Friday, January 12, 2007

Pres. Bush: Don't Play Nice

I think our enemies should be having some sleepless nights about now. Bush is a lame duck President with two years left and he has little motivation to “play nice” with them. As he is painted into a corner by his enemies abroad and in Congress, so he may have the courage to do what needs to be done… seriously kick some ass.

We need to make it real clear to the Iraqi government that they have to get serious or we will do what has to be done on our own. We need to let our military rout out the militias in and around Baghdad. We also need to go after Iranian and Syrian elements working in Iraq. Bush technically does not need the approval of Congress to take this bull by the horns and get down to business, so he may step up the pace.

Political and global motivations have kept the Israelis and America in check, but the stakes are up and the pressure is on to set aside any concerns other than destruction of the enemy. Like a short-stacked poker player, he needs to just get aggressive.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

On My Mind

We are not fighting Iraqis. We are trying to help the newly formed government deal with local thugs and foreign forces set upon destroying any progress toward a free, America-friendly nation.

The Iraqi people, and Arabs in general, have a long history of being ruled by whatever strong man takes power and the idea of self-government will be slow to take hold.

Islam and the cultural heritage of this area promote vast social inequity and allow for a brutal disregard for individual rights. If Arabs, Persians and other Islamists around the world do not shift their thinking on individual rights, democracy will never work for them. If they cannot learn to tolerate differences of opinion or belief, the majority, or what ever thug is in power, will always be able to abuse the minority. The only reason a free, democratic society has worked here in America is because we honor a Bill of Rights that protects the minority or those out of power.

Ted Kennedy’s idea of running any war by committee is crazy. The Commander in Chief has to be able to direct the activities of our forces without endless debate with Congress. Congress is inefficient, wasteful, slow to act and too subject to the winds of political opportunity to be given authority to directly inhibit the President’s authority in wartime. The President may be a good Commander or a bad one, but there is no practical alternative when it comes to authority over the military.