As we look back on the past American decade, it is clear that we are now entering a post-American decade.
How did it all go so wrong, so quickly?
2000 kicked off with the Democratic ruse of a “stolen election” — this from the racketeering party of ACORN — but thankfully, it was not stolen after all. George W. Bush took the reins, but soon thereafter the promise of Islam’s fatwa on the West during the Clinton administration came home to New York and Washington on Sept. 11.
And while the “Bush Doctrine” was the right approach (you are either with us or against us), those who were ushered in by the likes of Grover Norquist into the White House after 9/11 managed to sabotage the best strategy to fight Islamic jihad.
The cowboy swagger set against the whole fantasy about the hijacking of Islam and the “religion of peace” nonsense was irreconcilable. It confused people. And it led to the brave men and women who evaluated and exposed the jihadist ideology in our government agencies being marginalized, dismissed, and even fired.
Who can forget the case of counter-jihad expert Steve Coughlin, the Pentagon’s most knowledgeable specialist on Islamic law? Allegedly, the Pentagon ended his career at the behest of a Muslim aide, Hesham Islam, within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.
In February 2009, former Bush administration official Douglas Feith told me that that kind of rot was systemic. He recalled that an Office of Strategic Influence was created in the Pentagon to fight the ideological war, but it was closed and never revived after false information about it was published in The New York Times.
And so jihad continued through the last decade. We became more paralyzed, impotent, and deceived. Removing Saddam Hussein was good. But why stop there?
Removing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well would have been even better. But Bush lost his mojo in 2006. The relentless pounding by the left, Israel’s half-hearted performance in the war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, and the loss of the House and the Senate in November 2006 all contributed to the rout.
But what really led to the downfall of Bush’s leadership was that his premise was false. He wanted to believe, like Condi and Powell and the soft diplomacy crowd, that Islam would negotiate with the West. Islam cannot negotiate.
Yet still the West continues its pursuit of the impossible, despite great risk. This is a function of the Western mind. These people think that it is inconceivable that talk can’t solve anything and everything. That war is not indelibly part of the human condition. But it is. War is as much the make-up of man as sex, food, art, love — all of it.
And wars must be fought.
We know this. But the left, our in-house enemy, demonizes any war that America chooses to fight. The egregious, horrible crimes of Mao, Stalin, bin Laden, Che, Lenin, Pol Pot, and Ahmadinejad are in their terrible minds a historical footnote.
Bush’s premise was false, but Bush was a patriot. Bush loved America and he protected America, even if he refused to see the enemy for who and what it was. It was no accident that America was safe for eight years post 9/11.
Eight years of safety is cracking apart now under a weak president. The jihadi attacks on America in 2009 were staggering. And it has only just begun. Dismantling the Bush protections against jihad and launching attacks on Americans, bloggers, tea partyers, town-hallers, patriots, vets is incomprehensible — and if I hadn’t lived through it, I wouldn’t believe it possible.
I pray that America examines the left decade and takes stock. It was the appeasement of the left that destroyed the foundations of this country. We must build them again. The advancement of Islam would never have been possible without our surrender to the left.
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site and is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. Her Op-Eds have appeared in The Washington Times, Newsmax, Human Events, Big Government, WorldNetDaily, the American Thinker, Israel National News, and other publications. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America (Simon and Schuster).
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