From The Stars To The Swamp On Independence Day?
Over at The Tank on National Review Online, I despair over the state of politics in our Nation and its debilitating effect on the prosecution of the War on Terror (or call it what you will), one which is defensive and reactionary in nature only after such was declared by attacks upon us. It opens with a still-relevant 1964 quote from Ronald Reagan.
We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. — Ronald Reagan, 1964 Republican National Convention Address
The question addressed, or rather re-stated, ponders whether the enemy Reagan spoke of in 1964 at the height of the Cold War has truly been replaced with militant, radical Islamist terrorists and movements, or has the Cold War ideological enemy remained - simply with a closer proximity and with snarls replaced by enticing smiles.
Perhaps I was pushed over the edge into such thought by the disgraceful comments by Congressman Delahunt that he "glad they (al-Qaeda) finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington, given your penchant for being unobtrusive" in addressing Vice President Cheney's chief of staff David Addington during Congressional testimony. My reaction then was unrestrained and direct.
It is regardless ironic that as our Nation today celebrates its 232 years of Independence, roughly half of our population seems to be crying out for greater dependence upon a government - this time our own.
Perhaps it is indicative that fewer and fewer celebrate (or even understand) Independence Day, as more and more Americans simply gather for the 'Fourth of July.'
It was Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who once said, "Politics is Islam, and Islam is politics." Along those lines, perhaps National Security is politics, and politics is National Security. And I wonder if I have been wrong in trying to extract one from the other for the past four years.