Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The issue: Deterrence

This is one of the best pieces of political writing I've seen in a while. Bill Whittle dissects the candidates on what he says is THE issue for this election: deterrence of terrorism. Here's a teaser, then go read it:

Senator Kerry says that Iraq is "a long, long way from the fight on terror."
Senator, you might chose to read some history: it might broaden your perspective. The last time this country was attacked, it was by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, whose capitol city was Tokyo.
The first land battle the US Army fought was at Kasserine Pass. Kasserine Pass, Senator, is in Tunisia. Tunisia is in Africa. Africa is a long, long way from Japan.
Tunisia did not attack the United States, Senator Kerry. Tunisia, in fact, was a far, far more innocent battlefield than Iraq, which had spent the preceding decade, and then some, committing overt acts of war against British and American aircraft flying missions to enforce UN mandates.
US troops fought in Tunisia – and they fought badly; infinitely worse than they do in Iraq – because people of vision and courage and great intelligence perceived that this was the first, best front against an enemy that straddled the entire globe. We did not begin our war by launching an armada of landing craft filled with Marines on a suicide mission from Midway to Tokyo. We did not send fleets of transports to get shot down over Berlin carrying fifty divisions of paratroopers.
We attacked in Tunisia because it was the soft underbelly of a powerful enemy. There is a word for this type of action, Senator Kerry, and that word is “foothold.” It is a place where the enemy is weak. It is a place we can capture, fortify, defend and launch further attacks from. As Tunisia, so Africa. As Africa, so Italy. As Italy, so Germany.


At 10/06/2004 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

see my comment in the thread on your old post for my main argument, but going to war is not deterring. it's going to war. Calling it deterring does not somehow sanctify it, or otherwise make it alright.



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