Monday, October 25, 2004

A little huffy today

My side of a recent e-mail to a Poor Misguided Liberal:

No, Vietnam was not started by Kennedy, it was started by Truman.  But let's not let this part get lost - to BAIL OUT FRANCES ASS... AGAIN.
Eisenhower carries on the previous administration's policy and Kennedy escalates the whole thing as a show of strength to the Soviet Union. 
Johnson goes ape $#!^ and turns the thing into a circus.  Who ENDED it?  Nixon.  The whipping boy of the left for the last 30 years.  "Nixons war" they call it.  HUH!?  Nixon brought the boys back home to be promptly spit on by the John Kerry, liberal anti-war types who had demanded the boys come home. (Why are most liberal anti-war types Democrats, when they are the party that escalated the Vietnam war to such a level in the 60's?)
Really the war on Terrorism has been going on since Jimmy Carter failed to stand up to the Middle Eastern Mullahs in 1979.  Reagan was focused on defeating the Soviet Union.  Bush Sr, and Clinton all ignored the problem.  When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, the islamo-fascist movement (thinking THEY defeated the Soviet Union) turned their angry, toweled heads to the United States.  They escalated their war on us through the 90's while Clinton/Gore tackled the "real" threat to America, the anti-socialist movement, while ignoring the drumbeats of war from the islamo-fascists.

A little hisory for you.  Shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, riding the slogan "Death to America" -, the attacks on Americans soon began. In November 1979, a militant Islamic mob took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and held 52 Americans hostage for the next 444 days.

The rescue team sent to free those hostages in April 1980 suffered eight fatalities, making them the first of militant Islam's many American casualties. Others included:

April 1983: 17 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

October 1983: 241 dead at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.

December 1983: five dead at the U.S. embassy in Kuwait.

January 1984: the president of the American University of Beirut killed.

April 1984: 18 dead near a U.S. airbase in Spain.

September 1984: 16 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut (again).

December 1984: Two dead on a plane hijacked to Tehran.

June 1985: One dead on a plane hijacked to Beirut.

After a let-up, the attacks then restarted: Five and 19 dead in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, 224 dead at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998 and 17 dead on the USS Cole (US SOIL!)  in Yemen in October 2000.

Simultaneously, the murderous assault of militant Islam also took place on U.S. soil:

July 1980: an Iranian dissident killed in the Washington, D.C. area.

August 1983: a leader of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam killed in Canton, Mich.

August 1984: three Indians killed in a suburb of Tacoma, Wash.

September 1986: a doctor killed in Augusta, Ga.

January 1990: an Egyptian freethinker killed in Tucson, Ariz.

November 1990: a Jewish leader killed in New York.

February 1991: an Egyptian Islamist killed in New York.

January 1993: two CIA staff killed outside agency headquarters in Langley, Va.

February 1993: Six people killed at the first World Trade Center bombing. 

March 1994: an Orthodox Jewish boy killed on the Brooklyn Bridge.

February 1997: a Danish tourist killed on the Empire State building.

October 1999: 217 passengers killed on an EgyptAir flight near New York City.

In all, 800 persons lost their lives in the course of attacks by militant Islam on Americans before September 2001 - more than killed by any other enemy since the Vietnam War. (Further, this listing does not include the dozens more Americans in Israel killed by militant Islamic terrorists.)

Add to this the 3,025 who died on September 11, 2001.

Bush is the first US president to tackle the problem head on.  You think it's gonna go away if you just ignore it? You think they want to sit down and "talk about it"?  That is the policy we had up until September 12, 2001.  Worked pretty good, didn't it?
We have gone into Iraq to:
1.) Tear down the MOST oppressive regime in the world and free a people we teased with freedom twice and failed, due to gutless political decisions by ineffective leaders concerned with re-election and polls.
(No, Korea is not next since the people there will soon run out of neighbors to eat and will eventually turn on Kim Jong Ill or there won't be anyone left for him rule since they have to eat each other to survive.)
2.) Tear down the terrorist training facilities that were being built within the country. (Zarqawi's group fled Afganistan for safe harbor in Iraq, which he got from Saddam)
3.) Prevent the collaboration of Al Quida groups and Saddam. He was already funding Hamas and was preparing to work with Al Quida.
4.)  If you have rats, you don't set the traps in your bed, you set them where the rats are. In the dark corners and crawl spaces.  Terrorists are the same as rats.
We are focusing their venom on us in Iraq rather than here.  Which one do you want, you only have two choices. Military attacks in a foreign lands or random attacks on civilians in the US.
If you're looking for Iraq's WMD's, look in the Bekka Valley in Syria.  There's a lot of French made weaponry that appeared on train cars from Iraq during that year long "Rush to War".
We should have just let all that go?  It's not our business?  We have more important things to worry about in the US, like how many people are getting free condoms or that we don't measure up to Europe's failed model of socialism?  The US Government owes you something?  John Kerry is promising everyone healthcare and a job, the Chinese do the same thing, and they even pick the job for you!  You also get mandatory abortion and state sponsored euthanasia, UTOPIA!
There is an exit strategy for Iraq.  Iraqi's taking over their own military, police and government.  It's similar to our exit strategy in WWII.  Oh, BTW, we are FINALLY pulling out of Germany after a 57 year "occupation", and you're worried about a 2 year operation?  It takes a while to teach people how to be free, when they have never known freedom in their lifetime.  Insuring others in the world have the opportunity to provide themselves with the United States standard of living is our responsibility, we might even say it should be the standard for passing the "Global Test"? 
So, we're really talking about 25 years of half-assed US involvement in the Middle East, with the lesson being - don't go in if you don't have the focus or the stomach to stay until the job is done.
When you go into a game, a deal or a war, you don't know if you're going to win, you assume it. 
Otherwise, what's the point of trying to win or improve anything?

But then that may have been your point.


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