Rich Galen

To give you a taste, in the book's introduction Dr. Ledeen writes, "for nearly thirty years the Iranians continuously attacked us, and, aside from some harsh rhetoric from time to time, we never responded."

Ledeen goes through all of the horrors the Iranian leaders have visited upon us over the decades while US leaders have attempted to appeal to their better natures.

The reason for this is deep into the book:

"Americans are the first people in the history of the world to believe that peace is the normal condition of mankind. This quaint article of faith blends nicely with two other American conceits: That all people are equally good, and all problems will be solved, if only one has enough patience and goodwill."

It will not surprise you to find out that that Dr. Ledeen's epilogue includes this:

"To those who say we should just abandon the peoples of the Middle East to their own misery and oppression, I can only say that there is no escape for us from the evil is Islamic fascism … tyrants hate America and will … try to kill or dominate us. They are implacable enemies of all free societies."

In the battle of ideas, freedom will ultimately win out - Welch defeated McCarthy. The Michael Ledeens will defeat the Mahmoud Ahmadinejads.

But, it may take a little convincing along the way by the French, the US, the Israelis and others for whom freedom has long been a given, but understand that inaction might soon take it away.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the Army-McCarthy hearings, Columbia University, Dr. Ledeen's bio and a link to the page to buy his book. Also a Mullfoto which made me laugh out loud and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at