Friday, April 07, 2006

Hanging Separately

Norman F. Hapke Jr. has an insightful post at The American Thinker. In "The Antiwar Crowd Forgets We're All in This Together," he writes:

Wellington is reputed to have said, “A great nation cannot fight a small war.” His country’s success in the 19th century belied that idea for Great Britain, but our experience in Viet Nam and Iraq lends some credence to the phrase. In neither place were we ever in any danger of losing militarily, but in each our adversaries have focused on the real center of gravity, our self-confidence and will-to-win.

Our enemies are vile and heartless but they are not stupid. There is a direct bright line from the Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in Saigon in 1963 through Somalia in 1998 to Abu Ghraib and every suicide bomber driving the streets of Baghdad today. They know we are susceptible to what the media, by its institutional imperative, wants to show us, and they exploit our openness. That fact of our society is a given.

What is not a given is how our elites have reacted. . . .

Our elites and politicians have failed to realize that the best chance we have of winning this war quickly and with minimum losses is if our adversary sees a united, resolute America putting its disagreements aside so that it can bring maximum power and ingenuity to bear on achieving its objectives. If we foreclose the only avenue they have of ever coming close to defeating us, the war will soon be resolved. We can argue the origins of the war, the faulty intel, and all those presently irrelevant issues when our boot is on the bloody neck of the last terrorist. Until then we should concentrate on winning. No one on this planet can defeat us. We can only defeat ourselves.

Precisely. I concluded "Shall We All Hang Separately?" with these thoughts:

The Left has, by its words and deeds over the decades, seceded from the mutual-defense pact of the Constitution. The Left has served notice that it will do everything in its power to weaken the ability of those Americans who aren't post-patriotic to prepare for and execute an effective mutual defense.

Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." And Lincoln was right, but he was able to reunite the "house" by force. That is not an option now. The Left has more effectively seceded from the Union than did the Confederacy, but the Left's secession cannot be rectified by force.

And so, those Americans who wish "to provide for the common defence" are forced to share a foxhole with those post-patriots who wish to undermine "the common defence."

If the Left's agenda prevails, we shall indeed all hang separately.