Hurricane Alley… by J. D. Longstreet

America Does Not Need A Weak, Timid, President… by J. D. Longstreet

I came across something President Dwight Eisenhower said a few decades back. He said: “History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.” When Ike said it… it was profound. It is even more profound, if that is possible, today. 

 

Ike was, of course, correct. If history teaches us anything it is that if a nation is to remain free that nation must remain strong and, equally important, that nation cannot be timid about using it’s strength in defense of freedom, it’s own as well as the freedom of others.

 

Today we find ourselves on the brink of the election of a new President. A man, who will, under our law, become the Commander in Chief of all the US military forces. Already those forces are at war, openly, overtly, in two nations in the Middle East and in sundry other nations, around the globe, that only those in positions of high authority in our military and our government know about.

 

Someone once said: “Freedom is not free.” No truer statement has ever been made. We don’t know whom to credit for those words of wisdom, but whoever said it was absolutely correct. There is a cost. Usually, the cost is paid in blood.

 

These are the words of one of the men running for the high office of President of the US and Commander in Chief of our military forces: “I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. I will institute an independent Defense Priorities Board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary defense spending … I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal: I will not develop nuclear weapons.” Those are the words of Mr. Barrack Obama, democratic Candidate for President. You can watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4sVQV3Lhk 

Before proceeding I would refer you all the way back to the quote by President Eisenhower: “History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.” What immediately leaps off the page when reading Mr. Obama’s words are timidity and weakness.

 

It is frightening for those of us who were born before the Second World War and have lived the history of this nation through all the wars we have been involved in since. We know the danger, we know the cost, and we know the lengths to which a nation must sometimes go to insure the safety of its citizens. We know the horror of killing hundreds of thousands of our enemy in a single hour with a single blow. It is a measure of the price we pay for our freedom. We also know that had we been timid, had we been weak of fortitude or military might, we would not be free people today.

 

Allow me, please, to pass on the words of John Stewart Mill: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” 

 

I would remind you that TWO wars are raging even as you read this. Not only is Mr. Obama assuring us he will order our troops off the battlefield and cede the war to the enemy, he is said to be considering reducing the military budget by 25%. If anything the size of the US military should be doubled and billions more spent in new equipment, new weapons, and new weapons systems. Just a few days ago Mr. Obama’s own vice presidential candidate assured us we could expect to be hit by our enemies within six months of Mr. Obama’s taking office. I believe him. Except, I think we will be hit sooner, much sooner.

 

Mr. Obama has missed making a connection with what the people of America want with our military in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Yes, Americans want their sons and daughters home. But they want them to come home victorious, having won the war; with their heads held high as the heroes we know them to be. 

 

Mr. Obama should heed the words of Earnest Hemmingway: “Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.”

 

As we are mere days from Election Day, I fear for my country. I fear that Mr. Obama may indeed win and become my President. I will not rest easy a single night he occupies the Oval Office.

 

J. D. Longstreet

 
 
 

 

 

    

  

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The Obama/Osama October Surprises?

Obama’s October Surprise & Osama’s October Surprise!

By:  J. D. Longstreet

You might want t read the title to this piece again.  Yep!  It’s a double whammy!  At least one of these “surprises” is a little difficult to believe.  That would be the Obama October surprise.

 

See, there is this e-mail flitting around, out on the ether, that Obama has an October surprise up his sleeve.  The rumor has it that sometime in the first week, or so, of October, Joe Biden, Obama’s Vice-Presidential candidate, will announce that he is stepping down, due to health reasons, and the rumor has it that Obama will immediately replace Biden with Hillary.  For obvious reasons that has a lot of people concerned.

 

I don’t put much stock in it, though.  I mean, step back and look closely at it and it looks awfully, well… dumb!  But, then again, dumb things have been known to happen in political campaigns.  The manipulation of voters would be just SO obvious, don’t you think?

 

My friend, and fellow blogger, Texas Fred, has written a piece about it that we recommend to you.  You’ll find it at:

 

http://texasfred.net/archives/2318

 

If Senator Biden did, in fact, step down from the candidacy for Vice-President, due to health reasons, would he not also be compelled to step down from his candidacy as Senator from Delaware?  Wouldn’t he owe that to his party, especially in Delaware?  No, I’m just not buying into this one.

