US marines are natural born indiscriminate murderers. They eat Iraqi babies for breakfast. Life was much better under Saddam. The Jihadi have the upper hand, we just can't win. What about Abu Ghraib? How about an exit strategy? And now..Haditha. We're doomed.
Right. Time we sorted this chorus of rancid defeatism out.So, back to 1863...and as Mark Steyn notes...
Turner Grant, his cousin John Gilbert and his sister's fiance Charles Lovejoy had been friends since boyhood and all three enlisted on the same day. Charles died on March 5, 1863, Turner on March 6, and John on March 11. Nothing splendid or heroic. They were tentmates in Virginia, and there was an outbreak of measles in the camp.
For some reason, there was a bureaucratic mixup and the army neglected to inform the families. Then, on their final journey home, the bodies were taken off the train at the wrong town. It was a Saturday afternoon and the stationmaster didn't want the caskets sitting there all weekend. So a man who knew where the Grants lived offered to take them up to the next town and drop them off on Sunday morning.
When he arrived, the family was at church, so he unloaded the coffins from his buggy and left without a word or a note to anyone. Imagine coming home from Sunday worship and finding three caskets waiting on the porch. Imagine being young Caroline Grant, and those caskets contain the bodies of your brother, your cousin and the man to whom you're betrothed.
If it happened today, maybe Caroline would be on Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric demanding proper compensation, and the truth about what happened, and why the politicians were covering it up. Maybe she'd form a group of victims' families. Maybe she'd call for a special commission to establish whether the government did everything it could to prevent disease outbreaks at army camps. Maybe, when they got around to forming the commission, she'd be booing and chanting during the officials' testimony, as several of the 9/11 families did during Mayor Rudy Giuliani's testimony.
Mark's point is wars are messy. War is not something that can be prosecuted without, sadly, wrongs being committed. But that does not invalidate the purpose and success of the war.
Playing by Gore-Kennedy rules, the Union would have lost the Civil War, the rebels the Revolutionary War, and the colonists the French and Indian Wars. There would, in other words, be no America.
I would add, played by liberal MSM rules, the Second World War would have been lost. Where was the "exit strategy" for Germany and Japan? What about all the innocents who died at Hiroshima? When did FDR "know" about Pearl Harbour?
The liberal whine that permeates through the MSM daily, hourly, undermines our success in Iraq. It paralyses our political leaders from being more decisive and doing that which is right and proper. Above all, it provides comfort and support to our enemies. The MSM and it's bleak self-loathing agenda IS the enemy within.