Caroline Glick :: Calling things by their proper names – Another American Defeat.

Ahmadinejad & Maliki against the West

HOW HAS this situation arisen? How is it possible that the US finds itself today with so few good options in the Arab world after all the blood and treasure it has sacrificed? The answer to this question is found to a large degree in an article by Prof. Angelo Codevilla in the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books titled “The Lost Decade.”

Codevilla argues that the reason the US finds itself in the position it is in today owes to a significant degree to its refusal after September 11, 2001, to properly identify its enemy. US foreign policy elites of all stripes and sizes refused to consider clearly how the US should best defend its interests because they refused to identify who most endangered those interests.

The Left refused to acknowledge that the US was under attack from the forces of radical Islam enabled by Islamic supremacist regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Iran because the Left didn’t want the US to fight. Moreover, because the Left believes that US policies are to blame for the Islamic world’s hostility to America, leftists favor foreign policies predicated on US appeasement of its enemies.

For its part, the Right refused to acknowledge the identity and nature of the US’s enemy because it feared the Left.

And so, rather than fight radical Islamists, under Bush the US went to war against a tactic – terrorism. And lo and behold, it was unable to defeat a tactic because a tactic isn’t an enemy. It’s just a tactic.

via Caroline Glick :: Calling things by their proper names.

EDITORS NOTE;

Caroline does not mention the issue of oil and how our dependence on Islamist oil has enabled the rise of radical Islam. What ideology is more responsible for America’s dependency on Islamist Oil? Why do we fear the Left? We need to first deal with the fundamental internal resistance to our ability to clearly define and disable our enemies. We absolutely must replace Obama and win the Senate in order for America’s Constitution to survive.

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