Better Red than Dead

…or why you should vote for George W. Bush on Tuesday.

Red states, blue states, there’s a clear choice in this election. Even if you disagree with some of the decisions Bush has made, or feel that mistakes were made along the way, you know that he will not back down and will not turn aside until the job is done.

Within days of Sept. 11, the clueless airhead president that inhabits Michael Moore's films and Tina Brown's dinner parties had done this: forced Pakistan into alliance with us, isolated the Taliban, secured military cooperation from Afghanistan's northern neighbors, and authorized a radical war plan involving just a handful of Americans on the ground, using high technology and local militias to utterly rout the Taliban.

President Bush put in place a military campaign that did in two months what everyone had said was impossible: defeat an entrenched, fanatical, ruthless regime in a territory that had forced the great British and Soviet empires into ignominious retreat. Bush followed that by creating in less than three years a fledgling pro-American democracy in a land that had no history of democratic culture and was just emerging from 25 years of civil war. Charles Krauthammer

It seems so long ago that I think people forget that it took as few as two weeks into the war in Afghanistan for many pundits to proclaim Afghanistan a quagmire. (It seems some insist that all American wars be quagmires, and continually invoke the specter of Vietnam to make it so.)

Osama Bin Laden has been marginalized. Reduced from proclaiming global jihad to 'leave us alone and we'll leave you alone'. The Taliban is history. Afghanistan is a democracy. Osama Bin Laden has no 'base', no training camps, no troops to command, and little hope of ever regaining the infrastructure and sanctuary he once had. Despite the fact that he is still alive, the hole he crawled into can't be too comfortable-- and he can't hide forever.

Likewise 25 million Iraqis have been liberated, Saddam Hussein is in jail awaiting trial, and our troops are doing their job to destroy the leftover Baathist and Al Qaeda insurgents so that Iraq can also become a democracy with democratically elected leaders. To think that just two years ago Iraq was controlled by a tyrannical dictator who funded terrorist attacks and harbored known terrorists including Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Abbas, Abu Nadal, and Ansar Al Islam.

"...Even if you disagree with some of the decisions Bush has made, or feel that mistakes were made along the way, you know that he will not back down and will not turn aside until the job is done."

In contrast, Democrats have nominated a man who is adept at leaving all options open and checking the political winds in order to choose what his position should be. Worse still, his vision for fighting the war on terror follows the line of reasoning peddled by the false prophets of 'quagmire doom'.

Kerry has said he should be commander in chief because of his experience fighting in Vietnam. When he says Iraq and Afghanistan are mishandled military failures-- ask yourself if the troops who are actually fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan believe that. 69% of our military trust George Bush more to handle the responsibilities of commander in chief than John Kerry, 24%.

Besides, in light of the way Democrats have characterized Bush as a moron, would you really want to elect someone with a lower IQ?

But the world hates Bush

It might surprise you to know that the British Telegraph has endorsed Bush, as well as Germany's Largest Newspaper, BILD. Iraqi bloggers are concerned that the future of their country and their new freedoms will be in jeopardy if Bush isn't reelected.

The Prime Minister of Iraq thanked you, America, for liberating his country and bringing freedom to his land.

My friends, today we are better off, you are better off and the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.

Your decision to go to war in Iraq was not an easy one but it was the right one.

There are no words that can express the debt of gratitude that future generations of Iraqis will owe to Americans. It would have been easy to have turned your back on our plight, but this is not the tradition of this great country, nor for the first time in history you stood up with your allies for freedom and democracy. Iraqi Prime Minister Alawi's speech to Congress

The same world that wants Kerry to win also believes that Al Qaeda doesn't exist. You might also ask yourself why Osama Bin Laden would be echoing the propaganda of Michael Moore.

This may surprise a few people, but I think that basically liberals and conservatives have the same goals. When you boil down the core agendas and the core disagreements, we agree on the ends. It is the means which divide us. Liberals and conservatives both want people to be happy, prosperous, and safe. Both want peace, security, and a safe world. How that happens is the debate because choosing the wrong path will not get us to the same destination.

"To whom much is given, much is required."

The United States is the only nation on earth that can project our forces anywhere in a matter of hours. It is the only nation capable of fighting a global war on terror and seemingly it is also the only nation with the will to do so. George W. Bush will stay on the offense, while his opponent believes we should fight a defensive war on terror and withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible because in his opinion America isn't the legitimate organization to bring freedom to the Middle East.

What is so amazingly courageous about what the Bush Administration has done in trying to create a Big Bang throughout the Middle East is that it has committed our nation to shrinking a major portion of the Gap in one fell swoop. By doing so, I believe this Administration has forced America to finally come through on promises repeatedly offered during the Cold War but never delivered. Thomas Barnett, The Pentagon's New Map, pg. 287

It is the right war, at the right time, in the right place. Not a mistaken war, a quagmire, or a debacle, but a war to remove a dictator, fight terrorism, and bring the same freedom and liberty that you and I enjoy to millions who are stuck in situations of grinding poverty and utter frustration.

...It is about creating a future worth living for a billion Muslims we could just as easily consign to the past.
Posted by Eric Simonson at November 1, 2004 2:42 PM