Saturday, December 10, 2005

"What It Takes To Win"

From Drudgereport today:
Today, Senator Daniel Inouye, the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, released the following statement:

"As a Veteran of World War II, I know what it’s like to fight a war and put your life on the line every day. I also know what it takes to win a war, and I know that politics and an attack machine like the President’s plays no part in it.

"The Republican Party’s latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq. It may improve the President’s political fortunes, but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."

Well I guess the Senator forgot the presidential "attack machine" that broke the Axis!

On December 29, 1940:
There are also American citizens, many of them in high places, who, unwittingly in most cases, are aiding and abetting the work of these agents. I do not charge these American citizens with being foreign agents. But I do charge them with doing exactly the kind of work that the dictators want done in the United States.

These people not only believe that we can save our own skins by shutting our eyes to the fate of other nations. Some of them go much further than that. They say that we can and should become the friends and even the partners of the Axis powers. Some of them even suggest that we should imitate the methods of the dictatorships. Americans never can and never will do that.

The experience of the past two years has proven beyond doubt that no nation can appease the Nazis. No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb. We know now that a nation can have peace with the Nazis only at the price of total surrender.

...The American appeasers ignore the warning to be found in the ate of Austria, Czechoslovakia., Poland, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and France. They tell you that the Axis powers re going to win anyway; that all this bloodshed in the world could be saved; and that the United States might just as well throw its influence into the scale of a dictated peace, and get the best out of it that we can.

They call it a "negotiated peace". Nonsense! Is it a negotiated peace if a gang of outlaws surrounds your community and on threat of extermination makes you pay tribute to save your own skins?

...We have no excuse for defeatism. We have every good reason for hope-hope for peace, hope for the defense of our civilization and for the building of a better civilization in the future.

I have the profound conviction that the American people are now determined to put forth a mightier effort than they have ever yet made to increase our production of all the implements of defense, to meet the threat to our democratic faith.

As President of the United States I call for that national effort. I call for it in the name of this Nation which we love and honor and which we are privileged and proud to serve. I call upon our people with absolute confidence that our common cause will greatly succeed.

On March 15, 1941:
From the bureaus of propaganda of the Axis powers came the confident prophecy that the conquest of our country would be "an inside job"-a job accomplished not by overpowering invasion from without, but by disrupting confusion and disunion and moral disintegration from within.

Those who believed that knew little of our history. America is not a country which can be confounded by the appeasers, the defeatists, the backstairs manufacturers of panic. It is a country, which talks out its problems in the open, where any man can hear them.

We have just now engaged in a great debate. It was not limited to the halls of Congress. It was argued in every newspaper, on every wave length-over every cracker barrel in the land. It was finally settled and decided by the American people themselves.

The decisions of our democracy may be slowly arrived at. But when that decision is made, it is proclaimed not with the voice of any one man but with the voice of 130 millions. It is binding on all of us. And the world is no longer left in doubt.

This decision is the end of any attempts at appeasement in our land; the end of urging us to get along with the dictators; the end of compromise with tyranny and the forces of oppression.

The urgency is now.

How is it that any man who heard these words and then took up arms to fulfill them, could have forgotten them?
Or is it that he presumes the public would not remember them?

Winston Churchill once cattily remarked, "...honor, like a lady's virtue, is not subject to dimunition."

Either you have it, or you don't. You can't say, well check the record, I've done more good than harm.

For example, Democrats are touting the notion that the Hon. John Murtha's career as a Marine combat officer cancels out any impropriety in his suggestion that America abandon the field of battle to the enemy, without any effort made to relieve our ally who must fight on to the death without us.
That's not dishonorable, says the Dems, for he is an honorable fellow.


Dishonor, like sewage, is an intolerable mark that a decent person seeks to erase immediately before rejoining the society of man. It taints and ruins the whole package.

I've posted eleven months ago on Joseph P. Kennedy, who was one of the "American high places" FDR referred to. Kennedy's public comments that America should suck as much out of democratic Britain before it fell to fascism, were dishonorable.

Rep. John Murtha's call for the pullout, and for the President to be stripped of any power to negotiate the pullout terms with the Iraqi government, was dishonorable.

Howard Dean's declaration that the United States is going to lose the war is dishonorable.
(Dr. Dean wants you to know he is damn sorry--that you all heard what he said. He has since offered a totally different statement that loyal Party members will kindly glue in place after excising the erroneous entry with a small razor.)

In what way does declaring our inevitable defeat, advance anything but our defeat?

"What it takes to win" is for the government that is trying to win, that is winning, to denounce and deflate the careers of the defeatists whenever possible. To shame and vilify the architects of defeat for seeking to build a tottering ruin.

When memory of FDR's condemnation of defeatism set me to writing this entry, I thought Sen. Inouye had been duped by misguided love of gentility and decorum on Capitol Hill, into defending defeatism and appeasement.

But reviewing his remarks...I see nothing about succeeding in the war, or affirming a committment to victory. I see a condemnation of the war as problematic, and a declaration that if we don't listen to the Democrats condemned by their own voice in this ad, "the troops will pay the price".

Given the substance of the Democrats' remarks condemned by the ad, in what does Sen. Inouye expect Presidential "leadership" except cut-and-run?

He's off the curb and in the gutter with the rest of them.

"I do charge them with doing exactly the kind of work that the dictators want done in the United States."

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