Friday, October 07, 2005

Our Manchurian Candidate Obsesses

Our Manchurian Candidate Obsesses

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), often touted as the likeliest candidate to succeed GWB in the White House, was a POW in the Hanoi Hilton for a number of years.  God only know what lasting effects that experience had on him.

However, it seems clear to me that McCain – at present – is a lot more concerned about how we treat enemy prisoners/detainees, than about how many of our boys are getting shot and/or blown up weekly in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain has introduced legislation addressing the matter of how our troops are to treat enemy detainees, which I suspect will do our troops much harm and no good.

Two excellent links:  Here.  And here.

Question:  Are there ANY national leaders in this country who are IMPASSIONED by the idea that TAKING the FIGHT to the enemy with ALL IT TAKES to DEFEAT HIM QUICKLY?  

Or, is the frittering away of American soldiers’/Marines’ lives weekly in a “dumbed-down”, “hand-cuffed”, “politically-correct”, half-hearted, indecisive campaign against the terrorists in Iraq an acceptable approach to all in power in Washington?


Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

It's all about looking good. It is not about giving our troops everything they need to win this war.
That includes our enemy needs to fear us.

Fri Oct 07, 04:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous SK said...

McCain makes GWB look like a true conservative. Everybody that I know of who really likes McCain is a democrat. Hopefully, there will be some modern time military guys getting involved in politics on the conservative side (soon).

Fri Oct 07, 05:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger BostonMaggie said...

I know in my head what you are saying is true.........but in my heart, this feels so disloyal. It is so difficult to leave behind all the stuff I ever felt about McCain. I couldn't feel worse if he were my son. Lot's of people in Congress upset me, anger me.......but McCain makes me sad.

Fri Oct 07, 09:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger GunJam said...

Wow! Some great posts! The sad thing is: McCain is THE leading name being bandied about as Bush's likely (Republican-nominated) successor to the White House)!

Mil Mom: You are so right about the enemy needing to fear us. We are of one mind: We both have sons over there!

sk: You have a good bead on McCain! I LOVE your thought of conservative military guys going into politics after they get out of the service! Woo Hoo!

bostonmaggie: You are right: McCain is a special case. However, because he served and suffered does not give him the right to endanger the lives of our fighting men simply to further his own political career.

Sat Oct 08, 01:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Getting the job done should be first and foremost. I'm all for having boundaries, but I don't want our guys worrying about whether they are going to be prosecuted or not for decisions they make when facing the enemy. Cruelty for cruelty's sake is wrong, but it seems to be the modus operandi of our enemy.

Sat Oct 08, 10:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger GunJam said...

jamie dawn: Well said! That fact (the calculated cruelty of our enemy) seems to go unaddressed by the Ted Kennedys and the John McCains. . . .

Talk about a double standard!


Sat Oct 08, 11:52:00 AM PDT  

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