Thursday, April 08, 2004
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. – Proverbs 11:29
A house divided against itself cannot stand. – A. Lincoln
My friends, I wish to depart slightly today from the irreverent humor to which most readers are accustomed. With the events in Iraq and elsewhere this week which have resulted in the loss of too many of our men and women in uniform, I feel duty bound to take some people to task for their behavior.
In Iraq this week, roughly two dozen soldiers and marines have fallen in battles against radical insurgents seeking to undermine the coalition’s efforts to bring peace and freedom to the Iraqi people. I mourn their loss and pray for the safety of their comrades in arms. Their cause is just, despite the constant whining coming from those on the left side of the political spectrum.
Yesterday, these brave men and women once again came under enemy fire. They performed their assigned duties bravely, and in many cases heroically. Their battle is one of the most dangerous known to modern warriors – Urban Combat. No battle lines, no uniforms, no defined enemy. Anyone and everyone can be and often is a target. Never the less, courage and bravery will defeat evil in the end. It is only a matter of time.
Meanwhile back across the Potomac River in the well of the Senate in Washington DC, the business of the people was being taken care of. Oh, wait, I forgot. This is an election year and there are political points to be scored.
Yesterday in the Senate, West (By God) Virginia’s sorry excuse for a Senator, Robert Byrd, picked up the microphone and proceeded to delve in to and oft times unintelligible diatribe against the presence of US forces in Iraq. I quote from the Senate record:
"Surely I am not the only one who hears echoes of Vietnam in this development. Surely, the administration recognizes that increasing the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will only suck us deeper, deeper into the maelstrom, into the quicksand of violence that has become the hallmark of that unfortunate, miserable country.
Starkly put, at this juncture, more U.S. forces in Iraq equates more U.S. targets in Iraq. The harsh reality is this: one year after the fall of Baghdad, the United States should not be casting about for a formula to bring additional U.S. troops to Iraq. We should instead be working toward an exit strategy."
I am not a big fan of Arizona Senator John McCain, however, to his credit he took to the well of the Senate and chastised Byrd in a way only a true Vietnam Veteran could. Kudos to McCain.
Byrd is not the only senator in the chorus of whining eminating from the left. Ted “Dude, where’s my scotch?” Kennedy let loose with such a meandering, nonsensical attack against W and the war that I will not here waste bandwidth quoting him. John “Lurch” Kerry is not to be left out. He never passes up the opportunity to criticize the war, and those responsible for waging it. All this while our boys are taking fire in the streets of Tikrit, Fallujah, and Bagdad.
In another era, the House and Senate would pass a joint resolution calling on the American people to pray for our peacemakers who find themselves far from home and in harms way. At this point, I believe the aforementioned senators with the exception of McCain would oppose it.
In short, “Lurch” Kerry and company seek to trouble their own house and divide America. They seek to divide us along ethnic, religious, economic, social, racial, and any other background they can use to get votes.
I have news for Lurch and those who surrogate for him. First, you are fools. Next, and most importantly -
The wind is coming.
Here endeth the lesson.