Archive for March, 2008

McCain on Tibet

March 20, 2008

It is encouraging to see John McCain releasing such a forceful statement on the atrocious actions of the Chinese government…

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON TIBET

For Immediate Release

Contact: Press Office

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

703-650-5550


ARLINGTON , VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the situation in Tibet :

“The unfolding tragedy in Tibet should draw the attention of the entire world.  I deplore the violent crackdown by Chinese authorities and the continuing oppression in Tibet of those merely wishing to practice their faith and preserve their culture and heritage.  I have listened carefully to the Dalai Lama and am convinced he is a man of peace who reflects the hopes and aspirations of Tibetans.  I urge the government of the People’s Republic of China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  Reports of shutting down YouTube and confiscation of SIM cards are disturbing and reports of multiple deaths are far more so, especially in a year when China is preparing to host the Olympic Games.  I urge the Chinese authorities to ensure peaceful protest is not met with violence, to release monks and others detained for peacefully expressing their views and to allow full outside access to Tibet .”

Cheney: “So?” – Well said!

March 20, 2008

The media is up in arms at Vice-President Dick Cheney’s latest comments on the war in Iraq. The following dialogue took place during an interview with Martha Raddatz for ABC’s Good Morning America…

CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

The grand hoohaa has been over his use of the word “so?” in the sense of ‘so what?’ I do not see what the problem is. Great leaders the world over are not fussed by the views of the general public which change with the wind. I find it interesting that the left side with opinion polls and demand that the President act in way that would court popularity with the masses on the issue of war. The public are not in a position to make decisions about wartime tactics and strategies, and yet the media and the Democrats attack Bush and Cheney for not kowtowing to the whims of the people.

That is not how democracy works. We elect politicians to make those decisions. The media seem to want this war on terror to be waged based on quasi-referenda, that is opinion polls. If the democratic nations of Europe and North America were ruled based on the fluctuating views of the general population, most countries would have the death penalty, some form of repatriation for many minorities and civil rights for homosexuals would be non-existent.

Political leaders have to make decisions which are not necessarily popular. Considering most leaders are voted in with less than 50% of the vote (remember, many people do not even vote), it is hardly surprising that opinion polls consistently show low approval ratings for leaders in most countries in the free world.

Kudos to Cheney for once again saying what he thinks and sticking to his principles. In the upcoming Presidential election, the man of principle and integrity who will not back down just to curry favour with the electorate is the man America needs right now. That man is, of course, John McCain. Obama merely wants to be popular and wants everyone around the world to like Americans; he will achieve the latter with regard to the extremists by leading America in retreat waving the white flag of surrender. In doing so, many of America’s Allies will lose respect for this great nation.

McCain will stand tall and steadfast. McCain’s America will be very unpopular with terrorists, anti-Americans, undemocratic rogue states, and all those who are willing to let America (or its Allies) be attacked again (ie the non-interventionists). These people will not like what McCain will do in the face of threats to America or its allies. So what?

Victory in Iraq

March 20, 2008

On the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, President George W Bush gave a rousing and inspiring speech in defence of the war, laying out clearly, once again, the reasons for going to war and, more importantly at this moment in time, the reasons for continuing the fight against the forces of extremism.

The current successes in Iraq, owing much to John McCain’s surge theories, are grounds for hope that victory will come. Yet, at this crucial stage in the war, when the Coalition forces have the upper hand, some are calling for retreat and surrender. One of the few clear planks in Barack Obama’s otherwise virtually empty manifesto is to surrender in Iraq and leave the extremists celebrating victory over the United States and its Allies. Bush refers to politicians such as Obama in today’s speech, “The successes we are seeing in Iraq are undeniable — yet some in Washington still call for retreat.”

Obama likes to claim that the so-called experience of John McCain and Hillary Clinton led them to support an unjust war while his ‘better judgement’ made him oppose the war from the outset. Obama’s judgement conveniently ignores key facts about Saddam Hussein’s regime. Facts that Bush highlighted in today’s speech…

“Because we acted, Saddam Hussein no longer fills fields with the remains of innocent men, women and children. Because we acted, Saddam’s torture chambers and rape rooms and children’s prisons have been closed for good. Because we acted, Saddam’s regime is no longer invading its neighbors or attacking them with chemical weapons and ballistic missiles. Because we acted, Saddam’s regime is no longer paying the families of suicide bombers in the Holy Land. Because we acted, Saddam’s regime is no longer shooting at American and British aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones and defying the will of the United Nations. Because we acted, the world is better and United States of America is safer.”

