Thursday, January 20, 2005

Must Reads and Must Speak

Must Reads:
“Imperial Hubris
(Why the West is Losing the war on Terror)

by Anonymous from Brassey's Inc.

Will They Ever trust Us Again?
(Letters From The War Zone)

by Michael Moore from Simon and Schuster

Chain of Command
by Seymour Hersh from HarperCollins”

And I Must Speak

Is everything the media tells us about Al Qaeda and Bin Ladin wrong?
Probably.

Is Iraq destroying our troops morale?
Certainly.

Does responsibility go far beyond a few enlisted personnel?
Absolutely.

The author of ‘Imperial Hubris’ quotes John Quincy Adams when he was secretary of State —

“Whenever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America's heart, her benedictions and her prayers. But she does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the wellwisher to freedom and independence for all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She well knows that by once enlisting other banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extridition, in all wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom....She might become the dictress of the world but would no longer be ruler of her own spirit....Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy.”

We heard the opposite yesterday, from an administration that wants to pick and choose which dragons, or is it tyrants, to cozy up to and which to slay.

con·cept: Must Reads and Must Speak