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Jewish World Review
June 15, 2007
/ 29 Sivan, 5767
Just another day in September
I realize that back seat driving is annoying. But sometimes, being the control freak, my wife occasionally (okay more than occasionally) accuses me of being, I forget myself. So here's a diatribe of "what ifs", "shoulda", and "coulda beens." My psychiatrist had a sale…she said I was only half off.
Let the backbiting begin!
I'm letting go, as my therapist prescribed. I don't intend to go down this ugly road again until…well next time.
Jimmy Carter had shown the cojones of as much as a gnat, striking back at the Iranians for their 1979 invasion of our Tehran Embassy and kidnapping its' US citizens for 444 day?
Ronald Reagan had listened to his gut instead of James Abdul Baker, and struck back at Hezbollah when they murdered 241 US Marines in one bombing in 1983 instead of turning tail and sticking his craggy face in the sand?
George Bush SR. had followed Saddam back to just one of his 11 palaces in 1991 and rid the world of this scumbag, as he promised the local population…who then were tortured and murdered by Hussein?
had used the head on his shoulders instead of the one a tad lower, both in location and IQ, after the first attack on the WTC?
had responded to the attack on the Khobar Towers and murder of 19 Americans with justifiable force?
had taken Osama serious when he issued his declaration of war on February 23, 1997, against America, Christians, Jews, and all their allies proclaiming it was each Muslim's duty to kill men women and children of the aforementioned wherever they may find them?
fought back against those that attacked US Embassies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam, killing 225 and injuring 4000?
had taken just one of the ten plus opportunities to easily kill or capture Osama during his 8 years?
didn't waste our tax dollars on his futile indictment of Osama?
stopped the disabling of our intel departments use of informants with sleazy back grounds then communicate with the other intel services?
wasn't preoccupied with making himself a martyr and victim at the expense of doing his job…?
Jr. Bush had been able to understand the growing boldness and aggression of al-Qaeda and the rest of the terrorist organizations from 1979 on during the first 8 months in office?
Then September 11, 2001, would have been just another late summer day…no more, no less.
Sometimes the only way to make progress is to bite the lead dog in the butt.
I guess you noticed the emphasis on Bubba's 8 years.
There's a reason.
Simply put, he had more and building evidence than any of the previous presidents and the time to deal with the problem before Islamofascists murdered 3,000 of our countrymen.
Every 9/11, Clinton should hang his head in shame for his preoccupation with, well himself, and his own vices instead of doing his best to protect us as his job description stated.
Dubya gets somewhat of a pass because he barely had time to find the upstairs WH bathroom, much less a probative, introspective, aware foreign policy. And yep, it happened on his watch.
Once the 9/11 attacks occurred, though, Bush was the only president that DID SOMETHING to show the terrorists that not all Americans were cowardly dogs just begging to be annihilated.
Just a few things in Bush's favor are that there are fewer than 3,500 US GIS dead in almost 6 years of war, compared to 600,000 dead American soldiers in the Civil War and 407,000 US dead GIS in WW2, in more time than either war. While each death is a horror, the comparisons are stark.
Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up.
The Iraq and Afghan war and improved intel, has literally stopped Islamofascist's ability to attack on US soil for 6 years come September. That's a complete reversal of the trend under other presidents.
I'd call that progress.
Just once, we need some effective congressmen, department secretaries, journalists, first ladies, VPS, or WH maintenance personnel to be back seater's and tell our presidents to WATCH OUT FOR THAT IRAN…I mean tree.
Sorry, seem to have had a Tourette's attack of common sense.
Then maybe we can have many days of peace, followed by the rest of the months and years of our children's and their children's lives for all Septembers yet to come.
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