Thursday, April 22, 2004
On Leadership and Victory:
Why is it some people fear victory? I am a student of history and in this capacity I see an attitude, albeit non pervasive at present, that seems to portray a sometimes wildly misplaced fear of American victory in the Global War on Terror.
I don’t get it.
Those of you who regularly read this blog know I am a staunch supporter of W as it relates to his leadership style and his overall attitude toward terror and the nations and organizations that support terrorists. I want us to win this war, and win it overwhelmingly if for no other reason than to put the word out that an attack on America will result in the absolute and total destruction of those responsible. I also support the Bush Doctrine of Pre-emption. If we find out you’re planning to attack us, or even gathering the means to do so, we will take you out in a way you will never recover from.
I’m OK with all of the above. Why? Because I read history. I study real, manly men (and women) who had a strong grip on reality and their place in the world. Let me quote a few of them and comment:
“Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be duty, honor, country.” – General Douglas McArthur at West Point 12 May 1962
“Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.” – General George S. Patton
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi
“The only difference between the terrorist and the freedom fighter is – the freedom fighter won.” - Cordeiro
It is sad that we have come to a point in American history where winning a war is a question of political correctness rather than an outcome guaranteed by courage, faith, and a will to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the mission. Lurch and his willing accomplices in the mainstream press would have you believe the situation in Iraq will only deteriorate until the US, led by Lurch, walks up the steps of the UN building in New York and begs for forgiveness.
The only answer to the war in which we find ourselves now involved is complete, total, and absolute victory. The can be and never will be a substitute for victory. In war there are only two alternatives – Victory or Defeat. There is no middle ground – just ask South Korea.
So, in this war you have a clear choice for Leadership. You can stick with W, the same guy who has bravely stood up to terrorism on many fronts – both those we see on the nightly news, and the dark and covert fronts of which we may never know.
Or, you can jump ship and stand with Lurch. Remember, this guy still thinks terrorism is a law enforcement issue and should be dealt with as such. He wants to grovel to the UN and French ninnies before he takes decisive action against those who would do us harm.
So, my friends, in your heart and in your gut you know there is only one choice come this November.
Groveling is not one of them.
Here endeth the lesson.