Do We Want to Win?

Larry Kudlow has a piece up called If We Want to Destroy ISIS, We Can Destroy ISIS. This raises the question: Are we willing to destroy ISIS? Do we want to win?

Here’s what winning a war looks like:Atlanta 1864That’s a picture of Atlanta in 1864. Here’s what Berlin and Hiroshima looked like in 1945.1945

In the wars we’ve won, the United States crushed our enemies. We killed them and laid waste to their countries until we destroyed their will to continue fighting. Even if we knew how to go about doing that in the present circumstance with ISIS, I’m not sure we are willing to do the hard work of inflicting sufficient pain of our enemy to win.

Veterans Day

On the wall in a hallway in our house there is a pencil sketch of a young Army captain. It’s dated August 14th, 1945, Dachau. A grateful former prisoner drew the portrait of my father.

My father joined the Army in 1940 as an enlisted special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. In 1943, he was commissioned as an Infantry officer but continued to serve in Counterintelligence. In the final days of the war, he commanded a counterintelligence team attached to the 66th Infantry Division, and after the war, he was involved in the detection and arrest of Nazi war criminals.

Columbus Brought Immigrants

He didn’t on his first voyage, but beginning with his second voyage, he left colonists in the New World. Of course, it’s now politically incorrect to celebrate Columbus and his voyages of discovery. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” is now more proper, or so I’m told. The funny thing is that the same people who seem to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day also support current immigration who, for the most part, are Hispanic and at least partially descended from the colonists Columbus and the early explorers brought.

Oh, one more thing … the Siberian-Americans who are the descendants of the people who came into North America at the end of the last ice age may not have been the first folks here. There’s now evidence that they were preceded by roughly a thousand years by Europeans who navigates along the edge of the North Atlantic ice shelf. If that’s the case, then the real indigenous people were Europeans.