Posts Tagged ‘McCain’

Charles Krauthammer Article

Friday, October 24th, 2008

From RCP:

*Edited to add: Please go read the entire article when you have time. Thank you.”

While I’m loathe to pay much attention to pundits, I think this article is great.  This line, buried in the middle, is one that particularly stands out to me:

“McCain’s critics are offended that he raised the issue of William Ayers. What’s astonishing is that Obama was himself not offended by William Ayers.”

In a recent interview Sarah Palin opined that we should be thinking less about the question of why would Obama be attracted to Ayers and his ilk, and thinking more about why Ayers and his ilk are drawn to Obama.

And just one more thing from Krauthammer’s article:

“Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?”

The USA is an exceptional nation.  I gave her my life.  I pray that McCain will be her new Chief Steward come January.

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, October 13th, 2008

MLKNBRA

Judge a person not by the color of their skin, but but by the strength of their character.

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.