"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."
You've heard that expression before, I'd bet.
Well, meet our weakest link.
Paul Krugman is an economist who writes anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Republican opinion columns for the New York Times. He's one of the many Americans who are hoping and praying (perhaps a bad choice of words in the case of anyone associated with the Times) that we lose the War on Terror.
Everyone on earth, including the terrorists who are slaughtering innocent women and children in the streets of Baghdad, know that the Islamists cannot win this war. But people like Krugman also know that we can lose it. With his help.
And he's doing his best to aid that cause. Here's (a part of) today's contribution to the effort to bring about our defeat.
Declare defeat and come home. That's exactly what Osama bin Ladin and Abu Musab al Zarqawi are wanting. Krugman and his ilk (see a Roanoke Times contribution here) are certainly in good company. He should be very proud.
America Held Hostage
By PAUL KRUGMAN
A majority of Americans now realize that President Bush deliberately misled the nation to promote a war in Iraq. But Mr. Bush's speech on Tuesday contained a chilling message: America has been taken hostage by his martial dreams. According to Mr. Bush, the nation now has no choice except to keep fighting the war he wanted to fight.
... America doesn't have to let itself be taken hostage. The country missed the chance to say no before this war started, but it can still say no to Mr. Bush's open-ended commitment, and demand a timetable for getting out.
Remember, Iraq wasn't a breeding ground for terrorists before we went there. All indications are that the foreign terrorists now infesting Iraq are there on the sufferance of a homegrown insurgency that finds them useful for the moment but that, brutal as it is, isn't interested in an apocalyptic confrontation with the Western world. Once we're no longer targets, the foreign terrorists won't be welcome.
The point is that the presence of American forces in Iraq is making our country less safe. So it's time to start winding down the war. (link)
Photo courtesy of The New York Times