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Pragmatism vs Principles

Reader comment on item: Bush's Middle East Hopes [and His Failures]

Submitted by Ralph C Whaley MD (United States), Jan 17, 2008 at 11:17

The President's floundering is caused by his pragmatic approach to the problems he faces. Pragmatism specifically rejects prio knowledge of the consequences of an action. Try something and see what happens is his approach. His identification on 9/11/2001 in the childrens's schoolroom in FL was correct when he responded to the notification of the destruction of the twin towers "This is war!".

The chronicle Dr. Pipes presents of subsequent events is the objective demonstration of a man's failure to understand as Franklin D. Roosevelt did in 1941 that the attack demanded an identification of the enemy and an immediate mobilization of our armed forces to totally destroy the enemies ability to continue fighting. Truman was right in using our ulitmate weapons in ending the war against Japan.

In contrast President George W. Bush has refused to acknowledge Iran as the primary enemy, demand a declaration of war from the Congress and launch our overwhwelming military might against Iran. The cause of the war was and is militant Muslim Iran's hatred of our non Muslim culture and the supporting view of militant Muslims world wide who share this view and give material support to those waging this war. They are open in declaring their views and their objective.

The only salvation in this war is to rain overwhelming destruction on the enemy to the point of total defeat of both his ability to wage this war and, most important of all, his will to continue to fight. Uncon ditional surrender of the enemy is the end of this war, the only moral end.


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