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William Kristol wrote an essay in his magazine, the Weekly Standard.  It is well written and worthy of comment.

Kristol’s thesis is that when we renounced the world badge and beat, we ended up with 9/11.  But Kristol confuses the Cold War with the post-war era.  I certainly agree with him that we were too passive fighting communism.  Vietnam was a noble cause but not fought to win; Kristol was right about that to call our policy “shameful abandonment”.

But, I disagree with this analysis:

And thus we had the failure to finish the job in Iraq in 1991, the retreat under fire from Somalia in late 1993, inaction in Rwanda in 1994, years of dithering before confronting Milosevic in the Balkans, passivity in the face of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and weak responses to al Qaeda’s attacks on U.S. embassies in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. That decade of not policing the world ended with 9/11.

Kristol is right about Iraq.  We should have seen to it that Saddam was overthrown or at least leave power in 1991.  I question whether it was our concern in Somalia or Rwanda or especially “confronting Milosevic in the Balkans”.  What is our concern in the Balkans?  People forget we attacked a nation that did not threaten or attack us when we bombed Yugoslavia/Serbia in 1999.  We caused a Pearl Harbor in another nation’s history.  The Taliban takeover was none of our business until they decided to ally with Osama bin Laden.  It was right to pursue al-Qaeda and we should do so; especially after 9/11.  We had to overthrow the Taliban BUT not build a new nation.

Kristol eloquently states that we should have the will to win the war on radical Islam:

But, [Rep.] Cotton [of Arkansas] reminded his audience, “We’re fighting .  .  . a war against radical Islam and jihad.” He continued, “Our president often says 10 years of war are ending. Wars are not movies. They do not end. They are won or they are lost. The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.” And Cotton pointed out the obvious: “We have the manpower to win the war. We have the matériel to win the war. The question is, do we have the most essential element to combat power? Do we have the will to win the war? Our enemies certainly have that will. They question now whether we do.”

But what do we do?  When is the war over?  When are our liberties restored?  When is the NDAA abolished?  When do we sunset the Patriot Act?  There is no answer.  How do we know when we have won?  The Today show reported that we spend TWO TRILLION DOLLARS in the war in Iraq alone.  The implication is:  What did we accomplish?  Christians are now persecuted in Iraq.  We are supporting a nation in Afghanistan whose leader routinely insults us and whose people attack us from within.  (Afghanistan is listed as one of the worst nations in persecution of believers there is today.)  Was it worth it?  How was it worth it?  How many more years, Mr. Kristol, do we fight against radical Islam?

Yes I am weary of war.  Yes I want victory – if we fight a war let’s win, like we did in World War II.  I crave victory.  But when we go in search of monsters to slay, as President John Quincy Adams warned us against, we are in danger of wasting our resources and material and people to accomplish goals that are not in our national interests.  Perpetual war is injurious of liberty.  We have seen it in our own nation.

To be true:  Liberty is taking over the Republican Party.  Ron Paul won the election.  No, he did not take the oath of office as our 45th President but his ideas are marching forward!  Liberty and sovereignty and adherence to the Constitution is a winning hand for future elections.  That is frightening for Bill Kristol and his adherents.  Let’s keep on building a movement that will bring, as I put it:  Free Soil, Free Men and Free Labor!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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