Who said, "if you hold your fire until you see the whites of his eyes,
you will never know what hit you"? It was President Franklin D.
Roosevelt and he said it on May 27, 1941. It applies even more today.
If you are going to go to war against terrorists in a nuclear age "only
as a last resort" and also only when it meets international approval,
you might as well not bother. You could see a mushroom cloud before you
see the whites of their eyes.
FDR said something else that has relevance today: "If we are to be
completely honest with ourselves, we must admit that there is risk in
any course we take." He said that on December 29, 1940. But today there
are those who think you can "plan" everything and that anything bad that
happens is the fault of leaders who did not "plan" for it right. "Plan"
seems to be a magic word politically.
No one asked FDR why he did not "plan" for the devastating surprise
German counter-attack that led to the Battle of the Bulge. We were
adults and knew that wars don't run on a timetable or a road map, much
less on an itemized budget.
Some today may take seriously Senator Kerry's demands to know what the
war in Iraq will cost and when our troops will be out of Iraq, as well
as the administration's plan for the rest of the war on terrorism. But
President Roosevelt said, "Nobody knows when total victory will come"
and "The American people will never stop to reckon the cost of
That was said in 1943. The war would end two years later. But no one
knew that at the time and no one expected the President to know. As for
a "plan" -- Senator Kerry's magic word -- we had plans to invade Japan
in 1946. But the atomic bomb spared us (and the Japanese) a bloodbath
that would have dwarfed the death toll from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Back then, we knew that the job was to win the war, not to score
political points over it. We didn't even have these debatable "debates"
of today. The idea of choosing a wartime leader on the basis of
quick-reaction sound bites would never have occurred to anyone.
Sound bites are usually not very sound. Those who have spent their
whole political careers talking may be very glib, but what have they
actually done? It is amazing how long that question has been kept off
the table by the Beltway media, who are on record as being for Senator
Kerry by 12 to one.
Neither Senator Kerry nor Senator Edwards has administered anything.
Nor have they created a single piece of major legislation in their
combined two dozen years in the Senate. Both have incredible records of
absenteeism at meetings of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
But they talk a great game. And they have "plans."
What they also have is utter irresponsibility.
A classic example was Senator Kerry's calling Iraqi Prime Minister
Allawi a "puppet," when Allawi is putting his life on the line every
day, in order to try to overcome a terror campaign and give his country
a chance for a decent life. That is a new low, even for John Kerry, with
his history of having given aid and comfort to the enemy before, during
the Vietnam war.
Insulting nations whose 28,000 troops are fighting and dying alongside
our own in Iraq, by calling them a "coerced coalition" as Senator Kerry
has done, is more of the same. So is making up out of whole cloth a
claim that the military draft is coming back.
A man unable or unwilling to weigh either the truth or the
repercussions of his words around the world is not fit to be President
of the United States.
Two men who have twice dragged the personal life of the Cheneys'
daughter into nationally televised debates don't have the character to
be President and Vice President. John Edwards' claim that people like
Christopher Reeve would be able to get up out of their wheelchairs and
walk under a Kerry-Edwards administration shows more of the same
shameless demagoguery -- and his contempt for the voters' intelligence.
Kerry and Edwards remain viable candidates only because their rhetoric
has obscured their reality -- and because too many in the media seem
reluctant to bring out the facts against candidates who share the
media's vision of the world.
What's getting to most Americans more than the now infamous "plan" is how Kerry is bad mouthing the President for every thing that is occurring today.
What Kerry is in essence doing is what he did during the VietNam conflict, he is criticizing the United States of American and is telling the rest of the world that the U.S. is wrong.
This anti-American good needs to just shut up!
Government is a disease...
...masquerading as its own cure…
Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV
Kerry can't even answer a direct question.
Whenever asked how he would do or think about something he starts out with how this administration is wrong.... and never answers the question
When asked what he thought about gay marriage- well dick cheny's daughter would tell you.....
Stem cell research- my friend chris reeve would tell you...
but I have a plan....