Answering Rumsfeld's infernal questionsOK, I'll take a whack at Rumsfeld's questions
Rumsfeld is famous for letting off a string of questions as a substitute for answers. Usually he has firm control of the microphone so nobody can reply.
He did it again in his recent editorial but this gives us bloggers a chance to answer.
Don't appease terrorists by Donald H. Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld: In speaking to our veterans, I suggested several questions to guide us during this struggle against violent extremists:
- With the growing lethality and availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that vicious extremists can somehow be appeased?
Liberal Grace: Who's saying "vicious extremists" can be appeased? Mr. Rumsfeld, you're arguing against a position hardly anybody holds.
We liberals are more concerned about winning the hearts of the average Muslim. Want them appeased? Bring justice to Palestine. End the war in Iraq.
Rumsfeld: Can we really continue to think that free countries can negotiate a separate peace with terrorists
Liberal Grace: Who thinks that? I don't! Mr. Rumsfeld, you arguing with a straw-man. We liberals believe that free countries can negotiate with other countries to cooperate in counter terrorism.
Rumsfeld: - Can we truly afford to pretend that the threats today are simply "law enforcement" problems rather than fundamentally different threats requiring fundamentally different approaches?
Liberal Grace: Law enforcement has been the most effective tool in counter-terrorism. This is in contrast to your wars which have been a tremendous boost for terrorist recruitment.
Why? Because war zones are breeding grounds for radicalism. Radicals are more likely to use terrorism.
Rumsfeld: Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America not the enemy is the real source of the world's troubles?
Liberal Grace: Return? This view of America has had a massive UPSURGE since you and Bush took office. One reason is because you use war, instead of law enforcement, to fight terrorism!
Fighting terrorists with war is like throwing garbage at cockroaches. You may kill a few at first but the mess you creates breeds a whole lot more.