Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Cut and Run

Nothing wrong with cut and run. Our enemies will see to that.

If cut and run emboldens them we may very well wind up with a nuke war with a Dem in office. A rather high price for electoral victory. The Dems will deserve it.

Who could see in 1936 that a small short war with Germany at the cost of 10,000 lives would save millions? Are we in the same position now? Unfortunately there is only one way to find out.

1 comment:

Unknown Pundit said...

One of the things I try to point out to people is that there will always be many risks when taking military action. But it is just as true that there will be long term risks to taking no action too.

In Iraq, the actions taken to contain Saddam were crumbling, as the international politcal support was weakening. A decision was going to have to be made sooner or later on the situation. We were either going have to pull out or take some positive steps to keep the pressure on. This was inevitable even if 9/11 never happened.

However, in light of the 9/11 attacks, would it seem prudent to let a middle-eastern dictator out of the box, perhaps emboldening other Islamic belligerents? That's a critical question to answer.

I truly believe that our lack of action towards Islamic terrorism going back over a number of years, at least to the events in Iran in the late 70's, emboldened our enemies over time, culminating in the 9/11 attacks. If we had taken steps against the Iranians, perhaps dozens of terrorists attacks that occurred in the intervening years might not have occurred. Our "cut and run" actions in Lebanon and Somalia certainly emboldened our enemies as well.

If your enemy pokes you with a stick and all you say is "ouch" and you don't poke back, well, your enemy is just going to keep on poking you with that stick.