Another letter to the Congresscritters:
This is an issue of great importance to me: the selling of the War in Iraq and the general War on Terror.
Everyone knows that President Bush is not the Great Communicator that Ronald Reagan was. As a consequence, all of his enemies get to do all the talking for him. I know the president doesn't give a hang about public opinion, but unfortunately, public opinion affects more than troop morale: it affects Iraqi morale and the morale of others who trust us to defend them.
In Human Events, John Hawkins says it best:
"Also, please, please, Mr. President, start defending yourself. When prominent Democrats accuse you of lying to America, torturing prisoners, or screwing the middle-class, tear a chunk out of them every once in a while instead of letting them get away with slapping you around. Americans tend not to like extreme attacks on their President, but if they hear them day in and day out and you never respond, they start to get the idea that maybe you're staying quiet because what they're saying is true. Don't let that continue to happen, Mr. President."
If the president can't or won't get his face out in public more often and slap some people down for their lying attacks on him, someone else needs to. Find someone in Congress who is especially articulate and get that person on all the news programs and talk radio shows you can find. Regularly. The president's enemies won't be silenced by a few good smack-downs, they need to be smacked down each time they open their vile gobs.
Those of us in the blogosphere and on talk radio are preaching to the converted—we need people in the mainstream media selling the war all day, all the time.
This war CAN be lost on public opinion alone, just as Vietnam was. "Never again" applies to evacuating Saigon, too.