With Democratic Party patriot friends like President Obama and Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, who needs unpatriotic enemies?
Never mind that it has been prominent Democrats over the past decade that regularly question the patriotism of Republicans, and not vice versa, but I digress. Our Commander-in-Chief chose the week leading up to today's annual national observance of those in our armed forces who have laid down their lives for America, to deliver a comprehensive speech on war, drones and Guantanamo Bay that included the following supposed syllogism:
From the Civil War to our struggle against fascism, on through the long twilight struggle of the Cold War, battlefields have changed, and technology has evolved, but our commitment to constitutional principles has weathered every war, and every war has come to an end...
Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. It’s what our democracy demands.
OK, so all previous wars that have ended, ended; and therefore, all wars, including this one (the one that he refuses to name except as it relates to al Qaeda as amorphous "extremists"), must end. And? Ever heard of the Hundred Years War, War of the Roses and Thirty Years War?
President Obama only very rarely (see lead up to re-election when seeking votes from those that appreciate American exceptionalism while winking at fellow liberal Democrats that don't) expresses any sentiment that America must win its wars. And given Obama's affiliation with the post-FDR/HST/JFK modern-day McGovern/Bill Ayers/Rev. Wright-Democratic Party why would anyone expect him to given its betrayal of the Hmong in Vietnam, millions behind the Iron Curtain of a Communist empire they refused to call "evil", and post-surge purple-fingered Iraqis.
Democrats today like Obama (most of them) are content to memorialize the fallen with false claims that their deaths were caused by unseen videos and readily sacrifice in vain the causes they died for, most of which are opposed by the Democrats unless victory can be declared within 72 hours after any bombs fall lest they miss the latest gay coming out party or "contraception" crisis.
President Obama continued:
And with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a new dawn of democracy took hold abroad and a decade of peace and prosperity arrived here at home. And for a moment it seemed the 21st century would be a tranquil time. And then on September 11th, 2001, we were shaken out of complacency...And so our nation went to war. We have now been at war for well over a decade. I won’t review the full history. What is clear is that we quickly drove al-Qaida out of Afghanistan, but then shifted our focus and began a new war in Iraq.
Early into that post-Berlin Wall collapse decade of peace, pre-al Qaeda Islamist terrorists led by the Egyptian Blind Sheikh bombed the World Trade Center, coming within 100 yards of causing one tower to topple into the other. The sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and others were tried and convicted in U.S. civilian courts but, as with drone kills, not much intel gathered post-Miranda rights readings that might have prevented later examples of the terrorism-as-mere-crime, peace decade such as the bombings of our Khobar Towers military barracks in Saudi Arabia (1996), African embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (1998) and USS Cole (2000). Moreover, the kid gloves approach with Iraq's Saddam Hussein's serial violations of the ceasefire, including the no-fly zone, that ended the First Gulf War (1990-1), and that we left him in power in the first place inspired Osama bin Laden to declare war on a "weak horse/paper tiger" America.
President Obama makes clear in his end-the-war speech that he wishes to return to the approach to terrorism employed by the United States before September 11, 2001; yet also notes the following:
Meanwhile, we strengthened our defenses, hardening targets, tightening transportation security, giving law enforcement new tools to prevent terror. Most of these changes were sound. Some caused inconvenience. But some, like expanded surveillance, raised difficult questions about the balance that we strike between our interests in security and our values of privacy. And in some cases, I believe we compromised our basic values -- by using torture to interrogate our enemies, and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law. So after I took office, we stepped up the war against al-Qaeda, but we also sought to change its course.
We? Republicans and Joe Lieberman fought the war on terror from 2002-2008; keeping the Homeland safe and neutralizing state sponsors of terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Hillary-Obama Democrats, on the other hand, launched the BushLied Era (supposedly about WMD in Iraq, yet there had been no non-sex-with-interns-BillLied Era despite his use of the same intel bomb Iraq) promising to surrender to terrorists if only Americans would elect John Kerry, after which we would address the "root causes" of why, in Democrats' minds, they justifiably hate us.
Terror abated after 9/11 and then ObamaDems changed the approach and since then we have had more terror incidents on the homeland from Fort Hood to Boston. Moreover, since President Obama was inaugurated, al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists now control more territory from Libya to Turkey to Afghanistan. Yet, Obama wants to unilaterally end the war by siccing the FBI on them, releasing them from Gitmo, and inviting them to hide behind innocent civilians to avoid drone strikes.
Wars must end! But Lincoln didn't end the War Between the States before running Robert E. Lee out of Gettysburg, eh!
Today is a special day to remember the ultimate sacrifices of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have made for our Liberty. And if we want there to be less such necessary sacrifices we will also remember that Democrats haven't been fit to be in charge of defending Liberty since JFK was taken from us nearly 50 years ago.
God bless America.
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