Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hope and Change or Back to the Future?

In November 1979, 52 Americans were taken hostage by Iran and held for 444 days. In February 1993, The World Trade Center was attacked for the first time by Islamic Fundamentalists killing 6 Americans. In June 1996, Khobar Towers was bombed a 19 Americans died at the hands of terrorists. In August 1998, two US embassies were bombed by followers of Osama Bin Laden, killing 23 Americans. In October 2000, The USS Cole was attacked by a suicide attacker, killing 17 brave Americans. In September 2001, The US was attacked again by Islamic fundamentalists and 2,998 Americans died as a result. In all over 3,000 Americans deaths at the hands of the fundamentalists.

What do these attacks have in common? The answer is they all occurred prior to America instituting a policy of taking the fight to our enemy. They happened at a time of uncoordinated intelligence gathering by our National Security Organizations. These attacks occurred because of our extremely light security measures. We had taken for granted that we were safe. We never believed anything "big" would happen in the US. 9/11 changed that for Americans. The enemy of freedom brought the fight to us. We were unprepared and limited our response. Prior to the 9/11 attacks we did little. We sent a few misguided missiles into abandoned terrorist camps. We searched for the culprits and sent them through our court system. In reality we did nothing. The lack of strong leadership and a strong response prior to 9/11 did nothing to lesson the resolve of the Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms. They kept attacking and brought the fight to us. Since our strong response in the aftermath of 9/11 we have not been attacked.

Now Obama wishes to bring back the failed policies of pre-9/11. Obama said today that he sees no reason for strong responses. He believes that arrestin the culprits and putting them in prison worked just fine. He does not believe the weak responses prior to 9/11 emboldened our enemies to more brazen attacks. Obama's National Security Advisor Richard Danzig suggests we should follow the Winnie the Pooh doctrine. The Obama man likely to be the National Security Advisor in an Obama administration would resort to children's stories to run our National Security. Are these the practices we should be following? The war on terror hurts too much so we should just quit? It is better to have blood running down our city streets than to face our enemies on ground of our choosing? Mr. Danzig shows a distinct lack of maturity. Obama again shows his lack of understanding, experience, and judgment. Obama the "Great Appeaser" would rather have smaller attacks that become more and more brazen than face our enemies head-on. Obama is a foreign policy disaster. Obama would CHANGE us back to failed policies and HOPE for the best. So much for hope and change. Obama's change we can believe in is no change at all. His change moves us back to a time of failure and provides no hope for the future.

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