Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Friday, October 03, 2003

A highly recommend book: Treason, by Ann Coulter. Hers is the most devastating critique of liberalism I have ever read. Here is an excerpt:

"In the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attack, the nation's editorial pages virtually transformed themselves into Vietnam War updates. Vietnam is the left's favorite war because America lost. Liberals never tire of citing it. Enragingly, liberals talk about Vietnam as if it proves something about the use of force generally rather than the Democrats' own bungling incompetence in miltary affairs. Historical accounts of the Vietnam War are incomprehensible because liberals refuse to admit the failure of their own national security strategy. The only important lesson from the Vietnam War is this: Democrats lose wars.
Republicans proceed from the assumption of America's virtue. Democrats do not. Consequently, they are squeamish about any projection of U.S. power in the national interest. The Democrat doctrine on use of military force is the precise opposite of the Powell doctrine: They are gung-ho about deploying the military for no particular purpose, but then insist that insufficient force be used. Otherwise America would look like a bully and France would get mad at us. The completely predictable result is lost lives, lost credibility, and lost continents...
...Time and again, Democrats' gutles pusillanimity has emboldened America's enemies and terrified its allies. President Carter allowed Americans to be held by Iranian savages for 444 days. He ordered a poorly conceived rescue attempt that crashed a helicopter in the desert and killed six brave members of the Delta Force. In the war on terrorism, Democrats purported to oppose military action against Iraq if anyone in the military might get hurt. But they don't mind inept commanders in chief who dishonor the military by ordering missions. Carter's pacifist secretary of state, Cyrus Vance, was indignant about the very idea of attempting a rescue and resigned after the failed rescue attempt. He preferred sticking with the Democrat strategy of doing nothing response to brutal foreigners taking Americans hostage. In another show of America's force to the world, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Carter responded by boycotting the Olympics. And thus was a fearsome blow struck at little fourteen-year-old American s who had spent their lives training for the Olympics."

There is so much more, but this is an excellent taste of Coulter's razor-sharp rhetoric.