Friday, December 08, 2006

The Iraq Surrender Group

"Consensus is the absence of leadership. To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies. So it's something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."--Margaret Thatcher

President Bush's response to a BBC reporter's question regarding the Iraq Study (aka surrender) group:
"Make no mistake about it. I understand how tough it is, sir. I understand there's sectarian violence. I also understand that we're hunting down Al-Qaeda on a regular basis, and we're bringing 'em to justice. I understand how hard our troops are working. I know how brave the men and women who wear the uniform are and therefore they'll have the full support of this government. I understand what long deployments mean to wives and husbands and mothers and fathers, particularly as we come into a holiday season. I understand. And I have made it abundantly clear how tough it is. I also believe we're going to succeed, not only do I know how important it is to prevail, I believe we will prevail. I also want the American people to understand that if we were to fail -- and one way to assure failure is just to quit, is not to adjust and say it's just not worth it. If we were to fail, that failed policy will come to hurt generations of Americans in the future.

I believe when an ideological struggle between forces that are reasonable and want to live in peace and radicals and extremists, and when you throw into the mix a radical Shi'a and radical Sunni trying to gain power and topple modern governments with energy which they could use to blackmail Great Britain or America or anybody else who doesn't kowtow to them, and a nuclear weapon in the hands of a government that would be using that nuclear weapon to blackmail to achieve political objectives, historians will look back and say, "How come Bush and Blair couldn't see the threat?" That's what they'll be asking. And I want to tell you, I see the threat. And September the 11th should be a wake-up call for the American people to understand what happens if there is violence and safe havens in a part of the world. And what happens is, people can die here at home."

What Senator Joe Lieberman had to say about talking with Iran & Syria:
"I believe that America is a mighty enough nation that we should never fear to talk to anyone. But anyone who believes that Iran and Syria really want to help us to succeed in Iraq, I just is missing the reality. Asking Iran and Syria to help us succeed in Iraq is like your local fire department asking a couple of arsonists to help put out the fire. These people are flaming the fire. They are the extremists. They are supporting terrorists in Iraq, in Lebanon and of course in the Palestinian areas."

It sounds similar to my analogy:
"Its like asking a pimp to help you with the prostitute problem on Portland street. Iran is a huge part of the problem so asking them for help is ludicrous."

Jeff Jacoby had this to say in his column ‘Conversations’ with the enemy:
"As things stand now, however, negotiating with Iran and Syria over the future of Iraq is about as promising a strategy for preventing more bloodshed as negotiating with Adolf Hitler over the future of Czechoslovakia was in 1938. There were eminent "realists" then too, many of whom were gung-ho for cutting a deal with the Fuehrer. As Neville Chamberlain set off on the diplomatic mission that would culminate in Munich, William Shirer recorded in "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," Britain's poet laureate, John Masefield, composed a paean in his honor . When the negotiations were done and Czechoslovakia had been dismembered, the prime minister was hailed as a national hero. The Nobel Committee received not one, not two, but 10 nominations proposing Chamberlain for the 1939 peace prize.

Chamberlain and his admirers had been certain that Munich would bring "peace in our time." Instead it helped pave the way for war.

How many times does the lesson have to be relearned? There is no appeasing the unappeasable. When democracies engage with fanatical tyrants, the world becomes not less dangerous but more so."

In conclusion my only hope is that Bush will continue to stand strong in his stand against the enemy and ignore this insane advice. In reading Jacoby's column it amazed me to learn that King Appeaser Neville Chamberlain received 10 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. I guess things haven't changed all that much. Peace prizes are still given to appeasers like Carter who not only don't bring peace but put our country and the world in further danger. I pray that the American people wake up soon to the real threat we face so we don't wake up to another 9/11 attack or something even worse. Have you forgotten?

Other Sources:
Hat tip for the title, Thatcher quote & the President's quotes: Rush
Bush: 'Tough Assessment' refers to Iraq Report
Anger, Tears and Fears(A Must Read by Robin)
December 7th 1941 A Tragedy That Could Have Been Avoided(An excellent post by Mike on the lessons from Pearl Harbor)
America Wake Up

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