Jewish World Review May 21, 2004 / 1 Sivan, 5764

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Senators are posing while American troops are trying to win a war | Under pressure from the most extreme elements of the political left and media elites, the United States Senate decided to yank top American generals fighting in the war in Iraq back to Washington, D.C., for the latest installment of the blame America first press-op called Abu Ghraib.

America's command structure was in the war zone, but it was compromised so senators could repeat themselves from the last time they posed for cameras, who were dutifully recording every outraged utterance in this pathetic excuse for a Washington scandal.

You know, I guess all senators dream of the day that they can ask that immortal Howard Baker question with equal effect, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" or, "At last, sir, have you no shame?" But it's the senators grabbing for headlines that are really the ones without shame here. Self-flagellation may have been all the rage during the age of Woodstock, Abby Hoffman and Watergate, but in this nasty little post-9/11 world in which we find ourselves trapped, most Middle Americans are more concerned about their children's safety than what a French socialite visiting the Cannes Film Festival may think of them.

And that resoluteness extends to our soldiers, our sailors and our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, what we do in Middle America think of the court-martials in Iraq? Not much. To tell you the truth, we're a hell of a lot more concerned about whether our soldiers are going to be prevented from getting the truth out of terrorists that they capture in the future, because, after the next 9/11 happens, press-sniffing senators will be sure to hold even more hearings, so they can beat up on more military leaders for not doing what it took to get information out of enemy combatants.

And the rest of us, we're going to be burying our victims. We Americans thank G-d that the ranks of our 130,000 troops are filled with the likes of Pat Tillman. And whether Ted Kennedy and the media elites like it or not, we Americans are stupid enough to believe that our men and women in uniform are in Iraq for the noblest of reasons. That's right, the noblest of reasons. And they will win this war.

They will liberate the people of Iraq, and they'll make us all safer, because they refuse to give in to the cynicism and the hatred that drives too many senators, too many pundits, and too many media elites.

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