Barack Obama’s judgement would have allowed Saddam Hussein to continue to act against the interests of the free world. Obama lives in the liberal bubble, along with many in the media and many Democrats in general – a bubble that seems to be cut off from the real world and one that will be burst when the next attack on the USA occurs. These bubble-inhabitants deny that 9/11 changed the world and appear oblivious to the danger that will arise if Coalition forces retreat from the battle with extremists in the Middle East.

Obama’s willingness to accept defeat in Iraq, when, to any strategist with any foresight, victory for the USA is the only acceptable outcome for the safety of the US and the free world, coupled with his ongoing support for his racist, America-hating pastor, Rev. Wright, will only weaken his hand as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. the war may not be popular but it is essential.

On voting day, most Americans will realise that it will not be wise for them to elect a President who is happy to lead his country in retreat in the face of terror. On the contrary, the majority of Americans will vote for a Commander-in-Chief who will stand firm when confronted with extremists and who recognizes that we are in a battle for our civilisation. Al Qaeda is on the run and McCain is the man to chase them “to the gates of Hell.”

McCain realises, as Bush mentioned today, that no outcome except victory is acceptable in the war against the extremists.

President Bush concluded in his speech to military at the Pentagon, “The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage, the battle in Iraq will end in victory.” Obama’s views undermine that war effort and give encouragement to the enemy. McCain, on the other hand, will support the efforts our troops are making, and will lead America and the Coalition towards a victory many on the left feel is impossible.

McCain Non-News Story – NYT Stirs The Pot Again

March 7, 2008

Reports are in that John McCain lost his cool when questioned about the John Kerry 04 VP story that is so well known to all and sundry. It was a ‘reporter’ from the NYT (surprise, surprise) who persisted in quizzing McCain about an event to which there was no further information to add. It is old news.

Elisabeth Bumiller, the NYT employee in question, continued to bug the Senator like a mosquito buzzing around one’s head. Thankfully, McCain demonstrated he has enough fight and spunk in him, despite his age, to take on anyone trying to stir up another non-story.

McCain has taken on the right-wing extremist talkshow hosts and won, he has faced numerous attempts by the left-wing media to besmirch his name, and he will continue to stand up to a barrage of abuse from the Democrats. That’s nothing.

He is a strong man with great integrity and courage. This is precisely what America and the world needs as tough challenges will arise in the coming years.

Obama’s own advisor, Susan Rice, hit the nail on the head when she said, in response to the Clinton ‘3 a.m.’ advertisement, “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. “They’re both not ready to have that 3 a.m. phone call.”

John McCain is ready to take that 3 a.m. phone call. I just would not want to be the person that has to wake him at 3 a.m. to take that call.

McCain’s Principled Stand For Democracy Leads to Endorsement By Kasparov

March 7, 2008

John McCain heavily criticized the farcical ‘elections’ in Russia this week, while his Democrat opponents, Clinton and Obama, only felt disappointment at the vote because it was not fully fair in their opinion. How spineless of the Democrats!

Obama has openly admitted he wants Americans to be able to travel the world and state with pride that they are American. Most Americans living outside of the liberal bubble do feel proud to be American even if there are some countries around the world where the US has a ‘bad’ reputation. Obama wants everybody to love America. How will he achieve this? He will wave the white flag of surrender in the war on terror, he will only express disappointment when democracy is savagely violated by aggressive dictators, he will have tea with the enemies of freedom, and he will put at risk everything America and its allies have fought so hard for since the Second World War.

I have news for Obama, Clinton and the rest of those people living in the bubble… mere popularity is not an ideal towards which any great and noble country should strive. Great leaders make difficult decisions based on guiding principles and beneficial outcomes – they do not change opinions with the winds of popularity nor do they follow the whims of the voters. The Presidency, or the leadership of any influential country, is not part of some American Idol-style competition where one has to choose a popular song/message in order to be a successful leader. Who cares if Americans are not popular in some parts of the world right now because of their noble stand in the war on terror? Do most Americans? I doubt it. Americans (and its allies, eg the Brits) are not popular with those who cannot see the long-term consequences of inaction – we can be proud of the fact that we are trying to protect the future for generations to come.

John McCain understands that fact. He has no qualms about criticizing Putin and wiould never retreat in any situation just to appease those Europeans who are anti-American. Freedom is much more important than being liked by everybody. Obama probably strived to be a ‘popular’ at school. You know the type of person I’m referring to… the person who never criticized anybody, who always agreed with whatever was the opinion à la mode, and who invited everyone to his birthday party.

