CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2015 -Twenty-five years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, liberals have learned nothing. They are still wrong.
On Aug. 2, 1990, Kuwait was minding its own business when Saddam Hussein declared that Kuwait was the 19th province of Iraq. His Iraqi army set Kuwait on fire. Iraqi soldiers raped Kuwaiti women.
Barely 50 years after Adolf Hitler gobbled up European nations without consequences, Saddam Hussein was focusing on taking over the 20th province of Saudi Arabia.
President George Herbert Walker Bush, often ridiculed by liberals as a wimp, thundered that “this will not stand.”
On Jan. 15, 1991, Bush led the coalition that drove Saddam out of Kuwait. In 2003, President George W. Bush finished the job by engaging in forcible regime change.
Twenty-five years later Iran wants nuclear weapons so it can obliterate Israel and then America.
And nothing has changed. There are still those willing to confront evil and still others determined to coddle it. Conservatives want Iran stopped. Liberals remain captives of their anti-war wing.
Thankfully the peaceniks did not carry the day 25 years ago. America did not let old Europe derail a just war so they could continue their private dealings with Saddam.
Democrat Sen. Sam Nunn predicted a humiliating American defeat. The only thing that suffered was Nunn’s presidential chances. While Bush the elder would be done in due to an economic recession, he has long been vindicated on the foreign policy front.
If Democrats had their way, Saddam might still be in power.
The 2016 presidential contenders would do well to remember that a muscular foreign policy is far better then curling up in a fetal position and hoping genocidal madmen will voluntarily cease their aggression.
Iran has 17 months left to take advantage of naive idealists who truly believe that weakness works. After that, Americans pining for the next Ronald Reagan should remember the message of his vice president.
This will not stand.