Although President Obama’s Memorial Day speech may have been beautifully delivered, it also demonstrated his total ignorance as to what it takes to bring a war to an end. He apparently doesn’t understand that war can never come to a close unilaterally.
“Today, a transition is under way in Afghanistan, and our troops are coming home,” the president said according to CNN. “This time next year, we will mark the final Memorial Day of our war in Afghanistan.”
Ending a war, just like dancing the Tango, requires two. Generally speaking, the one losing the campaign is the one who initiates the peace negotiations, though this isn’t a requirement.
The peace process has been ingrained in every kid ever involved in a playground squabble. The boy getting the stuffing knocked out of him indicates his desire to enter into peace negotiations by crying “uncle,” must often while his face is being shoved into the dirt. But the person winning the fight may take pity and suggest this by telling the other kid “say uncle.”
Either way, the result is the same — one person surrenders, the other person accepts the surrender, they negotiate peace terms, shake hands and that’s the end of it.
The president’s unilateral announcement that we’re soon going to be picking up our toys and going home may fit with his narrative that “Bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida is on the run,” but it has little connection to reality.
Political journalist and satirist P. J. O’Rourke noted in The Weekly Standard that a slow news day included the following items:
On page 7 of Friday’s Journal was the headline, “Suicide Bombings in Niger Linked to Mali Islamist Group.” On page 9 was a report of terrorist Hezbollah militias aiding the terrorist Assad regime in attacking the rebel-held Syrian city of Qusayr where the rebels themselves are allied with yet more Islamic terrorists. And on pages 4 and 8 were more bad tidings from that perpetrator, abettor, and friend of terrorism, Iran. Iranian fundamentalists, in the chokehold they have on the country’s political system, are improving their grip. And, “according to current and former U.S. officials,” Iran has “escalated a campaign of cyberassaults against U.S. corporations. . . . The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines.”
Does this sound like terrorists are crying “uncle?” Not hardly, which may explain the president’s reluctance to even use the term “war on terror,” preferring instead “overseas contingency operation.” Unlike a war, it only takes one party to bring an operation to a close — the party engaged in it.
Perhaps the president has never been involved in a playground fight, but even a cursory reading of history proves that every war has a winner and loser. No one has cried “uncle” in this fight and even if Obama were to risk the distain, if not outright hatred, of almost every American citizen by doing so, it’s inconceivable that the Islamic terrorist world would accept our surrender.
They accept nothing short of of Western civilization’s total annihilation.
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