In yet another moment guaranteed to make you wonder if there's been a mass defection of writers from the Daily Show to the White House, President Bush is expected to argue later today that the war in Iraq is, in fact, very similar to the war in Vietnam. Before you drop to the ground in shock, I should probably add that this does not appear to indicate in any way, shape, or form that the White House has suddenly discovered the appeal of reality. The comparison with Vietnam is apt, according to White House-released excerpts from a speech that the president will deliver later, because we shouldn't have pulled out of Vietnam, and we shouldn't pull out of Iraq, either:
The president will also make the argument that withdrawing from Vietnam emboldened today's terrorists by compromising U.S. credibility, citing a quote from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that the American people would rise against the Iraq war the same way they rose against the war in Vietnam, according to the excerpts.
"Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility, but the terrorists see things differently," Bush will say.
You know what? The man's got a point. If we don't continue to hold our hand in a blender for no good reason now, why on earth would our enemies believe that we'll hold our hand in a blender for no good reason sometime in the future? We'd better make sure that we don't pull away from the spinning blades, because we want the bad guys to know that they will never, ever be able to get us to pull our hand out until we want to pull our hand out. That is absolutely a good enough reason for shoving the bloody stump farther and farther into the blades.