Sunday, November 5

Get Us Out of Iraq

This statement seems to be the driving issue in this 2006 election cycle. When and how do we get out of Iraq.

The Repubilcans say we'll leave when the job is done. That we must stay the course. Some even readly acknowledge that we need to change our stategy, because what we are doing now isn't working, but that doesn't mean leaving.

The Democrats also say we need a change in strategy, but they say we need to leave now, or give a time table (2 years at the most) for our leaving. That's it. That's the plan. Leave.

President Bush says leaving before the job is done would embolden the enemy, and we'd be leaving a bigger mess. Why doesn't anyone seem to believe him?

Nancy Pelosi and her ilk say, "The jihadists (are) in Iraq. But that doesn't mean we stay there. They'll stay there as long as we're there." Of course, after her 60 Minutes interview she dropped off the radar and has not been seen nor heard from in the national press.

More moderate Democrats seem to be echoing the same sentiment. I hear Democrat after Democrat insist we are off base being in Iraq, we've taken our eye off the ball, and that we are in more danger now than before; they just love quoting that briefing as proof. One can easily see and understand their meaning -- if we leave Iraq, the threat to us goes away. Right. And I have some swamp property in Louisiana for sale for anyone dumb enough to believe them.

It seems no one wants to listen to what the jihadis are saying themselves.

This past weekend, Fox News bravely aired "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," which laid out the intention and objectives of radical Islam towards the west and American in specific. It is clear to anyone with any sense at all, that appeasement and "backing away" is not a viable option for dealing with them. Yet that is what the Democrats want to do. published an article Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat which includes the following comments by several jihadi and terrorist leaders:

Regarding our election and how the terrorist want us to vote:

"Of course Americans should vote Democrat."

"This is why American Muslims will support the Democrats, because there is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq. It is time that the American people support those who want to take them out of this Iraqi mud."

Jaara said an American withdrawal would "mark the beginning of the collapse of this tyrant empire (America)."

"Therefore, a victory in Iraq would be a greater defeat for America than in Vietnam."

Jaara said vacating Iraq would also "reinforce Palestinian resistance organizations, especially from the moral point of view. But we also learn from these (insurgency) movements militarily. We look and learn from them."

Jihad Jaara, Senior member of Al Aqsa martyrs Brigade, leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

Regarding the Democrats talk of withdrawal from Iraq:

"As Arabs and Muslims we feel proud of this talk.Very proud from the great successes of the Iraqi resistance. This success that brought the big superpower of the world to discuss a possible withdrawal."

Saadi, laughing, stated, "There is no chance that the resistance will stop."

He said an American withdrawal from Iraq would "prove the resistance is the most important tool and that this tool works. The victory of the Iraqi revolution will mark an important step in the history of the region and in the attitude regarding the United States."

"Unfortunately I think those who are speaking about a withdrawal will not do so when they are in power and these promises will remain electoral slogans. It is not enough to withdraw from Iraq. They must withdraw from Afghanistan and from every Arab and Muslim land they occupy or have bases."

He called both Democrats and Republicans "agents of the Zionist lobby in the U.S.."

Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin

Regarding the policy of withdrawal from Iraq:

"[it] proves the strategy of the resistance is the right strategy against the occupation."

"We warned the Americans that this will be their end in Iraq. They did not succeed in stealing Iraq's oil, at least not at a level that covers their huge expenses. They did not bring stability. Their agents in the [Iraqi] regime seem to have no chance to survive if the Americans withdraw."

Abdullah argued a withdrawal from Iraq would "convince those among the Palestinians who still have doubts in the efficiency of the resistance."

"The victory of the resistance in Iraq would prove once more that when the will and the faith are applied victory is not only a slogan. We saw that in Lebanon (during Israel's confrontation against Hezbollah there in July and August); we saw it in Gaza (after Israel withdrew from the territory last summer) and we will see it everywhere there is occupation."

Abu Abdullah commented once Democrats are in power "the question is whether such a courageous leadership can [withdraw]. I am afraid that even after the American people will elect those who promise to leave Iraq, the U.S. will not do so. I tell the American people vote for withdrawal. Abandon Israel if you want to save America. Now will this Happen? I do not believe it."

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip and one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades

On the comparison of Iraq to Vietnam:

Abu Ayman, is "emboldened" by those in America who compare the war in Iraq to Vietnam.

"[The mujahedeen fighters] brought the Americans to speak for the first time seriously and sincerely that Iraq is becoming a new Vietnam and that they should fix a schedule for their withdrawal from Iraq."

Abu Ayman, Islamic leader in Jenin

I'm not saying all Democrats are traitors, nor am I saying they are in league with the terrorists, but after hearing the statements of these terrorists, Democratic party leaders wanted to dismiss it as unimportant and would not budge off their stated position.

This Tuesday is election day.

It is true that the Republicans have squandered the opportunties given to them and, in some cases, spit in the faces of those who voted them into office. The guilty have been punished, while the rest have been tainted by the scandal, but, the platform of the Democrats is not going to keep us safe. It is not going to improve the situation in Iraq or anywhere else in the world. Sadly, the only real choice appears to be to hold our noses and pull the lever for the Republicans.

If by some miracle the Republicans maintain control of the House, or Senate, or both, then we need to be in their faces and on their cases to get it right this time.

For anyone reading this that is disgusted and disinterested in voting, please, vote like your life depends on it, because it does.

Bring a clothes pin for you nose or a perfumed hankie, but get in that booth and vote for your best chance for our Nation's security... vote for the Repulican. Then keep on their lazy butts to make sure they do it right this time.
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