The White House and the anointed doddering successor to Our President continue to suggest that tough talk from Donald Trump only encourages the Sillies.  "'Donald Trump is being used as a recruiting sergeant for ISIS,' Clinton said on Monday morning. 'The kind of language and rhetoric Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.'"  Yeah, those are the intellectual heirs of the people who got the vapors when Ronald Reagan correctly described Yuri Andropov's USSR as an evil empire.

I wonder if any critics of That Man in the White House seized on this effort, from Japan.

That's in a collection at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Here's the reason President Roosevelt was a recruiting sergeant.

As I noted at the time, "The display includes the obligatory obeisance to contemporary sensibilities, otherwise understood as the reflection of people, upon having won a war, asking, 'did we really do that?'  But there can be no hope of victory in a future war until people are willing to countenance official scorn for their enemies."  Unofficial scorn, undermining the bad guys with mockery, is also useful, particularly building morale on the home front.

Unfortunately, Our President's attempt at mockery (Just because the jayvee puts on Lakers jerseys ...) didn't work.  Perhaps as the aptly named spinner Josh Earnest has it, this is a tougher conflict to define than a global war.
"When it comes to ISIL, we are in a fight, a narrative fight, with them, a narrative battle," said Earnest "And what ISIL wants to do is they want to project that they are an organization that is representing Islam in a fight, in a war against the West, in a war against the United States. That is a bankrupt, false narrative. It's a mythology. And we have made progress in debunking that mythology."
Sean Davis of The Federalist is having none of it.
Earnest’s comments come after a weekend of narrative violence across the U.S. A pipe narrative exploded in a garbage can near a Marine Corps race in New Jersey. In New York City, a separate narrative blast injured 29 people on Saturday. Law enforcement authorities believe the same wicked wordsmith was responsible for both narrative explosions. On Saturday evening, another vicious narrative stabbed nine people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That word terrorist was finally stopped by an NRA-certified concealed carry instructor’s sick burns and also multiple rounds from the instructor’s personal sentence pistol.
Make of yourself what it says about Life in Obama's America that several of the bombs were discovered or broken by dumpster-divers.

Because the Sillies are simultaneously waging war on secular and Christian populations and on Moslems who adhere to the Wrong Kind of Islam, we're not dealing with the standard war of nation states against nation states.  But standing up for American Values has not been a strong suit for the current crop of tranzis running the war effort.  And Donald Trump, at some level, may be grasping this.  "[T]here has to be a traditional conservative message that expands the base of support for law enforcement and against the pernicious cult of authenticity that enables the crazies as somehow deserving of celebration."  Mr Trump is no traditional conservative, and the pernicious cult of authenticity also enables his reality-show life.  In his own way, he's doing his bit to keep the home front angry.

The contemporary analogues to the Navy starving the enemy of resources, the Air Force destroying the industrial capacity and depriving the civilian work forces of house, and a Manhattan Project concentrating the minds of the true believers remain to emerge.

But final victory looks like this.

USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Unattributed photograph retrieved from Ace of Spades.

We are nowhere near the beginning of the emergence of the resolution of the conflict.

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