Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Longer than World War II

A liberal progressive catch-phrase -- sure to pop up in an RSS reader any moment of the day -- is the slogan that Iraq has now "gone on longer than World War II."

Culprits include Paul Krugman (appearing on Bill Maher's show), Bill Maher, The Stuffington Roast, some dude, some guy, some other guy, someone named Charles, and a myriad of others.

History lesson for progressives: World War II drew to an abrupt conclusion with the detonation of two nuclear weapons.

Had the bombs not gone off, tens of millions on both sides would have perished and the war would have continued for years on end.

In fact, had the bombs failed to detonate, the Allies were prepared to launch Operation Downfall, the invasion of mainland Japan. Downfall was itself split into two massive ops: Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet.

Given the suicidal defensive stands mounted by the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, war planners assumed for a minimum of "millions for American casualties and the tens of millions for Japanese casualties."

Put simply, I don't think World War II is the best analogy for the "progressives" to use.

Read more: No Substitute for Victory.

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