Posts Tagged ‘Economy’

Rules Of Engagement (ROEs)

Saturday, October 11th, 2008


You have probably heard The McCain talk about one of his very first votes in congress.  He voted against President Reagan over US Marines in Beirut. The vote failed 270-161 and The McCain, unfortunately, was proven right.

Not many people are aware of what was going on in Beirut in that time period.  I am aware.  I was there.

From August to December 1982 I was part of a US Navy task force that patrolled the coast off Beirut.  Day after day, week after week we watched the beautiful city of Beirut become decimated by war.

Just like the Marines that were stationed at the Beirut airport, we were operating in a War Zone with peace time Rules Of Engagement. Marines were not allowed to have magazines in their weapons and we were not allowed to point our gun at Syrian aircraft that were constantly threatening us.

As a direct result of those severely restrictive ROEs, a terrorist truck bomber was able to drive his bomb laden truck right into the barracks that the Marines were staying in. 241 Marines were killed in that attack. Think of the recent attack on the Marriott hotel in Islamabad only if the truck had managed to get into the lobby.

Had one of those Syrian aircraft fired a missile at us we would have taken massive casualties. We did not have the advanced anti-missile systems that are in place today. It would have been worse than the USS Stark (FFG 31) attack.

To be fair, I think there is legitimate debate about ROEs that are too loose. I keep in mind during that debate Leon Klinghoffer, Robert Dean Stethem, and 9-11-01 among other factors. We cannot stoop to the level of brutality of our enemies. If we do, we lose. We have to be able to keep claim of the moral high-ground.

Now. Here’s the thing. If Obama is elected president he becomes, by Constitutional default, the Commander-In-Chief of the US Armed Forces. We do not have the leisure to elect an Economy President and a War President. I am here to tell you, unequivocally, that if Barack Hussein Obama is the CinC he will tighten ROEs to the point that we will not be able to respond to attack until after we are dead. Our enemies will be buoyed by these tightened ROEs.

And if I am proven wrong I will eat my hat.

 

 

Can You Spare Ten Minutes?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Just ten minutes.  That’s all I ask.

I Agree With Obama

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Obama stated that the reason he wasn’t going to follow The McCain’s lead and suspend campaigning for a couple of days is because “The president should be able to do more than one thing at a time.”

I agree with him.  The president should be able to multi-task; However, he is not the president.  He is the junior senator from Illinois.  As such, he should be joining the other 99 senators in Washington to hammer out legislation that will SAVE OUR ECONOMY.