What Americans Are Thinking About Iraq

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    What Americans Are Thinking About Iraq

    Rarely, if ever, has this column devoted any time to gratuitous
    name-calling and cavalier demonstrations against anyone or anything. But
    today will be different. Today, \'\'I settle all family business,\''as
    matter of factly declared by Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola\'s
    1972 gangster classic, \'\'The Godfather.\''

    The family I will speak of and per chance speak for in this tidy little
    philippic is the typical American family of citizens--the type of people
    who put their pants on one leg at a time. It is a large family, consisting
    of many races and religions, both men and women.

    What typifies these people is not their inability to understand
    complicated issues, but the ability to boil these same issues down to
    their innate substance. This is the opposite of elitism, which agonizes
    over subtleties that are \'\'too complex\''for you and me to appreciate,
    much less understand. But to put that to one side, we are simply tired.

    Tired of what, you ask? Well, let me tell you:

    * We are tired of the transgressions of a handful of soldiers in Iraq
    that mistreated a few terrorist suspects being portrayed as indicative of
    the entire U.S. military and culture.

    * We are tired of the non-stop apologies from the President on down to
    the Capitol Hill coat-room attendant.

    * We are tired of the words \'\'atrocity,\''\'\'torture,\''and \'\'mutilate\'\'
    being misapplied to the abuses of Arab and Iraqi terrorist and jihadist
    insurgents. In most respects, college fraternity initiations strike a
    remarkable resemblance.

    * We are tired of a decadent Middle East culture whose members lend
    themselves to selective outrage, all the while turning a blind eye to
    their own government-sponsored torture and murder.

    * We are tired of nearly every elected official, including President
    Bush, reminding us that Islam is a \'\'peaceful religion\''and that \'\'the
    vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving people.\''

    * We are tired of Iraqis not stepping up to help remake their own
    country into a democracy and showing the Middle East, and the world, that
    they want it badly enough to die for.

    * We are tired of the Monday morning quarterbacking that has become a
    cottage industry in relation to the aftermath of winning the war and
    establishing the peace. If it were that easy, France and Germany would
    have signed on from the beginning.

    * We are tired of WMD’s and the search for them. One way or the other,
    they will turn up. Saddam had them, used them, and produced them. The
    question should be \'\'Where are they?” and not \'\'Did he have them?\'\'

    * We are tired of the more than five million Muslim/Americans who seem
    to have lost their ability to denounce terrorism. I call these Muslim
    mutes \'\'enablers,\''and quite frankly, so should anyone who has come out
    against terrorism.

    * We are tired of respecting the sensibilities of other countries when
    it is demonstrably obvious that they use ours against us.

    * We are tired of that paragon of virtue, the United Nations. It has
    become a sad and dangerous caricature of justice and democracy.

    * We are tired of the liberal selections of the “Book of the Month
    Club,” penned by such leading lights as Richard Clarke, John Dean, Bob
    Woodward, and Ambassador-turned-politico Joseph Wilson.

    * We are tired of the media \'\'gotcha\''news cycles that have only one
    reason for being: Pin the blame on George W. Bush.

    * We are tired of the progressive media painting the economy as
    depressed and always receding. We are not a land of starving children,
    double-digit unemployment, and zero opportunity due to \'\'outsourcing.\''We
    are, and have been for some time now, economically revived.

    * We are tired of the Ted Koppels and Katie Courics using this war as a
    spring board for propelling presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry
    towards the presidency.

    * We are tired of the inability of John Kerry to talk about any issue
    that does not end with the words… \'\'and I served in Vietnam.\'\'

    * We are tired of an overstuffed Hefty-bag-with-a-hat, namely Michael
    Moore, and a whiny, hate-encrusted gremlin, surly Al Franken, receiving
    any serious thought as to what they have to say.

    * We are tired of repeated references by Senators Ted Kennedy, Tom
    Harkin, and Frank Lautenberg to the country’s leaders as \'\'chicken
    hawks,\''thereby creating the standard that if you did not see action in
    the military, you are unfit to oversee it. Presidents Adams, Jefferson,
    and Franklin Roosevelt have shown otherwise, as has William Jefferson
    Clinton.

    * We are tired of the \'\'bi-partisan\''9/11 commission that turned the
    most important issue of the century into the partisan twaddle that it
    ended up as.

    * We are tired of politicians, pundits, and panels that attempt to
    compare eight years of Clinton to eight months of Bush in the White House
    in regard to \'\'connecting dots\''and who’s at fault for 9/11.

    * We are tired of assorted media types and political hatchet men
    striving to find someone to blame for 9/11. Word to the seekers: Think
    \'\'Terrorist.\''

    Most of all, we are tired of reminding the world and a few at home that
    9/11 really happened, and we are at war. We will be at war for years to
    come, and we would do well to come to grips with this.

    We understand that this is an election year, and the stakes are high.
    But the highest stakes lie in the future of the country’s very existence,
    whether we will stop the torrent of political bloodletting and outright
    fabrication, or step up and deal with the reality of war and the choices
    that come with it.

    If your choice is to put politics ahead of country, and behave as if
    what has happened at Abu Ghraib prison is the defining moment of what the
    U.S. stands for, then I have no use for you, and I’m willing to say most
    of the country does not either. We are, I fear, at a junction in history
    that is as serious as it can get.

    As far as offending anyone with the content of my tidy little philippic,
    that\'s tough.

    But the truth often is. I promise not to do it again… for a while, anyway.

    Well, I feel better. How about you?

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