 

Now, on to the second October Surprise:  The Osama October surprise.  The New York Sun is running a story that Osama is planning a number of overseas operations timed to influence the November elections in the US.

 

It is reported that back during that weekend, which separated the Democratic and Republican conventions, our US military intelligence agencies, and civilian intelligence agencies, picked up a number of messages from Osama’s Al Qaeda leadership instructing local cells to be ready for “imminent instructions”.  These messages have been reported to have been intercepted from multiple channels… some from couriers and some electronic messages, and some other unidentified methods of communication. You can read the article By Eli Lake, a staff reporter of the Sun, at:

 

http://www.nysun.com/foreign/spies-warn-that-al-qaeda-aims-for-october-surprise/86326

 

You may recall that Al Qaeda did something very like this in 2004, in Spain, by blowing up Madrid commuter trains just three days before the elections there and the Socialists Workers Party was voted into power in Spain. You may also recall the recorded messages Osama released the week of the US elections, also in 2004, in which he warned of dire consequences if President Bush was re-elected.  And, of course, there is the suicide bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, just a few days ago, which would tend to lend credence to Al Qaeda’s threats.  The Sun reports that the lobby of that particular hotel has been used as a meeting place for CIA officers and Pakistanis who felt it not wise to be observed meeting at the US Embassy there in Islamabad.

 

My opinion on Al Qaeda’s threats is that should they carry them out, they will most certainly aid the McCain camp and not the Obama camp.  But, then again, those people live in holes in the ground in some remote god forsaken wasteland far removed from the reality of the certain backlash such actions by them would cause and the danger it would bring to their continued existence. 

 

That said… if I had to choose which of the two rumored October surprises to put my money on, it would be on the Osama October surprise.  I just don’t buy the rumor of Biden stepping down.  THAT would be a Godsend to the Republicans.

 

J. D. Longstreet

 

 

 

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Joe Biden, The Expert on Iran?

Joe Biden, the Expert on Iran?

By: J. D. Longstreet
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We are coming to understand why the Iranians would be more than pleased with Joe Biden as the Vice President of the United States.

Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, has written an article titled: “Biden’s Blink on Iran” which was published by the Washington Post. In the article Rubin says: “As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is well versed in policy debates and carefully choreographed trips. But his record on the Islamic Republic of Iran — perhaps the chief national security threat facing the next president — suggests a persistent and dangerous judgment deficit”.

Oh, my! This sounds serious! I assure you… it is. You must read Rubin’s article. You’ll find it here:

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/25/AR2008082502337_pf.html

Obama signals that he believes Foreign Affairs is extremely important in his run for the Oval office. Then he makes the mistake of choosing Biden as his running mate.

We mentioned Iran… didn’t we? Well, on Iran… Biden wants to talk… and talk… and talk… a la Jimmy Carter. Remember him? (I try very hard not to!) Biden seems to be saying that the “nuclearization” of Iran is unacceptable, and yet when “going to war” is mentioned as a possibility, to thwart the Iranian’s obvious drive for “The Bomb”, he immediately cries foul (or, “time out”) and calls for sanctions. But… what if sanctions fail? Then what does he do? He seems ready to accept that which he has already referred to as… unacceptable! See, this is what the elite democrats refer to as “nuance”. We have another word(s) for it down South! Bovine Scatology!

The good Senator, from Delaware, is about as inconsistent as they come. Israel is already upset with him because they see him as unpredictable. I must tell you… I think Israel has it about right!

In a piece titled: “What Would Biden’s Middle East Policy Look Like?” over at “Slate”, author Shmuel Rosner, apparently thinks Joe Biden is an erratic pragmatist. You will find his commentary here:

http://www.slate.com/id/2198517/

So, why did we choose Biden’s views on foreign policy as it relates to Iran? It’s simple, really. No matter who the next President is, Iran is a menace LOOMING HUGE on the horizon. The US is going to have to deal with Iran, at some point, in the very near future. It matters greatly (and even now, I am understating the danger) who the American voters place in the position to decide how the US will act, or react, toward Iran.

