Michael Goodwin wrote an interesting article in the New York Daily News titled “It’s WWIII, and U.S. is out of ideas.”

Last week’s headlines prove the point: North Korea fires missiles, Iran talks of nukes again, Iraq carnage continues, Israel invades Gaza, England observes one-year anniversary of subway bombing. And, oh, yes, the feds stop a plot to blow up tunnels under the Hudson River.

World War III has begun.

It’s not perfectly clear when it started. Perhaps it was after the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended. Perhaps it was the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in 1993.

What is clear is that this war has a long fuse and, while we are not in the full-scale combat phase that marked World Wars I and II, we seem to be heading there. The expanding hostilities mean it’s time to give this conflict a name, one that focuses the mind and clarifies the big picture.

The war on terror, or the war of terror, has tentacles that reach much of the globe. It is a world war.

I’m glad that this Pulitzer Prize winner has finally recognized that we are at war, and that this is a global world war. It’s too bad that Goodwin took almost five years to figure it out. But there is something else that he hasn’t yet understood: we are engaged in World War IV, not III.

World War III took place between the Communist countries of the East and Capitalist countries of the West. It was more commonly called the Cold War, but a world war by any other name gets people just as dead. When the Communist East Bloc broke up and so did the Soviet Union, World War III was over and the West had won. There are some interesting historical parallels between the beginning of World War II and our current World War IV, but I’ve covered that already.

This is part of Goodwin’s “out of ideas” explanation:

I sound pessimistic because I am. Even worse than the problems is the fact that our political system is failing us. Democratic Party leaders want to pretend we can declare peace and everything will be fine, while President Bush is out of ideas. Witness Bush now counseling patience and diplomacy on North Korea. This from a man who scorned both for five years.

Hmm… patience and diplomacy to North Korea means President Bush is out of ideas. I see. But if President Bush were to say that military action were necessary, Goodwin would say the President is a diplomatic failure and warmonger. It’s a no-win situation for the President. In truth, we can win World War IV, but only if the American people are committed to victory. And that means the Democratic Party must get behind the war effort, and the media must work for the war effort and stop revealing our nation’s secret plans.

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