By Dick Morris
July 07, 2003
The Vietnam War, waged for the sake of falling dominos, gave the chain reaction a bad reputation as a reason for public policy.
When the United States troops departed by helicopter from the roof of our Saigon embassy, the world held its breath waiting for Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore to fall to the relentless Red Tide.
But now, the reverse domino theory is coming true. As a result of President Bush's war in Iraq, peace and even freedom seem to be breaking out in the most unlikely of places.
It is amazing what a show of force and 100,000 troops in the middle of the Middle East are doing to drive Islamic terrorism to the wall.
Consider the global landscape in the wake of Bush's military success:
The Democrats can only stand by and watch as Bush grinds out the yardage in his pursuit of peace. Their lament that our intelligence was faulty in Iraq (it wasn't) or that we will never find weapons of mass destruction there (we will) are but reminders of their irrelevance as the tide of peace surges forward. While the Democrats argue about history, Bush is making it.
On the domestic front, the piracy of Democratic issues by the triangulating president continues apace. By offering prescription drug benefits under traditional fee-for-service Medicare, expanding education funding, boosting the Head Start program, broadening AmeriCorps, banning road construction in wilderness areas, providing tax credits for lower middle income families, ending racial profiling, replacing expensive branded medicines with cheaper generic drugs, Bush has cleaned out the Democratic locker of all its best issues.
Abroad, there's a lot more
to be done and the dominos have only started to fall, but the
president's foresight in using force in Iraq has kindled the
momentum for peace in a way a Camp David summit could never have
done. Bush realizes that it's a lot easier to risk taking a leap
of faith with a gun at your back or with one trained on your
Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 years. Morris is a political consultant, commentator and best selling author. Look for his newest book, "Power Plays" available now and look for Dick's new book, "Off With Their Heads - Traitors, Crooks & Obstructionists In American Politics".
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