Friday, July 06, 2007

Does National Review's Victor Davis Hanson Support Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and Our Troops?

Here's what National Review's Victor Davis Hanson has said recently:

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The result is that we are ever so insidiously slouching back into a 1990s Clintonian mood of lackadaisicalness. If we get out of Iraq and 9/11 passes its sixth anniversary in quiet, we can relax and keep feeding al Qaeda a few diplomats, attaches, or soldiers in godforsaken places where they ought not be anyway.
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And mostly those reaped in this virtual war will be soldiers, diplomats, or random citizens supposedly in the wrong job, in the wrong place, and at the wrong time.

OK, Victor Davis Hanson, is your own 24-year-old son, as far as we know healthy and heterosexual, and therefore eligible for military service, one of those "insidiously slouching back into a 1990s Clintonian mood of lackadaisicalness?" And if you cannot bring yourself at least to encourage him to consider volunteering to serve, does it also describe you?

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But things are not as bad as they seem, and could still turn out far better than anyone might imagine — if we give the gifted Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker the support and time they need to make the necessary military and diplomatic changes.

OK, Victor Davis Hanson, what do you mean by "we"? You have a 24-year-old son who, as far as we know, is healthy and heterosexual and, therefore, eligible for military service. Have you at least encouraged him to consider volunteering?


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