I never thought I would see the day . . .
Posted by Lissa on February 24, 2009
. . . when I disagreed with Thomas Sowell:
Although, in some sense, the United States of America is still the strongest nation on earth militarily, that means absolutely nothing if our enemies are willing to die and we are not.
It took only two nuclear bombs to get Japan to surrender — and the Japanese of that era were far tougher than most Americans today. Just one bomb — dropped on New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles — might be enough to get us to surrender.
If we are still made of sterner stuff than it looks like, then it might take two or maybe even three or four nuclear bombs, but we will surrender.
It doesn’t matter if we retaliate and kill millions of innocent Iranian civilians — at least it will not matter to the fanatics in charge of Iran or the fanatics in charge of the international terrorist organizations that Iran supplies.
Ultimately, it all comes down to who is willing to die and who is not.
In my very humble opinion, The Great Sowell is wrong on two counts:
1) There is a whole host of Americans who ARE willing to die for our beliefs. (See, e.g., the entire U.S. Armed Forces.) There are many more who would be willing to die to protect their family and their freedoms from an encroacher. (See, for example, everyone who believes in Molon Labe.)
2) The Sleeping Giant? Still in existence, baby. America might be sleeping more heavily nowadays — hell, close to comatose, drugged into insensibility by too much pie ‘n’ punch — but she’s still a giant, nonetheless.
I pray that we never have to put this to the test. I fervently hope that our friends the Israelis will clean up the Iranian situation and save our butts. But if, God (and the Goddess and Buddha and Allah and Shiva, etc.) forbid, a nuclear bomb ever takes out one of our cities — then the gloves are coming all the way off like you’d better believe.
If we used our military assets ruthlessly — as I think would be in the case when responding to a nuclear attack — you think we couldn’t flatten any country who flipped an ICBM our way?
You think we wouldn’t?
It’s also my very humble opinion that the current leadership in Washington is more, not less, likely to respond to a nuclear provocation by completely annihilating the ten square miles surrounding the leaders’ compound. Whereas John McCain saw first-hand, for several years, the horror of war, Barack Obama has not. I picture him more along the lines of President Fowler in The Sum of All Fears– knowing that he has messed up, he is desperate to avenge the blow to his pride and his country. Furthermore, while McCain responding to a nuclear attack in kind would have ignited a firestorm of controversy and McCain Derangement Syndrome, I think Obama is more likely to win support from both sides of the spectrum — those on the Right who believe in defending our country, as well as those on the Left who are suddenly proud to be an American again.
As I said, I never thought I’d disagree with Thomas Sowell, but there you go. Your mileage may vary. And, for the record, I REALLY hope we never have to find out which one of us is right.