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Friday, July 28, 2006

I Love President Bush, but He Has Failed His Main Test

I disagree with the president on immigration, education and McCain-Finegold, but I remain one of his biggest supporters. Having said that, I must say that I worry most of all about the safety and security of my children and my grandchildren if a Democrat succeeds to the presidency in 2008. I have this worry because, although President Bush has been immense in protecting us from Islamic terrorists and in standing up to the vituperation heaped on him for so doing, he has NOT succeeded in convincing enough of the country that a global terrorist war is ongoing against us, and that we Americans are in mortal danger.

Politics alone cannot explain the utterly foolish statements made over the past few years about this war by prominent Democrats and by the liberal mainstream press, the most recent being Chairman Dean’s branding of the Iraqi prime minister as being an anti-Semite. Senators Reid, Kennedy, Durban, Kerry, and other Democrat politicians would not be trying so hard to undermine our efforts to win this war and our efforts to prevent, for as long as possible, the use of a WMD here (let’s face it, it is inevitable), if those somewhat moderate Democrats in their constituency believed that their lives and their children’s lives were really at risk.

I therefore conclude that it is the president’s job to articulate the threats we face in such a way as to convince most of the country of the risks we face, and to demand support and some sacrifice of the country. Minimally we should all be adhering to a 55 mph speed limit to save gasoline and to reduce the billions of dollars we make available to people who want to kill us. I don’t believe President Bush has done this job as well as he should.

Just yesterday Osama Bin Laden’s deputy, al-Zawahri, repeated Al Qaeda’s threat to bury us:

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views “all the world as a battlefield open in front of us.”

The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with “cease-fires or agreements.”

“It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq,” al-Zawahri said. “We will attack everywhere.” Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.

He said Arab regimes were accomplices to Israel. “My fellow Muslims, it is obvious that Arab and Islamic governments are not only impotent but also complicit ... and you are alone on the battlefield. Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs.”

He also called for the “downtrodden” throughout the world, not just Muslims, to join the battle against “tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America.”
“Stand with Muslims in confronting this unprecedented oppression and tyranny. Stand with us as we stand with you against this injustice that was forbidden by God in his book (the Quran),” al-Zawahri said. AP

And for those who tend to dismiss statements like this, let me once again lay out the record:

— November 1979: Muslim extremists (Iranian variety) seized the U.S. embassy in Iran and held 52 American hostages for 444 days.

— 1982: Muslim extremists (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long habit of taking Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing William Buckley and holding Terry Anderson for 6 1/2 years.

— April 1983: Muslim extremists (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah) bombed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.

— October 1983: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) blew up the U.S. Marine barracks at the Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.

— December 1983: Muslim extremists (al-Dawa) blew up the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, killing five and injuring 80.

— September 1984: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) exploded a truck bomb at the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two U.S. servicemen.

— December 1984: Muslim extremists (probably Hezbollah) hijacked a Kuwait Airways airplane, landed in Iran and demanded the release of the 17 members of al-Dawa who had been arrested for the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans before the siege was over.

— June 14, 1985: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) hijacked TWA Flight 847 out of Athens, diverting it to Beirut, taking the passengers hostage in return for the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners held by Israel. When their demands were not met, the Muslims shot U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac.

— October 1985: Muslim extremists (Palestine Liberation Front backed by Libya) seized an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, killing 69-year-old American Leon Klinghoffer by shooting him and then tossing his body overboard.

— December 1985: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed airports in Rome and Vienna, killing 20 people, including five Americans.

— April 1986: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed a discotheque frequented by U.S. servicemen in West Berlin, injuring hundreds and killing two, including a U.S. soldier.

— December 1988: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground.

— February 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, possibly with involvement of friendly rival al-Qaida) set off a bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center, killing six and wounding more than 1,000.

— Spring 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Sudanese Islamic Front and at least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex, and the FBI's lower Manhattan headquarters.

— November 1995: Muslim extremists (possibly Iranian "Party of God") explode a car bomb at U.S. military headquarters in Saudi Arabia, killing five U.S. military servicemen.

— June 1996: Muslim extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah, probably with involvement of al-Qaida) explode a truck bomb outside the Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds.

