Ignoring the Americans Who Want To Win This Thing
Josh Manchester finds a majority of Americans who are largely ingnored by both political parties: The Unfrozen Caveman Voter. Between the extremes of the Bush-haters and the anmti-Muslim racists (both of a kind), this person would proclaim:
Hey, all you elected politicians and media types and academics! I'm just an average guy. I wake up and I go to work and I have a family. I don't know much about Shi'ites, Sunnis, Wahhabis, Salafists, Imams, Mullahs, root causes, or the desire for democracy in the Muslim world or whatever. My mind can grasp these concepts just fine, the fact of the matter is I just don't care. I don't know much about all that stuff, but there is one thing I do know: when a bunch of "death-to-america" chanting yahoos want to destroy our culture, attack our cities, down our aircraft, and build nuclear weapons, then they are entitled to the business end of a B52.
No these people are not war-mongers. They want action against the enemies we are currently dancing around with.
It's hard to say just what policy exactly might satisfy the caveman demographic. But really, the Unfrozen Caveman Voter intuits a large portion of the art of warfare: opportunities must be created and then exploited -- or if they come by luck, they must be exploited all the same. And finally, the use of extreme and otherwise intolerable violence is necessary if used in the service of victory.
The last line is important. Remember that our enemy decapitates journalists, computer contractors and peace-workers along with their combatants. That is because we are all its mortal enemies. We must match them with our own brand of brutality. It was done to defeat Nazism and Japanese imperialism. It is the only way to win this war.