Sigh! We knew all along it was coming; the sad thing is, it was completely avoidable. In this age of Jihad
and radical Islamic fascism, last night's election results are frightening, indeed. One would think the electorate would be wise enough to see through the Democrats' "centrist" smoke and mirrors routine, but in all fairness, Republican lack of leadership and blatant dismissal of conservative values is ultimately responsible for this debacle.
Let's begin with President Bush. Hard to believe how precipitously he's squandered his 2004 "capital." Having no possession of psychic powers or the ability to read minds, I can only guess at his motivations for abandoning moral clarity and caving in to political correctness. Instead of aligning with President Reagan -- who worked everyday to promote conservative ideals -- W. followed in his father's footsteps, caving into the farcical platitudes of "reaching across the aisle" to Democrats who are now salivating over the opportunity for impeachment hearings, and abandoning so-called "Cowboy Diplomacy," which called an evil-doer an evil-doer.
Many are calling this a "referendum" on Iraq. But polls indicate the dissatisfaction with Iraq is largely based on the War's prosecution and not the War itself. Contrary to what the Democrats preach, most Americans want to win. Problem is, with President Bush's politically-correct military strategy of restraint, crossing the finish line has become an increasingly impossible task.
But it was doomed to failure from the start for several reasons:
1. Basing the entire motivation on weapons of mass destruction.
After 9/11, President Bush declared that we would "make no distinction between terrorists and those who harbor them." Saddam Hussein was harboring, financing and motivating terror cells all over Iraq, not to mention raping, torturing, shredding, dismembering and committing other horrid atrocities against his own people. President Bush could have made the case that it was only a matter of time until this genocidal madman wreaked havoc in the United States and the free world. Instead, he set himself -- and our troops -- up for failure.
2. Wasting 14 Months with Even More Ineffective UN Resolutions:
While Bush did the "obligatory" dance with the UN, Saddam got busy smuggling WMD's into Syria, some of which could possibly have ended up in North Korea. This man had violated, what, like 17 UN resolutions prior, with zero consequences? Why did the President acquiese to a corrupt, anti-American, Israel-hating organization incapable of enforcing its own demands?
3. Refusal to Quote Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton
, among others, who repeatedly spoke of the grave threat posed to the world by Saddam Hussein back in 1998. Was Saddam suddenly less of a threat after the 2000 Election? The President's reluctance to call out liberal hypocrisy as it pertains to Iraq was a display of weakness that has come back to haunt him.
4. Cave-In to Drive-By Media
-- Suddenly, rightfully black and white phrases like "good vs. evil," and "Wanted: Dead or Alive," were jettisoned for a "kinder, gentler" approach that has led to electoral, and quite possibly, national, tragedy. The President should have ignored the demands of a biased, liberal media that was never going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He had a brief moment of enlightenment, when, in the wake of the foiled London airliner attacks, he correctly referred to America's enemy as "Islamo-fascists." Too bad it didn't last.
5. Lack of Communication with the American Public
- Everyday, he should have been sounding the alarm, reminding Americans of the threats we face and explaining why a victory in Iraq was crucial to American interests and security. Again and again, he should have referred back to the 90's when liberals like John Kerry bemoaned Saddam's threat to the world.
While Iran foments insurgency and Civil War in Iraq, American leadership insists on following the same UN recipe for failure. Iran's August 31st deadline came and went, with no significant ramifications. Thus, the emboldened "Aman-jihad" (my name for Iran's manicial leader) continues his uranium enrichment program and sends terrorists into Iraq to literally kill any shot of stabilizing the country. And the President and the State Department do --- NOTHING.
Let's see...then there was the doomed Dubai Ports deal which belied the White House's lack of political savvy. Even if it was above-board, its negative perception by the public should have been anticipated. By the time the President got around to addressing the issue, it had already inflicted irreparable damage. The Harriet Miers nomination was another fiasco. And finally, his lack of will in securing America's porous borders (which looks like blatant pandering to the Hispanic vote), alienated not only conservatives, but the majority of Americans who favor border-enforcement.
I like President Bush personally, and in many cases, he has been unfairly maligned and insulted. But instead of solidifying the base that put him in office, he insisted on "winning hearts and minds," not just in Iraq, but among the minority (now majority) representatives in Congress. I am not excusing bad decisions on the part of crossover conservatives and independents who may have voted for Dems this time around; I'm simply stating the obvious that it was all so avoidable.
Yes, people should have voted "American," as Glenn Beck put it. National security should have trumped all else. But with a difficult war dragging on, thanks in part to political correctness, and a restless electorate, this was no time for the President and other Republicans to assume victory simply because the other side was a far-worse alternative. The biggest losers are our brave Military men and women. Just wait until purse-strings Pelosi cuts the war spending; the results will be cataclysmic.
With terrorists rejuvenated by a Democratic win, we can only hope that the donkeys will wake up and do the right things for the country. But I'm not betting on it.
God bless America. We need it more now than ever.