Peace through strength

It looks like John McCain was right when he predicted that the US could safely remove troops from Iraq by the end of 2012. The US military is preparing to turn over security responsibility on Monday for Anbar province, arguably the most lawless, violent province in Iraq before the troop surge,

McCain was right on another count, too. He was critical from the outset of sending in a force to weak to do the job. Whatever his positions on other issues, he learned one vital lesson as a foot soldier in Congress during the Reagan Revolution – peace comes from strength. As Donald Rumsfeld is fond of saying, though apparently McCain understands it better, “Weakness is provocative.”

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the U...

That may be the most important lesson of Iraq and one that certainly applies in other current situations: Georgia, Iran, China-Taiwan, North Korea. Strength brought success in Libya, partial success in North Korea, belated success in Iraq. Now is not the time for the US to adopt a policy of negotiation from weakness that amounts, in reality, to a policy of preemptive surrender. John McCain knows that. His opponent seems more interested in revisiting the Kumbayah foreign policy of Jimmy Carter.

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Free Joe Calanchini

The US Secret Service is taking political prisoners.

They arrested a man in a Denver hotel carrying two rifles and two pistols in a “rifle type case” because Nancy Pelosi happened to be staying there. There’s no indication that he was up to anything unusual. He had taken the guns to be worked on, checked into the hotel legally and was carrying them openly. (Carrying a rifle in a case is not “concealed” carry by any reasonable standard.)

Apparently the SS hasn’t heard that the right to keep and bear arms is in the Constitution, it is an individual right and it was just upheld by the Supreme Court.

US Secret Service star logo

US Secret Service star logo

Waffen SS logo

Waffen SS logo

They’re holding him on $10,000 bond and charging him with unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Henry Paulson should immediately without delay order the Secret Service to release him, return his Constitutionally protected property and cease harassing law abiding citizens going about their regular business. President Bush should immediately without delay issue a pardon for any charges being trumped up in the case.

If anyone hears of a Joseph Calanchini legal defense fund, let me know.

Man arrested carrying weapons at Pelosi hotel

Note: Since I’ve started this out with a comparison to Nazis, either a) Godwin’s Law does not apply or b) comments aren’t appropriate since the argument is already over. You be the judge.

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The Message is Here

The Message from The One just came out over Twitter. It’s official, It’s Joe Biden.

Joe Biden, United States Senator.Image via Wikipedia

4:24 AM on Saturday morning seems to be an awfully odd time in the news cycle to announce it. Now I have to switch off the Ballad of Ricky Bobby to see what Fox News is saying…

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You know you're a foreign policy wimp when…

…you make Neville Chamberlain look competent and hawkish on military affairs/foreign policy. This from Chicago Boyz:

The radar-and-communications network that protected Britain from air attack during WWII was also an “unproven technology” when it was deployed: it is very fortunate that Neville Chamberlain, rather than Barack Obama, was Prime Minister of Britain at the time. [emphasis mine]

Neville ChamberlainImage via Wikipedia

OUCH! What’s next?

  • The stock market crash of 1929 posed unprecedented challenges for the US financial system. It’s a good thing Herbert Hoover, rather than Barack Obama, was President at the time.
  • Corruption reached the highest levels of government during the Teapot Dome scandal. It’s a good thing Warren Harding, rather than Barack Obama, was President at the time.
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