Saturday, October 27, 2007

What the Anti-War Movement is Really Fighting Against


Eli Lake writing for the NYSun
regarding the anti-war extremist movement:
They are asking Americans to believe not that the war was a blunder, so much that the war was a sin; that the decapitators and car bombers of innocents are a resistance; that the army seeking to prevent ethnic cleansing today is in fact responsible for it.
What exactly is it that the anti-war movement fights for today? Before the war began, I can understand the protests. Maybe even during the "civil war", when things went south after the bombing of the al-Askari Mosque in February of 2006. But now? What are they still protesting for?

For morality's sake? For compassion and the end to suffering? Then they should support America's efforts in Iraq. Yet they do not take into consideration the consequences of ending "the war" prematurely, on their terms of immediate withdrawal (as if such an exit were logistically, let alone morally, possible):
Most Americans do want to end a war they believe America is losing, but they don't suffer from the delusion that Iraqis would be better off if the Shiite and Sunni death cults took power after our soldiers left.

It is a prospect the activists for now would rather not broach. Kevin Martin of Peace Action in Mother Jones said it wasn't even for the "peace community" to come up with a contingency plan to prevent competitive genocide after a withdrawal. "In my organization and the umpteen antiwar coalitions that I am in, this is in no way a priority that we think about or talk about," he said.

Later on he added, "We are not responsible for dreaming up a perfect world. We are responsible for trying to end the damn war and putting the political pressure on our government, which is extremely difficult when you have a feeble Congress and a dictator president."
The problem with the anti-war movement is that it deals in yesterday's arguments as the basis for solving today's problems; the peace fascists do not take into account where events of the past 4 years have now brought us. Their reasoning extends not much farther nor deeper than:

"No w(s)md"...."Bush lied"....."no blood for oil"....."bombs not books"....."Support the troops: Bring them home"...."peace is patriotic"....

All that the anti-war movement has left are cookie-cutter slogans, bumpersticker rhetoric, and a romanticized, narcissistic notion of themselves and their place in history. They are riding on fumes:
There's also:
The Shia Awakening
Commerce in Baghad Thrives
Michael Yon on Basra:
Basra is not in chaos. In fact, crime and violence are way down and there has not been a British combat death in over a month. The report below is false.

"The darkness [in Iraq] has become pitch black". So says Osama bin Laden earlier this week in a message to the mujahidin in Iraq. The real question for them should be: "Who wants to be the last mujahidin to die for a mistake?"

According to Bill Roggio,
In Anbar province, al Qaeda in Iraq has failed to kill a single US serviceman by IED since September 10.
Anbar Province has become so secure, U.S. Marines are bored:
In Fallujah, enlisted marines have complained to an officer of my acquaintance: "There's nobody to shoot here, sir. If it's just going to be building schools and hospitals, that's what the Army is for, isn't it?"
Cemetery workers in Iraq are also finding that their jobs are at risk as violence declines (reported in typical MSM "glass half-empty" fashion):
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
Troop reductions have already been planned out; and none of the 3 Democratic frontrunners are advocating for "immediate withdrawal". In fact, the Democrats have not been serious on the war and in ending it, for quite some time. So carrying on the anti-war antics is pointless and meaningless at this stage. It serves only as a distraction. I doubt even bin Laden and Zawahiri draw aid and comfort from the movement these days.

Since those who yearn for a President Bush defeat more than they ache for an American victory cannot claim military defeat in Iraq, the war critics grasp at straws in arguing that there is no political progress happening. That it is a pipe dream for Sunni and Shia to achieve reconciliation.

Scott Malensek makes the following points in casual comment:

1) the Iraqi Parliament has passed more laws than the Democrats' Congress and thus has made more political progress than the American govt, that's noteworthy, and it shows huge hypocrisy on the part of Congressional Democrats to demand results when they themselves can't manage to cut a $500000 virtual herbarium from a bill (see also pork spending worse than Republican Congress)

2) The political reconciliation in Iraq has in fact been taking place since January, but the reason that it doesn't get press isn't because it's unimportant. It's because the Democrats' Congress put together a list of benchmarks that were near impossible for the Iraqis to accomplish,
The anti-war movement has lost the war. So why persist in their delusion? Given how the good news is so undeniably palpable, what exactly is it that groups like Code Pink are protesting against?

Since pictures speak a thousand words, I'll let the following photos from the Multi-National Force- Iraq website speak to the blindness of the anti-war movement.

