The Salazar Language (aka "Beam Me Up Scotty!") By Andy McCarthy-NRO
Lemme make sure I have this straight:
It is to be the sense of Congress that as long as we maintain a dialogue with the people whose imperative is "Death to America," who have been actively killing Americans since we got to Iraq (to say nothing of the previous quarter-century), and whose most devout wish — other than wiping Israel off the map — is the destruction of America, we can draw down our troop commitment — which at current levels has been unable to defeat the enemy — to a skeleton rapid-reaction force ... which, of course, will be ineffective to stop al Qaeda from setting up a beach-head in Iraq, which will be a sitting duck for terrorists whose ne plus ultra is to kill Americans, but which will enable the NYTimes to say Democrats did not call for a complete withdrawal?
And that's the superior alternative to the Democrats' plan?
Planet Earth to President Bush and the Republicans: Al Qaeda — having killed nearly 3000 Americans on 9/11 and promising to do it again — is baking 11-year-old Iraqis and serving them as cannibal fare to their own parents!!!* The impediment between these barbarians setting up shop and civilization is OUR TROOPS. Do you think, maybe, there might kinda, sorta be something here we could work with — y'know, assuming, just for argument's sake, of course, that we might possibly want to, um, take on the Left and rebut their insanity before we go along with all this?
Do you think maybe if you — repeatedly and convincingly — made clear to Americans what is going on over there, they might think, like, maybe we really do have to kill these savages — whose biggest target is us and who will get bigger and stronger if we leave? Do you think the American people, no matter how unhappy they are with you and how low your approval numbers are, will be content to lose a war to al Qaeda?
Is it possible that, instead of filling the media with stories about how your administration is trying to find a way out, we might possibly have you get on TV with some of the pictures Michael Yon has been publishing — and, y'know, like, friggin' P-E-R-S-U-A-D-E the American people that our troops are over there for a reason that makes a difference for AMERICAN lives.
I can't believe we're losing to these guys — in Iraq or Washington. Can't anybody here play this game?
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