Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Aid and Comfort for Our Enemies...

I've never voted a straight ticket in my life, let alone a straight Republican ticket. Indeed, 2004 was the first time ever that I had voted for a Republican candidate for President of the United States. However, I am on the brink of committing to voting a straight Republican ticket from now through 2008 as a result of the Democrats' unwillingness to triumph over our enemies.

James Lileks made the point on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that prisoner abuses and Koran desecrations led the news two weeks ago and, aside from Newsweek's departing bureau chief in Baghdad conceding victory to the reactionary forces in Iraq, Koran desecrations are leading the news today. Lileks asks if there is nothing else that may have happened in the global War on Terror in those two weeks? Are Koran desecrations and Newsweek's proclamation that "the question isn't when will we leave, but 'how bad of a mess can we afford to leave behind" the only significant events to take place in the entire global War on Terror over the last two weeks?

Democrat Senator Joseph Biden, who plagiarized Neil Kinnock, has called for the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay to be shutdown, presumably freeing 540 enemy combatants to return to the battlefield, according to the New York Times.
"This has become the greatest propaganda tool that exists for recruiting of terrorists around the world," said the senator, Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, on the ABC News program "This Week." "And it is unnecessary to be in that position."

He added, "I think more Americans are in jeopardy as a consequence of the perception that exists worldwide with its existence than if there were no Gitmo."

Biden's admission that the enemy's propaganda machine has succeeded in creating a wholly negative perception of our troops at Guantanamo Bay, with the help of Newseek and other multinational conglomerate media corporations, is in itself a cause for celebration amongst the forces of militant Islamic extremists worldwide. A U.S. Senator, who wants to be President of the United States, has just called for the closing of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Now they have us pinned down in the same position as Israel. Any action by our troops is the equivalent of terrorism and a war crime that can only be assuaged by concessions such as prisoner releases; and Senator Biden has accepted those terms.

Democrats George and Jim McGovern are calling for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, much as we did in Viet Nam (hat tip: RealClearPolitics).

We were early opponents of the US invasion of Iraq. Nonetheless, once American forces were committed, we hoped that our concerns would be proven wrong. That has not been the case.

The United States must now begin an orderly withdrawal of our forces from this mistaken foreign venture. - The Boston Globe

And Democrats wonder why Americans don't trust them with our military? Compare the contrasts. Bush deployed the military to Afghanistan and Iraq because he knew it to be the right thing to do, and is committed to victory in those countries. While Democrats generally want a retreat (or orderly withdrawal if you prefer) from Iraq to create an Iraq-sized Somalia. Yes, let's look at Somalia from the high-level view. It was important enough to send in troops, important enough to have 13 of them lay down their lives, but as soon as the mission became difficult and unpopular; it was no longer important enough to stay.

Unless I hear a heaping portion of pro-American support for our troops and their efforts in Iraq and the War on Terror from Democrats this week, I hearby commit to voting a straight Republican ticket (candidates but not initiatives) from now through the 2008 presidential election.


Blogger Mike said...

Yes! Another one converted! Actually, I didn't pull a straight ticket last time (I could not vote for Arlen Spectar again and my I'm glad I didn't). Check out some Libertarians and Constitutional party candidates.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Biden didn't say that the prisoners from Guantanamo should be released - just that Guantanamo be shut down. He said that we should release the ones we find to be no threat and keep the ones who may present a threat, but that Guantanamo is giving the US a black eye. DOn't forget that the whole reason we opened Guantanamo was because the administration thought it could hold prisoners without them being subjec to US laws. (Which turned out not to be true)
In the past, we used Guantanamo to hold Cuban and Haitian refugees because we didn't want them to touch US soil where they could claim refugee status. Instead, we held them in limbo semi-permanently. In fact, as you probably know, Cubans who actually made it to the mainland automatically were granted refugee status, meaning that the US more urgently wanted to keep them away.
The whole place has been nothing but a loophole for whichever agency wants to use it.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Every time I see footage from Guantanamo I see prisoners praying, eating, and reading. They're probably living better than they would out in the desert. It looks kind of like a vacation resort to me.

But seriously, they are enemies to our country. They are not U.S. citizens subject to our laws regardless of what some nutcase judge says. They are not POW's because they do not belong to a state and are not subject to the Geneva Convention. There's is a case that has never been addressed before. In this case I think we have to give the Commander in Chief the flexibility he needs to keep America safe. If Hillary wins in 2008 she is free to let them go. But I can't wait to hear when they arrest one of these guys down the road as part of another terror plot. (Supposedly they have already caught some of the guys they released back on the battlefield.)

1:21 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Of course that's what you see, Mike. The guards at Guantanamo are a lot smarter than Lynndie England. They don't film themselves abusing prisoners. They only turn the camera on when they're pretending to be nice.
It's hard to understand why you're not a judge yourself, Mike. You seem to know so much about the nuances of law. Oh wait - it's because you have no training and actually know nothing about what judges do.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Of course, and since we don't see it that must mean they are hiding it. Clearly evidence of their guilt!

9:01 AM  

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