Terry Paulson

Military weakness has always been provocative. Unchecked evil advances until someone stops it. In a post World War I era, Denmark found a strong military unnecessary. It took the combined will and forces of the English-speaking Western world and Russia to put an end to Hitler’s dream of world domination.

They say that the winners write history. They do, unless they have “politically correct” schools that refuse to provide an accurate history of the positive role war has played in securing freedom! Whether Barack Obama acknowledges it or not, war is a reality of the human condition and, sometimes, is the answer!

With more rogue countries and terrorist groups capable of attacking our homeland and vital global interests, America, must be ready to defend freedom here and abroad. Secure peace comes most often through strength and diplomacy. John McCain realizes that the Iraq war is a war we must win. When victory and a secure Iraq are within our grasp, Obama’s preemptive retreat is not the answer.

As former Secretary of Defense Cap Wienberger warned, "You don’t just go out to the store and buy high-tech weapons on the day you need them." We must continue to walk softly in diplomatic circles but continue to carry a technologically-advanced stick that keeps us one step ahead of our worst enemies. Such strength requires a significant investment and committed leadership.

Our founding fathers knew the importance of military strength. When, at the Constitutional Convention, it was proposed to limit the U.S. standing army to 5,000 men, George Washington responded requesting a clause that would limit the size of the invading army to 3,000 troops. Laughter followed, and the proposal was dropped.

John McCain is the leader America needs to handle the security challenges we will face in the years ahead. He’ll work with Iraqi and Afghanistan leaders to maintain momentum, win the war and send a lasting message to our terrorist enemies.

The United States wants no empire; it wants to stand for freedom and with countries who want to secure it. When should our men and women come back—when the job is done and they want us to leave! McCain is the only candidate committed to doing just that! Elections do matter.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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