Mary Katharine Ham has an excellent column at Townhall about the Iraq Surrender Group’s report and how enthusiastic many in Washington are about it’s doom and gloom assessments, which are in stark contrast to that of the Marines and others actually fighting the war.
How do people find so much to be gleeful about in such a plan? There is nothing “extraordinary” or “bold” about quitting in the face of an enemy who wants to swallow up our very way of life in one sharia-abiding caliphate by way of suicide and dirty bombing. Smiling and pretending there is honor in giving them a win does not make it so, unless you are in Washington.
I know a Marine. He sits on a low bench at Walter Reed Hospital, white paper crinkling beneath him as he works his left knee back and forth. Below the knee is about 12 inches of tibia, wrapped at the end in gauze and tight bandages while the wound heals.
His left foot took its last step in Ramadi. It landed on an IED instead of Iraqi sand. He was on his way to clear a tower of an insurgent sniper when it happened. His fellow Marines–some double amputees jogging on treadmills and lifting weights–rib him, calling the injury a “flesh wound.”
Across town, Sen. Harry Reid is positively delighted by a report that suggests America “engage constructively” with the neighboring countries who likely fund many of the insurgent forces that hurt my friend and his fellow Marines.
I know a Marine, too. I married him 14 years ago and I won’t even talk to him about what is contained in the ISG report because I already know what he would think of it, especially when he learned that no one on in the group was even in the military.
Read all of Mary Katharine’s piece, including my favorite line “Only in a Washington TV studio, perfumed with hairspray and haughtiness, could running away before the job is done be considered tough and resolved.” She is definitely telling it like it is in this one.