Here’s a troubling post by Hugh Hewitt. I can’t find fault with his argument.
Here is a harsh political truth that most Republicans have avoided saying because they thought there was no sense in rubbing it in: If America is struck again today, this week, this month or anytime in 2004, it will be because the cancer of radical Islam grew too large during the presidency of Bill Clinton to be excised in the space of a few years.
President Bush has been reluctant to make this point because he is a gentleman, but there is a cost to that courtesy, which is the encouragement on the left of awful thinking about the nature of the enemy. Even as Churchill refrained, after taking office, from attacking the Men of Munich for their terrible misjudgments, so Bush has kept his quiet about Clinton, Berger, and Albright.
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[The Democrats’ foreign-policy misperceptions are] madness, but of a contagious sort. A Dean supporter called my program last week to argue that Clinton had handed Bush an “action plan” on Osama that had not been implemented, proving that 9/11 and the terrorist threat was Bush’s fault. This is one of many stunning delusions that the advocates of the Democrats have embraced, the sort of self-deception that will end up warning the electorate of the fundamental disqualification of Bush’s opponent, whether Dean or another of the Democrats or even Hillary if she cannot resist the pressure upon her to run: They still don’t get it.
What is “it?” Simply this: There are tens of millions of people who want tens of millions of Americans dead. Their motivations may vary, and their ability to carry out their intentions are sometimes quite limited, though unfortunately quite capable in some segments of their numbers. There is no choice but to kill the competent among them first, and there are no international organizations that will do the job for us, and it is folly to trust such organizations to act in our place. The war will be along one, with many battles and casualties, but it cannot be lost except through loss of will. Time is of the essence. The obvious targets are not the only targets, and all the rallies on the Mall in the world won’t make the threat go away.
(Read it all.)
The famous “orange alert” may be a joke this time. But maybe not. We may eventually be attacked again. (Wretchard argues that now is as good a time as any for Al Qaeda to hit us, given that our recent successes probably put AQ in a now-or-never situation in which lack of success will kill their funding.)
The Democrats’ lack of seriousness about the radical Islamist threat makes it more difficult for us to take action.