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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Iraq as Viet Nam
I think Iraq could become Viet Nam if the American public loses its nerve. The Democrats are doing everything they can to make that happen. The 9/11 commission is indicative of the problem. The underlying mindset behind the commission - or at least the coverage of it - is risk aversion. The attitude is, "we shouldn't have to suffer losses like this, we demand a world where things like this don't happen." Well, sorry folks, bad things sometimes happen. Sometimes it's just bad luck, sometimes it's because there are bad people out there trying to do us harm, but pain is a part of life. However, there are many people in this country who think somebody (that usually means the government) should protect them from all harm. The media are the front line purveyors of this theory.

The same attitude could be our undoing in Iraq. Many folks expect our success in Iraq to be painless and bloodless. And the more blood and pain that occurs, the greater the outcry. If we're not careful, and the public's disquiet continues to grow, then defeat will be snatched from the jaws of victory. The result will be a Kerry presidency and chaos in the Middle East. Let's hope the American people are smarter than that.

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