Michael Gerson Tells us to Learn the Right Lessons from Iraq

by Ryan on October 28, 2007

in Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics,The Iraq Front

In an upcoming Newsweek book spotlight, former Bush speechwriter, Michael Gerson asks the American people to learn the right lessons from Iraq.  He argues in his book, Heroic Conservatism, that Iraq was an important war in the history of the Mideast.  Democracy will take hold in the Middle East and, in his view, is the only way the major sects in Iraq will be able to govern themselves.  The alternatives are more blood, more suspension of freedom and more instability.  Though mistakes have been made, this former Bush speechwriter believes that all is not lost.

His most important point dealt with the future.  The title of this piece is ” No Cause For Hypercaution.”  Towards the end of this excerpt he insinuates that the MSM and the Democrat Party have imparted something potentially dangerous in the American consciousness:  that tough times and continuous attacks automatically mean we’re losing, that there must be absolute proof of wrong doing (an Adlai Stevenson moment every single time there’s an international security issue), that the blessing of the United Nations must be a part of any international action, that people not used to democracy will never be able to adapt to it. 

I agree with his points about the MSM and the Dems.  I counter that Bush’s resolve alone has kept us in Iraq and may lead us to an eventual victory there, since even Republicans had been scared of the MSM’s incessant portrayal of defeatism and horror on the news every night.  The problem with Adlai Stevenson moments is that in regards to the Cuban Missile Crisis holding those pictures up of the missile silos was fine, but it was too late:  the silos were there and (we now know) operational.  Gerson makes the point that the NATO intervention in Kosovo was not sanctioned by the UN, but was done anyway and had the support of many nations and the American people.  Also, he uses the example of India in the 1940s as not looking like a bastion of democracy, but today (after the growing pains) India is the world’s largest democracy and is quite stable.

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