Jul 10, 2007

Ennui the People

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"The American people are war-fatigued," declared Republican congressman Ray LaHood on CNN, May 10, 2007. He was explaining the rationale behind the previous day’s meeting between Republican congressmen and Bushie, wherein said congressmen warned said Bushie that their patience regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom would not last beyond September … coming to an end somewhere in the vicinity of the 15th or 16th of the month, approximately 4:30 p.m. EST.

A month later, on the Senate floor, Republican Senator Richard Lugar issued his now famous call for a “course change in Iraq.” (Evidently Senator Lugar’s staffers neglected to inform him that General Petraeus’ Operation Arrowhead Ripper had begun just days earlier.) In this heroic oratory, the clearly over-worked Senator used the term “fatigued” three times:

“Our debate is being driven by partisan political calculations and understandable FATIGUE with bad news -- including deaths and injuries to Americans.”

“The second factor working against our ability to engineer a stable government in Iraq is the FATIGUE of our military.”

“We cannot allow FATIGUE and frustration with our Iraq policy to lead to the abandonment of the tools and relationships we need to defend our vital interests in the Middle East.”

(We can only hope the good Senator was able to steal a quick nappy after this performance.)

Most recently, Senator Pete Domenici joined the ranks of Republicans suddenly sensitized to the war fatigue devastating the American public at present, publicly wagging his finger at Bushie and warning that GOP patience is running out. (Evidently Senator Domenici’s staffers also neglected to inform him of significant progress made as a result of Operation Arrowhead Ripper after little more than a fortnight.)

Actually these GOP Senators are late to the game. For the beleaguered American people have been suffering from Iraq War Fatigue (IWF) since 2005, a full two-years after the beginning of the conflict! And who could blame them; what with the endless news stories of thousands of soldiers killed each month; the arduous economic controls put in place to fuel the war machine; the burdensome rationing of gasoline, sugar, meat, butter, coffee, tires, shoes, and clothing; the near nightly air-raid drills; the … oh wait. Wrong war. Sorry. At 107, one war starts to look rather like another.

Cutting to the chase, the American people are not so much FATIGUED as they are BORED. Here we are referring not to soldiers and their families who, while they have every right to be fatigued in every sense of the word, remain as a group vastly in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are referring to the other 280 million Americans polls indicate an increasing percentage of whom are “dissatisfied”, “impatient”, and “FATIGUED” by the war in Iraq.

If such polls are to be believed, they provide blistering commentary on the pathetic state – not of Operation Iraqi Freedom – but of the American people, who it would seem are demonstrating precisely the bankruptcy of character and dearth of fortitude the Islamaniacs accuse them of and are banking on, for only thus can victory be theirs. (Thank you General Giap.)

Needless to say, Congress persons who have until recently supported Operation Iraqi Freedom but now pander to these infantile and ultimately suicidal impulses alleged of the American people, reveal themselves an order of being lower even than Lefties, for at least Lefties have their “Bush Lied People Died” nursery rhymes to justify their bleatings for surrender.

The fact remains, America can fight the Islamaniacs in the Middle East now, or fight them in the streets of the U.S. later. Fatiguing or not, this is the only real choice.

By way of perspective, I give you the following:

"I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many long months of toil and struggle.

"You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.

"You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival."

- Sir Winston Churchill’s first speech as Prime Minister, May 13, 1940.

Now buck up. Stiff upper. And let’s back at it!



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