Not a Narrative Fight
The White House, and presumably most leftists, think we are in a narrative fight with ISIS. Here’s what it was like in a different era. This happened at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day, December 7, 1941:
Captain Walter Bahr, one of Honolulu’s crack harbor pilots, also noticed the black puffs of smoke as he went out to meet the Dutch liner Jagersfontein, inbound from the West Coast. The pier watchman explained it was probably the Navy practicing. But he had a curious sense of urgency when he boarded the ship at 9.00 A.M. No one told him anything, but he sensed danger in all that noise and smoke. He brought her in fast. They were about at the harbor entrance when bombs began to fall, and columns of water shot up around them. Since Holland was already at war, the Jagersfontein was armed and the Dutch crew knew exactly what to do. They peeled the canvas covers from the guns and began firing back – the first Allies to join the fight. [Walter Lord, Day of Infamy, p. 159]
Those were awful days, but at least we didn’t have people at the top who were trying to weaken us. And there were people in Europe who had been forced to understand that pacifism doesn’t prevent war.
Meanwhile, in Aleppo
So now we are calling Russian actions there “barbaric.” Isn’t this a narrative-destroyer? I thought we were the worst country in the world, which is why Obama has done so much to weaken us. Diplomacy obviously isn’t working, either. That’s another narrative-destroyer, since smart diplomacy was supposed to be what smart people like Obama use to avoid war.
The outcome of all of Obama’s machinations in the world is just this: the world looks much like it did when he became president. We live in a world with squabbles in which sometimes the participants end up using arms to settle the issue. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of world history would know that war existed prior to America’s existence and that weakening us would not change anything.
Does this mean it’s wrong to work for peace? Of course not. But doing it in the “smart” way didn’t work. That just turned out to be a stupid way, based on the stupid premise that America’s retreat would automatically make things better. The true smart way is to go in with a more realistic attitude, to understand that there are bad guys everywhere and that no peace will ever be permanent.