Bin Laden’s problem then is not really tiny Israel or global warming or mortgage interest rates, but an all-powerful and free West led by the United States. It alone has the military and economic power to stop radical Islamists. Plus, we bring the more powerful message of political freedom. And American popular culture, with its informality and egalitarianism, is sweeping the globe, seducing far more adherents than does rote memorization of the Koran. — Victor Davis Hanson, What does bin Laden Want?
If America loses the will to oppose radical Islamists, who would step up and assume leadership of the counter-Jihad? What happens if we pick up our marbles and go home?
UBL has been wildly successful in degrading the will of the American people to oppose his aims. He knows us well. He knows our fissures and exploits our disunity. He knows he can count on millions of “Americans” to undermine, subvert, hinder, and sabotage the efforts of other Americans.
Maintenance of national morale and resolve is an important task in wartime. In previous wars, the Executive Branch of the Government had an Office of War Information or a Committee On Public Information that served that purpose. In this war, Karen Hughes seems to be the best this Executive Branch can muster.
That’s where we come in. It falls to us.