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Iraq and Back: Time for a Timetable?

Bounding a situation forces completion of the required actions–or forces the action to change.

The linked post above is very good.  I’ve generally agreed with the notion that a timetable in Iraq just gives jihadists a reason to lie low until we leave.  But on the other hand, there is something to be said for setting benchmarks, defining goals, measuring progress, and creating timetables.  (And no one ever said the enemy has to know about them either.)  

However, I would think the ultimate political pressure should be on Iraqi leadership, not necessarily on our U.S. troops.  But the troops have done a tremendous job under the surge strategy probably because it is in itself a benchmark of sorts with the defined goal of stablizing tough areas of Iraq by not leaving them void of law enforcement and order.  The surge is creating political breathing space for the new Iraqi government which is good, but I do wonder if more political pressure on the Iraqi Parliment would better or worsen the situation.  I’m not sure there is any way to know.  But the “bounding” point is well taken.     

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Now Showing in a non-Islamic Country Near You

Conservemus posted a short film for us to watch in two 7 minute parts.  It’s officially been pulled according his post, but still available to view for now.  This courageous short documentary-type piece by filmmaker and Dutch politician, Geert Wilders is called FITNA, and many Islamic people around the world are furious.  But the film is powerful because it shows the radical extremists speaking from their own mouths and acting out of the hatred spread among them.  If you are so inclined: CLICK HERE for Paul’s post.     

I was hesitant to watch the clips, but at some point we Americans must confront the ugly truth of radical Islam and jihadists.  I cannot emphasize enough McCain’s strength of leadership in dealing with the reality of what we as a nation face from Islamic extremists.  This is also a strong reminder that America is in the midst of spiritual warfare as real as any war and that Christian Americans must continue to pray for wisdom for ourselves, our nation, and our leaders in this age of global extremism.

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but everlasting life.” –John 3:16

McCain’s Keys to Victory

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Last night it was surreal to see my favorite presidential candidate effectively win the GOP nomination.  Last summer this maverick candidate was left for dead on the campaign trail, but I think that’s one of the qualities I can’t help but love about McCain–he’s a fighter. 

If you’re like me, I’m generally disgusted with politics.  I don’t much care for the “Republican” or “Democrat” labels and the folks who would rather wrangle over power than actually work together.  I think McCain might feel the same way.  I’m interested in seeing the people we elect get things done!!!  (Even if it means both sides have to compromise a little on something.)

You know, some things never change.  The Federalists arguing for the passage of the U.S. Constitution claimed that it was sufficient in and of itself as drafted.  The Anti-Federalists at the time didn’t want a strong national government at all and they refuted the bold assertions of the Federalists and demanded that a Bill of Rights to be added for greater protections to the citizenry.  Well, guess what?  Without a little give from both political parties, we might not have a U.S. Constitution or a Bill of Rights today!

That’s why I trust McCain to get things done! 

If you want “CHANGE” in Washington D.C., who better than the guy who has consistently worked to bring both sides together on important issues!?  I trust that McCain will continue to work to secure the nation’s borders without infringing on human rightsI trust that McCain will continue to work to nominate conservative judges and justices to the Federal Courts and the Supreme CourtI trust that McCain will continue to support the new government in Iraq until they can fight the radical jihadists without usI trust that McCain will continue to support policies that promote the sanctity of human life.  I trust that McCain will continue to fight wasteful spending in government and fight for lower taxes.  And I’d much rather get 80% of all of that for example, than nothing at all.

So what must McCain do to win the presidency?  First, I think he needs to be faithful to the convictions that got him this far.  But second, his vice presidential running mate will make or break his campaign.  I really don’t think Romney or Huckabee will do either.  It’s not McCain’s style and I think either of those two will impede momentum.  It would be in McCain’s best interest to steal some more “change” thunder from the Democrats, i.e. select a woman and/or a minority as a conservative running mate!!!

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Condoleezza Rice anyone?  You’ve got to admit, McCain and Rice compliment each other very well!  She has lots of foreign affairs experience as Secretary of State and understands international security issues inside and out.  She actually has REAL national and international U.S. policy experience (unlike another lady running for office who shall remain nameless).  But why give any voter the dumb excuse to vote for someone simply because a candidate is the first “fill-in-the-blank”?  McCain can make that a non-issue by doing essentially the same thing, but with a conservative running mate!  Both parties and voters will then have to re-focus on the real issues at stake! 

