Thursday, February 16, 2012

Operators are Standing By

I don't do this very often, but I want to recommend to you a new book:  "Rush to Judgment" by Stephen F. Knott, professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College.

With a little over three years distance from the Bush presidency (seems like more, doesn't it?), the time is just now becoming ripe enough for a more sober assessment of his administration, and more particularly, his conduct of the War on Terror.  Certainly most of that assessment during his time in office was anything but sober, and I'm not referring here to the harsh treatment Bush received at the hand of partisans.  That's their job after all and to be expected.  Instead, I'm referring to the often way-over-the-top criticism that came from far too many within academe and the elite media, institutions that retain, or should retain, an enduring professional obligation toward the honest pursuit of objectivity.  As we know, when it came to George W. Bush, they lost it--literally--and Knott calls them on it.

He calls them on it because they know, because it's their business to know, otherwise. To my mind, Knott's book is most important not so much as a defense of Bush's wartime policies, about which men and women of good will could and still do disagree.  But rather, it's important because it is a careful explanation of how those policies were formulated and implemented from well within the boundaries drawn by our Constitution, as well as the now long tradition that makes those lines clear.

Tolle lege.  (Look it up)

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