There are many fronts in the wars to defend Western Civilisation from its enemies

The political leaders in China, North Korea and Iran can oppress their people to their heart’s content. It is a tragedy, and one wishes it were otherwise, but no one’s going to go to war to save them. But if the leaders of these regimes want to impose their way of life on us by force, then that’s different.

I do not wish to live in a theocracy, whether religious or socialist. What I do hope and wish for is that American power will continue to protect the rest of us – along with our own active support and participation – from the kinds of tyranny that runs rampant across the world. Donald Trump gets it.

As discussed here: DONALD TRUMP POLITICS ROGER KIMBALL US POLITICS Eliminating Qasem Soleimani was Donald Trump’s Middle East farewell letter. I will just quote the opening.

In July 55 BC, in the midst of his campaigns to civilize Gaul, Julius Caesar was troubled by the Germans. They would cross the Rhine, wreak havoc, and then disappear back across the mighty river, whose depth and swift currents made the Germans regard it as an impregnable barrier.

To teach them that it wasn’t, Caesar had his engineers construct a bridge across the Rhine. As Caesar recounts in Book IV of his commentaries on the Gallic War, they did this in an astonishing 10 days. Caesar and his troops crossed over, stayed for a few days in German territory, ‘burned all their villages and other buildings, and cut down the grain in their fields’. They then crossed back over and destroyed the bridge.

The point, which was not lost on the Germans, was that the Romans could go anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, and there was nothing the Germans could do about it.

Western Civilisation has enemies, some within and some without. Thankfully it also has its defenders. There are many political fools around but at the moment, our side is ahead, even if it’s only slightly.

NOW ADDING THIS FROM INSTAPUNDIT: FOUND HERE

Susan Hennessey is Executive Editor of the Lawfare Blog, a Brookings Senior Fellow, and a CNN National Security Legal Analyst and former Intelligence Community lawyer. She’s also, as you can see, a dishonest idiot. These are the “experts” Trump is supposed to have deferred to. Disgraceful, and a pretty good explanation of why our foreign policy has been a dumpster fire for the last three decades.

Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

Plus:

Yet the more we learn — about the deliberations preceding the strike, about the chain of events leading to it, about the prior and subsequent moves by CENTCOM to harden the American position in the region — the more it seems that the President acted with deliberate aforethought, that he does in fact have a plan, and therefore likely is capable of envisioning and handling what happens next. That much is only fair, whether or not one agrees with the decision as such.

What nearly the entire DC / academia / journo natsec/forpol commentariat actually means by its critique, though, is that they weren’t included in any of this. Ben Rhodes took the time to rally them together, get their talking points aligned, illuminate a pathway to social and professional advancement: that’s their preferred template for Iran-related policymaking.

Donald Trump’s template for Iran-related policymaking is the smoking wreckage of a terror mastermind’s vehicle. The courtiers see it, and want to know what’s in it for them.

Americans see it, and they know.

What the foreign policy apparatchiks fear isn’t that Trump might fail — they pray for that. What they fear is that he is likely to succeed.

UPDATE:

Well, I’m doing my part on the mockery front. Feel free to join me.

The level of traitorous stupidity is breathtaking.

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26 Responses to There are many fronts in the wars to defend Western Civilisation from its enemies

  1. Beachcomber

    Thanks for the link to the video. This lady and others like her will never get a voice on the ABC-TASS media.

    There are many political fools around but at the moment, our side is ahead, even if it’s only slightly.

    I wish that were true. But in the establishment culture of the political class, media, academia, government bureaucracy, corporate business etc. we are losing and losing badly. De-funding the Universities and the ABC-SBS would help but it may to too late to recover.

  2. Mother Lode

    I love that story from Caesar’s Commentaries.

    He goes into detail on the construction of the bridges – made solid and strong as all Roman constructions were, with guard towers at the ends and almost 10m wide. And with additional piles driven into the riverbed a little upstream to obstruct and bear the brunt of any logs or such the Germans might put into the water expecting the current to lend momentum enough to them that impact would damage or even destroy the bridge.

    But the deliberate destruction of the bridges did more than show the Germans that they could not be sure where the Romans might strike next, but to show them that building a bridge like that, a feat hopelessly beyond the abilities of the Germans, was a mere trifle that could be tossed away, as it were.

