In just a matter of days we will be electing the next President of the United States. Perhaps it is time to begin thinking and acting like adults, to dismount the unicorn of “hope” bounding through the forest of “change” and return to reality. The next President will have the responsibility of protecting us and our children from a very dangerous world. And when it comes to who is best equipped to handle that solemn duty, there is simply no comparison.
Amidst the economic chaos created by the very policies Obama and the Democrats embrace, we have seemingly forgotten what’s happening across the ocean. We face a rising threat in communist China, a country working tirelessly on developing a space weapons system. Russia is resurgent. Pakistan, armed with nuclear weapons teeters on the edge of instability. The maniacal Iranian regime is hurdling towards nuclear weapons. And the war for the future of civilizations currently being waged with radical Islam rages on.
It is prudent then for Americans to thoughtfully consider the choice before them: a foreign policy novice who has never exercised executive authority over a neighborhood watch, no less a nation, or the most judicious and knowledgeable foreign policy mind in the United States Senate.
Barack Obama’s inexperience in foreign affairs is staggering. Outside of Barack’s Excellent Adventure that he took earlier this year with every major television network anchor that was much more of a campaign expedition than anything, Obama has dealt with only two foreign policy issues in his brief stint as a Senator: the Iraq surge and the Russian invasion of Georgia. His response to both was simply dreadful.
He opposed the surge, maligned it, sought to undermine it, and despite its obvious success has continued denying he was wrong about it. As Senator Lieberman pointed out, “Look, the fact is that if Barack Obama's policy on Iraq had been implemented, Barack Obama couldn't go to Iraq today, it wouldn't be safe.”
And his reaction to the Georgia invasion was stunningly incoherent. While McCain blasted Russian aggression immediately, Obama urged both sides to show restraint. He told the rapist and the victim of rape to exercise self-control. This incident proved in astonishing fashion that either Obama suffers from a moral equivalence that prevents him from differentiating between the good guys and bad guys, or his instincts are tragically flawed. Either option is disastrous for a would-be Commander-in-Chief.
Obama’s campaign rhetoric hasn’t been any more reassuring. He has promised to slow down existing weapons programs, cut “tens of billions” of dollars in wasteful defense spending, scrap missile defense entirely, and prohibit the design of new nuclear weapons.
Even more concerning, he has continued to promise face-to-face meetings with foreign dictators, tyrants, and terrorist leaders without preconditions. He cites JFK’s famous meeting with Khrushchev in Vienna as precedent. Of course, JFK later cited this meeting as an “unmitigated disaster” that resulted in the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, and bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war. Yet this is the recipe that Obama wants to follow.
Perhaps that is why his own Vice Presidential choice, the experienced Joe Biden, has astutely acknowledged that the election of Barack Obama would bring about a generated crisis from America’s enemies to test the foreign policy neophyte. How wise is it for Americans to invite that crisis with their votes on November 4th?
These are dangerous times, and a certain moral toughness and strength of character is needed to protect our country. John McCain’s character was forged in the Hanoi Hilton, refusing to leave his brothers when offered early release. Barack Obama’s character was forged in the living room of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, in community lobbying with voter-fraud extraordinaire ACORN, and in the pew of anti-American racist Jeremiah Wright. Again, there is no comparison.
During the primary season, former President Bill Clinton accurately identified the candidacy of Barack Obama as the “biggest fairytale [he’s] ever seen.” It is critical for our way of life that Americans board the trolley, leave the land of make believe, and return to this reality before November 4th.
Peter W. Heck