Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Al Qaeda Strategy And Democratic Leadership

Al Qaeda Strategy And Democratic Leadership

There is a battle of wills going on in Washington, D.C. over the war on terror and Vice President Dick Cheney raised the ante by saying that the Democratic approach toward the war in Iraq would “validate the al Qaeda strategy.” These words immediately drew criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said, “You cannot say as the president of the United States, 'I welcome disagreement in a time of war,' and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country."

In other words, Pelosi is saying that Cheney is questioning the patriotism of the Democratic Party members who support a cut and run strategy in Iraq. And nobody wants their patriotism called into question during a time of war. But the al Qaeda strategy is what Cheney was talking about, not the Democratic Party’s disagreement about how the war on terror is prosecuted. The al Qaeda strategy has been and continues to be one of long term attrition. Based on the doctrine of the Vietnam War, al Qaeda leadership believes that if enough hit and run terrorist tactics are employed with an increasing anti-war media drone, the United States will lose the will to fight and the Islamic theocracy will advance.

Cheney is correct. The way that the Democrats are objecting to the war on terror validates the al Qaeda strategy. The Democratic leadership is demanding withdrawal from the most heated front in the war on terror. Many influential Democratic leaders are getting behind legislation that would take away funding for the soldiers in Iraq. Others are supporting legislation that calls for quitting Iraq on a specific timetable unrelated to any military milestones that should be accomplished before leaving. The harsh public criticism of the war on terror, because the war in Iraq is the war on terror’s main front, is loudly proclaimed in the news media. And these are the key elements of the al Qaeda strategy.

There is no question that al Qaeda is in Iraq. Iranian government-sponsored terrorist groups are operating against U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The Iraqi front causes the terrorists to focus the majority of their money and efforts in Iraq rather than on the streets of American cities. The Democratic Party leadership should consider putting their country ahead of their political hatred for President Bush because the national security is at risk. Both parties should be quietly working together to solve the terrorist problem. Jesus Christ said in Mark 3:25, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry