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Second guessing after the fact sure is easy. I didn’t agree with some of the GWB policies, but going into Iraq I agreed with. The trouble was that the American public to forgot the 9/11/01 attacks by that time. I did NOT forget. Every terrorist that died in Iraq never made it to our shores. Iraq was the magnet for the terrorists of all stripes. I call it the ‘honey theory’ and our troops crushed them in Iraq. That was a good thing for America’s security.
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G.W. was MIA

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 9:25 AM
I don't believe George W remained silent because he refused to get involved. I think he was asked to do so by the establishment Republicans that believed it would be too risky. Better for the Republicans to join in with the bashing to remove that advantage from the Democrats. W took one for the 'team' again. Every time W came out swinging at the Democrats and the liberal media, his approval jumped. At the end of his term they requested he remain silent to help McCain. Dumb move.
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G.W. was MIA

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 7:59 AM
The elite Republican establishment types threw W under the bus believing distancing McCain would win by default by bashing Bush. Same philosophy applied this time. The establishment Republicans blew it both times. George W won twice, establishment Republicans lost twice by scapegoating him. Maybe they need to realize that it wasn't a good idea the first time. What was the definition of insanity? The Republicans should never have abandoned Bush. The elite Republican establishment 'king makers' are rigidly moderate and afraid to defend conservative values because they believe moderation is the Holy Grail to winning elections. They have been proven wrong. They are as rigidly blind as the liberal mainstream media. Bland loses.
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True Colors of Islamists

Fire_Ready Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 2:39 PM
Presidential order: no shots to be fired, not even blank ammo. Our Marines could have successfully defended the US Embassy in Tehran with noise makers (blank ammo)! But fear of an international incident creates a huge international incident. Our dealings in that part of the world should be from a position of strength.
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True Colors of Islamists

Fire_Ready Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 2:34 PM
Our leaders believe that if you treat everyone as 'good Christian Americans', they will respond as good Christian Americans. The problem is that they are not Christian or Americans. In that part of the world, weakness is to be exploited brutally. What we see as generosity, they see as weakness. They do not respect weakness, but they do respect strength. I was at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 taking out all non essential personnel. Political correctness and a fear of making a bad decision led to a disaster.
When clergy take their vows, they make a pact with God to be His Shepherd of their assigned flock. They say The Lord's Prayer at all services. But the bulk of them have failed to comprehend their calling. They all need to stop dead in their tracks and listen to The Lord's Prayer. 'Lead us NOT into temptation, But deliver us from evil.' How will God perform this? This is in their prime directive! It is the clergy's vow to shepherd in Jesus' name as God intended. How ancient is sexual temptation? And our 'shepherds' are EMBRACING the temptation instead of delivering their flock from the evil that is in the details? And then they have the nerve to defrock those that have taken their vows to heart. As we hear often, 'Lord, have mercy.'
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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

Fire_Ready Wrote: May 01, 2012 5:20 AM
North Vietnam surrendered at the Paris Peace Talks. The Democrat Congress rejected the agreement because there was a Republican president. A Democrat president (Kennedy) started the Vietnam War. A Democrat president (Johnson) escalated the Vietnam War. A Republican president (Nixon) won it and ended it. The Democrats couldn't accept this politically. They successfully undermined the war that they started and escalated for political purposes. Bush 41 won the War in Iraq, but blundered the aftermath. The surge then worked and we took control in Iraq. Under Obama we retreated and compromised our situation in Iraq to concentrate on Obama's 'Good War' in Afghanistan. Another bad choice by Democrats based solely on political expediency.
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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

Fire_Ready Wrote: Apr 30, 2012 5:27 PM
Good article, but misses the important part; WHY? We make assumptions that we LOST Vietnam, then look for the reasons. Maybe we should ask; 1. Why we didn't win sooner. 2. Why did the Democrat controlled congress vocally reject the terms of North Vietnam's surrender? Why were the mass killings in South Vietnam and Combodia after we cut and ran such a surprise? Why has this administration decided to follow that same failed path used by the Democrats congress at the end of the Vietnam mess? Why do Democrats always feel oblaged to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Why does the media feel ideologically obliged to take sides against America? There are enemies within, both foreign and domestic. The domestic ones don't even realize it.
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Nonsense, Precedented and Petrified

Fire_Ready Wrote: Apr 08, 2012 12:05 PM
The problem as I see it is that the 'democratic' power of the people is seen as the solution to all our problems through political activism. The founders detested democracy, though we now present our form of government as a democracy. We are a representative republic, not a democracy. Democracy always eats itself and fails. The rule of law of the constitution is what constrains democracy. Politicians exploit the people. The media has become dominated by activist ideologues. The price of all the 'free stuff' promised by politicians is individual dignity and self respect. It has become a national disgrace. I think Mr. Jacob missed it on this one.
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