Friday, August 18, 2006

Michael Freund: The real blunder in Lebanon

Barone Blog links Michael Freund explaining The real blunder in Lebanon,
Not since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait has a Middle Eastern leader made such a grievous strategic mistake, both in underestimating his foe and miscalculating the impact of his own course of action.
And he means Ahmadinejad, transferring advanced rockets and weaponry to Hizbullah, Teheran and Damascus have just unwittingly proven one of the Bush Administration's central contentions regarding the need for preemptive action against rogue states in the global war on terror.

The two countries have demonstrated that they are ready and willing to share missile systems with a terrorist organization, thus strengthening the case that they must be prevented from obtaining weapons of mass destruction at all costs.

This very point was at the heart of an important speech made by US President George W. Bush last October in which he outlined America's strategy for fighting terror across the globe. Speaking at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, Bush made clear that, "we're determined to deny weapons of mass destruction to outlaw regimes, and to their terrorist allies who would use them without hesitation."

Furthermore, he stated, "Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. And the civilized world must hold those regimes to account."


Joel Monka said...

Michael Freund is missing one important point: those who understood what Bush was saying understood it without the need for an object lesson. Those who disagreed before still disagree today. Out of the six billion people on this planet, I defy anyone to give me the names of three people who had doubted it before but are now convinced. This is not an issue that can be settled by logic or history or example- as long as it is Bush doing the arguing. If Bush said the Sun had risen, his opponents would be out at high noon with flashlights, claiming it was too dark to see, and that the redness of their skin was not sunburn, but a reaction to air pollution that Bush's disasterous environmental policies had caused.

Bill Baar said...

Your right of course.

What's interesting though is these poor folks are railing against Bush who will never run for office again.

It hasn't dawned on them yet that there is a whole new cast of players coming.