  3. I_am_not_a_robot

    … The point, which was not lost on the Germans, was that the Romans could go anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, and there was nothing the Germans could do about it …

    Hopefully the analogy doesn’t extend too far, first the Visigoths then the Ostrogoths and Huns sacked Rome in the 5th century.
    On a positive note the Germans were finally converted to Christianity around the 9-10th centuries and promptly called themselves the Holy Roman Empire – ‘not holy, not Roman and not an empire’ (Voltaire).

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    To teach them that it wasn’t, Caesar had his engineers construct a bridge across the Rhine. As Caesar recounts in Book IV of his commentaries on the Gallic War, they did this in an astonishing 10 days. Caesar and his troops crossed over, stayed for a few days in German territory, ‘burned all their villages and other buildings, and cut down the grain in their fields’. They then crossed back over and destroyed the bridge.

    The point, which was not lost on the Germans, was that the Romans could go anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, and there was nothing the Germans could do about it.

    Israel has learned this.
    The West has not.
    Cheap and effective.

    Hopefully the analogy doesn’t extend too far, first the Visigoths then the Ostrogoths and Huns sacked Rome in the 5th century.

    Migration Period. Bond Events.

    Cold got them moving. Roman armies are a lot less frightening when you know staying at home means certain starvation. It’ll be interesting when the next Bond Event occurs, which may be quite soon.

  5. cuckoo

    I was wondering what so many Canadians were doing on a flight in Iran. Of course, I was thinking of guys called Kevin wearing Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys. Then one news bulletin finally added the helpful words “Iranian-community Canadians”.

  6. struth

    Until we attack the entrenched education system and pull those evil bitches away from our kide the war is lost.

  7. That’s all the Left fears, another Trump win.

    They just can’t stand the constant Winning.

  8. Bazinga

    Those damned Iranians should stop firing x’s and addition symbols then.

  9. Bazinga

    And will the US respond with St Andrews and St George crosses?

  10. Iampeter

    I do not wish to live in a theocracy, whether religious or socialist.

    It’s good to finally see you make a comment that actually belongs on a right wing blog for a change.
    It rings hollow though, because you’ve previously said that you believe Christianity is the basis of Western Civilization.
    You can’t be all that opposed to theocracy.

    Donald Trump gets it.

    No he doesn’t. That’s why he’s surrendering to the West’s enemies the world over and cowardly grovelling in front of everyone from Putin to Kim. In this area he is leagues worse than even Obama.

    Western Civilisation has enemies, some within and some without. Thankfully it also has its defenders.

    Most of them are within and the worst of those are the ones claiming to defend the West without even having the first clue about the West.

    There are many political fools around but at the moment, our side is ahead, even if it’s only slightly.

    Yea…um…yea…no. I guarantee whatever side you think you’re on, it’s not the side you’re actually on.

    No one who views Trump as some variant of last great hope for the West is on the side of the West. Or even understands the West…

  11. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    The point, which was not lost on the Germans, was that the Romans could go anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, and there was nothing the Germans could do about it.
    And the point lost on Kates but not lost on Saudi or Qatar is that the Iranians can go anywhere they like, when they like. It will be a while before we learn the outcome, but it is hardly an exemplary strategy.

  12. JC

    Plodes

    Warren/ Trump?
    Bernie/Trump?
    Biden/Trump?
    Crooked/Trump?

    Pick the candidate of your choice and don’t even try to bullshit us.

    Go!

  13. J.H.

    I see Iampeter is defending Iran and attacking President Trump for killing a terrorist leader who was on Iraqi territory planning attacks on Americans and their embassy.

    Donald Trump has given the Iranian people a gift by removing a part of the Iranian leadership that ruled by fear and death. Some may even be able to speak whereas before Suleimani would have murdered them.

  14. Entropy

    No No no. I heard he was a compassionate scholar.

  15. Cui Bono

    Simply amazing how the West stress it was accidental. A mad US President wouldn’t give the Iranians a pass

  16. mh

    Ezra Levant 🍁

    @ezralevant
    Q: How much responsibility does US bear for this tragedy?

    Trudeau: Evidence suggests this is the likely cause.

    Q: Do you feel US is partly responsible given they created the situation in which the missile was launched?

    T: That’s one of many q’s people will be thinking about.

    https://twitter.com/ezralevant/status/1215396117401174017?s=20

  17. Davey Boy

    Mr Kates writes: “What I do hope and wish for is that American power will continue to protect the rest of us – along with our own active support and participation – from the kinds of tyranny that runs rampant across the world.”

