David has an article today on Townhall called Obama’s Irrelevant War Rhetoric. It begins:
I used to watch events in Washington closely, fully believing that news reports and political debates had meaningful impact on the battlefield. I would rage at the mainstream media’s bias, roll my eyes in disgust at Democratic politicians who sometimes seemed to be rooting for failure, and viewed “wobbly” conservatives with contempt.
Then, I joined the U.S. Army Reserves, put on the uniform, and (eventually) rolled out on my first mission “outside the wire” in Diyala Province, Iraq . . . where I couldn’t read Drudge or Politico and had to focus on a single objective — to defeat the enemy that was trying to kill my brothers in arms and kill me. This is when I learned a startling (but now obvious) reality: once the decision is made to fight, political rhetoric matters as much to the outcome of the war as color commentary matters to the outcome of a boxing match.
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