Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue this morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.
September would be nice. September 2001 would’ve been nicer still. But five years late is still better than never. Sure, you could argue that it started earlier than that, and you’d have a damn fine argument as well, but September of 2001 was the point in time when nobody sane could any longer deny that we were dealing with something a lot bigger than just your average terrorist threat.
Instead we got the “Religion of Peace” blather, the only redeeming feature of which is that it has turned into what will be remembered as one of the biggest jokes of the 21st century. The war on terror is the century’s first global war, “Islam is a Religion of Peace” is the century’s first thigh-slapping, head-against-the-table-pounding, side-splitting, coffee-spurting-through-the-nose-inducing joke.
Sadly, it’s on us.
And Newt: Get the numbering right. It’s WW IV, not WW III. We won WW III. It’s called “the Cold One.” I was there and so, I know, were you. Doesn’t mean that the rest of your point isn’t exactly correct, because it is, but I’m given to picking nits. Well, consider that one picked.
“We need to have the militancy that says ‘We’re not going to lose a city,’ ” Gingrich said. He talks about the need to recognize World War
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Indeed. It’s hard to fight a war if you don’t even have the balls to recognize it as one. As I believe that we’ve learned by now.
Gingrich says that as of now Republicans “are sailing into the wind” in congressional campaigns. He said that’s in part because of the Iraq war, adding, “Iraq is hard and painful and we do not explain it very well.”
But some of it is due to Republicans’ congressional agenda. He said House and Senate Republicans “forgot the core principle” of the party and embraced Congressional pork. “Some of the guys,” he said, have come down with a case of “incumbentitis.”
A fellow admirer of the British Understatement, I see. “Some of the guys” meaning “I suppose I can come up with one or two who haven’t. If I think really hard.”
Gingrich said in the coming days he plans to speak out publicly, and to the Administration, about the need to recognize that America is in World War
Please do, Newt. I wouldn’t mind a bit of assistance, since I’m getting awfully hoarse here.
He lists wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, this week’s bomb attacks in India, North Korean nuclear threats, terrorist arrests and investigations in Florida, Canada and Britain, and violence in Israel and Lebanon as evidence of World War
Sorta hard to miss, isn’t it? And yet so many people do. I guess it’s just too damned fucking hard to tear yourself away from American Midol for all of the five minutes it’ll take to add it all up.
He said Bush needs to deliver a speech to Congress and “connect all the dots” for Americans.
A good idea. But why not start at the source of the problem? Start connecting them for Mr. “Religion of Peace” on 1600 Penn Ave. Use brightly colored diagrams, slide shows and dioramas as necessary. And a moderate to large-sized ClueBat might not be a bad idea either.
He said people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong “because they haven’t crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war.”
It’s not so much that as the fact that they have crossed the bridge of realizing that Israeli Jooos don’t vote and, therefore, don’t really matter all that much to them. Or maybe they just don’t give that much of hoot about shredded Jooos, period. Or anybody else for that matter.
And then there are those of us who, when we say “terrorism is an atrocity and those that use it should be exterminated ruthlessly”, mean “ALL terrorists.” Those of us who still believe that standing up for what is right “just” because it’s right is worth something, even when it’s painful. Those of us who, indeed, still recognize right from wrong in the first place. Those of us who remember the pictures from Auschwitz, Maidanek, Treblinka, Babi Yar etc. etc. etc. and really MEAN it when we say “NEVER AGAIN!” Those of us who, immediately when we saw the pictures from Halabja and the mass graves uncovered after Saddam’s ass was brutally and deservedly kicked out of power, recognized it for what it was and didn’t spend months coming up with excuses and explanations as to why it “really wasn’t our problem anyway” along with “hey, did you hear about Brad and Angelina?”
It’s called a “moral compass.” It’s a pain in the ass at times since it tends to compel you to get involved in things you’d really rather stay out of. But it’s absolutely essential if you want to avoid spending the rest of your life trying to rationalize your cowardice away in order to avoid projectile vomiting all over the mirror every time you try to shave.
“Israel wouldn’t leave southern Lebanon as long as there was a single missile there. I would go in and clean them all out and I would announce that any Iranian airplane trying to bring missiles to re-supply them would be shot down. This idea that we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill us and we get to talk, is nuts.”
Preach it, brother Newt!
We need to buckle up and get this over with, because it’s not going to go away.
No matter HOW good we are at pretending that it’s still 1938, 1939 is going to roll around eventually.
It always does.
Look it up.