I don't think I have ever encountered as well written a treatise on why Bush is losing his base as this one in the American Thinker by J.Peter Mulhern. I believe that G. W. Bush is a good man, a Christian man who loves God and Country. But he just doesn't get it. Mr.Mulhern explains why President Bush doesn't get it.
Americans aren't frustrated with Iraq because they subscribe to the MSM's blathering about us losing the war.
They are frustrated because President Bush has failed to establish any clear link between what is happening in Iraq and our strategic goals in the absurdly misnamed Global War on Terror. (Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt proclaiming a Global War on Naval Aviation after Pearl Harbor.)
So true. We are fighting a battle that is but a continuance of a seventh century war. A struggle between a religion of devils and the Christian faith.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The day Islamic terrorism finally came home we needed a leader to tell us that we were at war and to lay out a clear strategy for victory. The President’s job was to identify our enemies and inspire us to defeat them and eliminate their threat to our homeland.
President Bush never managed to do that job because conventional wisdom made him incapable of understanding what happened on September 11. He has never grasped the ugly truth that we are fighting a religious war with roots in the Dark Ages. That war is entirely outside his conventional frame of reference. He doesn’t have the vocabulary for defining and defending it.
Remember how the President fawned all over the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in April 2002? He welcomes with open arms the leader of a country that actively supports and maintains a vurulent strain of rabid, fundamentalist, anti-American Islam, Whabbism. And President Bush calls Islam the "Religion of Peace."
The scum that turned passenger jets into cruise missiles and screamed about Allah as they crashed into their targets weren’t poor or oppressed. They weren’t protesting against neo-colonial exploitation of Middle Eastern oil wealth or globalization or anything else the conventional mind might understand.
They were self-consciously opening a new offensive in the 1370 year old war between Islam and the unbelievers, those in the dar al harb (house of war). They didn’t do this out of desperation. They did it because they believed, with considerable justification, that the West is no longer Christian enough or tough enough to resist Islamic competition.
It was because of staunch resistance to the muslim hordes over the centuries that all of Europe didn't fall under the Crescent. And until the Christian nations of Europe finally routed the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, the muslims never stopped pressing for victory.
Instead of bold clear statements about whom we needed to fight and why, we got mush. Islam, we were repeatedly told, is a religion of peace. Instead of seeking authority to deal with the problem that erupted on September 11, President Bush initially asked only for authority to deal with one small manifestation of that problem in Afghanistan. He talked about using military force to bring terrorists “to justice” as if justice had anything to do with our struggle to survive.
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