There are people concerned about Biden’s ability to make the right decisions about Iran, and especially Iran’s intentions toward Israel. The Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (The RJC), Matt Brooks, released the following statement a few days ago:

“With the selection of Senator Joe Biden as Senator Obama’s vice president, the Democrat’s ticket has now become an even greater gamble for the Jewish community. Throughout his career, Senator Biden has consistently been wrong on Iran and his voting record on Israel has been inconsistent. Like Obama, Biden fundamentally misunderstands the threat posed by an Iran determined to obtain nuclear weapons. Biden has continuously demonstrated poor judgment on Iran. He has voted against significant legislation that would pressure Iran to stop pursuing nuclear weapons. Biden has failed to recognize the serious threat that Iran poses to Israel and the US and its allies in the Middle East,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.

Mr. Brooks continues: “In 1998, Sen. Biden was one of only four senators to vote against the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act, a bill that punished foreign companies or other entities that sent Iran sensitive missile technology or expertise. Biden was one of the few senators to oppose the bipartisan 2007 Kyl-Lieberman Amendment labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. In a December 2007 debate, Biden said “Iran is not a nuclear threat to the United States of America.” On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Biden said he “never believed” Iran had a weapon system under production.”

Mr. Brooks went on to say: “The Jewish community was already gravely concerned with Senator Obama’s naive understanding of the Iranian threat. An Obama-Biden ticket has proven that it is ill-equipped to deal with this threat. By selecting Senator Biden to join his ticket, voting for Senator Obama has now become an even greater risk.” You’ll find the entire article here:

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/2008/08/23/782/jewish-republicans-bidens-soft-on-iran/

Mr. Biden, it would seem, is going to have some difficulty convincing voters of his expertise in Middle Eastern affairs and is certainly leaving open, for questioning, whether he has the qualifications to service as the Vice President of the US, an office that holds a tremendous amount of “sway” over the Foreign Policy of the US.

Mr. Biden has served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for over twenty-five years, including during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. He has been either the ranking member, or the chairman of the committee, for over a decade, now. Could it be that he has been using his position to gain even higher office? I mean, career politicians do it all the time. Certainly, if that were true, it still would not disqualify him for consideration as Vice President of the US, now would it? Of course not! But, having said that, we hasten to add that claiming some sort of expert status on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, especially in the Middle East, is a difficult thing, indeed, these days, given the state of, shall we say… “flux”… in which that region finds itself practically every hour. Mr. Biden would do well to carefully measure his words and his “pronouncements” (even more so) now that he is being considered, by the American people, for a “government position” that he absolutely must convince us he is prepared for.

J. D. Longstreet

 

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Is This The Best They Could Do?

It is Obama and Obiden!

Is Biden Obama’s Dan Quayle?

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By: J. D. Longstreet

 

Of all the bad Choices Obama could have made for a vice-presidential running mate, as we expected, he made the worst choice.  Joe Biden is a Northeastern Liberal.  So now the Democrat ticket has a Chicago liberal and a Northeastern liberal. I suppose that is what passes for “balance” on a democrat ticket… do you suppose? The support Obama had in the Southland, and much of the West, is certainly now in question.  As a Southerner, I can tell you it did not help Obama’s chances down here and may very well hurt him, badly.

 

Oh, it’s not just the South, it’s all over.  Joe Biden, is a caricature of the “Blow-Hard”, Wind-Bag” Senator, who has a tremendous amount of trouble making sure his brain is engaged before he puts his mouth in gear.  Down South that is known, in some circles, as a “Smart-Mouthed Yankee”.

 

Biden strikes Southerners as the fast talking, used car salesman type, with the flashy grin, slicked back hair, always pushing to close the deal for his car, while telling you, all the while, what a useless piece of junk you are trying to palm off on him in the trade. You know the type.

 

But what was the team, searching for Obama’s running mate, supposed to do? They had the job of trying to find someone less experienced than Obama, which, alone, was a near impossible task, or, unable to do that, someone who would not expose Obama’s façade as the Messiah, the “Anointed One”.  Seems to me, they were looking for a court jester instead of a running mate.  And they found it in Biden. As time passes, Biden may very well turn out to be Obama’s Dan Quayle!  

