November 18, 2008

The audacity of victory. You have to want it.

Obvious to those whose minds are not colonized:

There is no way to end a war but through victory or defeat. Defeat is embraced through various forms of nuanced language, such as "end it," "honorable withdrawal" and "redeploy." Victory requires no such trickery or vocabulary. Victory is victory.... There are many who deserve credit for the successful strategy that has brought victory in Iraq (one which must, naturally, be maintained and preserved), such as General David Petraeus, Fred Kagan, Jack Keane, Aussie David Kilcullen, Dr. Mary Habeck, and the list could go on to include every man and woman in and out of uniform who contributed and sacrificed. But the fact remains that only President George W. Bush made or would have made the command decision he made.  Only President George W. Bush, derided and vilified, had the conviction and determination to allow a path to victory when nearly everyone else had written Iraq -- and her people -- off to defeat.  Call it "The Audacity of Victory." - The Tank on National Review Online

Posted by Vanderleun at November 18, 2008 2:09 PM
Bookmark and Share



"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Every time I hear someone on the left say "End this war!" when they really mean "Let's pull out!" I want to puke. What a mutiliation of the English language. You can't unilaterally end a war except by winning it. Claiming to have ended a war by simply turning our backs on it is like when a baby thinks you can't see him if he covers his own eyes.

Posted by: Kelly at November 18, 2008 3:12 PM

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."

-George Orwell

Posted by: Andy at November 18, 2008 3:34 PM

The Exalted One will end this war the same way Tom Hayden ended the one in Vietnam: by scorning the work and sacrifice of an entire generation for his own selfish satisfaction.

That time it cost the lives of over 2 million Cambodians. What will it cost this time?


Posted by: warbaby at November 18, 2008 5:22 PM

"And then the war came to an end, and my doubts could no longer be deferred. The revolutionaries we had supported in Indochina were revealed in victory as conquerors and oppressors: millions were summarily slaughtered; new wars of agression were launched; the small freedoms that had existed before were quickly extinguished; the poverty of the peoples increased. In Asia, a new empire expanded as a result of our efforts and over the peoples of Laos and Cambodia and South Vietnam fell the darkness of a totalitarian night.

"The result of our deeds was devastating to all that we on the Left had said and believed. For some of us, this revelation was the beginning of a painful reassessment. But for others, there were no second thoughts....The next generation of the Left had begun. The only condition of its birth was forgetfulness, forgetting what really had happened in Vietnam, erasing the memory of its own past"
-- David Horowitz, "Destructive Generation"

Posted by: JBean at November 19, 2008 12:51 PM