— August 1998: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) explode truck bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands.

— October 2000: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) blow up the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 U.S. sailors.

— Sept. 11, 2001: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) hijack commercial aircraft and fly planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 Americans.

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6 Comments:

At 5:12 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I agree. I've said this before - that Bush and his staff need to make this case and in a more forthright way. Be straightforward. Stop dancing. Stop speaking in code and subtleties. And finally, explain that the next president, EITHER Dem or Rep, will have to fight this SAME fight! Iraq, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Al-quaida will not be gone in 2008.

I disagree with one comment about the Iraqi Prime minister. First, he probably is by definition and position an anti-semite. Second, he proved that by condeming Israeli attacks in the most recent two week old segment of the 2000 year old war...and refused to condemn Hezbollah.

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Maliki, who is an Arab and a Shiite in an Arab and Shiite country, probably wouldn't last one day if he had said what Democrat politicians tried to get him to say. They are just trying to cause trouble as usual. I thought it remarkable that he joined with certain other Arab countries in condemning terrorism at this point in time.

 
At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves Jr. said...

Russ,
You need to send this to President Bush if you haven't already done so. I totally agree with what you say. I don't think that the average American "gets it" about the War on Terrorism, and we know that the reasons lye with Liberal Democrats and their imbedded press and news media. It's beyond me why we haven't gone back to a national 55 miles per speed limit for all vehicles. I would even go as far as drafting President Bush for at least two more terms of office, because as I've stated before and I'll say this again, if a Liberal Democrat gets in that office, we as a nation are doomed.

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Jonus said...

That shouldn't be the main reason you should be afraid of the next president. The main reason is the unprecedented amount of power Bush has given the executive branch. The next president may not such a respectably honest Christian with only the american public's interest at heart. That is WAY more fearful to me than the possiblilty that people don't beleive in the War on Terror.

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Jonus,
Perhaps you are not aware of the executive order signed by Pres. Carter in 1979:
EXERCISE OF CERTAIN AUTHORITY RESPECTING ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE
EO 12139
23 May 1979
________________________________________
By the authority vested in me as President by Sections 102 and
104 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C.
1802 and 1804), in order to provide as set forth in that Act (this
chapter) for the authorization of electronic surveillance for
foreign intelligence purposes, it is hereby ordered as follows:

1-101. Pursuant to Section 102(a)(1) of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802(a)), the Attorney General
is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign
intelligence information without a court order, but only if the
Attorney General makes the certifications required by that Section.

1-102. Pursuant to Section 102(b) of the Foreign Intelligence Act
of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802(b)), the Attorney General is authorized to
approve applications to the court having jurisdiction under Section
103 of that Act (50 U.S.C. 1803) to obtain orders for electronic
surveillance for the purpose of obtaining foreign intelligence
information.

1-103. Pursuant to Section 104(a)(7) of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1804(a)(7)), the following
officials, each of whom is employed in the area of national
security or defense, is designated to make the certifications
required by Section 104(a)(7) of the Act in support of applications
to conduct electronic surveillance:

(a) Secretary of State.

(b) Secretary of Defense.

(c) Director of Central Intelligence.

(d) Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(e) Deputy Secretary of State.

(f) Deputy Secretary of Defense.

(g) Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.

None of the above officials, nor anyone officially acting in that
capacity, may exercise the authority to make the above
certifications, unless that official has been appointed by the
President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

1-104. Section 2-202 of Executive Order No. 12036 (set out under
section 401 of this title) is amended by inserting the following at
the end of that section: ''Any electronic surveillance, as defined
in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, shall be
conducted in accordance with that Act as well as this Order.''.

1-105. Section 2-203 of Executive Order No. 12036 (set out under
section 401 of this title) is amended by inserting the following at
the end of that section: ''Any monitoring which constitutes
electronic surveillance as defined in the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978 shall be conducted in accordance with that
Act as well as this Order.''.

Jimmy Carter.

President Clinton signed a similar order in 1995.

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Jonus said...

Maybe I'm missing something but Isn't that basically saying to follow the law as written in the FISA law?

President Bush has disregarded the FISA law. And showing me that a president has done something wrong before does not justify Bush's actions.

 

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