In world terms, Obama’s attempts to appease all and to ‘make’ Americans popular would besmirch the country’s noble history and go some way towards turning it into a giant Switzerland. We know how tarnished the Swiss nation is as a result of its attempts to be popular with all sides in WW2.

Garry Kasparov represents the real world that Obama and the Democrats seem to ignore. He is courageously fighting tyranny and wanting assurances from the Presidential candidates that they will support the Russian people in their efforts to head back towards democracy. He stated in the Wall Street Journal …

“John McCain has been outspoken on behalf of democratic rights abroad, including Russia. Regardless of the doubts about Mr. McCain’s conservative credentials at home, the thought of him in the White House strikes fear into authoritarian leaders everywhere.”

Kasparov cannot repeat this belief for the Democratic candidates, fearing instead that, “The Russian ruling elite is rooting for Hillary Clinton,” while Obama is “largely, an unknown quantity.”

Kasparov knows the game is at a dangerous point. If America elected Clinton or Obama, the risk is that they would be mere pawns in Putin’s gambit to hold onto power and remove any chance for freedom for the Russian people. McCain, on the other hand, would battle for control of the board and in doing so would provide Kasparov with the opportunity of helping Russian democracy back on its feet – it would be Kasparov’s greatest move.

McCain’s Victory Over Extremism

March 7, 2008

John McCain’s decisive victory over the Mike Huckabee this week officially locked him into the position of Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Predictably, many traditional, aka extremist, Republicans continued to warble on about their concerns over McCain’s more compassionate brand of conservatism. Equally as predictable has been the way in which certain media personalities are now having to backtrack somewhat regarding their hostility to the Arizona Senator – prime example, Sean Hannity. 

Many of the radio talkshow hosts had put their eggs in Mitt Romney’s basket – demonstrating the kind of myopia of which they often accuse the bubble-dwelling liberals. Hannity and Limbaugh are the ones who have been living in a bubble during the Republican primaries. Their support for Romney only demonstrated how far out of touch they are with the ordinary Republican and independent voters. It is almost incredulous to think that pundits such as these honestly believed Romney had any chance of winning a general election; and yet, they persisted in criticizing McCain and tried, in vain, to paint a picture of him as not conservative enough.

These primaries have demonstrated who has their finger on the pulse of many Americans, Republican and independents alike. It is Senator McCain, who stuck to his guns when many were about to read the last rites to his flagging campaign last year. Hannity and Limbaugh are woefully out of touch with the real world, having spent too long listening to the few sycophants surrounding them who pander to their views and laugh at their feeble attempts at humour. Hannity is like a playground bully – his coverage of the primaries and his obvious disdain for McCain and Huckabee, as shown through his abusive comments, derogatory tone and blatent disregard of the facts (eg McCain’s very clear conservative record), further highlighted his ignorance and self-love. Like a bully, who has been outed, Hannity is now in a position of weakness. His confidence must be at an all-time low, since the voters did not listen to him but made it crystal clear that his influence is on the wane.

The important question many Republicans (et al.) have to ask themselves is why so many ‘important’ Republican figures were prepared to lose the White House rather than have a candidate who did not espouse all of their views. It was almost inevitable that Romney would have lost in a battle against either Democratic candidate. Romney was not even a true conservative onmost issues until very recently (rather conveniently).

Old school Republicans have to face up to the facts. The political world is always changing – extreme right-wing views on every issue will not be popular with the majority of voters, nor the majority of Republicans. McCain’s brand of conservatism is the new Republican party which will triumph in the general election if Clinton or Obama continue to march to the beat of the extreme left-wing of the Democratic party.

Tony Blair reinvented the Labour Party in the UK, my native land, and they have dominated the political landscape for over a decade. the Republican party has to appeal to more moderate voters if it is to hold on to the Oval office. John McCain has always been the most obvious candidate to appeal to a wide range of voters.

Thank goodness the voters in the Republican party primaries made the right decision in choosing McCain. He is the right choice for a party hoping to win the election; he is the right choice for America, a nation needing courage, integrity, and grit in its next leader; he is the right choice for the leader of the free world, where democracy is facing increasingly grave threats.

Congratulations, John McCain for proving the doubters wrong and for giving hope to those of us who are not American citizens that the US will elect a President in November who will continue to fight for freedom around the world.