'True peace is not the absence of war, it is the absence of evil'. This simple little statement is where conservatives and liberals part company. It is so incredibly profound it tells us volumes about the difference between the conservative and liberal philosophies. HELLO, I AM NOT SAYING THAT ALL LIBERALS ARE NECESSARILY EVIL. OKAY? THEY ARE NOT! OKAY? What I am saying is, in my humble opinion, the liberal agenda does not allow for this type of mindset. In the liberal agenda, war is war, peace is peace, and evil simply does not enter into the equation. If, indeed, evil DID enter into the equation, then both conservatives and liberals would be on the same page when it comes to our national security. And, in case you haven't noticed, THEY AIN'T!
George W. Bush, to his credit, identified terrorism as evil. He recognized the simple fact that the only way to deal with terrorism is to destroy the roots of evil behind it. Has he done this without mistakes? No, he has not. Did he promise it would be over quickly? No, he did not. To the contrary, he warned our country that this war could last for many years, although it seems the liberals have conveniently forgotten that part of the speech.
There has never been a war fought without mistakes and there never will be. We lost 11,000 soldiers in ONE DAY when our troops went ashore at Normandy. Were mistakes made? You betcha! Were there unforseen circumstances? You betcha! War is a nasty, vile business. Sadly, people will die. But what are the options? Surrender? Bury our collective heads in the sand, just hoping this will all go away? Negotiate? Get real.
During the 1990's, our then sitting President (I am assuming he did sit up at least once in a while) was faced with many terrorist attacks during his tenure in office. He chose to avoid war, choosing instead to attempt to arrest, prosecute and imprison the bad guys. History bears out that this was mere political folly. We lost hundreds and hundreds of people while the terrorist community laughed in our faces.
Former President Jimmy Carter lashed out at George W. Bush for his wonderfully inspiring "axis of evil" speech. He was afraid Bush had hurt the feelings of the North Koreans, the Iranians, and Saddam Hussein. He said, "It will take years before we can repair the damage of that statement". Can you say ridiculous? This, from the same man who's presidency became a laughing stock when Iran held American citizens hostage for 444 days. It is incomrehensible to me how a person could do nothing but wring his hands for that many days and not break something.
To the Clinton administration's credit, they did kick the Branch Davidian's butts in Waco. Another tragic piece of misguided American history. And don't forget about little Elian Gonzalez. Janet Reno sure showed him a thing or two! Where was this tough resolve when it would have meant something? Pick on little kids and religious fanatics, but don't go after the terrorists who blew a hole in the side of the USS Cole, killing many of our finest young men. This is totally, completely indefensible!
These are the facts. This is all true and documented stuff. And, I could go on for several hundred more pages, but what's the use? If I haven't made my point by now I never will.
This is not about the economy, or the deficit, or building new roads. This is about the very survival of our nation, our life style, our freedom and the freedom of those who will follow us. And, for some sad, scary reason, it seems our country has seen fit to bring these people back to power. And their idea of peace simply cannot, and will not, endure the test of time. May God save us all.