Remember during the run up to the Iraq war when the warmongers tried to ratchet up the fear factor and kept hammering at us about how if we did not take immediate action to go to war in other countries, we would end up having to fight those enemies in the streets of US cities? Well, those days are back.
Listen to Robert P. George, Catholic conservative and political philosopher at Princeton, speaking to televangelist Pat Robertson on CBN’s The 700 Club who said:
“Let’s hope it doesn’t come to the need to send American troops. But if it does, we’re going to have to stop them. We’re going to have to fight them somewhere. Do we want to fight them in New York? Or in Washington, D.C.? Terrorist attacks? Or should we fight them and defeat them in Iraq, joined with the international community? I say the latter.”
C’mon, George, you can do better than that. Back then there was a certain catchy alliterative trope that was commonly used. Politicians would use any local city that had a name that began with the same letter as an Iraqi city and say things like “If we don’t fight them in Mosul, we will have to fight them in Miami” or “if we don’t fight them in Tikrit, we will have to fight them in Toledo” or “If we don’t fight them in Baghdad, we will have to fight them in Buffalo”, and so on.
To fully bring back those days would require George to look up the names of Iraqi cities so that he can talk of New York vs. Nasiriyah or Washington vs. Washar but surely that is the least he can do to get the war he wants to fight.