Friday, March 10, 2006

Conservative McGovernites

Nobody has a monopoly on virtue, and the Left isn't the only segment of society that can be duped by foreign propaganda.

Right now, it looks like a number of conservative Republicans are falling victim to the propaganda of the enemy and spreading thoughtless messages of demoralization while our nation is at war.

My colleague on the Center for Security Policy's Academic Council, Victor David Hanson, has begun taking names: William F. Buckley, Niall Ferguson, Francis Fukuyama and George Will.

Some of them cite the blowing up of the Samarra shrine and the roadside bombings that claim lives of our servicemen practically every day.

Those bombings are not military attacks. They are acts of armed propaganda.

The conservative commentators should know better. They should be ashamed. Whatever they think of the president and his team, they should be pushing for victory and not falling into the terrorists' propganda trap.

Osama bin Laden must be thrilled. He apparently follows the political debate in the United States, so such comments from the president's own political camp must only give him and other terrorists the confidence they need to keep killing our people.

In his January speech to Americans on Al Jazeera, bin Laden noted "the outcome of the US opinion polls, which indicated that the overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of the forces from Iraq."

"In fact," bin Laden continued, "reports indicate that the defeat and devastating failure of the ill-omened plan of the four - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz - and the announcement of this defeat and working it out, is only a matter of time, which is to some extent linked to the awareness of the American people of the magnitude of this tragedy."

The al Qaeda leader acknowledged that the United States still can win the war, and commented on what would happen if the US lost. "I would like to tell you that the war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever as the wind blows in this direction," he said.

Bin Laden indicated that the US can't win the war by weapons alone, underscoring the point that the US is not using the huge psychological warfare resources at its disposal:

"Do not be deluded by your power and modern weapons. Although they win some battles, they lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are better than them. What is important is the outcome."

That outcome, pathetically, depends on American pundits' perseverence. They should do what is right and try to win the war.