August 4, 2011

WHICH IS TO FAIL TO APPREHEND BOTH:

The Long War and the Budget (R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., 8.4.11, American Spectator)

We are engaged in a long war -- actually two long wars. The first and most commonly accepted of our wars is the long war against Islamofascists. It is not a war against vast armies. Comparatively speaking it is just a war against a handful of thugs, but they want to strike at our heart, wherever we are ill-prepared, and if they can they will cause incalculable destruction. This we discovered on September 11, 2001‚Äč. We are on the hem of wiping al-Qaeda out, but there are other thugs waiting. We must be vigilant against them. It will be a long war.

The second long war is at home on budgetary matters.


The war against Islamicism was just the coda to the Long War and it's over now, as the Cold War ended before North Korea, Cuba, China, Syria and Iraq fell. Just as after the prior phases, we find ourselves having accumulated some increased debt (though far smaller than following the big battles) and now we stand to reap another peace dividend that will win Mr. Tyrrell's second "war."

The whole process was ridiculously predictable.



Posted by at August 4, 2011 7:09 AM
  

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