Thursday, August 10, 2006


The Piecemeal War Against the Jihadists

Elites are framing the fight

Israel was planning a major offensive but that is now on hold in anticipation of a U.N. lead ceasefire. Reports are that Israel had changed tactics from a small force which was going village to village uprooting Hezbollah as they went.

A recent poll says that 60% of Americans do not support the war in Iraq. A quick look at the poll shows that the number of people who want to withdraw all troops are a minority.

Sixty-one percent, however, said they believed at least some U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year. Of those, 26 percent said they would favor the withdrawal of all troops, while 35 percent said not all troops should be withdrawn. Another 34 percent said they believed the current level of troops in Iraq should be maintained. [Emphasis added.]

Also, the number of those who thought we could win in Iraq was about evenly split. However, of those that thought we would not win thought we could but we would not.

Americans were nearly evenly split on whether the U.S. would win the war in Iraq. Forty-seven percent of poll respondents either said the United States would "definitely win" or "probably win." Another 48 percent either said the United States could not win, or could win -- but will not win. [Emphasis added.]

Unfortunately, there is no breakdown between the "cannot win" and "could win -- but will not" points of view. I would say that the no chancers are 26% given that is the percentage that want all of our troops out of Iraq. I think there is a huge gulf between those two positions and it reflects a growing feeling among supporters of the war that the US is not doing enough to win. I submit that the U.S. and even Israel are bowing to international opinion over national security. That the transnational progressive mindset that is in the majority in the diplomatic community causes the western world to pause when it comes to the use of violence against poor brown people.

Listen to Tom Delay at the end of this video clip. (Via HotAir.) Whatever we have done in Iraq I would be hard pressed to say when we have used "overwhelming force." There are times when it is right to use kid gloves in Iraq but we have backed down from fights in Fallujah and against Sadr and his Mahdi Army which we should not have, this is a sign of weakness which only encourages our enemies. This is the exact opposite position the left takes in which our aggressive pursuit of victory only produces more opposition.

From this poll I glean that support for fighting Jihadis has not dampened but many more people question whether we are fighting with sufficient vigor. I have to agree with this POV at times although I had problems with the Fallujah Delenda Est crowd. There has to be a path between hippie and Ghengis Khan. The onslaught of charges against our troops only strengthens the notion that we have given too many rules to our soldiers and so there is no point fighting a war without using the full strength of the military. Not to be brutal but recognizing that death and destruction sometimes results from the need to protect ourselves. Something the left will never acknowledge.


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