    At home, we continue to blithely allow the implementation incremental tyranny by our ‘own’ governments. A case in point being the forcing of businesses and citizens into the banking system via the federal Restrictions on the use of cash bill aka the Cash Ban bill, which will criminalise using your own cash to pay for things (initially $10k, but not indexed and easy to lower anyway) which also by the way paves the way for negative interest rates (what a coincidence).

    In the US if the Feds tried this on, the states and citizens there would riot, they don’t like losing their fundamental freedoms. Here on Oz, barely a flicker of the eyelid by anyone in our somnolent state political structures, and only a relative handful of citizen-based / civil organisations and individuals are agitating against the bill, there’s no MSM coverage (until after the fact, I bet).

    If we in Oz were truly into “active support and participation” against tyranny then we would, for example, turn up to riot at public hearings on such legislation. I use the term as a metaphor, meaning to make as much loud fuss as is legally allowed / tolerated. The Cash Ban Bill final public hearing is on Thursday 30th January somewhere in Sydney. So – who’s going to turn up for a riot?

  18. The Sheriff

    Canadian PM Castro Jnr spouting the anti-Western line – surprise surprise

  19. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Western Civilisation has enemies, some within and some without. Thankfully it also has its defenders. There are many political fools around but at the moment, our side is ahead, even if it’s only slightly.”

    If it is ahead that is more by coincidence than design.

    The Western powers govern populations which do not want to be governed, which expect jobs and shelter and food to eat but no effort to earn them; which have absolutely no interest in fighting for what they have; and which are oblivious that it is all coming to an end.

    Europe is a basket case thanks to Germany’s Fuhrer Comrade Eva Braun and her surrender mantra “continuous disintegration is our destiny”). She is bred for the lie – her father was an East German communist heavy disguised as a religious minister. There are a couple of illegal immigration hold-outs – Hungary’s Viktor Orbán “… “terror will become part of life in large cities” … and Poland.

    “our side is ahead” no longer applies here.

    There are about two leaders in the world who are prepared to make a decision, any decision. Or maybe five.

    About the USA – its population is 327 million, the birth rate peaked immediate post World War II and has halved since.

    They house about 40 million I-despise-America Americans, who make no contribution to society – zero; who carry out more murders, robberies, knifings and rapes per acre than anywhere other than the Congo; and who shuffle about grunting with their duds down (which may have some connection to their cultural practice of rooting random uneducated females, who spend their lives raising fatherless brats who tend to die or get locked up at 20).

    Of the 56 million Hispanics there are a good few who are a little more civilised than the previous group and will work for a living, educate their children and behave like there is a better future for them if they try.

    The other 55¾ million are ungrateful bludgers, illegals, thieves, stolen car re-birthers, drug chefs and cooking assistants, couriers and dealers. The local magistrates and Supreme Court circuses feel sorry for them and will not send them to the slammer. In any event releasing them to carry on as usual has the additional grand advantage of embarrassing the President.

    The medieval death cult has about 3.5 million installed as sleeper cells, breeding like rabbits. That’s just 1% of the population but I wouldn’t get too excited yet – ten years ago just 19 of them killed 3,000 Americans and injured 25,000 with ease. They are accurately and faithfully represented politically by a couple of demonic sheilas from darkest Africa via Michigan, one from Boston and the insane, evil Occasional-Cortex. She could well be a half sister to our very own Senator Sarah Helter-Skelter (through the Manson family lineage).

    Read that again – Americans have welcomed and elected and gifted power to outspoken envoys of the medieval death cult committed to killing them.

    The dopes elected the magic negro just eight years later, to conduct a two term apology tour of the Middle East, bowing and scraping to swarthy syphilitic primitives who abuse their wives who abuse the overseas housemaids and fly to London to shop. He presented them with lots of money and arms and his foreign affairs secretary arranged the sacrifice of brave Tyrone Woods and brave Glen Doherty, former servicemen guarding the US Benghazi Embassy.

    The ambassador had warned there may be an attack, the military had units close by but the l’il big man said “No, bugger ’em” and Hillary murmured “I concur massah.”

    The self righteous US political accountability system swung into action only to find they had no need to call on the expertise of the CIA or the FBI, to invent peddle file files on Woods and Doherty, because the people in charge (who were watching the attack in real time) had proven their innocence. Hillary said she was on the phone to her mum at the time, discussing a rice pudding recipe, and the magic negro said he was out having a leak.

