February 27, 2004

Conservative War on Terror

In the war we are in, our enemies are weak. That is why they resort to the weapon of the weak—terror. And, as in the Cold War, time is on America’s side. Perseverance and patience are called for, not this panic.

Holy cow. Pat Buchanan calling for a calm conservative approach to the war on terror, as opposed to people who supply the White House with opinions (Perle officially among them, until recently). Either it’s Bizarro world or Bush is further out on a neo-conservative limb than folks though.

No End to War (the article quoted above) is a review/response to Frum and Perle’s An End to Evil.

Buchanan’s review is a good read. Some highlights:
Frum is not even an American. He is a Canadian who did not become a citizen until offered a job in the Bush speechwriting shop. He was cashiered after one year when his wife bragged on the Internet that David invented the “axis-of-evil” phrase. Expelled from the White House, Frum ratted out his old colleagues in a “hot” book and got himself hired by National Review, where he produced a cover story about a dirty dozen “Unpatriotic Conservatives” who hate neocons, hate Bush, hate the GOP, hate America, and “wish to see the United States defeated in the War on Terror.”
Gen. Anthony Zinni, former head of Centcom, is a hero of Vietnam. He opposed war with Iraq, arguing that the U.S. military was overstretched and we would unleash forces we could not control. In an interview, Zinni related his astonishment at the vapidity of the Wolfowitz clique with which he had to deal at the Department of Defense:
The more I saw, the more I thought that this [war] was the product of the neocons who didn’t understand the region and were going to create havoc there. These were dilettantes from Washington think tanks who never had had an idea that worked on the ground …. I don’t know where the neocons came from—that was not the platform [Bush and Cheney] ran on …. Somehow, the neocons captured the president. They captured the vice president.
National Review’s response was to brand Zinni an anti-Semite. In a separate column, NR regular Joel Mowbray not only accused the general of having “blamed the Jews,” he insisted that the term neocon, in common usage for 25 years, is now an anti-Semitic code word for Jews […]
Give it a read. Posted by James at February 27, 2004 2:40 PM
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Wow...Libs lovin' Pat Buchanan.

Ain't life grand?

Posted by: Steve at February 29, 2004 9:58 PM

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