Monday, November 30, 2009

Old Lessons Reapplied

My biggest sense of dread in watching the Obama administration is that we have all been there before – if you are a student of history (or if you are old enough) you have seen this show before. One of the things that bothers me the most about the actions of the left in dealing with Afghanistan is that this is how the left dealt with China.

One of the most infamous and shameful betrayals by an American government was the way we walked away from a billion Chinese and left them to suffer under the hands of Mao Zedong. The formula that the left used then is being used now to give up in Afghanistan. You might recall that Chiang Kai-shek was the Nationalist Warlord and leader of the anti-communist forces. You might not have elected Chiang to be your local Boy Scout Troop leader, but as a Chinese leader in 1940s China, he was as good a leader as we had reason to expect. Certainly Chiang established the track on which Taiwan evolved into a democracy while under Mao mainland China evolved into a communist dictatorship and Mao became the greatest mass murderer in history. It doesn’t take much imagination to envision a democratic China under Chiang had the United States continued to provide him with assistance.

I think that we are seeing the left try the same thing with President Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan. How does a country develop a George Washington? I don’t think that any one really knows. Even King George III marveled at the fact that Washington surrendered power after the Revolution and went home to Virginia. Only the legendary Cincinnatus of Rome is said to have done that before. So we need to stop worrying about Karzai and pummel our enemies while Karzai and the Afghan people get their feet on the ground and determine what kind of democracy they will be.

Leftist in the State Department were able to steer a course for our government that sentenced hundreds of millions of people to communist slavery after World War II. China was the biggest example but it was true in Yugoslavia as well. The Western Democracies nearly lost the very cradle of democracy – Greece – to communists.

Democrats (aka progressives, liberals, or leftists) never want to fight the war that we are engaged in. They never can muster the courage or fortitude to finish a fight – they don’t like “victory.” I suppose that President Obama simply wants to give us all a ribbon for participation and bring everyone home. Don’t let them get away with it.

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