Monday, August 30, 2004

Ed Koch gets it

The whole story is here.

"I've never before supported a Republican for president," Koch told me last week. "But I'm doing so this time because of the one issue that trumps everything else: international terrorism. In my judgment, the Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to stand up to the terrorists. But Bush is a fighter."

Koch was surprised and impressed by Bush's resolve after Sept. 11. "He announced the Bush Doctrine -- he said we would go after the terrorists and the countries that harbor them. And he's kept his word." Koch doubts that the leadership of his own party could have mustered the grit to topple the Taliban or drive Saddam Hussein from power, let alone to press on in what is going to be a long and grinding conflict.

"Already, most of the world is caving. If you didn't have Bush standing there, you'd have everybody following Spain and the Philippines" in retreat, he says, trying to appease the terrorists instead of fighting them.

I always knew I liked this man for some reason. He hit it dead on. The most important thing is not the economy, it will work itself out. It's not anything but terrorism.

Most of the problems facing this country aren't really problems at all, they are bumps in the road. While they may be hard on the tires they don't really do anything to the car. What we are facing now is a corrosive that can destroy not only the paint but rust out the whole body. Let me get off this metaphor before I drive us all crazy. You see my point though.

We need to be a little far seeing in this. We have 2 choices.

1. We can withdraw our troops, and ignore what is going on in the world. We can open ourselves up to another 9/11 and whine when it happens, and again, sit and do nothing.

2. We can continue down the road we're on. We can work with countries who are willing to try and, if need be, attack those who want our destruction.

It's that easy. There is no middle ground because the people who want us dead are TRUE BELIEVERS. They don't want words, they want surrender. They will stop at nothing short of our giving up. Unfortunately half the country doesn't see it this way. They are blind. They think that soft words and understanding will change things, sorry to disappoint but, neither will work. It sometimes takes a strong arm. No one likes to use that arm but in some cases, a good ass beating is what is needed.

Again, you have a choice, stand firm or wilt. I choose to stand.