- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 23, 2006

American mettle

The clash over civilization, as opposed to the clash of civilizations, is a very good one and needs to be waged louder and clearer. The increasingly nasty rhetoric of ignorance spewing from the political left has infected otherwise rationally minded people of both the right and the left, who are questioning the need for the Iraq war, and indeed our involvement in it on all fronts, as if we could somehow retreat to the safety we imagine we have between our own shores.

This illusion of safety is false as false can be, and the Tim Robbinses and Susan Sarandons of the left, by their constant harping and ignorant spouting of socialist platitudes, are, through the press they control, emboldening the barbarians of Islam. We cannot simply withdraw from this fight, because it was brought to our shores on September 11, 2001.

If we stop the fight now, there is a better than fair chance we will see a lot more September 11-type attacks in the United States. To go the way the leftists desire is to choose the way of chaos and loss of liberty in more places than just America. The whole Free World needs us to stand tall and firm, reassure it we will be in the fight to the end and show the mettle that has made America great. As we used to say in my youth, “Give ‘em steel.”

NORMAN HENDRICKSON

Bowie

The Democrats’ propaganda machine

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid once again demonstrates his fundamental dishonestly by declaring that a protracted conflict in Iraq “… was never contemplated or approved by the American people” (“Bush commits until 2009,” Page 1, Wednesday).

When Americans in large numbers supported the liberation of Iraq in 2003, they did so with the full understanding that this would not be a short conflict like 1991’s Operation Desert Storm. Americans knew this war would not be easy, but they recognized that it was necessary to forestall the likelihood of another September 11-type attack.

Now, three years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, President Bush’s poll numbers have declined, largely because of incessant pessimistic propaganda from the press-Democratic Party complex. Americans may be uneasy about our efforts in Iraq — after having been told time and again that this war is an unwinnable quagmire. But when the war began, a large majority of Americans were fully committed to a protracted conflict in the name of protecting the homeland from a second terrorist attack. For Mr. Reid to suggest otherwise is unconscionable.

D.R. TUCKER

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