I won't dwell on his rambling letter in the Washington Post - most of it looks to be lifted from one of his anti-American speeches from the Vietnam days - but here's the meat of it:
Who Will Say 'No More'?There's nothing new in this meandering - and totally misguided - rant. But here's the part that makes my blood boil:
By Gary Hart
History will deal with George W. Bush and the neoconservatives who misled a mighty nation into a flawed war that is draining the finest military in the world, diverting Guard and reserve forces that should be on the front line of homeland defense, shredding international alliances that prevailed in two world wars and the Cold War, accumulating staggering deficits, misdirecting revenue from education to rebuilding Iraqi buildings we've blown up, and weakening America's national security. (link)
But what will history say about an opposition party that stands silent while all this goes on? My generation of Democrats jumped on the hot stove of Vietnam and now, with its members in positions of responsibility, it is afraid of jumping on any political stove. In their leaders, the American people look for strength, determination and self-confidence, but they also look for courage, wisdom, judgment and, in times of moral crisis, the willingness to say: "I was wrong."Yeah. We should reverse course. Abandon what we've accomplished in the Middle East. Retreat from the field of battle. Leave the bodies of American soldiers to rot in the streets. Invite the enemy to take retribution on those who willingly allied themselves with our cause. Tell the Iraqi people that we wanted them to be free but "Desperate Housewives" comes on at 9 and we had to make a choice.
The real defeatists today are not those protesting the war. The real defeatists are those in power and their silent supporters in the opposition party who are reduced to repeating "Stay the course" even when the course, whatever it now is, is light years away from the one originally undertaken. The truth is we're way off course. We've stumbled into a hornet's nest. We've weakened ourselves at home and in the world. We are less secure today than before this war began.
Who now has the courage to say this?
Gary Hart came of age during the Vietnam War. He is quagmired in it, making pointed references to it here in his sniveling letter demanding capitulation.
What I learned from the Vietnam debacle is this: We abandoned our allies in Southeast Asia and ran. Like cowards. Our allies knew it, as did our enemies. It was after we retreated that the real genocide began. In Laos. In South Vietnam. In the Killing Fields of Pol Pot's Cambodia. Millions of innocent human beings were wiped from the face of the earth. And cowards like Gary Hart, who so anguished over the tragic and senseless loss of life when the USA had a presence there, didn't give a damn about the slaughter after we turned tail and ran.
So shut up, man. It's whiners and appeasers like you that make this world a dangerous place. Osama bin Lasin, not that long ago, bragged about the fact that Americans didn't have the fortitude to stand up to him; that we would cower and would never respond to his terrorist threat. It now turns out that the most dangerous man on earth today was right, at least about worms like Hart.
A few questions need to be asked of people like Gary Hart and Cindy Sheehan and Ted Kennedy - of the entire Democratic party:
When we abandon the field to the enemy, what then? When Zarqawi's henchmen storm Baghdad, and take up the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children where Saddam Hussein left off, will you respond the same way you did to Pol Pot's murderous reign of terror in the 70's, which was to not respond at all? When we've given up the gains we've made in Libya and Egypt and Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq, and terrorists are able to regain power in the Middle East, and they start launching attacks on New York City again, are you going to respond in the manner of Bill Clinton? Blow up a tent in the Afghan desert as a show of ... God knows what?
Your kind allowed the tragedy of 9/11 to occur, Mr. Hart. While we're still searching for the remains of 1000 people who disappeared that day, your ghost rises from the ash heap of history, pleading for forgiveness. Begging for more. That's why your kind were driven from power. Never to return.
So go back to dealing the chicks, Gary. America will be the better for it.