    I have recounted this as a reminder that the USA legal system is not at all interested in wealthy miscreants, no matter how offensive they have been. The Clinton Crime Syndicate has been in power long enough to make itself unassailable. The Kenyan had some powerful forces protecting him during his task of dismantling and detusking. There would be twenty or more at the very top who should be serving time with him now if the US was as different to Russia as it claims to be.

    The fact that there have been no prosecutions to purge the public service over its post election interference with the current presidency speaks volumes.

    The USA has the benefit of the most effective, most productive and most able President. Incomes, employment, GDP, manufacturing, oil independence and capitalising on natural resources have all improved markedly. He has been an outstanding success by any measure and the country has benefited greatly.

    Congress is determined to fix that, with the enthusiastic assistance of all Democrats (led by a hideous looking painted stuttering cadaver), most Republicans, that Supreme court judgette with an intensive care unit hidden in her honorable robes, the national media, the CIA, FBI and hideously rich blokes. Soft headed, stupid baby boomers living in Seattle, North Dakota and Indiana, and their retired husbands with their enormous fat lazy guts, clamor for an open border with Mexico. The owners of Google, Faceplant, Micro$oft, donkey kong and Apple all consider themselves wise and worldy from all that time being clever with the planned obsolescence and third world slave labor so they are in on the hunt too.

    Donald Trump (God bless him) will continue to stride like a colossus, serve another term and be gone. The US will fall into the hands of the university students, now playing with their iPads during Chemistry and Biology, who will then know nothing more than they know today. The Deep State will re-establish and a new lot of time servers will settle into their comfortable new Washington digs, to re-emerge and visit their electorates in three years or so. Corporations and individuals with any wisdom will have negotiated accommodation somewhere else overseas, probably with a Chinese (Government) landlord.

    After banging this out and proof reading it I am not so sure, Steve, that you can say “our side is ahead, even if it’s only slightly.”

    I’d say the USA is on the skids and the locals seem quite content with that.

  20. Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #3288560, posted on January 10, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    A masterpiece and depressingly accurate summary of the current state of affairs globally. It is slowly dawning that being in power does not mean having power.

  21. nb

    Mick Gold Coast QLD (#3288560): I was going to write something but why bother after Mick’s excellent contribution?
    All the same, there is room for hope. The left is so emotionally unstable it might destroy itself. Remember the days of spoon bending, ufos, peak oil, and 90% taxes? They gave way to a decade of relative sense, and a couple of decades of half-sense. Now, in the hands of each individual, are the tools allowing for spontaneous organisation that dwarf the tools of government a century ago. Maybe government has outlived its usefulness in many respects.

  22. Iampeter

    Pick the candidate of your choice and don’t even try to bullshit us.

    Go!

    But those are all the same…

    And I’m not a leftist so I don’t support any of them.

  23. 2dogs

    I don’t support any of them

    Your unwillingness to even indicate a preference smacks of intellectual dishonesty.

  24. max

    “Theocracy is an inescapable concept. The rejection of one theocratic government leads to the choice of another theocratic government. Even democracy is theocratic. Have you not heard the phrase vox populi, vox dei? “The voice of the people is the voice of god.” Francis Schaeffer described democracy as “the tyranny of the 51%.” In a pure democracy, whatever the majority says is right becomes the law for that moment in time.
    Libertarianism is theocratic. Each and every individual is a god unto himself. I’ve heard the claim that libertarians believe people can do what they want as long as what they do does not hurt other people. Who says? What is the origin of this ethical standard?”

    “There is always a theocracy.
    The debate is over who or what the social system’s god is. A society’s god makes the laws.”

    “Men will be ruled by God, or else they will be ruled by men who imitate God. There is no escape from the rule of other men; the question is: By what standard will rulers rule, and also be governed? Everyone is under another person’s authority in most areas of his life. Everyone answers for his actions.”

  25. Iampeter

    I don’t support any of them
    Your unwillingness to even indicate a preference smacks of intellectual dishonesty.

    I did indicate a preference. Not one of these leftists. That means I’m looking for someone more in the direction of supporting capitalism, individual rights and rights-protecting government.

    The problem for you and others here is you don’t know what any of those terms even mean and think “discussing politics” amounts to debating which moron in politics your voting for and irrelevant, non-political reasons you have for doing so.

    This pretense of political discourse is what actual intellectual dishonesty looks like.

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