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Tuesday, March 30, 2004



Stalwart soldiery

This is not necessary but it I found it interesting of a certain mindset and how this affects perspective - a letter from some american lieutenant-colonel back from his tour of duty in Iraq (from Poor-and-Stupid blog, where I don't go anymore because it's just too insane):
My mobilization tour has ended, and I am back from Iraq. Two quick observations pertinent to Iraq and liberal lies, whether propagated by Krugman or others.

If Spain was attacked by Al Qaeda in revenge for Spain's support of the US in the toppling of Saddam Hussein, then Al Qaeda and Saddam must have been much closer than the liberals tell us. They claim that Saddam had no connection to worldwide terror. Or when confronted with Abu Nidal and Abbu Abbas, or Saddam's payments to families of the Palestinian homicide bombers, they respond that at least he had no connection to Al Qaeda, our real target in the war. Then comes Al Qaeda, vaporinzing their arguments along with 200 Spanish commuters. Of course, they could have maintained their "no Saddam-Al Qaeda connection" argument, and simply recognized that Spain was a target because they support the US in Afghanistan and in the secret intelligence efforts, and because Spain is now also a bastion of liberal democracy, thus an anathema to Al Qaeda and the other Islamic extremists.

But, that would have meant admitting that Bush has been right about the threat that the islamo-fascists pose to the entire civilized world. So, they would rather stick to an illogical argument that derives into easier sound bites: "Spain was attacked because they supported Bush in his failed policy in Iraq. Don't support Bush."

Congressional Democrats have latched on to certain phrases that no doubt have come from focus group reactions. The most used are "Bush and his go-it-alone strategy," or "Bush and his unliteral approach," or something similar. I had just landed in the US heading to McDill AFB when I heard Rep. Jim Davis (Democrat, 11th District, Florida, home of McDill) on the radio saying that he, too, had just returned from Iraq, and his primary concern was the go-it-alone approach, and that this seem to come from SecDef Rumsfeld. If one looks at Rep. Davis' website, he made the same observation about unilateralism after a trip last October. Now, if Rep. Davis, who supported the war, visited the palace where the Coalition Provisional Authority is headquartered, and where I spent much of the past two months, then he simply could not have missed the representatives of dozens of our allies who are readily apparent in the hallways and offices. There are 34 other nations with troops officially on the ground, plus a couple of others who are not official members, but nonetheless have personnel directly engaged. The coalition divisions controlling all of Iraq south of Baghdad are composed entirely of non-US troops. The only conclusion I can reach is that such Democrats, who could not have missed the evidence, have chosen to lie out of political expediency. My only consternation is that the facts and the truth are not readily available, nor do journalists, who should have an obligation to the facts, ever challenge such assertions. Mostly, these lies insult our allies who have placed their citizens in harm's way for our common cause.
The take on Spain is not really surprising and is a beautiful example of the logic involved. But it's interesting how he chooses to support Rumsfeld's claim of "the biggest coalition ever with 90+ states" etc. So - those troops south of Baghdad, I wonder why we never hear any reports whatsoever of their casualities. Are they too few and far between to ever be targeted by those random attacks? We hear reports of civilian western workers (not just americans) getting killed - if you buy into "liberal lies" scenario then the more killings reported the better, I would think. So, what am I to make of this - I'd love to be convinced, I am not. Or maybe it's just a canard produced by a giddy Luskin or a giddy reader of his? I mean - this is blogland, people are so not accountable, and really, fairness is so not on the frontpage most of the time. Ah well.

On the other hand I would still like to know why indeed we never ever hear of any of those not-so-many coalition members in there - at the very least I'd like to know how many "non-western" troops are deployed in there. If I find some infos, I'll post it here. I am not sure it even exists officially.





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