November 28, 2006

The Evil Ledeen: Now All the Rest of Us Are "Antisemites"

There should be a more damning word than evil for Michael Ledeen. Always keep in mind that it was Ledeen who said (as reported by his Number One Fan, Jonah Goldberg): "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

And today at The Corner, Ledeen writes as follows:
Victor [Hanson] says we should first stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan, but that's skipping a step. It is impossible so long as the mullahs rule in Tehran and Assad commands in Damascus. It is a regional war. If we continue to misunderstand it, if we remain locked in this fundamental error of strategic vision, we will endlessly respond to our enemies' initiatives, playing defense in one place after another. Today in Iraq and Afghanistan, tomorrow in Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopea and Eritrea (that is the mullahs' game plan), then in Israel and Europe, and finally here at home. We do not need intelligence agencies to know this, all we need to do is listen to our enemies, who announce it at the top of their lungs.

There is no escape from this war, and we haven't even begun to wage it.
But I'm sure Ledeen would want us to know that he doesn't actually want a war, much less a regional one, just as he never wanted an invasion of Iraq. Righty-oh.

But here's the kicker to Ledeen's post:
Of course, as Victor says, our leaders may be so demoralized that we could just surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the realists and the antisemites desire. But that would only delay the reckoning, and ensure that the war will be far bloodier. Sigh.
Well, well, well. Everyone who opposes the plans of hawks like Ledeen for wider, endless war, and everyone who recognizes that there is in fact nothing we can do any longer to lessen the horrors of the immoral catastrophe that is Iraq, is an "antisemite."

In that case, count me among the damned, you lying bastard.

See also: The Impossibility of Discussing Anything At All