The war on terror is a cop's war. It's not a
Every time the cops have been tested, they've come
through. Every time an army has been sent in to make things
better, things get worse.
It was cops and secret cops who saved airplanes from
blowing up over the Atlantic. This war is a crime war - the
kind of war cops and supercops deal with best.
We got this war wrong almost from the beginning. And
it's still horribly wrong today.
We ought to be on a cop manhunt for thugs. The crime
against us was the Twin Towers. And Osama bin Laden was
public enemy No. 1.
At first we went after him. America was united then. It
was Osama we wanted, dead or alive.
Nobody opposed our effort. Five years ago, America spoke
with one voice. We wanted to go get him and drag him back
and try him and shoot him. But he gave us the slip.
What we should have done then was keep boring in. We knew
where bin Laden was hiding. He was in that bleak,
mountainous region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. I guess
he still is. So the cops or the supercops - our precision
Delta Force - should have gone to find him.
There certainly was no indication he was anywhere near
Iraq. Iraq would have viewed him as too hot to handle. But,
lacking any proof that Iraq had attacked America, we
attacked Iraq. And loused up what was left of the manhunt.
And now we're stuck in Iraq. Stuck in a civil war.
And for no good reason. Our presence there screws up the
hunt for justice. We have made bin Laden stronger. We have
further inflamed the whole Middle East. We are working
We have lost what small clout we had in the region.
Instead of breathing life on a wistful ember of Rose Garden
diplomacy, we blew it out.
Our Middle East policy, always fragile, has been trampled
beneath the boots of our reluctant Army. We are, once again,
in the wrong place for the wrong reason at the wrong time.
With a new generation of boobs to lead us.
Either the commander in chief is a fool (which is
possible) or, led blindly by his acolytes, he thirsted for a
full-scale Armageddon in the Mideast - a crusade he thought
would be easily won.
By now, he must know that nothing is won easily in the
Mideast. By now, he must know that we are losing. Iraq was
never ours to win.
But he's too stubborn to pull out. Yet. Sooner or
later, he's going to have to. But when it comes to
ending the killing, everything takes too long. There are
always too many people on Capitol Hill who won't admit
their mistakes. Even if they are written in blood.
It's never their blood.
There was no reason on Earth to fight a soldier's war
in Iraq. The war on terror is a cop's war. It's a
war against organized crime.
And ever since the crumbling of the towers, the cops have
performed magnificently. Right up to and including the busts
in Britain that may have prevented thugs and terrorists from
using their favorite weapons of mass destruction, airliners.
It seems to me that the American war on terror is a
failure. We went into Iraq and kicked over an anthill. And
now, we're trying to save face while we look for the
exit. We look bad. We should.
The only connection between the Iraq war and the war on
terror is that the Iraq war - Bush's war - is making
The cops are the heroes who never get credit. This week,
they should. They are our homeland security. And always have
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