Message to Code Pink and company: This is what you are fighting against:


The Best Medicine

A U.S. Army Soldier from Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., shares a laughs with an Iraqi army soldier at a U.S. and Iraqi Army security checkpoint in Tarmiyah, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson.


Pride
U.S. Army Sgt. Quenton Sallows hands out Iraqi Flags to Iraqi children beginning their first day of school in Lutafiyah, Iraq, Oct. 1, 2007. Sallows is assigned to Civil Affairs, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ.

Nice to Meet You

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Julia Venegas, from 2nd Marine Logistics Group, shakes hands with a little girl in the village of Kabani, Iraq, while on a security patrol Sept. 28, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by Lance Cpl. Robert S. Morgan.



One Size Fits Most

A U.S. Army Soldier of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division plays with a young Iraqi boy in Mufriq, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller.



School Days

Iraqi girls walk to a primary school in the Andaloos district of Fallujah, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2007, to receive school supplies from U.S. Marines and Iraqi police. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.


The students at an elementary school in Jerf Al-Mila hold up their 'Junior Hero' stickers after taking an oath to become honorary Junior Heroes during a visit to the school by Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (mechanized), Oct. 17. The Junior Hero program was designed by the Iraqi security forces to teach children about the roles of the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police who work in their communities and ways in which they can volunteer to keep their villages free of crime. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs



A Sucker for Children

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Patrick K. Mason, a squad leader for 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, hands a lollipop to an Iraqi boy during a security patrol in Dulab, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007. The Marines are working with Iraqi police in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shane S. Keller.


To oppose our presence and efforts in Iraq, is to be standing in the way of history's momentum; and on the wrong side of it.

Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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25 Comments:

Blogger Mike's America said...

You're on a roll Wordsmith! Three excellent posts in a row and the last one simply shines brilliantly with truth!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 2:53:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with Mike and have to add the pictures are wonderful.

It is no surprise that the Dems are stuck in the past, Wordsmith. They always have been trying to relive their glory days of the 70's. They have to go back to the beginning of the war to make their points because they refuse to accept that we did the right thing and that we're making progress. I firmly believe they don't want us to win, and they don't care about the mayhem that will erupt over there if we suddenly should withdraw. Neither did they care about Vietnam. It's a pattern of defeat and it's obvious that they're stuck in it.

I visited one blog (can't remember whose) where he had posted a comment left by a liberal which said (quoting from memory): "What we should do is surrender to Sharia law. Isn't it better to submit than to be killed?" How's that for insane logic?

Saturday, October 27, 2007 7:13:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Excellent post. This is one that I wish the big boys like Town Hall, National Review, Fox and yes even CNN would pick up and run with.

Truth is truth and you have brilliantly expressed in word and picture the way that Democrats and their media cohorts have fought against our troops, the war and success and victory.

Well done my friend, well done!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 7:51:00 AM  
Blogger skye said...

Michael Yon has a great piece on just what you wrote, Word.

This post, however, is frakking brilliant!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 8:04:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Heheh....she said "frakkin".


Thanks, guys. I love this post too; but could have spent a bit more time bolstering it with relevant links.


"What we should do is surrender to Sharia law. Isn't it better to submit than to be killed?"

That's really, really, very scary Gayle. It's not even Halloween, yet.

I think there are decent anti-war people- of course there are! But so many are misguided, wanting so much for peace, that they protest the wrong people to achieve it. They need to be protesting the insurgents and the hirab terrorists for continuing the violence.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

This is one that I wish the big boys like Town Hall, National Review, Fox and yes even CNN would pick up and run with.

Thanks, Ken. Since I cross-posted it over at FA, it will definitely get more exposure than my low-rent blog could give it. This is the second time that Eli Lake of the NYSun has commented in one of my posts, there, having cited him.

Check out ChrisG's post, as well. Lots of great links in there.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

skye,

I think you should hit some of those Chester County "peace" protesters over the head with some of the links in this post. Maybe something will get through.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

The rest of the story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/26/AR2007102602402_3.html?hpid=artslot

Saturday, October 27, 2007 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

It case you didn't get down to the end of the Washington Post story:

"The American people don't fully realize what's going on, said Staff Sgt. Richard McClary, 27, a section leader from Buffalo.

"They just know back there what the higher-ups here tell them. But the higher-ups don't go anywhere, and actually they only go to the safe places, places with a little bit of gunfire," he said. "They don't ever [expletive] see what we see on the ground."

