The U.S. is not in as strong a position internationally as we were in 1991 or even in the 1960s. China is waiting in the wings as a superpower to be. Osama bin Laden has called for a common front between Socialism/Communism and the Islamic jihadists. There is plenty of evidence of military and intelligence cooperation between Iraq, North Korea, China, and Russia. NATO is seriously jeopardized by the refusal of France, Germany, and Belgium to honor their sworn obligation to protect fellow treaty member Turkey. Closer to home, Venezuela, a major supplier of oil, is controlled by a Marxist ally of Castro. Another Marxist has taken over Brazil. Columbia's stability is threatened by an alliance between Communists and narcotraffickers. Chinese companies owned by the Chinese army maintain large facilities dangerously clost to the Panama Canal.
Our nation is threatened by Middle Eastern terrorists who seemingly travel at will even as our airport screeners harass gray haired grandmothers and middle-aged white guys. We have a large, native-born fifth column of leftists, led by prominent Hollywood stars. Muslims of the militant stripe of Louis Farakhan are far more infuential in the black community and in the prisons than was the case 30-35 years ago.
Americans must get serious both about the upcoming Iraqi war and the de facto alliance between militant Islam and the international Left. Additionally, we need to recognize that there are dangerous foes here at home, a Trojan horse filled with homegrown radicals and foreign Islamic extremists.
There is no substitute for victory.