Skip to comments.Why President Bush's Role Model is General Douglas MacArthur
Posted on 04/14/2004 9:51:45 AM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior
"EXIT STRATEGY" emerged as a semantic tool to hammer U.S. Presidents when cagey internationalist wisemen and politicians after World War II set a trap to End the Scourge of War by demoralizing the warriors and the taxpayers who pay warriors' salaries. The erosive process started in Korea under the aegis of the United Nations. Half a century later, that war (officially designated as a "police action" at the Orwellian UN) is still stalemated in "armistice," and grandsons of the original U.S. soldiers now patrol the cobwebs of the Demilitarized Zone.
Step Two, and intended as the coup de grâce for the American military, was in Vietnam. Another no-win war, it would end not in armistice but in the defeat of the greatest global superpower by Third-World Communists in black pajamas.
George Washington in the American Revolution and all subsequent U.S. wartime leaders until Lyndon Johnson never had been asked about an "exit strategy" for this simple and then-obvious reason: One exits war when one defeats the enemy.
Critics, of course, were free to question tactics and other martial minutiae, but even the most bitter complainers in those days knew that once a war had erupted there was "no substitute for victory." Frustrated Korea War General Douglas MacArthur used that very phrase to unmask one-worlders of the Left who, emboldened by creation of their United Nations, would initiate the systematic demoralization of U.S. military leaders and troops and freedom-loving people everywhere by imposing the doctrine of winless wars.
The late-20th-Century ascension of a mostly neutered and pacifistic Global Community has been almost entirely at the expense of the Free World's leader, which for nearly 100 years has been the U.S. Thus, Old Europe pretenders-to-the-throne France and Germany and the ego-battered Mother Russia barely hide their hatred for and subversion of the United States' generalship in Iraq, the latest theater of war in the perpetual struggle against tyranny.
Despite the treachery of America's powerful overseas "friends," all of whom historically have been hungry recipients of U.S. blood and gold, President George W. Bush displays the same grit that abounds in the sandy combat trenches of Iraq's desert. Mr. Bush somberly promises victory, however long it might take, however much it might cost, however many of his soldiers' and Marines' lives it might extinguish. His words are neither Churchillian nor Lincolnesque. His appearance is neither a handsomely uniformed Washington nor a dramatically becaped FDR. Yet, the President is no less able a military leader.
Indeed, he may be the most besieged Commander-in-Chief in world annals, surrounded by hordes of terrorist enemies who are virtually invisible and by countless fair-weather, alleged allies who not so discreetly cheer for Mr. Bush's enemies around the world and on American soil.
Meantime, filled U.S. military bodybags for its young heroes pile up at Baghdad International Airport. Mindful of the news media's ghoulishness, the White House wisely bars all cameras at the newly doubled Dover, Delaware, Air Force Base/Mortuary, where the warriors' remains are unloaded and transshipped to grieving families for burial.
Lacking photographic proof, though, does not create lapses in breathless journalistic reporting of the mounting death toll. Bold, above-the-fold headlines and purposely sad-voiced television news-anchors are always ready to update the military body count with the efficiency and gaudy graphics of an ESPN late-night scoreboard.
Year One of the Iraq War has accounted for 648 U.S. deaths by means hostile or accidental. On the other hand, for 2002 (the last year for which the Department of Transportation statistics are available), 662 American pedalists were killed on the streets and sidewalks of our placid, lovely land. These 662 children, women and men -- 14 more souls than all the American troops killed to date in Iraq -- fearlessly had mounted their bicycle, tricycle or unicycle and never got off alive.
Reporters, caring activists, academicians and politicians inexplicably did not wail for these civilians, nor did the usual chorus of reformers propose to end the shocking wheeled madness and carnage by banning all cycles and making their use an unthinkable activity in our cutting-edge corner of the Global Village.
What can be done about the double standard of death created by those who consciously but without conscience try to destroy the nation's military establishment by hyperbolizing its loss of life? Mr. Bush needs to re-ignite the presidential fireside chat of a bygone era and remind the American people of their traditional exit strategy for war ("Win it!") and their historic recognition of proportionality in dealing with the death of professional warriors.
Otherwise, America no longer will lead the Free World. More tragically, the entire Free World will exist only as a dim memory in the endless night of universal terror directed by savage men yelling from minarets.
From General Douglas MacArthur's speech to an historic joint session of the United States Congress, April 19, 1951:
"I called for reinforcements, but was informed that reinforcements were not available. I made clear that if not permitted to destroy the enemy built-up bases north of the Yalu, if not permitted to utilize the friendly Chinese force of some 600,000 men on Formosa, if not permitted to blockade the China coast to prevent the Chinese Reds from getting succor from without, and if there were to be no hope of major reinforcements, the position of the command from the military standpoint forbade victory. . . But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war, there is no substitute for victory."
Elaine: Why's he wearing a cape?
Jerry: It's good cape weather...cool, breezy...