Saturday, October 27, 2007 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Wordsmith,

I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to support our returning vets. During game 3 of the World Series tonight a commercial will air announcing a new campaign called "Welcome Back Veterans". Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have teamed up with the Major League Baseball Charities to help those returning from war.

IAVA states: "The new website is an amazing resource for people who are looking to make a difference in the lives of our returning veterans. It features some of the best veterans' support organizations, along with a list of resources for the men and women making the transition back to civilian life."

To watch the ad and for more information go to: welcomebackveterans.org.

No matter what side of the aisle we are on with regard to the war, we can come together to make a difference in the lives of our vets.

Thanks

Saturday, October 27, 2007 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow, Word. This is one excellent post. I just finished reading the Sun article and it was worth the time.

I will never for the life of me understand why those calling themselves peace lovers don't see the value in fighting for freedom of all. The greatest benefactors are exactly as you state - the children and the women. Especially the children.

Hey, aren't the Dems the ones doing everything for 'the children' in Congress? Or is it only OUR children? Hmmm.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

"Since those who yearn for a President Bush defeat more than they ache for an American victory cannot claim military defeat in Iraq, the war critics grasp at straws in arguing that there is no political progress happening."

I think this quote answers the question. The antiwar activism is nihilist. They don't care if there's progress. Indeed, the prospect of winning even makes them look more stupid than they already are. At least they can feed on some dead-ender journalists who keep clinging the "U.S. has lost in Iraq" meme:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/26/AR2007102602402.html

Great posting, Wordsmith!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Excellent post, Wordsmith!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 4:54:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

The smiles on the faces of the children tell the story Word. Our guys and gals make all the difference because they are there to help not conquer or occupy. You've done a wondeful job of illustrating this with your post.

As far as your blog being low rent as you alluded to from your previous post comment section, we will be glad to raise your rent if that makes you feel better:-)

Marty said... I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to support our returning vets.

I'm glad see that the networks are finally allowing that kind of messages to get out. We could use the help. No matter how you feel about the war.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 7:53:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

rockybutte,

I couldn't get through on your link; but this is the story for anyone interested.

My partner, Curt, covered the story, as well as linked to a number of WaPo pessimism stories. I'm not blind to the negative; but from reading only the MSM ("if it bleeds, it leads")or lefty blogs, it's almost all you'd hear about. So I make no apologies about my agenda-driven "pro-victory" post, which is also part of the story that's going on over there.

Don't quite understand why you might be thinking the last paragraph in the piece is "the moneyquote" (since there's so much negative to savor over in the article). Look at some of the people I've cited from: Michael Yon, Bill Roggio, Michael Totten, Jeff Emanuel. They are in the thick of it, too.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Silverman doesn't sound like one of the "higher ups" who sticks to "the green zone" (like many MSM reporters).

Another reason why the "good news" sometimes gets missed:

Violence has declined so sharply in Ramadi that few journalists bother to visit these days. It’s “boring,” most say, and it’s hard to get a story out there – especially for daily news reporters who need fresh scoops every day. Unlike most journalists, I am not a slave to the daily news grind and took the time to embed with the Army and Marines in late summer.

No, what gets covered is where the violence and trouble is at.

I was greeted by friendly Iraqis in the streets of Baghdad every day, but the atmosphere in Ramadi was different. I am not exaggerating in the least when I describe their attitude toward Americans as euphoric.

Grown Iraqi men hugged American Soldiers and Marines.


Read the whole piece.

marty,

Thank you so much for the tip. I just turned on the tv (haven't followed baseball since I was a Cincinnati Reds fan back in '75, '76, living at Wright Patterson, AFB) and it's the top of the 8th; so I might have missed it on tv, but this is the beauty of the internet.

I'm sure you're curious to know: where I'm at with looking into the military. What I didn't write about, is that my work may be going under when the lease is up in March. After 30 years in business. So, maybe "re-applying" through regular army to become a full-time soldier?

Wounded Warrior Project is one I support. Other two:
Soldiers' Angels
and related charity:
Operation Iraqi Children.

I should add those links onto my sidebar.

No matter what side of the aisle we are on with regard to the war, we can come together to make a difference in the lives of our vets.

I truly do appreciate that, marty. And you are absolutely right about that!

I just finished reading the Sun article and it was worth the time.

karen,

Eli Lake, the NYSun writer of that piece, actually left a comment at my FA crosspost.

thanks to you Donald, and Tom for commenting.


