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Saturday, March 29, 2003

 

Must read editorial


I spotted this over on NRO, by way of Rush Limbaugh's site:

History or Hysteria?: Our vulture pundits regurgitate rumor and buzz

It is a scathing critique of the left's wartime reporting and punditry by Victor Davis Hanson. Excerpts:

Casualties, POWs, and skyrocketing costs blanket the airwaves; rarely mentioned is the simple military fact that in a single week, a resolute American pincer column has driven across Iraq and is now systematically surrounding Baghdad - and with far fewer killed than were lost in a single day in Lebanon. When American soldiers move decisively against terrorists and killers in the Middle East, they have a far greater chance of surviving than they do sitting in their barracks as living targets under "rules of engagement."

We should recall that in the first Gulf War we bombed for over 44 days. Critics in 1991 by day 10 were complaining because after the first few nights' pyrotechnics, Saddam's army had not crumbled. In turn, earlier swaggering air-advocates had promised victory in three weeks - only to be unjustly slandered that they had failed to end the war in six. Gulf War I is considered a great victory; it required 48 days of air and ground attacks by an enormous coalition to expel the Iraqi army from Kuwait. Our present attempt, with half the force, seeks to end Saddam Hussein altogether - and on day 7 already had him cut off, trapped, and besieged.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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