Or how about Collin Powell as a VP pick for many of the same reasons?

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Or how about former Congressman J.C. Watts as a VP pick for a younger, vibrant midwestern conservative?  (Great thought Neil!)

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I’m sure there are many more excellent choices, but whoever McCain ultimately asks to join the ticket–his choice is absolutely critical. 

 

 

 

Simply Horrifying

We often hear about China’s booming economy, untapped market, business opportunities, etc. And almost every time I shop, I often buy products made in China and thereby promote U.S. policy which grants China the coveted “Most Favored Nation Trading Status,” which in turn funds China’s quasi-communist economy, communist ideology, communist government and atrocities against women and people of faith. Since discovering China View at WordPress, I have witnessed truth that I wish I had not witnessed. But alas, it is the truth. Plain and simple. And horrifying.

The Chinese people need our prayers. Because eventually either free market and democratic principles will implode Communist Chinese policy and lead to the restoration of human rights, or we are living in an American fantasy that ends in a mushroom cloud after Communist China is finished using our money. (Or have we just forgotten what Marxist Communism is?)  

Land of the Free & Home of the Crybabies?

In April 2003, we Americans gave President Bush a 76% approval rating in his handling of the War in Iraq. But now as tensions continue to rise and insurgents continue to kill men, women, children, and troops, about 39% of us think we have the right to change our minds, elect a new Congress, pull out of Iraq, and forget the whole thing ever happened. And granted, we do have that right.      

But whatever happened to doing the right thing no matter the cost, and taking responsibility for one’s actions? 

We can’t blame Bush for this war; 76% of us gave the President and Congress our blessing! We need to grab a mirror and blame ourselves. We supported our leaders in the decision to go to war. So here we are. And it’s too late to talk about how or why we got here, we just need to tread very carefully now so we don’t make it worse. We need to suck it up and be willing to take responsibility. The 39% of us who have since changed our minds simply don’t deserve that luxury.   

Iraq obviously needs America’s military help. The Iraqi people risk life and limb every day at the whimsy of fanatic jihadists who wish to establish a violent Islamic Theocracy that would send human rights (especially women’s rights) straight to the Dark Ages. Premature withdrawal of American troops could have devastating consequences for the Middle East region. Jihadists likely would bring the fight to American soil and increase hostilities against our allies abroad. If Iraq can’t be helped now, it won’t be helped ever. 

How soon we forget history. Iraq mostly conjures up the ghosts of Vietnam. But what about Japan? In WWII Japan was bombed to oblivion by the U.S., yet Japan became a major industrialized democracy a mere 40 years later thanks to us—her former American enemy. 

If you think we’ve been in Iraq too long—think again. Japan required military occupation by the U.S. for 7 years (without the Japanese carbombing utilities, city markets, police stations, or weddings every other day). We have been in Iraq only four years and our government is seriously considering a pull-out thanks to the 39% of us who simply changed our minds! 

Maybe we have really just lost our minds.

Where’s our resolve? Where’s our idealism? We must make the the WWII generation sick. Why can’t we see beyond the current violence and gas prices and envision a peaceful and stable Iraq 40 years from now? Other countries in the region are stable. The good people of Iraq are counting on us to help them fight for freedom from the jihadists. Or at least they were counting on us.

WE ARE AT WAR FOLKS. Wake up. Some of us need to grow up. It’s not pretty. It’s not easy. And it’s definitely not our choice! Unlike the Japanese, the jihadists have not surrendered! We can’t stop fighting yet. We have an important mission in Iraq. 

And don’t mistake me for a warmonger. I believe we should always seek peace and pursue it. I can’t help but get an enormous knot in my throat as I hold back the tears when reading or hearing about the death of another young American soldier or when I think about my own two family members who are serving in the U.S. military. One leaves next month for his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

All the men and women who serve or have served in our military are courageous.

But so are the innocent Iraqi men, women, and children who must deal with jihadist terror and sectarian violence every day. Let’s take responsibility for what is happening in Iraq by staying, fighting, strengthening, and stablizing the infant Iraqi government until she is ready to release us. And continue to pray for strength and wisdom for our leaders, military commanders, and troops in resolving this War. Pray for Iraq. May our ultimate decision honor our sacrifice and the good people of Iraq.