The Washington Times recounts some of the things Bush and Cheney have done to support our military. You haven’t heard much about this, because Bush and Cheny wanted it that way. Read it here:
George Bush has been more than disappointing, but he has displayed a humble gratitude toward America’s military that has only been equaled by Ronald Reagan among modern Presidents. Kennedy doesn’t count because Vietnam presented few decisions about American soldiers to him, though his betrayal of Diem reflects badly in many ways on the likelihood he would have used American lives with respect.
Johnson treated troops as cannon-fodder in a War he saw as a distraction to his domestic agenda, and in any case had no intention of winning. Nixon followed a similar policy, treating US soldiers as merely expendable. Carter and Clinton disdained the American military; as did Democrat nominees Gore – and especially Kerry – who betrayed his country by vilifying Vietnam vets, throwing someone else’s medals over the White House fence and claiming only mentally challenged people become soldiers today. Kerry wanted to be SecState, an appointment that would have precipitated a revolution prior to 1860.
Bush has even done better than Reagan in the matter of resisting terror. Reagan did not do the right thing after the Marines were bombed in Beirut. I do not doubt he would have been equal to 9-11, however. The threat was then manifest to a man of conscience, though not necessarily to men of “intellect” such as Carter, Clinton, Gore and Kerry. Johnson personally fails to make the list on the point of intellect, quotes or no quotes. Still, he depended on men like Robert McNamara to supply the intellectual juices.
We are told Obama is also Democrat of “intellect.” We have heard Obama claim American troops indiscriminately bombed Afghan villages. Since this is wrong, we can hope it was simply the unprincipled, uber-pragmatic, far-left campaign rhetoric he needed to defeat Hillary. Unfortunately, that interpretation implies that he will check which way the polling wind is blowing when he decides the fate of our soldiers.
I will miss the clarity of George Bush on this war. Even though he invited CAIR to the White House and can’t actually bring himself to name the enemy, he truly respects the troops and can see we have to smash Islamic fascism.
He also didn’t try to make his respect a political advantage. What I fear is the return to using disrespect for the troops as a political advantage.