So I'm driving home from work last night listening to the Phil Valentine show. He had an interesting analogy for the war on terrorism that I hadn't heard before. He equated terrorism to weeds growing in his yard. He said that the weeds were under control, but he would never be able to declare victory. Every so often, a weed crops up, requiring Phil to respond with a shot of Roundup. One time, he explained, his yard was neglected for quite a while, and the weeds took over the yard and garden. Phil fought back with his Roundup and eventually gained control once again.
Hmmm. Simple, but effective.
Obama has been attempting to make political hay out of John McCain's "100 years" in Iraq comments. McCain has made the point repeatedly that we must stay as long as it takes for victory. A peacetime presence is a helluva lot cheaper than a premature pullout coupled with a Middle East explosion of "weeds". Obama has taken out of context and outright misrepresented McCain on this at every turn. Gee, I guess he is a savy politician.
John McCain responded,
"With all due respect, he does not understand the elements, fundamental elements of national security and warfare, because that's exactly what we did in Korea and that's what we did after World War II. That's what we did in Kuwait after the first Gulf War, and it has been what's happened in conflicts we've had in the latter part of the twentieth century. He displays a fundamental misunderstanding of history, of how we've maintained national security and what we need to do in the future to maintain our security in the face of a transcendent challenge of radical Islamic extremism -- and I understand that, because he has no experience or background in any of it.Barack Obama responds to Phil Valentine: (not really)
Mr. Valentine. You must look at your situation from the weeds perspective. You must understand the weeds rage against you. After all, you are an occupier who has made a settlement on the weeds' homeland. You make no attempt to negotiate for peace. Instead, you admit to perpetrating heinous acts of chemical warfare against these poor weeds. Weedocide! My advice to you is to give the weeds the garden. Perhaps these nuisance plants will ignore their nature of choking off life that isn't them. Perhaps they will see your initiative as an olive branch extended, and stop their march toward your front door.