticize their government and its policies, both at home and abroad.
If an al-Qaeda recruit needed more convincing, he could turn to CNN to find out how evil the Israelis are, followed by a story about how unfairly America treats the Palestinians or how unswervingly it supports Israel.
To the would-be terrorist, it provides a convincing recruiting argument. To the terrorist cells already in operation, it boosts morale and provides hope that they just might win. Nobody wants to sacrifice themselves needlessly; but if they can see that sacrifice as a step toward ultimate victory, it’s a different story.
It is fair to say the Bush administration understands the importance of national unity to ultimate victory. Bush preaches it at every opportunity. During his campaign, he made national unity a campaign issue, saying he wanted to be president of ALL the people.
Ever since 9/11, the Clintonites have been quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) pointing the finger of blame at the Bush administration. On the eve of the 9/11 hearings, Richard Clarke released an alleged ‘tell-all book blaming Bush outright for the attacks on September 11.
The worst of it is, President Bush could have passed on to President Clinton some of the blame for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks only 230 days into his administration. After all, Clintonia was warned about al Qaeda — by al Qaeda. al Qaeda was linked with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six and wounded 1,000.
Clinton was president when al Qaeda bombs killed 231 people at U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Seven years after terrorists tried to destroy the World Trade Center, the Clinton administration failed to prevent Osama bin Laden’s operation from attacking the destroyer USS Cole in 2000, an attack that left 17 dead.
Bush didn’t point the finger at Mr. Clinton. As former Gov. Pete Wilson, who is on the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, noted, “Bush was willing to give them a pass on this because he thought this was a time for unity, not partisan sniping.”
Bush’s reward? The Clinton machine is blaming Bush.
We should be blaming al-Qaeda.
Where is America in prophecy? In the ‘perilous times’ stage.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)