Earlier today, in a rare Saturday session, the Senate narrowly defeated a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop surge to Iraq. Does anyone think that this is anything other than political posturing?
This whole episode is most unsettling. We all want our troops to come home. What we differ on is the method and timing. Do we want our troops to come home with heads held high and the mission accomplished, or heads and tails between their legs in defeat?
What I would like to ask our “representatives” is this: If our troops come home early, then what happens to the Iraqi people?
Consider the words of a famous Democrat:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F. Kennedy
Should the troops leave early, I believe that Iraq will descend into chaos, and opportunistic countries like Iran and Syria would either take over Iraq in whole or in part (most likely as a puppet government). And what happens to the freedom so recently achieved to the Iraqi people? Gone like the wind after a sandstorm.
Perhaps one of my personal favorite Presidents had something to say about this:
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. – Ronald Reagan
But where is the moral courage of our politicians?
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten. – John F. Kennedy
How prophetic! Indeed, our chosen leaders, by and large, do not have the “quality of courage” to do the right and moral thing – see this war through to the end that needs to be done. But then again,
Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. – Ronald Reagan
I don’t make it any secret that I have low opinions of our politicians. Power politics at the expense of what is right, moral, and beneficial to this country’s well-being is despicable. There’s more than one post on this particular subject. And that is exactly what today’s vote was.
Of a larger concern is where the Democrats (and some of their Republican sympathizers) along with the Liberal Moonbat media will treat the radical Islamic death-seeking terrorists (including al Qaeda). Talking will not solve this problem – action will. The choice of action or inaction will decide the future of this country and its citizens.
I’ll leave you with two more quotes:
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. – John F. Kennedy
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. – Ronald Reagan