As far as your blog being low rent as you alluded to from your previous post comment section, we will be glad to raise your rent if that makes you feel better:-)

jennifer,

My rent's just fine, as is. I don't mind the obscurity; but if I do write something good once in a blue moon, and it makes a difference, then I can deal with the bump in traffic as well. I only average about 100 visitors a day. Glad you're one of them.

Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

These "thousands" obviously didn't get "the memo" that their movement has already lost:

Thousands Protest Iraq War Across U.S.

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writer
7:00 PM PDT, October 27, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs."

The streets were filled with thousands as labor union members, anti-war activists, clergy and others rallied near City Hall before marching to Dolores Park.

As part of the demonstration, protesters fell on Market Street as part of a "die in" to commemorate the thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi citizens who have died since the conflict began in March 2003.

The protest was the largest in a series of war protests taking place in New York, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, organizers said.

No official head count was available. Organizers of the event estimated about 30,000 people participated in San Francisco. It appeared that more than 10,000 people attended the march.

"I got the sense that many people were at a demonstration for the first time," said Sarah Sloan, one of the event's organizers. "That's something that's really changed. People have realized the right thing to do is to take to the streets."

In the shadow of the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a few hundred protesters ranging from grade school-aged children to senior citizens called on President Bush to end funding for the war and bring troops home.

Marchers who braved severe wet weather during the walk of more than 30 blocks were met by people lining the sidewalks and clutching a long yellow ribbon over the final blocks before Independence Mall. There, the rally opened with songs and prayers by descendants of Lenape Indians.

"Our signs are limp from the rain and the ground is soggy, but out spirits are high," said Bal Pinguel, of the American Friends Service Committee, one of the national sponsors of the event. "The high price we are paying is the more than 3,800 troops who have been killed in the war in Iraq."

Vince Robbins, 51, of Mount Holly, N.J., said there needed to be more rallies and more outrage.

"Where's the outcry? Where's the horror that almost 4,000 Americans have died in a foreign country that we invaded?" Robbins said. "I'm almost as angry at the American people as I am the president. I think Americans have become apathetic and placid about the whole thing."

In New York, among the thousands marching down Broadway was a man carrying cardboard peace doves. Some others dressed as prisoners, wearing the bright orange garb of Guantanamo Bay inmates and pushing a person in a cage.

In Seattle, thousands of marchers were led by a small group of Iraq war veterans.

At Occidental Park, where the protesters rallied after the march, the American Friends Service Committee displayed scores of combat boots, one pair for each U.S. solider killed in Iraq.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Looks like Seth attended a counterprotest rally yesterday.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Thanks for the update Wordsmith. I check in here from time to time just to see how things are going for you. While I want the war to end and the troops brought home now, I still appreciate the fact that you are at least trying to lend a hand.

Stop loss and multiple deploymens are taking their toll on our troops. I work with a lot of military families and I see it first hand. Help, particularly regarding PTSD, for many of these families, is hard to come by. Many suffer in silence and are afraid to seek help - especially if they are still active duty. Many cannot financially afford to be separated from military service and left without benefits.

Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Iraqi Children are both excellent. I've not heard of the other one. I will check it out.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to run a conservo-blog.

Cut/paste long screed. Add irrelevant imagery, without referring to copyright infringement law. Force user to scroll and scroll and scroll to get to arrive at summation of thesis. Fail to provide summation of thesis. Add comments area, pretending that anyone outside of a narrow group of circle-jerking mouthbreathers is paying any heed whatsoever.

I mean, dude, there are YouTube clips of people cleaning their linoleum that get more hits.

When are you going to take up Col. Boyer on his invitation to check out the good news in Iraq? Apparantly he prefers to deal with "right wing" blogs, so you should be welcomed with open arms. Plus you'd have content you could argue would be of some probative value. As opposed to your current strategy of leaving out a cup of your left over lick spittle and expecting others to drink.

Monday, October 29, 2007 8:37:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for taking the time to provide the verbal abuse, anon. That was beautiful.

Monday, October 29, 2007 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Looks like your anonymous commenter forgot their meds Word. It appears they cannot string two wentences together to make even the slightest bit of sense. Probably a regular at huffypo or dailyloser.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:29:00 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Wonderful Post Word :-)

All the pictures are heartwarming :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:05:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Casualties lower for five straight months

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I didnt think you would mind but I swiped some of your pictures of the Soldiers to use at the top of my page :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh I Love that update:

Casualties lower for fifth straight month.

We are winning this war and the drive by media is silent.

Unreal

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:43:00 PM  

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