Posts Tagged ‘Bush’

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?

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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.