It's easy to give someone advice after the fact, and even then, there is no measure that the advice would have been a better decision. In sports, it's called being an armchair quarterback.
The armchair quarterbacks of the sports world have their peers in the world of political commentary. The armchair presidents of the political universe include the usual liberal newspaper and television pundits, heads of think tanks and organizations that represent the extreme left wing of political ideology, faceless liberal bloggers who still cling to the hope that a future Supreme Court will overturn the result of the 2000 presidential election and the leftist leaders of the Democratic Party who believe their socialist plans for America will help them win back control of Congress.
The armchair presidents claim to have the winning play for fighting terrorists and preventing future terrorist attacks on American soil. On October 25, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Stacie Paxton said, "Democrats are offering the American people a new direction with a strategy for victory in Iraq that includes a phased redeployment of our troops to better fight the war on terror." That's an interesting plan, Stacie. Running away from our enemy is certainly an unconventional strategy for fighting the global war against Islamic terrorists, but is probably not one conducive to winning. You may remember September 11, 2001. On that day, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. on our soil. Just a guess, but Generals MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton might not have agreed with your strategy either.
Liberal armchair presidents do not, of course, have access to President Bush's daily intelligence estimates or regular conversations with General Casey, Ambassador Khalizad, Prime Minister al - Maliki, Secretary Rumsfeld or Secretary Rice. Yet they continue everyday to spew their partisan poison against the president and our brave troops fighting in Iraq and around the world to keep us safe. When our military killed al - Qaeda leader Abu Musab al - Zarqawi, Democratic Congressman Pete Stark (D - CA) said, "This is just to cover Bush's ass so he doesn't have to answer" for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers. Iraq is still a mess – get out." There's that Monday morning Democrat strategy again. Namely, just walk away from the war in Iraq and the terrorists won't bother us again.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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