by John Hawkins | December 8, 2006 10:45 am
“When a secretary of defense gets confirmed 95-2 apparently because he says we are not winning a war, you know Uncle Sam must have a sign on his back that says “kick me.”
We’ve come a long way from that day in April 1986 when President Ronald Reagan ordered Operation El Dorado Canyon, an air strike on Libya by two dozen F-111F fighter bombers in retaliation for a terrorist blast at a West Berlin disco that injured 200 people, including 63 U.S. soldiers, killing two.
Back then we took the fight to our enemies.
Now not even the prospect of a nuclear Iran gets our dander up. Back then we didn’t wait for the U.N to pass a resolution. America was feared.
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, who held Americans hostage for 444 days, released them 20 minutes after Reagan’s inaugural address.
We bled the Soviet empire dry, supporting communism’s opponents around the globe from Afghanistan to Nicaragua.
Occasionally we would take matters into our own hands, as when we thwarted the attempt to turn Grenada into a communist beachhead.
The enemies of our enemies were our friends, and our enemies were just that. We didn’t depend on the advice of a former secretary of state who channels Joan Rivers and says to those who would gladly see us disappear, “Can we talk?”
We didn’t fear an arms race, we planned on winning it. When we talked to our enemies, it was to tell them things like, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.”
When a runt with delusions of grandeur kicked sand on our feet, we would tell our pilots to kick the tires and light the fires.
Now we find ourselves sitting impotently while Iran’s maniacal little smurf, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, builds nukes to wipe Israel off the map while he writes love letters to the American people telling us why we must change our policies.
We wait while the U.N. thinks about talking about imposing sanctions, instead of making a list of targets.
A nation that defeated Nazism, Fascism and Communism sees its generals testifying before Congress on why we can’t handle the likes of Muqtada al-Sadr.” — Investor’s Business Daily
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