The second lie, the greater lie, is that the U.S. is somehow directly or indirectly at fault when a crisis occurs. This was the agitprop line of anti-Americans throughout the 20th century, stoked by Nazis in World War II, Communists from Stalin and Mao to Gorbachev, and America haters in general. Obamas forgotten spiritual guide, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, echoed this theme in his noxious sermon that said with the 9-11 terror attacks Americas chickens were coming home to roost.
So what is coming home to roost with what Biden assures us is Obamas imminent test? Obamas blatant naivet is a strong candidate for the triggering incident, and in that light Bidens speech is a pre-emptive inoculation. I guarantee you, Biden said, it's going to happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate."
His scenarios included Afghanistan and Pakistan. Say what? Osama bin Laden challenged America from Afghanistan in 1998 when he declared war on the U.S. Pakistan? Thats where Obama called for a pre-emptive invasion earlier this year. What about Iraq? The certain trigger for debacle in Iraq is wavering U.S. commitment -- and Obama is committed to quitting based on his political schedule, not conditions on the ground. Perhaps a war with Iran over Iraq or the Persian Gulf or in the aftermath of an Israeli strike on Iranian nukes?
Suddenly Obama will face change -- changing conditions that require blood, sweat, toil and tears to sustain hope.
Austin Bay is the author of three novels. His third novel, The Wrong Side of Brightness, was published by Putnam/Jove in June 2003. He has also co-authored four non-fiction books, to include A Quick and Dirty Guide to War: Third Edition (with James Dunnigan, Morrow, 1996).
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