November 9, 2012

Eye of the Beholder

Albert Einstein once said: “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Yet that is exactly what we are doing today as we dissect, debate, deliberate and analyze the meaning of Tuesday’s election results.

Our enemies? Well, they view things differently. In a new audio message to al Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri said:

"They were defeated in Iraq and they are withdrawing from Afghanistan, and their ambassador in Benghazi was killed and the flags of their embassies were lowered in Cairo and Sana'a, and in their places were raised the flags of tawhid and jihad. After their consecutive defeats, they are working from behind agents and traitors. Their awe is lost and their might is gone and they don't dare to carry out a new campaign like their past ones in Iraq and Afghanistan."

On 9/11 of this year, an American ambassador and three patriotic Americans were murdered in cold blood in Benghazi; the American consulate was destroyed and the American flag was replaced with the flag of jihad. Prior to their murder, these brave folk fought to save others, while sending desperate pleas for help, but to no avail. They were there for America, but America was not there for them.

One would think this would incense the American people, but then one would be wrong. The American people (and their Commander-in-Chief) were focused on electing (or re-electing) the next Commander-in-Chief, preferably one who would give them free birth control, free health care, free everything.

Those who did care were obviously in the minority, or part of that silent majority, i.e., the one that cares, but has zero compulsion to do anything about it.

Well, the United States of America has just undergone one of the DUMBEST presidential elections in history. 50% voted to reelect the most unsuccessful and incompetent presidents in history (rivaled only by Jimmy Carter) and the other 50% let them.

One candidate was a Chicago-style street-fighter. The other was a decent guy intent on taking the high road. Problem is, when confronting thugs and street-fighters, taking the high road is an exercise in futility.

We saw it play out in the recent election, as well as the 2008 presidential election, and we see it play out in many other areas, including American foreign policy.

Americans need to understand that when facing enemies or others who would do them harm, fire has to be fought with fire. Smothering enemies with lofty ideals (or nation-building) does NOT work, domestically or internationally. The rare times it did work (e.g., WWII), it was preceded by a clear defeat on the battlefield. This is not a matter of ideology; it's a matter of history and common sense.

Which is why today, as one political party revels in its Pyrrhic victory Tuesday night and the other political party agonizes over its defeat, we (NSR) will continue to press ahead with the belief that, when it comes to national security/foreign policy, there are only two sides to the debate, i.e., smart and not-so-smart. We will always favor the former, and make zero effort to balance the two.


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Posted by AlanL from Katonah, NY on
Unfortunately and to our detriment, most voters did not focus on national security or foreign policy issues.

Our allies should be concerned, and our enemies should be delighted.