Ronald Reagan “Cut and Run”

Ronald Regan - 40th President

1982. The Invasion of Lebanon. President Ronald Reagan decided to support the Israeli offensive and invade Lebanon. After a horrible car bomb killed 241 American Soldiers in Beirut, Reagan “cut and run” (or that’s what I think many neo-cons would be calling that kind of troop withdrawal today).

Today, we can all learn a lot from what Ronald Reagan wrote afterward concerning that incident and the Middle East in general:

“Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the marines’ safety that it should have.

“In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believe the last thing that we should do was turn tail and leave. Yet the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there. If there would be some rethinking of policy before our men die, we would be a lot better off. If that policy had changed towards more of a neutral position and neutrality, those 241 marines would be alive today.” (From his autobiography)

Ronald Reagan is often seen as the role model of a “strong foreign policy” – Yet in retrospect he advised “neutrality” in the Middle East. We need to take a lesson from our past, President Obama.

Seriously… Arabs don’t attack because you leave them alone

Picture of Muslim Worship in Mecca

Most conservatives today would say that withdrawing troops from the Middle East is nothing short of cut and run – abandoning the mission and admitting defeat. To that I say: so what? An important part of growing up is knowing that sometimes you shouldn’t fight.

One lesson to learn from the Lebanese invasion of 1982 is that afterwards no terrorists attacked us at home. Terrorists don’t attack us because they think we’re weak; usually they see themselves as defending their homeland.

Image you’re a typical jihad recruit: a young, zealousness, poor Muslim man. Which motivation is more likely to motivate you:

  • “See the American on your back door! Defiling your home land! Go attack.” OR
  • “The Americans are leaving us alone. They’re afraid. Go to a foreign land and kill as many as you can.” ?

Seriously, it’s ridiculous to think that radical Muslims will more zealously attack us in our own country just because we leave them alone. Ronald Reagan’s expedition into Lebanon is evidence to that point.

The Principle of the Matter

The best advice on the subject of foreign relations was given by George Washington in his Farewell Address:

George Washington Portrait. Courtesy of Wikimedia.

“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. …It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…”

For all their talk, “Conservatives” don’t seem to follow the founding fathers on this point. Do you think Republicans today are walking in the Reagan legacy? Or are they repeating all the mistakeshe told us to rethink? My rule is “…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none…

Previous post on the topic: How Bush would have been against the Iraq War before he got elected.

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Stop the Obamania!

He may not be a Muslim, but he is an obamination! Turns out he’s also a Jedi! lol…

Enjoy!

[Edit, July 5th, 2008: turns out that this video was not legally uploaded to youtube. 😦 You can view the original video here: http://videos.newsobserver.com/index.php?a=player&id=1816319]

Babies are a Punishment?

I am disgusted with the state of our society and how we don’t value the next generation.
A baby is not a punishment! It is a responsibility. Sure, it involves work. But it is a joy! A PRIVILEGE!!!

Either Sen. Obama really messed up, has a twisted view of family, or just slipped and told us what he really believes about children. Take a look:

“Look, I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them, first of all, about values and morals. BUT if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
~Barack Hussein Obama

I have to side with others and say that Mr. O-bomb-a should retract this statement. Yet this isn’t all that I want. He must prove that he actually supports the fundamental right to life.

My goodness. I really want to scream at someone, :arg: but I will contain myself. Abortion is not about religion! It is not about “my personal preference!” And, for goodness sake, it is NOT a gray area! :calms down to a logical state: Allow me to enumerate why I am decidedly pro-life.

  • 1) Life is the most fundamental right of all rights. It is afforded to any human by the natural order of things. Basically, people are naturally alive, not naturally dead. No other person has the right to change this.
  • 2) Babies are people for crying out loud! So what distinguishes a baby that is in the womb from a baby that it out of the womb? Only three things:
  1. a) level of dependence
  2. b) environment
  3. c) mental and physical development

    As soon as my great grandmother’s inability to feed herself means that you can through her out the window, you can kill a baby because it’s dependent on you. As soon as you start killing people in slums because of their sub-standard environment, you can kill a baby because it is in the womb. As soon as retarded people can be blown up because they haven’t “developed,” you can kill a baby because it isn’t as smart as you are. And don’t throw out the “fetus” thing. Fetus comes from Latin meaning “little child.”

  • 3) Therefore, babies (even those in the womb) should be protected by the government just like any other person’s life should.
  • 4) And for those of you who are still convinced that it’s a gray area. It’s best not to take chances when it comes to someone’s life, don’t you agree?

Alright, my frustration has been vented. What do you think? Should Obama retract his statement? Go ahead a leave a comment. I’d appreciate it.

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Some More Quotes

“No nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family.”
~Ron Paul on The Family Education Freedom Act,
http://www.ronpaul2008.com/homeschoolers/ron-pauls-record/

“I generally lean toward a flat tax, but I want to make it really flat-like zero.”
~Ron Paul to Jay Leno

I support Ron Paul for president in 2008 because he is the only candidate in the race who is unwavering in his principles and has shown it over and over again. He believes in freedom and constitutional government he will stick by that. Plus, it looks like he stands a good chance, even when he’s practically ignored by the media. Here’s an amazing video on the subject: