Subject: Politically Incorrect Message
General Hawley, is a newly retired USAF 4 star general. He commanded the
Air Combat Command [our front-line fighters and bombers] at Langley
AFB, VA. He is now retired and no longer required to be politically
correct. A true patriot!
"Since the attack [9-11], I have seen, heard, and read thoughts of
such surpassing stupidity that they must be addressed. You've heard
them too. Here they are:
1) "We're not good, they're not evil, everything is relative."
Listen carefully: We're good, they're evil, nothing is relative. Say it with me
now and free yourselves. You see, folks, saying "We're good" doesn't
mean, "We're perfect." Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded
guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is
that our country has, with all our mistakes and blunders, always been
and always will be the greatest beacon of freedom, charity,
opportunity, and affection in history. If you need proof, open all the
borders on Earth and see what happens.
2) "Violence only leads to more violence."
This one is so stupid you usually have to be the president of an Ivy League
university to say it. Here's the truth, which you know in your heads and
hearts already: Ineffective, unfocused violence leads to more violence. Limp,
panicky, half measures lead to more violence. However, complete, fully thought
through, professional, well executed violence never leads to more violence
because, you see, afterwards, the other guys are all dead. That's right, dead.
Not "on trial," not "reeducated," not "nurtured back into the bosom of love." Dead.
3) "The CIA and the rest of our intelligence community have failed us."
For 25 years we have chained our spies like dogs to a stake in the ground,
and now that the house has been robbed, we yell at them for not protecting
us. Starting in the late seventies, under Carter appointee Stansfield Turner,
the giant brains who get these giant ideas decided that the best way to gather
international intelligence was to use spy satellites. "After all, (they reasoned,)
you can see a license plate from 200 miles away." This is very helpful if you've
been attacked by a license plate. Unfortunately, we were attacked by humans.
Finding humans is not possible with satellites. You have to use other humans.
When we bought all our satellites, we fired all our humans, and here's the really
stupid part. It takes years, decades to infiltrate new humans into the worst
places of the world. You can't just have a guy who looks like Gary Busey in a
Spring Break '93 sweatshirt plop himself down in a coffee shop in Kabul and say
"Hiya, boys. Gee, I sure would like to meet that bin Laden fella. "Well, you
can, but all you'd be doing is giving the bad guys a story they'll be telling
4) "These people are poor and helpless, and that's why they're angry at us."
Uh-huh, and Jeffrey Dahmer's frozen head collection was just a desperate cry
for help. The terrorists and their backers are richer than Elton John and,
ironically, a good deal less annoying. The poor helpless people, you see, are
the villagers they tortured and murdered to stay in power. Mohammed Atta, one
of the evil scumbags who steered those planes into the killing grounds is the
son of a Cairo surgeon. But you knew this, too. In the sixties and seventies,
all the pinheads marching against the war were upper-middle-class college kids
who grabbed any cause they could think of to get out of their final papers and
spend more time drinking. It's the same today.
5) "Any profiling is racial profiling."
Who's killing us here, the Norwegians? Just days after the attack, the New York
Times had an article saying dozens of extended members of the gazillionaire bin
Laden family living in America were afraid of reprisals and left in a huff, never
To return to studying at Harvard and using too much Drakkar. I'm crushed. Please
come back. Let's all stop singing "We Are the World" for a minute and think
practically. I don't want to be sitting on the floor in the back of a plane four
seconds away from hitting Mt.Rushmore and turn, grinning, to the guy next to me
to say, "Well, at least we didn't offend them."
SO HERE'S what I resolve for the New Year: Never to forget our murdered brothers
and sisters. Never to let the relativists get away with their immoral thinking.
After all, no matter what your daughter's political science professor says, we
didn't start this. Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, "No More Hiroshimas"?
I wish I had one that says, "No More Pearl Harbors."