Buy WILLisms

XML Feed

Featured Entries

The Babe Theory Of Political Movements.
Mar. 21, 2005 11:50 AM

Iran's Sham Election In Houston.
June 20, 2005 5:36 AM

Yes, Kanye, Bush Does Care.
Oct. 31, 2005 12:41 AM

Health Care vs. Wealth Care.
Nov. 23, 2005 3:28 PM

Americans Voting With Their Feet.
Nov. 30, 2005 1:33 PM

Idea Majorities Matter.
May 12, 2006 6:15 PM

Twilight Zone Economics.
Oct. 17, 2006 12:30 AM

The "Shrinking" Middle Class.
Dec. 13, 2006 1:01 PM

From Ashes, GOP Opportunities.
Dec. 18, 2006 6:37 PM

Battle Between Entitlements & Pork.
Dec. 21, 2006 12:31 PM

Let Economic Freedom Reign.
Dec. 22, 2006 10:22 PM

Biggest Health Care Moment In Decades.
July 25, 2007 4:32 PM

Unions Antithetical to Liberty.
May 28, 2008 11:12 PM

Right To Work States Rock.
June 9, 2008 12:25 PM



Blogroll Me!



July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004

Social Security Reform Thursday.
March 13, 2008

Caption Contest: Enter Today!
Due: July 29, 2008

The Carnival Of Classiness.
Mar. 14, 2006

Quotational Therapy: Obama.
Apr. 4, 2008

Mainstream Melee: Wolfowitz.
May 19, 2007

Pundit Roundtable: Leaks.
July 9, 2006

A WILLisms.com(ic), by Ken McCracken
July 14, 2006


Powered by Movable Type 3.17
Site Design by Sekimori

WILLisms.com June 2008 Book of the Month (certified classy):

The WILLisms.com Gift Shop: Support This Site


This Week's Carnival of Revolutions: carnivalbutton.gif

Carnival Home Base: homebase.gif


« Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 219 -- Perception Of Gasoline Prices. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit Of The Day 220 -- Hurricanes & The American Economy. »

Quotational Therapy: Part 59 -- Rumsfeld On Churchill.

Rumsfeld On Churchill-

I was reading a book last night, Winston Churchill, and he said the problem is not winning the war but persuading people to let them -- let him win the war, he said.

Department of Defense News Briefing.

The most dreaded enemy for any General, President, Prime Minister, or Secretary of Defense running a military operation in our modern media era is... the modern media era. The United States can and will win in Iraq, and do it within a reasonable time frame (1-3 years), but only if we allow ourselves to win.

For those who want to see democracy flourish in the Middle East, the most significant impediment is not Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or the Saudi royal family. It's the media. This isn't to say that we should begin censoring the media. Not at all. Our freedom is what makes us... us.

But I would be willing to wager a lot of money that the frequency and intensity of terrorist attacks would fall dramatically without any media presence in Iraq. It's happened on a micro-level, within Iraq itself. Journalists leave a town, the town settles down. Over and over.

Think about it. Clearly, the terrorists in Iraq have a strategy of making high profile attacks as close to the hotels of Western journalists as possible. It's just so obvious that the attacks are geared toward media coverage of the situation in Iraq.

Imagine if Churchill had to deal with today's media during World War II?


Previous Quotational Therapy Session:

Ronald Reagan.

The right quote can be therapeutic, so tune in to WILLisms.com for quotational therapy every Monday and Friday.

Posted by Will Franklin · 18 November 2005 04:11 PM


President Bush could really start using some Churchillian language these days. Simple gestures (such as when Churchill simply took pictures with firemen putting out fires from the Blitz during WWII) would really help to stir public support. He should stand by our troops more often, perhaps actually bring out some of America's patriotism. President Bush has a lot to learn from Winston Churchill.

Posted by: Kevin W at November 18, 2005 04:34 PM

Phil: Everyone responded to your same post over at Dr.Sanity's blog. It probably won't convince anyone here either.
Until the its citizens lessen the demands of entitlements in health, welfare, and education, we are going to have an increasing federal deficit. When the Dems don't tackle with seriousness the coming implosion caused by Social Security and Medicare costs and their drain on younger working people who could be providing for their own retirement years, then no one can take that emotional argument seriously.

Posted by: onlineanalyst at November 19, 2005 02:12 PM

Phil's back again, huh?

Well, anyway, it's amazing how much the media stirs up trouble, just to have something to report. It creates a viscious cycle that puts the media in league with the terrorists and attracts attacks as wherever they're covering the attacks. I got a new word for the MSM: bait.

Posted by: the paperboy at November 19, 2005 05:54 PM