Diary

Wincing While Winning

Serious Mayhem

It makes no sense to me. I wasn’t raised to think like the blame-America-first crowd. It’s not an entirely comparable situation, but when Clinton decided to send troops into former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s I supported the idea. I didn’t entirely like the fact that we were sending American boys into a brutal civil war, but I could understand what tore at the president’s heart. Seeing all those pictures of raped women and the bloody aftermath of the violence made me understand why Clinton would put our troops in harm’s way. And I wanted to see him (Clinton) and our boys succeed in curbing the worst abuses in that country. America’s troops aren’t trained to be peacekeepers but I didn’t fault the president’s intentions or his concern for humanity. You root for your team.

That’s why no matter how opposed to this war democrats are, I find it inconceivable that they can continuously root against our strategies for success in Iraq, i.e. the surge. Once the surge became a success I expected that we would hear from democrats that they were relieved, or that they were optimistic about our ability to pull out a victory even if it was a war they didn’t want to fight. But it WAS a war they voted to fight. Yes, Congress voted to authorize the use of force lest we forget. Now Barack Obama sets the tone for his whole party as its chosen leader when he conspicuously refuses to offer up even the slightest recognition or praise for the successes of our military strategy in Iraq.Serious Mayhem

It makes no sense to me. I wasn’t raised to think like the blame-America-first crowd. It’s not an entirely comparable situation, but when Clinton decided to send troops into former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s I supported the idea. I didn’t entirely like the fact that we were sending American boys into a brutal civil war, but I could understand what tore at the president’s heart. Seeing all those pictures of raped women and the bloody aftermath of the violence made me understand why Clinton would put our troops in harm’s way. And I wanted to see him (Clinton) and our boys succeed in curbing the worst abuses in that country. America’s troops aren’t trained to be peacekeepers but I didn’t fault the president’s intentions or his concern for humanity. You root for your team.

That’s why no matter how opposed to this war democrats are, I find it inconceivable that they can continuously root against our strategies for success in Iraq, i.e. the surge. Once the surge became a success I expected that we would hear from democrats that they were relieved, or that they were optimistic about our ability to pull out a victory even if it was a war they didn’t want to fight. But it WAS a war they voted to fight. Yes, Congress voted to authorize the use of force lest we forget. Now Barack Obama sets the tone for his whole party as its chosen leader when he conspicuously refuses to offer up even the slightest recognition or praise for the successes of our military strategy in Iraq.

Now I know that many democrats and even a few republicans would like to have a do over on their congressional vote to authorize military force. They feel they were misled. Whether or not you feel that Bush misled us into this war, we all know that politicians mislead sometimes. That’s why the word politician has such a negative connotation in our society. What I can never be a part of is rooting against my country or American boys in harm’s way no matter who is the occupant of the White House.

It’s my country and I love it better than any other. I want to live in a nation where members of both parties root for our success on a daily basis. And not just on the war. I want us to be one people working together advancing the cause of freedom around the world.

We should be the kind of people who die standing up, not laying down to dictators and thugs who support terror. When we took Saddam out in Iraq we made the world a better place. Saddam and his family committed crimes so despicable that I can scarcely write about them without getting sick to my stomach. America ruined Saddam and made Iraq better off. Iraq now has the unique opportunity to help deliver itself into the realm of freedom and prosperity. We should be excited that Americans are a good enough people that we helped them get on that path. Ultimately, it will be up to Iraqi’s to choose to stay on the path to freedom.

The War on Terror is not yet won. Not by a long shot. We have much work to do in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nonetheless, those nations will be easy to deal with when compared to Iran, Syria, and North Korea as they get aid from Russia and China in their ongoing effort to thwart our best intentions. It’s why I get so disturbed by so many Americans whose only contribution to this war is to wince while winning. We ARE winning even if only because we are keeping terrorists on the run and away from our homeland. If America wins in Iraq, they reason, we may not be able to put a democrat in the White House in 2009. It’s not good for their politics if we win. As brave young Americans suffer in deprivation and die on foreign battlefields at the hands of our bloodthirsty enemies, the only thing we are asked to do as we go about our rather comfortable lives is to support and honor their sacrifice. And when our troops meet with success, we shouldn’t wince and utter half-hearted praise under our breath. We should rejoice and pump our fists as we shout with glee that once again tyrants and terrorists have met a cruel fate at the hands of a noble free people; Americans.