Lew Kwan Yew Conservatism

Dissent emboldens the enemy, it turns out.  Former Singapore Dictator Lee Kwan Yew:

The costs of leaving Iraq unstable would be high. Jihadists everywhere would be emboldened. I have met many Gulf leaders and know that their deep fear is that a precipitate U.S. withdrawal would gravely jeopardize their security.

A hurried withdrawal from Iraq would cause the leaders of many countries to conclude that the American people cannot tolerate the nearly 4,000 casualties they have suffered in Iraq and that in a protracted asymmetrical war the U.S. government will not have its people’s support to bear the pain that is necessary to prevail. And this even after the surge of 30,000 additional troops under Gen. David Petraeus has resulted in an improved security situation. …

America needs a coalition. This will require a more multilateral approach, which in turn requires clarity and a close examination of the strategic stakes. The domestic American debate on Iraq affects world public opinion and thus the political viability and sustainability of any multinational coalition.

The affinity between Lee Kwan Yew and George W. Bush speaks for itself.  There is no conservative movement in this country today.  There is a chauvinist movement.  It demands torture, ill-planned and counterproductive invasions, attacks, and occupations, and permanent emergency exceptions to the rule of law.

The figurehead and idol of this movement in the US had the audacity to claim that “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”  Disgusting.

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