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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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April 14, 2014

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Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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April 11, 2014

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Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

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Jewish World Review Sept. 15, 2006 / 22 Elul, 5766

America is forced to pick sides and Bush's popularity rises

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats, like the Palestinians in Abba Eban's trenchant phrase, "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

President Bush's heart is in the right place in the war on terror. But when it comes to the war in Iraq, many Americans wonder if his head isn't in a moist, dark, odoriferous place that is anatomically difficult to reach.

I think deposing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do. But a respectable case can be made that it was a strategic mistake. We could really use another U.S. brigade in Afghanistan right now, but reinforcements are unavailable because of commitments in Iraq. And the tete a tete between Iraqi prime minister Nouri al Maliki and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week is not a sign that bodes well for the future.

Even those of us who think going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do must acknowledge the first year of the occupation was FUBAR. (Ask a vet what the acronym means.) To read the litany of egregious mistakes chronicled in Washington Post reporter Tom Ricks' only slightly over the top new book, "Fiasco," can't help but make you wonder if those who made those mistakes can be trusted to organize a two car funeral.

I like Donald Rumsfeld. But I think he's the second worst secretary of defense ever. (Nobody will ever be worse than Robert McNamara.)

There are many similarities between Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. McNamara. Both came from private industry determined to impose management reforms on the Pentagon. Both did indeed make badly needed, long overdue changes. But both were undone by mistakes they made in the wars they oversaw.

The mistakes had similar roots. Both Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. McNamara were noted more for giving advice than for taking it. Both surrounded themselves with civilian "whiz kids" who had little knowledge of, or interest in, the complexities of ground combat, or much respect for people who wore uniforms.

There are also important differences. Mr. McNamara had a credibility problem Secretary Rumsfeld doesn't have. And Mr. Rumsfeld is popular with the troops (though not with the generals). Secretary McNamara was despised pretty much equally by all ranks.

The war in Iraq is unpopular. Democrats could have made a reasonable case against the administration on the basis of competence, but they have blown it with overreach, and have shifted the debate back to the larger war on terror, where the President is on firmer ground.

Bush as bumbling fool is a makeable argument. Bush as Satan is not. It was arguably a strategic mistake to go to war with Iraq. But when the Director of Central Intelligence — who was appointed by Mr. Bush's Democratic predecessor — tells him Saddam's possession of weapons of mass destruction is a "slam dunk," that mistake (if indeed it was a mistake) cannot be attributed to malevolence or deliberate deception.

We might be better off (though I don't think so) if we hadn't gone to war in Iraq. But it is morally obscene to assert, as some Democrats have, that Iraqis would be better off if Saddam were still in power.

It is preposterous to assert, as most Democrats do, that there is no connection between the war in Iraq, and the war on terror, when al Qaida's leaders insist Iraq is the central front in the war on terror, and al Qaida's commitment of resources to that conflict indicates they mean what they say.

And many Americans who think it was a mistake to go into Iraq in the first place think it would be a bigger one to leave precipitously, as most Democrats recommend. But where Democrats most resemble the Palestinians is in their strident opposition to virtually every step the president has taken to protect us in the broader war on terror.

  • Democrats blocked, for a time, reauthorization of the Patriot Act which, among other things, broke down the "wall" that prevented information sharing between law enforcement and intelligence.

  • Democrats are stalling congressional authorization of the program in which the National Security Agency listens in on conversations between al Qaida operatives abroad and people in the United States.

  • Democrats also are stalling legislation to try al Qaida bigwigs in military tribunals.

  • Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis) has even criticized President Bush for calling Islamofascists "Islamofascists."

All this explains why Mr. Bush's poll numbers have been going up even as opposition to the war in Iraq increases. Better to stick with a president who's made mistakes in fighting the war on terror than to trust Democrats who don't even realize we're at war.

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