"You still don't get it, do you? He'll find her! That's what he does--that's all he does! You can't stop him--he'll wade through you until he's cut her throat, and pull her (bleeping) heart out!"
~ from The Terminator, 1984
I think it's time for the character of Kyle Reese to address Congress.
Reese, the hapless hero of the original "Terminator" movie, understood exactly what he was fighting against. Take his quote, above, and insert "Congress" for "you," "Al Qaeda" for "him," and "America" for "her." It will provide a good indication of the consequences of failing to take the war in the Middle East seriously.
Senators Joe Lieberman and John Thune have spoken eloquently on this subject, as have presidential hopefuls Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney. Lawrence Wright, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" has expressed his near despair with the lack of comprehension of the danger we are in on the part of politicians and intelligence agencies.
George Bush, the Republican party, Halliburton, and the Christian right are not America's enemies. Those who behead civilians on videotape and disembowel hostage aid workers are our enemies. It is beyond incomprehensible that this distinction requires underscoring, especially to our "leaders," but it does.
Knowledge is power. Know that we have a deadly enemy, and understand that "he'll wade through you until he's cut her throat."
Joe Lieberman put it very well when he wrote:
To me, there is only one choice that protects America's security -- and that is
to stand, and fight, and win.
Reese would have approved.
UPDATE: A link to further proof that the enemy means business. So should we.