Carol Platt Liebau: A Failure of Will

Sunday, August 20, 2006

A Failure of Will

With his customary brilliance, Mark Steyn notes the diminution of confidence and will in the Bush Administration and the country generally -- something resembling a hangdog attitude that almost begs our adversaries in the Middle East to test our resolve in myriad ways.

As long as we lack the will to use our power -- and they know it -- things will only get worse, not better. There's a lot of blame to go around when it comes to who's sapped the collective political will: Opportunistic Democrats, who care more about regaining power than securing the country; some cowardly Republicans, who wilt like scared bunnies when the going gets tough; and the Administration itself, which seemingly cherishes the notion that "diplomacy," sweet talk from Secretary Rice, and the corrupt bureaucrats at the U.N. will combine somehow to achieve positive results -- an optimism that defies all logic and experience.

But the major point is that our adversaries don't really understand the iron fist in the velvet glove -- or, at least, not the velvet glove part of the equation. They respect a "strong horse"; sadly, right now, the U.S. is acting like an old steed that's been rode hard and put away wet.

4 Comments:

Blogger Editor said...

The buck rests on Bush's desk. The people are tired of pundits and politicans who spin while troops die. The military is now calling up 42 yr old grandmothers who were on inactive reserve because they ran out of enough troops.

For two and a half years, we've been told; mission accomplished, last throes, turned a corner, plan for victory is working. However, each new report shockingly shows terror attacks are escalating and Iraq is getting significantly more out of control.

The public wants new leadership because the current one can't be trusted to tell the truth and always prove to be incompetent.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Orphan in Bama said...

Somehow, the term "useful idiots" popped up in my mind when reading that peice.

david

1:58 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

As Admiral Yamamoto said, I paraphrase, Pearl Harbor was a mistake, it made America mad.

We are approaching that point, one of these days America is going to get ready to unleash weapons that no one has yet seen, weapons, for example, that will allow us to stun terrorists and civilians alike, so there will be no more hiding behind women's skirts.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Steyn always nails it.

10:10 PM  

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