American Prestige

Rachel at Tinkerty Tonk is disgusted. I think she is right to be so. This passage from her rant is particularly perceptive:

American prestige is no small thing. Loss of American prestige as a result of Vietnam, the Iran hostage crisis, Somalia and the bombing of the US Embassy in Lebanon emboldened Osama bin Laden to bomb the World Trade Center. Loss of American prestige gives Kim Jong Il the idea that he can test his nukes with impunity. Loss of American prestige tells the mullahs in Iran that no one and nothing can stop them from acquiring nukes and arming Hezbollah and Hamas.

Those whom we have charged with the protection of American prestige seem not to even give it a thought.

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