Thursday, July 12, 2007

Principles of Men

Will a Republican in the Senate please grow some nuts, stand up, and be a man? Liberals in the Democrat Party do not give one flying fuck what happens to the middle east if the United States were to end counterinsurgency operations in Iraq. They quite simply do not care if Al Qaeda sweeps in behind withdrawing U.S. forces and transforms Baghdad into another Kandahar. They are as worried about the mass murder that would ensue as they are concerned over the slaughter of Christians in Sudan. Their treachery is focused on one thing only: Damaging President Bush so badly that the GOP is hobbled in 2008 and the first bitch gets elected Commander in Chief. What the weak-kneed girly men in the United States Senate do not understand is that going flaccid and "breaking rank" with President Bush plays right into their perfidious little hands.

Right now, the armed forces of the United States are kicking ass and taking names in Iraq. Fallujah, once a nightmarish scene of death and urban warfare, now sleeps peacefully at night and suffers crime rates that Los Angeles would drool over. The Forat region of southern Iraq has returned to its former status as the breadbasket of Iraq. Anbar, once given up as lost to Al Qaeda, is now firmly entrenched in peace and stability. The northern provinces, pacified years ago by then LT GEN David Petraeus, will have none of Al Qaeda and have not seen any significant activity there in months. School enrollment for Iraqi children has increased each year. That's 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, with another record increase expected for 2007-08.

Operation Phantom Fury, which only began in earnest less than a month ago, has killed or captured 300 terrorists and cleared tons of illicit weapons and explosives. While only a secondary indicator of success, the U.S. KIA rate has fallen so precipitously in the last two months that the MSM is going to have to start calling the last six months "bloody" just to incorporate casualties suffered in April.

Instead of hailing significant military progress--all of which is aimed to foster political progress downstream--spineless Republican after spineless Republican has slithered up to the podium and begged for a reach-around kiss from their liberal counterparts. Not only is this parade of invertebrates disgusting, it perfectly demonstrates that politics take precedent over principle on Capitol Hill. With precious, and I mean PRECIOUS few exceptions, Republicans in both houses of Congress have abandoned their principles and the results are an unmitigated disaster. You expect that from liberals, who have exactly one principled leader among them in the Senate.

I have a few significant differences with the Administration on very important issues. The compromise of conservative principles on domestic spending is one. The immigration amnesty bill is another. The AARP raid on the treasury for prescription drugs is yet another. Each of those has eroded conservative support for the President, while emboldening liberal rivals to push their agenda even harder.

But there are three key aspects of George W. Bush's leadership that I greatly admire the man for: His steadfast prosecution of the Global War on Terror; the tax cuts that will be driving this economic engine for decades to come and the appointment of staunchly constitutional U.S. Supreme Court Justices. For taking such an uncompromising stand on these three issues, the liberal media has subjected the administration to a withering fire of crticism and intellectual dishonesty. The result of the constant barrage of negative press has had its intended result: abysmally low approval ratings.

Mr. Bush's response to a question about his public image: "You know, I guess I'm like any other political figure. Everybody wants to be loved — but sometimes, the decisions you make and the consequences don't enable you to be loved. And so, when it's all said and done, if you ever come down and visit the old, tired me down there in Crawford, I will be able to say I looked in the mirror and made decisions based upon principle, not based upon politics. And that's important to me."

Principle over politics. What an amazing concept. Too bad it's lost on the United States Congress.