Gotta tell ya, I’m liking this guy more and more every day. Here is Fred blogging on Redstate:
Oil prices fell. The stock market rose. Video images of smiling British soldiers with Iranian President Ahmadinejad were everywhere. So were pictures of the 15 freed hostages embracing family members back home. The relief over the return of the Brits was so tremendous; you could almost hear birds singing.
Maybe it’s because military action won’t be needed or maybe it’s just because the ordeal won’t drag on and on, but the world is breathing easier now. A lot of folks are happy. The problem, as I see it, is that Ahmadinejad seems to be the happiest.
And why shouldn’t he be? He has shown the world that his forces can kidnap British citizens, subject them to brutal psychological tactics to coerce phony confessions, finagle the release of a high-ranking Iranian terror coordinator in Iraq, utterly trash the Geneva conventions and suffer absolutely no consequences.
The UN Security Council summoned its vaunted multilateral greatness to issue a swift statement of sincere uneasiness. The EU, which has pressured Britain to rely on Europeans for mutual defense instead of the US, wouldn’t even discuss economic sanctions that might disrupt their holidays. Even NATO was AWOL.[…]Some in the West seem part of Iran’s propaganda war; claiming that the release of the hostages was a victory that proves the Iranian dictatorship can be reasoned with. To misrepresent unpunished piracy as a victory is as Orwellian as the congressional mandate banning use of the term "the global war on terror." What are we — Reuters? […]It is critical that we see this incident as part of a long pattern of behavior — that will continue as long as the current leadership is in power. More importantly, it will escalate unimaginably if Iran achieves nuclear status, and with it the ability to hold millions rather than individuals hostage.
I have no idea if Ahmadinejad and those who put him in power really believe the Shi’a Twelver doctrine that they can spur the messiah to return by triggering Armageddon. You have to admit, though, that the possibility that they look forward to entering paradise as martyrs would make them a whole lot scarier as a nuclear power than the USSR ever was.[…]Unfortunately, we are hearing demands that we abandon the people of the Middle East who have stood up to Islamo-fascism because they believed us when we said we would support them.
If we retreat precipitously, the price for that betrayal will be paid first in blood and freedom by the Iranian people, the Kurds, the Afghanis, the secular Lebanese, the moderates in Pakistan and the Iraqis themselves. And America’s word may never be trusted again.
Right now, the pirate Ahmadinejad is clearly more confident about the outcome of the Global War on Terror than we are. That ought to give us pause.
I don’t think he could be more on the mark then this piece was. That bolded paragraph should be coming from every Republican’s mouth, should be and should have. Of course we have seen anything but. Hell, three Republican Congressmen visited Syria just prior to Nancy’s embarrassing trip.
We all know one thing tho, you will NEVER hear those words from a Democrat. They will bribe anyone, leak to anyone, and use the MSM to sound the horn for retreat. All for power. As Fred stated, if that happens our word as a nation will many nothing, our security will be damaged, and our enemy emboldened. That’s saying nothing about the wholesale slaughter that will be visited upon the country we helped liberate, and then abandoned if the Democrats get their way.
But……I am still not sold on Fred. Recall those hearings he ran on the Clinton financing shananagins, he did quite horribly. I am not one to just jump on one bandwagon or another because there is a bunch of hype, and believe me there is a ton of hype going on with Fred. Some of it may be merited tho, I don’t know yet.
But judging from this article of his he has gained a few point.
And the horse race goes on.