Reruns of That '70s Show
Liberals seek replay of a dismal time in American
By Jeff Lukens
antiwar activists are so cut off from reality that they imagine America's
defeat in the Middle East without consequence. Even when the root causes
of terrorism clearly lie in that region of the world, those nostalgic for
the 1970s continue undermine our efforts there, and to search for ways to
"blame America" for its barbarism.
a few days after 9/11, leftist icon Susan Sontag wrote about "the
self-righteous drivel" of public figures and TV commentators
responding to the atrocity. She called it an "attack on
'civilization'" rather than on the United States, and she said it was
as "a consequence of specific American alliances and actions."
a day when Americans collectively recoiled in horror, she sought to
criticize. On a day of choosing between good and evil, she chose to remain
she asked the question, "How many citizens are aware of the ongoing
American bombing of Iraq?"
what? At the time, you recall, we were only patrolling no-fly zones and
responding to antiaircraft weapons that were shooting at our planes, but
what did it matter? The opportunity to take a cheap shot at America
presented itself, and she took it. Ms. Sontag has since passed on, but the
1970s-style, countercultural attitudes she promoted are still alive and
truth revealed in recent years is that all cultures are not equal. While
the multiculturalist custom says we should not judge others for our
differences, suicide bombers are a constant reminder that some cultures
are wicked and must be opposed. Many among us, however, would rather chant
mindless clichés like "Bush lied, people died" than to confront
a harder truth is that there are people in the world who wish to do us
know us better than we know ourselves. Beheading hostages, for instance,
works for them only by showing video of it to the outside world. Islamic
extremists realize that the fight, lost on the battlefield, can still be
won with images and rhetoric in the U.S. media that wear away our resolve.
Walter Conkrite declared Vietnam unwinnable in 1968, his trusted presence
forced LBJ from office and turned public opinion against that war. The
lesson was not lost on the media establishment. Since then, their goal has
been less to report the news than to make the news, and to push an
ideological agenda. Another overlooked truth about Vietnam, however, was
that the South Vietnamese were successfully defending themselves -- or at
least until 1975 when a liberal Congress chose to "defund" them.
this is the news, and the truth doesn't always matter. It's a business.
And major media will hype almost anything to boost its circulation and
ratings. How much easier it is to report a bomb blast and body counts than
thoughtful perspectives on how American-sponsored elections have brought
democracy to the Middle East. Never mind the improved Iraqi living
conditions due to our reconstruction projects. And never mind stories of
the heroism of our troops in the field.
protests play into the agenda too. Throw in a few namesakes like Jane
Fonda and Cindy Sheehan, and the street theater works even better. Never
mind the consequences of leaving Iraq in the way we left Vietnam. When
they say, "war is not the answer," another unreported truth is
that war is often the only answer in confronting evil.
a long term, hammering home this same message day after day has a
corrosive effect on the public will. But that is the intent. Unlike
Vietnam, however, the aftermath of this war will follow us home. Refusing
to address the consequences of failure in the Middle East is another
example of the bias and lack of journalistic standards within the news
rogue nations go nuclear, media outlets would rather distract us with Anna
Nichole Smith, Britney Spears, and other Hollywood make-believe. Rather
than ponder the unpleasant task of winning a war, or preempting a
terrorist attack, they willfully ignore a danger that will not relent or
we've reached a dismal stage in American history when many in Congress
seek America's defeat for domestic political gain. Since the days of
George McGovern, Democrats have been the patsy for the liberal media and
militant antiwar activists who push for an American retreat around the
Democrats are not dumb. They know America's loss means their gain. They
obviously have no higher purpose than their own political power. This is
their chance to relive their glory days when they threw out a conservative
president, and lost a war.
it won't happen this time like it did in the 1970s. The Democratic
leadership misunderstands the results of the election, and is gambling on
failure. Voters wanted a new approach to win the war, and the president is
doing just that with a new strategy and a new general. Voters didn't say
they wanted to end the war by running away from it, as the Dems would have
Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha don't seem to be concerned that their
resolutions undercut our troops and bolster the enemy. They say they
"support the troops" when really they do not. While troops are
engaged in a mission, to say they support them but not their mission is
impossible. Their resolutions are about playing politics, and demoralizing
the military is their least concern.
the games being played, neither can we expect our allies to ever risk
their lives again depending on American resolve to stand by them. We have
a bad habit of proving ourselves to be untrustworthy.
when Saigon fell, conservatives chose to remain silent. While some
Republicans today may be wavering, this time conservatives will not sit by
and watch another self-inflicted catastrophe happen. We've seen this show
before. It has a bad ending.
a protracted war with an elusive enemy, our country must stand firm.
Defeat is not an acceptable "exit strategy." Whether by a
"slow-bleed," a "de-authorization," or by some other
measure -- congressional attempts to undermine the president's authority
to wage this war will probably grow stronger. A conservative showdown with
antiwar Democrats appears to be coming.