Open Letter to President Bush: Take the Gloves Off in Responding to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Dick Durbin, et al.
April 20, 2007--
Open Letter to President Bush: Take Off the Gloves in Responding to Defeatism -- It's Now or Never.
Your critics have relentlessly and increasingly demonized you since shortly after 9-11. Early in 2003, Ted Kennedy accused you of having "hatched" plans to topple Saddam in order for your "friends" to make "profits." In my book, as well as that of anyone with common sense, that's a vicious attack on your patriotism. Numerous post-toppling-of-Saddam critics* who unequivocally accepted the virtually universal belief before commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that despite Bill Clinton's cruise-missile attack on Iraq in the late 1990's Saddam Hussein still retained WMD capabilities undiscovered by U.N. inspectors have subsequently and relentlessly accused you of having "lied" in describing such virtually universal belief to the American people before commencement of OIF. If that's not a vicious attack on your patriotism, it ought to be hard to find equivalent or worse examples, but there are many. After Abu Ghraib, Ted Kennedy explicitly accused you of having purposely conducted the "same" torture at Abu Ghraib as Saddam Hussein but under your "new management." If that's not a vicious attack on your patriotism, its hard to find a worse example. But there are more. Dick Durbin accused you of being responsible for practices equivalent to the worst crimes of the "Nazis" and the Soviets running their "Ghulags." If that's not a vicious attack on your patriotism, it's hard to find a worse example. But there are more. Al Gore was lauded and cheered by Democrats for chanting (with feverish, Elmer-Gantry fervor) that you had "betrayed our country." If that's not an attack on your patriotism, what is it? There are more, but to list them all would be beyond the scope and size of this column. Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows that your critics have virtually equated you with "Hitler." They laud, or tacitly condone, those who characterize you as a "terrorist."
In 2004 you won a significant victory despite massive propaganda by critics who equate you with "Hitler." You received tens of millions more votes than did Bill Clinton in either of his elections. You received a significant majority of the votes and he never received more than a plurality. You then mistakenly thought that since the election showed that the American people "got it" on the issue of Iraq, you would not thereafter need to, and thus should not, descend to the level of your critics as they relentlessly not only continued but continuously escalated their attacks against you. You failed to realize that American voters in what is called the "middle" have the attention-span and patience of a teenager emerging from adolescence. You failed to realize that it was, and would remain, imperative that for you to relentlessly and forcefully respond to all such attacks rather than trying to remain "above" such debate.
You've remained too passive in this context for too long. You should have "taken the gloves off" in debating these attackers long ago. It may be too late now. Their defeatism has now infected the "mainstream" in the minds of too many in the "middle." It may be too late to cure the infection, but if not, it's now or never. You need to communicate daily and forcefully with the American people to convey to them the catastrophic consequences of anything less than victory in Iraq over the totalitarians. You need to stop mincing words in criticizing your critics. Stop worrying about their inevitable "talking points" response to accuse you of questioning their "patriotism." The stakes are too high for you to continue to try to conduct this debate as though you were in a polite debate club in which opponents obey rules of civility. Take the gloves off, Mr. President.
Jim Wrenn is Editor at WrennCom.Com and Editor at PoliSat.Com.
*The chorus is large: Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, et al ad nauseum.
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.