 

Obama, and his team, chose the one candidate the GOP has enough material on, already on file, to write volumes about his liberal record, his less than sterling self-control in debates, and his short-fused temper. Biden’s terminal case of “foot-in-mouth disease” has already supplied the McCain camp with tons of material, some of which was used in a campaign commercial shortly after Obama made the public announcement of his choice of Biden.   McCain’s forces did not have to waste time vetting Mr. Biden.  He has already been vetted several times over. His record is there for the entire world to see, such as this piece from the Telegraph.co.uk:

“Joe Biden plagiarised Neil Kinnock speech”

Here’s the link:

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2607505/Joe-Biden-plagiarised-Neil-Kinnock-speech.html 

 

Well, that WAS a little over 20 years ago.  But who is counting? Huh?  OK… SOME things you just don’t forget and that is one of them.

 

Here’s another:

 

“The ONE” chooses his Two:  Biden Kinnock Copycat Windbag is VP Candidate

 

Here’s the link:

 

http://www.order-order.com/2008/08/one-chooses-his-two-biden-kinnock.html

 

Joe Biden has been in the US Senate since the Nixon Administration… so there is a very long record to dig through. 

 

If you are REALLY intrigued, you can take the Joe Biden quiz.  You’ll find here:

 

http://www.thebidenquiz.com/ 

 

Take a look a the political positions of Joe Biden at:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Joe_Biden

 

One of Biden’s less than popular positions, among southerners especially, is his stand on Gun Control:  Biden was given an “F” by the National Rifle Association (NRA) showing a pro-gun control voting record. He supports reinstating the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and voted against prohibition of lawsuits against gun manufacturers. He has voted to ban assault rifles and to end the “gun show loophole”, stating that no one should be able to walk into a gun show and buy a gun more easily than they could at a normal store. (From: Wikipedia)

On immigration… Biden’s position is just as bad:

Biden supported the 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. He supports guest-worker visas, and the building of a wall along the border. He voted to provide Social Security to illegal immigrants and supports a path to citizenship.(From Wikipedia)

On LGBT Issues: Biden voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act and against the Federal Marriage Amendment. He supports states rights to establish civil unions and favors adding sexual orientation to the criteria for a hate crime.

And, of course, there is Biden’s position on abortion:  He’s for it!  Biden votes consistently with the pro-choice forces on most matters, and is a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade.

 

OK, so these are just highlights.  It gets better.

There is already talk among the “great unwashed”  (Actually some insiders are worried about this, too.) that Obama has so little experience that should he, somehow, pull out a win, he will not be the “President-in-Fact”, only the “Front Man.”  Those promoting this theory are sayimg that Joe Biden will be the REAL President.  As I’m sure you know, this is a position the Left is so used to claming for Dick Cheney, Vice-President in the Bush Administration. Some things have a way of coming back to bite you!

I usually tune out political commercials, having made so many myself, and listened to and watched so many over my nearly three decades in the broadcasting industry.  But, I have to tell you, I’m going watch the McCain commercials from here on out. Obama and Obiden have handed the Republicans tons of material for really hard-hitting and effective commercials. Of COURSE, they will be pointed to as “Negative” ads!  But, the fact is, that by far, so-called negative ads are true and no matter what anyone tries to tell you… they do work in favor of the candidate using them.

Now, if the McCain camp has any savvy at all they will be very careful to choose a pro-life candidate, a solid conservative,  for the GOP vice-presidential candidate.  That will ease some of the pain of conservatives already holding their noses to vote for McCain.

Much will be made over “the bounce” Obama will get from the Democratic Convention this week. And Obama WILL get a bounce. But, conservatives, fear not, it is usually short lived.

There is no doubt about it.  The next nearly two and a half months will be a slug-fest.

It has not sipped the notice of Conservatives that no matter how this election turns out, the GOP has been changed forever.  Conservatives have been effectively shut-out. In this scribe’s opinion, it is now up to political conservatives in America to pull out of the GOP and form their own party, the CONSERVATIVE PARTY, and stand ready to challenge BOTH the GOP and the Democrats in 2012.

 

J. D. Longstreet 

 

 

 

 

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