Friday, August 29, 2008

Choice of Palin Brilliant!

John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate is fantastic. Not only does Palin bring solid conservative credentials to shore up the base, she also has developed a reputation as a reformer willing to buck the party in order to rein in pork barrel spending. Palin has more experience as a chief executive than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain combined. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that she is very easy on the eyes.

For the first time in my life, I’m actually hot for a politician!

Ironically, the Obama campaign has chosen to use Palin’s selection as a weapon with which to commit suicide, immediately criticizing her lack of experience, being a first-term governor and former mayor of a Podunk town. This just opens the door for the GOP to point out that while Palin may not have as much experience in foreign affairs as Joe Biden, she has far more experience at actually leading than any of the men in this fight, most of all the one who heads the Democratic ticket. If Palin is not qualified to be vice president, then obviously Obama is not qualified to be president.

The Democrats’ reaction is also rather hypocritical considering the fact that their last successful presidential candidate, Bill Clinton, was also a governor lacking foreign policy experience. I don’t seem to recall them being too worried about that issue back then. And so, of course, the GOP will be able to deflect criticism with the simple observation that if being governor of Arkansas was enough qualification to be president, then being governor of Alaska is certainly enough qualification to be the president’s understudy.

Note to disaffected Hillary supporters: Remember how Obama and his lieutenants treated you during the campaign, and watch how they come after Palin. And then ask yourself who really deserves your vote. I’m sure it is McCain-Palin.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Second Cold War

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that his country is willing to restart the Cold War against the West, barely anyone in the media seems to have noticed. The BBC, Le Monde, Telegraph, Haaretz, Yomiuri Shimbun, and Deutsche Welle were all silent on the issue, despite coverage of Russia's recognition of the two “breakaway republics” that Russia has ripped away from its tiny neighbor.

Meanwhile, the U.S. media has been almost equally quiet. The New York Times, Washington Post and other MSM sources are so busy fawning over the Democrats assembled in Denver to coronate Barack Obama as commander-in-chief that they don't even have coverage of Georgia or Russia on the top half of their webpages. And all mentions of the issue refer to Russia's recognition of its clients as independent states.

Cold War? What Cold War?

Only Fox saw fit to highlight what is certainly the most important developing story of the 21st Century, the rise of a belligerent Russia spoiling for a fight with the rest of the world. This is more important than the Muslim terrorists who (rightfully) have taken so much of our attention over the past several years. Russia on the march poses a far deadlier threat to the West and to its own neighbors than Al Qaeda or any other organization. For Russia actually controls vast stores of oil and gas, and has the military infrastructure to wage war on a massive scale – not to mention its arsenal of nuclear weapons, which it could share with our enemies.

Useful idiots on the Left will certainly keep their heads buried in the sand for as long as possible – some for the next several decades, if the last Cold War is any indication. They will blame America for instigating the crisis, or at very least make excuses for Russia's bad behavior by drawing a moral equivalence with our actions in Iraq. Indeed, that has already begun. Anyone paying attention, though, must know that the honeymoon between East and West is over. We are entering a terrible new phase of international relations – one that resembles much of the 20th Century, in which powers armed with world-ending bombs stare at one another through the sights of their guns.

How will we reconcile ourselves to this new reality? Who will lead us in this new Cold War? Barack Obama? Now that is a truly terrifying prospect.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Russia's Shame

America should do everything in its power to halt Russia's invasion of Georgia. This is our Cuban Missile Crisis. We cannot afford to blink.

President Bush ought to cut short his visit to China and immediately give a national address stating that America guarantees the sovereignty of Georgia, and that we expect Russian troops to leave Gerogian soil within 48 hours. Simultaneously, the president should order Air Force units into Georgia to flip CAP missions over our beleagured ally's territory, and deploy a small force of light infantry into Tblisi.

This could mean war with Russia. If so, it would be at Russia's choice. As JFK did with Khruschev, Bush should let Putin know that his actions risk war with America. And if Putin wants this war, it is best we fight it now rather than waiting for Russia's oil wealth to provide it an even greater arsenal with which to attack us.

Russia, and to a lesser extent China, sees democracy and the West as threatening to its existence as an authoritarian police-state. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time that this Russian regime is hardly different in its attitudes from the old Soviets who ran the Kremlin during the Cold War. They respect only power, and abide only by force or its credible threat.