Steyn: Phrase 'American People Are War Weary' Is Insulting to the Troops

Steyn: Phrase 'American People Are War Weary' Is Insulting to the Troops

Over the past week, Vice President Dick Cheney along with his daughter Liz Cheney have been promoting their new 501(c)4 organization, Alliance for a Strong America. During that process, both Cheneys have warned the threat of terrorism still exists throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East, to the United States.

Part of Dick Cheney’s answer to this threat is to take the fight to those threats. When proposing that, however, Cheney had been confronted with the American people being “war weary” in his presentation.

On Thursday’s broadcast of Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn criticized those have referred to the American “war weary.” According Steyn, it is actually the troops having to deal with war, whereas the American people are just “bored with it.”

Host Hugh Hewitt asked Steyn why Cheney’s remarks draw visceral reactions from his critics.

“Well, because they believe that the War on Terror is over, that they were bored by it, and Obama said it’s over,” Steyn said. “He declared it over. And they’re not willing, and that’s actually quite audacious, because it’s the left’s usual thing, that if you simply declare something to be so, reality isn’t allowed to countermand it. And I think in this case, what’s happening in Iraq, what’s happening in Afghanistan, what’s happening in Iran is saying no, this thing is still rumbling on. And they resent having to deal with it. You know what the interesting thing is, this phrase I’ve grown rather tired of, the American people are war weary, which is immensely insulting to the troops. The troops are out there dealing with it. The American people aren’t weary. They just got bored with it, and that’s why they resent this business with Vice President Cheney.”

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