Make no mistake, General John Abizaid's appearances last week before committees of the U.S. Congress and at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government were stellar and made a huge impact nationally in bringing our people back behind the pro-liberty war effort being damned by critics.
The general of our U.S. Central Command made a solid case, easy to understand, that the United States and allies are winning the military war hands-down against Al Qaeda and Islamic extremist fascists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, everywhere - freeing men, women, and children in the Middle East and Asia from despotism and giving them freedoms and economic opportunity they've never had before.
General Abizaid explained carefully, however, that we
have a long way to go in building Iraq and Afghanistan
military and police security forces and the necessary
diplomatic efforts by our country and allies to
continue countering pro-Islam fascist propaganda and
terror networks throughout the Middle East and rest of
It was a rare tour-de-force by General Abizaid at
Harvard, where he was treated not only respectfully,
but received a standing ovation at the end of his
speech and question-answer session broadcast
nationally on cable television by C-SPAN.
Appearing in military camouflage fatigues and boots at
Harvard, and sitting in a chair throughout his
discussion with a standing-room-only audience, General
Abizaid laid out the case for U.S. policy and detailed
how our young volunteer troops are fulfilling the
military mission in heroic fashion as they, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, allied forces, and
non-governmental humanitarian organizations also are
partners in rebuilding the war-torn territories,
providing water, sewage facilities, roads, rebuilding
gutted areas, and winning support from the liberated
populations as they continue fighting the terrorists
and homicide bombers.
He said, as President Bush has repeatedly told the
country, that this will be a long slug-fest for many
years to come. But General Abizaid made the case in
his appearances last week that we need to stay the
course for liberty. The standing ovation he received
from Harvard students was sincere, a congratulation of
all our troops under his command, and brought tears to
one's eyes as he came across with such sincerity,
dedication, and humility.
Who ever thought a chief military U.S. general would
receive such respectful applause at Harvard, where
students stood up one after another with thoughtful
questions that pushed him to explain fully our
country's goals for freedom everywhere our troops are
deployed. And General Abizaid did.
So what is the message? It's the same message that
Winston Churchill gave students at Harrow in October
1941, as Britain was alone fighting Hitler and
Mussolini, the fascist tyrants of that day and their
efforts to conquer Europe and the world.
"Never give in," Churchill said, "never, never, never,
never, in nothing great or small, large or petty,
never give in, except to convictions of honour and
good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the
apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."