Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

26This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

27TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

28PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Daniel 5:26-28 (KJV)

The Republicans could learn a lesson from that passage. The voters have found the GOP wanting in too many policy areas. LIkewise, the President, who is said to read through the Bible frequently, might want to take a gander at Daniel. It seems that he, like the King, is confused by the message and we need to clarify it for him.

Mr. President, we want to fight the war. Make no mistake about it, the philosophers on TV are telling you that America wants to retreat from Iraq. That is not the case. In fact, we want you to fight the war and we don’t see you doing that.

The rumors are circulating that, regardless of what Tony Snow said yesterday, our Ambassador to Iraq is out and our Ambassador to Pakistan is in — the same guy who had no problem with Pakistan turning a blind eye to Al Qaeda.

You have replaced Donald Rumsfeld with Robert Gates, whose most notable feat in life was betraying the Kurds and Shi’ites, leading to Saddam’s slaughter of them. Mr. President, the voters found your Iraq policy wanting. You say you want to win, but give no real indications of wanting to win.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Republican in Congress gave lip service to conservative complaints on spending, and yet failed to deal seriously with earmarks until it was too late. Rep. Blunt, running again for Whip, stood at the Heritage Foundation last week and defended earmarks!

The voters weighed the GOP against the Democrats and then finished off the GOP. Having abandoned its first principles in favor of staying in power, there was no other course of action to take.

For the President to redeem himself, he needs to actually fight a war, not, as Pelosi said, manage the problem. For the GOP in Congress to redeem itself, it must take seriously the lessons learned during the Reagan years — cut spending and reduce the burdens of government on the lives of Americans.

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  • I am part of a new group Georgia Marine Moms, and two of my friends that are also officers have lost sons in Iraq. We do not care about the GOP losing because party means nothing, as we care about the young men that left their families behind (both had young children).

    This war was planned in policy papers long before Bush was finishing up as Governor of Texas, and had nothing to do with 911. The neocons that planned the war for Israel’s security, have now stuck it to President Bush and left the American public to blame him. This war is not a war that can be won because civil wars cannot be won. Look at our civil war in the United States, as it is still going on today. Right?

    Now, we have to get our soldiers out like we had to do in Viet Nam and hopefully future generations will fight more against their leaders when preemptive war takes place. I hate to have come to this conclusion because President Bush is my hero, and again I do not blame him. He does not run the government, as we have a shadow government that calls the shots for wealth accumulation. We are just pawns on a big chess board.

  • “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. . .”
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Speech, 1961

  • Still reading Churchill, perhaps his answer to those who would not retaliate in Germany gives a key to how to fight the war in Iraq: “3. My inclination is to say that we will drop a heavy parachute mine on German cities for everyone he drops on ours; and it might be an intriguing idea to mention a list of cities that would be black-listed for this purpose. I do not thnk they would like it, and there is no reaon why they should not have a period of suspense.” pg 364, Their Finest Hour The weapons are different now, of course, but tippy toeing around the cities where the insurgents are hiding behind the skirts of their cousins is not the way to give the idea we mean business and want to get this war over. If we know basically where the good guys are, then why not hit where they are not? The local populace is helping the insurgents. They should hurt as our people trying to help the good guys are hurting. Otherwise, all the pro-West people and Christians need to high tail it to the few pro-Western areas of the ME and we can leave the Iraqis behind who are not truly supporting our efforts and let them have it out with Iran. It is a complicated situation. There is more help in this chapter of Churchill, but I do not want to take too much space. Read the book. I’ll be finished with it by Christmas, God willing. What a magnificent man was Churchill.

  • We don’t want the President to continue to fight the war, we want the President to WIN the war. We’ve been fighting it for three years with little to show for it. The American people see no end in sight to this and want to finish it one way or another, preferably with honor and success.

    If others are anything like myself they feel the president has misled them on the war. Bush and his administration have consistently lead us to believe that things were progressing tolerably well and we were on the road to victory. I haven’t believed this for well over a year now.

    While you’re biblical quotes are interesting I think there American people have spoken a more modern one, “if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem”. One of the reasons many Republicans were voted out of office was they were perceived as part of the problem, as was Rumsfield, and as is the President. If the President can’t demonstrate how he’s part of the solution he’ll lose the bully pulpit, which with a Republican Congress he rarely had to use, and the Democrats will take the lead on issues.

    I don’t necessarily want to see this outcome but I definitely don’t want to see the status quo continued.

    Just my take.

  • Eamie, if you would like to help out with preparing scrap books to present to families of fallen soldiers or to prepare Christmas items to send to Marines overseas, please contact Eric and he will forward you to my email. If you will look above, I am a member of Georgia Marine Moms and our mission is to provide some comfort to our brave men and women serving in the War on Terror. We need all of the help we can get. I am most patriotic and very concerned of how we are going to get out of the war with a win of some sorts without causing a catastrophe. When you experience the loss of a fallen Marine with a friend, the war takes on a meaning that you cannot comprehend. Trust me to be as candid as possible. My son is a former Marine Sergeant, and we know the sacrifices and we know the drill. Semper Fi.