Sixty-four years ago today, December 7, the United States was stabbed in the back and 2,338 Americans were killed in a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor.
Last week, American servicemen and women serving in Iraq, and those here at home recovering from terrible wounds were also stabbed in the back. In 1941 it was the Japanese wielding the knife; last week it was Howard Dean and John Kerry and fellow members of the dominant left wing of the Democrat Party who plunged the dagger in America’s back.
Dean wielded the knife during a Texas radio interview when he had the gall to declare that the “idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong,” thereby telling the parents of those brave men and women who were killed fighting for the country, or the American troops now facing death every day in Iraq, that it was all a waste of time.
In my book that’s just plain treason and I told my radio listeners that Dean should be arrested and hung for treason, or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war.
But Dean wasn’t finished. He went on to say: “This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, ‘just another year, just stay the course, we’ll have a victory.’ Well, we didn’t have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we
were too stubborn to recognize what was happening.”
Aside from the fact that Dean’s arithmetic is off – some 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam, not 25,000 – we didn’t lose a war we were winning on the battlefield because we were stubborn. We lost it because members of Dean’s party in Congress de-funded the war effort and demanded that we do what he and his defeatist party are once again demanding – that the United States cut and run.
I have a suggestion for Howard Dean. He should do what I did a week ago – visit the amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He can try to tell them that the limbs they sacrificed on the field of battle were sacrificed in vain – thrown away in a war that we cannot win. I also suggest that when he does so he had better do what he wants the U.S. to do – cut and run for his life.
Then we have the junior Senator from Massachusetts, Sen. John F. Kerry, who is becoming a serial backstabber. Kerry, you will remember, stabbed his Vietnam comrades in the back when he accused them of committing atrocities during that war. Well, he just did it again on CBS Sunday, telling Bob Schieffer of “Face the Nation” there was no reason for U.S. soldiers to continue “terrorizing” Iraqi children, and saying: “And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs.”
He then suggested that it should be the Iraqi soldiers doing the terrorism: “Whether you like it or not,” he said, “Iraqis should be doing that.”
Perhaps the Senator from Hanoi should take one of those senatorial junkets to Iraq and tell our courageous men and women over there, facing death and dismemberment every day, that they aren’t really there to help guarantee the Iraqi people freedom, but to commit acts of terrorism.
Then we have the Nancy Pelosis and Barbara Boxers and the rest of the bug-out-of-Iraq brigade sending a clear message to the suicide bombers and other terrorist thugs to just bide their time and wait until their party manages to sabotage the war effort and the U.S. withdraws with the job half done. Then they can come in and show the world the real meaning of terrorism as they enslave and brutalize the Iraqi people.
What these people are doing is undermining the morale of our troops and giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. There’s a word for that – it’s called treason.
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