Excellent article by James Lewis at American Thinker. Here’s a teaser — go read the whole story:
One of the clichéd questions of the Left is “Why did Bush invade Iraq? We were attacked by Saudi Arabians on 9/11!” Or so goes the customary narrative.
This mantra is supposed to expose President Bush’s stupidity. But in fact The Question reveals the asker’s own clueless blunder about war and strategy. The proper answer is to point to other presidents and other wars. Like FDR after Pearl Harbor.
In the upshot, the Allies invaded France before we finally reached Japan. So by the “logic” of our friends on the Left, FDR attacked all the wrong places and all the wrong people — the Germans and Italians (who only fought back once we attacked), not the Japanese who assaulted us at Pearl.
Our highbrow strategists on the Left must believe that FDR should have just done a tit-for-tat for the attack on Hawaii, avenged two thousand plus American lives, and the war would have been over in six months. Which is a load of nonsense, of course, because the Japanese, the Germans and Italians, were long-term, world-wide, imperialist fanatics.
So are the Islamic fascists.
FDR understood that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was not an isolated incident, just as President Bush understood that the attack on America on 9/11 was not an isolated event. The liberals still don’t get that. They who woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 — and promptly went back to sleep the day after that. None so blind as will not see.
Everytime I talk to a Democrat about the War Against Terror I hear the same old bumper sticker slogans: Bush is stupid, Bush lied us into war with Iraq, Bush rushed us into an illegal war, Iraq never attacked us, Iraq was a secular country and had no contacts with Islamic terrorists, and the list goes on. Everyone one of those is refutable, of course, but it does not stop them from believing what they say. I blame part of it on the public school system — history is barely taught, logic is not taught at all except in higher mathematics and mathematics-related courses.
If we surrender in the war on Iraq, we will regret it for hundreds of years.