McCain’s rejected op-ed; Obama’s ignorance of matters military

I wonder what would have happened if McCain’s recent write-up, sent to the op-ed grave yard by New York Times editors, along with hundreds of high school student’s essay submissions about world peace, would have been about the horrors of Gitmo, or unstable and murderous soldiers returning from Iraq. Pretty sure it would have made the cut.

Check out his article, submitted to CNN by McCain’s campaign: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/21/mccain.op.ed/index.html

He’s dead on in his analysis. And nothing that Barak Obama sees in Baghdad will change his mind about America’s near-future role there. The left will go on for decades about what the current administration has done wrong, and to them, any answer that involves the military is wrong. Mr. Obama and his wife have been nicely insulated from every form of reality. This is not really a slam so much as a fact. Big, liberal colleges are the perfect place to find refuge from reality. Theory, theory, theory. Theory is so much fun. Reality hurts, and it hurts more when you’re not accustomed to it.

Obama spouts the same Democrat line. How is he different? He’s Jimmy Carter in boxer shorts.

The Democratic candidate does have a skill, though it’s a cheap skill, easily honed, or at least too easily appreciated. He has the ability to make people believe that there are easy answers, and that things can get done without any pain at all. And people so want to hear that. Anyone can fall victim to the “take a pill and make it go away” syndrome. Certainly no one wants to hear that sometimes you may have to bludgeon entire cultures into pulp and rubble in order to make them stop attacking your own culture. But sometimes you do.

Fortunately, most of the NCOs in the military are closely associated with reality. Maybe a little too so–I wish they’d relax a little. But better that, than an entire country dance away to Byzantium, only to watch thousands of innocents perish in a flash.

Sorry, but Obama’s way is the lazy and easy way. The way to get cheap votes from those people who are outraged by the terrorist’s only friend: The TV camera.

There’s no cheap way out of this. We should learn from our war in 1993 with Iraq: Pay now and up front, or pay later and in spades.


7 Responses to “McCain’s rejected op-ed; Obama’s ignorance of matters military”

  1. 1 Mike Rozos
    July 22, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Well, I look just like a stereotypical terrorist, and I come from a long line of New England Democrats, so yes! Let’s pull the troops out on a solid timeline, no matter what, to please college students and unemployed people.

    No, wait, I was in the 3rd Infantry Division and am not unemployed…

    Let’s leave the troops there for as long as necessary to avoid future turmoils and instability.

    Whew! Good thing my logic outweighs my emotion. Otherwise I might just vote for Senator Obama, too.

    Has he interviewed any Special Forces guys for his photo ops? Or are they considered too extremist to warrant senatorial attention?

    I noticed a lot of out of touch people in the photos.

    I’d like to see him in a room with David Petraeus & Eric Shinseki. Sadly, they’d probably all agree in private, but be forced to issue some publicly contrasting statements, just to appease the general public. And of course, the generals can only smile.

    How about Senator Shinseki? That sounds OK.

    Where’s Colin Powell when we really need him?

  2. July 23, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    You underestimate Obama. He has a significant amount of charisma and knows how to use it to sway the people and the media. McCain knows this: http://www.johnmccain.com/video/love.htm

  3. 3 Mike Rozos
    July 24, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Howdy, Dr. Boz!

    Yes, he has a ton ton of charisma, and it even appeals to me! Yes, I confess. I even liked that he didn’t wear a cheesy flag lapel pin. I don’t wear one either. But of course, he wears one now.

    His lack of military service borders on ridiculous though. It did not initially bother me. Want to know why? Because I was so relieved to see and hear an articulate, intelligent candidate that I almost forget he could not be bothered to spend a single day in the military.

    Wait a second! I have many friends and acquaintances who teach college. They all have a PhD. They all love to chat with me, and draw a little bit of insight here and there from my views and calm articulation of various issues, as they probably do from anyone.

    I speak well publicly, I am persuasive, and I have a calm demeanor which people find appealing. Students at the high school and college level enjoy my attitudes and lectures, people with doctoral degrees enjoy my insight at meetings or in social surrounds, so should I not be propelled to the top position at a university? Why make me get a PhD and then waste years as a professor? Do you realize how much raw material one must read and write to get a PhD? And why teach for years (it’s a HUGE pain in the ass) as long as I know I would have been good at it anyway?

    So, should the commander in chief be a veteran of the military? If he’s gifted enough to be the CIC, why should he have to go through 2-4 years of repetitive and dangerous lay duty when he’s so gifted he would be great without even bothering? Surely there’s some college jock with a flat top haircut who can fly that chopper so he can be preserved for more presidential level tasks, right?

    Now, Mike, which college do I get to be the president of?

  4. July 24, 2008 at 1:11 am

    My problem with Obama is one of substance. He said he’ll find Bin Laden and fix the Iraq problem. He left out the rather important issue of HOW he will do this. Moreover, given his background, voting history and personal affiliations, I don’t think he has it in him to do what’s right when it comes to the issues noted above.

    His visit to Iraq amounts to this: It puts back into the public view the one reason that so many people wanted to vote Democrat: The mythology that Iraq is a disaster which cannot be fixed, but only run away from. So now, Iraq is back in the news because the presidential front-runner is there. Obama needs Iraq. He didn’t want it fixed before he was elected, and he’s doing everything to make sure the public doesn’t know that Al-Qaeda is all but annihilated. They’re a band of criminals, albeit dangerous implaceable ones. Their money has been taken, their training camps destroyed, many of their leaders killed or captured, thousands upon thousands of Jihadists gone. Iraq is very stable now. And this is plain bad news for the Democrat Party.

    One thing is for certain: Obama knows very little about the military and I believe he holds a distain for it, much like Bill Clinton. I don’t require that a president be a military expert for him to get my vote. What I do want is someone that knows the utility of force well enough to be ready and willing to fight when neccessary.

  5. July 25, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Military service would be useful for a potential President. After all, if someone is going to be the commander in chief, he should have a clear grasp of military practice and theory. Of course, a person could have this without being in the military, but they would need to study military matters and have competent advisers.

    Of course, having a President who gets too involved in military matters can be problematic. If the President is setting payloads for the fighter-bombers and picking individual targets, then he probably needs to back off and let the officers do what the do best.

    Obama is clearly smart enough to learn about the application of military force. But, there is the obvious worry about the price of the lessons.

    I’m a bit worried that McCain doesn’t have the stuff anymore. He sometimes seems a bit lost when people ask him questions (like the Viagra episode). He would have been a great President eight years ago. Today, I’m not entirely sure.

  6. July 26, 2008 at 4:39 am

    McCain’s age is a concern. I’ve seen indications that age may have caused a decline. However, with Obama, I fear there may be a certain ideological set that no amount of intelligence can change. Or, that Obama may be another of the victimologists and poll-followers that seem to plague Democratic presidencies. Being a good president means making tough, sometimes unpopular decisions. Paying up front despite the outcry of the media and noisy portions of the populace, is many times better for the country than the easy way out of problems. Iraq is an all-too-easy example, and it’s easy to see that Barak Obama has failed the first test. He wants an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. From everything I know, that’s the wrong answer. The Iraqi government has fulfilled many of the benchmarks that we set for it. All but two I believe. That’s progress. The Democrats need to learn that where there is a will there is a way. The Army teaches me that every day. There are days when I think about the easy way out, but I’ve learned that most people are much stronger than they believe.

    Obama needs to discover that his country–and his military–are much stronger than he believes.

  7. August 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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