June 29, 2005

The Radical Left, The Left and The War On Terror

This is going to be another rant (I feel the necessity of them more and more often listening to and reading the MSM - perhaps some bourbon will help).

But first, beloved readers, I want to state very clearly that this rant is directed at Moonbats in general, and not necessarily at the left, many of whom are articulate expounders of their point of view. Some who comment on this blog, my friend Jim Hitchcock comes to mind, has always been polite and for the most part, reasonable. There are others of the left that have not been. I don't "ban" them because I do believe in free speech with a few exceptions on my blog explained here:Rules On Commenting. Having said all the above, don't get offended (well, OK, you can if you wish, but only if the shoe fits - if it doesn't fit, this was not aimed at you).

//Begin Rant//
The left is all a-twitter over the President's speech, still calls from the moonbats to shut down gitmo, still claiming the Prez said Saddam was linked to 9/11. What the heck is the matter with these people. In the Washington Times there is an editorial by one James H. Warner who spent over 5 years in a North Vietnamese POW camp. His story tells of torture, his story tells Dandy Dick Durbin what a real concentration camp is like:

"On the first of June [1969...ed.], I was put in a cement box with a steel door, which sat out in the tropical summer sun. There, I was put in leg irons which were then wired to a small stool. In this position I could neither sit nor stand comfortably. Within 10 days, every muscle in my body was in pain (here began a shoulder injury which is now inoperable). The heat was almost beyond bearing. My feet had swollen, literally, to the size of footballs. I cannot describe the pain. When they took the leg irons off, they had to actually dig them out of the swollen flesh. It was five days before I could walk, because the weight of the leg irons on my Achilles tendons had paralyzed them and hamstrung me. I stayed in the box from June 1 until Nov. 10, 1969. While in the box, I lost at least 30 pounds. I would be curious to hear Mr. Durbin explain how this compares with having a female invade my private space, and whether a box in which the heat nearly killed me is the same as turning up the air conditioning."
Did you get that Dick? FIVE friggin months in that box... FIVE, Count them you sorry excuse for a US Senator 1..2..3..4..5. Has ANYONE at Gitmo had a comparable experience? Even ONE? Your sorry excuse for an apology needs to become REAL, no wonder the American people don't trust most Democrats in national elections. Hey Dick, whatcha gonna do when the good people of Ill. retire you?

Warner finishes his column with:

"The argument that detainees at Guantanamo are being treated badly is specious and silly. In the eyes of normal Americans, Democrats believe this argument because, as Jeanne Kirkpatrick said 20 years ago, they "always blame America first." This contributes to the increasing suspicion, in red states, a problem that Democrats are aware of and are trying to counter, that Democrats cannot be trusted with our national security. Only the Democrats can change this perception, most recently articulated by White House adviser Karl Rove. The ball is in their court and I am certain there are steps that they can take to change this perception, but making silly arguments about imaginary bad treatment of enemy detainees is not a move in the right direction."

Oh, but no, I'm not done... The moonbats demand an exit strategy. Right in the middle of a war. That'll show the islamofascists how long they have to hang on won't it? I discussed that below. The islamofascists are just salivating at the idea that we may give them an expected date of victory. No chance folks, the President said, and I quote:

"The terrorists do not understand America. The American people do not falter under threat, and we will not allow our future to be determined by car bombers and assassins.

America and our friends are in a conflict that demands much of us.

We accept these burdens because we know what is at stake.

We fight today because Iraq now carries the hope of freedom in a vital region of the world, and the rise of democracy will be the ultimate triumph over radicalism and terror.

And we fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand.

So we'll fight them there, we'll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won.

America has done difficult work before. From our desperate fight for independence to the darkest days of a civil war to the hard-fought battles against tyranny in the 20th century, there were many chances to lose our heart, our nerve or our way.

But Americans have always held firm, because we have always believed in certain truths. We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity and returns to strike us again. We know that when the work is hard, the proper response is not retreat, it is courage. And we know that this great ideal of human freedom entrusted to us in a special way and that the ideal of liberty is worth defending."

Those that demand a timetable for withdrawal are either too naive to understand who is our enemy, or too stupid to understand that we must win this war. And, I can hear it now..."Then why don't you join up Roper, you were in the Army." Hey, I tried, I was in Berlin on 9/11 and as soon as I got home I called and offered my services...too old they said. Well, I'm not too old to tell you what I think and to stand up for what I believe in.

Still not done.

I'm sick of the complaints that Bush mislead the country and that the Downing Street Memos "PROVE" that. Well, according to Tony Blair (Oh, you know Tony don't you? He's the Prime Minister of England - The guy that LIVES at 10 Downing Street) According to the AP:

"LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday the "Downing Street memos" paint a distorted picture, and he insisted that the Iraq war was not predetermined by the United States.

"People say the decision was already taken. The decision was not already taken," he said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

Blair added he was "a bit astonished" at the intensive U.S. media coverage about the leaked memos, which suggested the White House viewed the war with Iraq as inevitable.

One last thing. I'm also sick of those who say that Saddam had no linkage to terrorists and/or Al Qaeda. the following are reproductions of PDF files.
saddam 2.png

Cutting and Running is not an option, only winning this war is viable. We have the troops, we have the means, we must have the will in order to succeed.

Posted by GM Roper at June 29, 2005 01:56 PM | TrackBack

I happen to completely agree. I think that the rationalizations for the beginning of the war are still a worthy topic of discussion, but we're there now, and we have to stay the course. It's our responsibility, like it or not. Cutting and running is not an option, unless by "cutting and running" you mean training the Iraqi troops to a sufficient level of competency and beginning a measured pullback of US troops. But that's not cutting and running.

Posted by Fargus at June 30, 2005 06:39 AM

I would love to know where the PDF images came from and how I may able to get a copy of them.

I also read your "About Me" and find that we have a lot in common at least in the military brat grew up overseas department....

Thank you for your visits too!


Posted by jcrue at June 30, 2005 01:54 PM

My guess is the articles are ones that contain assertions later found to be pretty lame or else you'd have heard Bush/Blair raising them at every turn. THe articles with dates after 1999 are useless, no evidence whatsoever of a connection, just a wish list...

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