For the first time since September 11, 2001, I find myself seriously questioning whether or not the United States is capable of winning the War on Terror. And it's not because of my lack of faith in our supremely na´ve Commander-in-Chief. Though his discomfort in even identifying our enemy and his indecision in how best to pursue them is cause for great concern, my questions are motivated by something much deeper and much more sinister.
America's moral confusion has now reached the point where it has become routine for us to treat the good guys as the bad guys, and vice versa. The most recent example of this tragic reality came with the news that three U.S. Navy SEALs will face court-martials for the mistreatment of an enemy terrorist they captured. In 2004, Ahmed Hashim Abed masterminded a successful plot to ambush, murder, mutilate and burn the bodies of four American security agents. Abed's ruthless cohorts then hung the charred remains of these Americans from a bridge in Fallujah to allow the world press to photograph and publicize.
Abed came into U.S. custody when a team of the Navy's elite commando squad captured him just recently. But Abed is a trained al-Qaeda fighter and knows all to well the Achilles heal of the mightiest military force the world has ever known: political correctness. After being taken into custody, Abed cried that he had been punched by his American captors, resulting in a bloody lip.
In a sane culture, this plea would have elicited uproarious laughter at Abed's plight. This is a man who has excelled at sawing innocent people's heads off, and he is complaining about a bloody lip?! These SEALs should be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for demonstrating the remarkable restraint to only punch this murderous savage. But we don't live in a sane culture, and consequently Navy SEALs Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe, and Julio Huertas are now facing court-martial trials for prisoner abuse that could unbelievably end their military career in shame.
The real shame rests with a society that allows such a backwards travesty to occur.
But it's not the first time. Following an intense firefight in Haditha, Iraq in November of 2005, eight U.S. Marines were charged with the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians. While the liberal "tolerance" police evidently want us to avoid rushing to judgment when a Muslim radical murders 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, they aren't that interested in waiting for due process when it comes to charges brought against our own troops.
Keith Olbermann called the Haditha incident, "willful targeted brutality." The liberal rag "The Nation" reported that there was enough evidence to prove the Marines had committed a "massacre." The New York Times called it the "nightmare defining atrocity" of the Iraq war.
But worst of all, Democrat Representative John Murtha (a former Marine himself) stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and, taking the word of our enemy over the word of our soldiers, slandered those Marines by stating, "they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
As it turns out, these liberal loudmouths were dead wrong. Charges have been completely dropped against seven of the eight Marines, and the one who still faces trial is being charged with not properly investigating the incident. In other words, there was no massacre. Our soldiers acted properly and responsibly, which is far more than can be said for these left-wing elitists here at home.
To this point, neither Olbermann, The Nation, the New York Times, nor Rep. John Murtha have uttered one word of apology for acting as prosecutor, judge, and jury in their false condemnation of our soldiers. And stunningly, Congressional Democrats are so void of any conscience and integrity, Rep. Murtha still maintains his position of leadership within their party. It's an embarrassment to Democrats, but also to the country at large.
Which brings me to my larger point. There's a reason that confiscated al-Qaeda training manuals show that the first lesson they teach their converts is this: when captured by the Americans, immediately allege abuse. And why? Because it works. Just ask the three Navy SEALs, the eight Marines, and countless other brave defenders of freedom who are falling victim to this culture's viral stupidity born out of backwards, politically correct liberalism.
And if Americans of both parties don't speak up to stop it, that is the one force on earth that I am sure will defeat us.