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Eyes on the Prize

   

  Two important posts in the last two days, either taken in the context of the demise of Osama bin Laden, or as statements broadly concerning the dilemma of modern Americans in their quest for both peace and the maintenance of their sovereignty and world position, have piqued our interest.  The first is the offering by Vassar Bushmills in which he examines the issue of the use of our national treasure, human mainly, in a sort of  exercise by some who fancy themselves players, or worse, above it all,  in the national or international arena.  The second is the request by Haystack, who opines that we should declare victory in the Middle East and come home.  The views are similar in many respects, and both seem to be  motivated probably by frustration, common sense, patriotism and the teachings of history.

     Many of us at Unified Patriots share in their frustrations, anxieties and wishes for more forthright and professional ways of conducting US foreign policy, protecting the country and using the national treasure wisely. What we see is that, in addition to the takeover of the media, academia and the entire socio-political culture by the left and it’s operatives in our lifetimes, there has been a concurrent entrenchment of the same forces within our foreign policy, intelligence and governing apparatus. Sometimes we stutter and stammer trying to figure out whether it is sheer incompetence or willfull negligence by these entities in issues of preserving and protecting. For us, it is maddening to learn some of the details about the intricacies of tracking down and eliminating Osama bin Laden at the same time as not being given a reasonable response to the question “Who are the Libyan rebels?” Do we not have desks at Langley and Foggy Bottom devoted solely to supplying answers to questions like this? If we do, and they know, and they are not being asked, it is dereliction on someone’s part. If we do, and they do not know, it is again dereliction, on their part. If we do not or we do not know where they are located or what hours they are open for business, it is even worse dereliction, for in a government so massive and well-funded and availed of every personal and technical advantage known to man, for us to engage in the kind of adventures described by Bushmills and Haystack and not have a clue as to what we are doing, or to whom, or what for is, to our minds, a heinous indictable offense.  Bushmills calls it murder.

    We cannot project on the world with the broad strokes we used to.  That is not possible in today’s world.  Neither can we withdraw.  The shrinking, interconnected geo-poitical-economic world necessitates a little more nuance than either of those extremes.  But the middle ground has to be dictated by something.  We like to call it our enlightened, national, moral and selfish interest.  We do not think being Constitutional, or Conservative, prevents us from using best judgement and best practices at home or abroad.  But we have to know what works and what doesn’t.  And we have to know what is broken, and who broke it, so as to not let them have the responsibility for it again.

     Most of us know the history of the intelligence service’s demise, beginning in the 70’s with the Church Committee hearings, and continuing in the 90’s with the Jamie Gorelick, et al, fiascos.  Those things and those personalities get the publicity.  What does not get the publicity is how these characters, and many more like them in all areas of government, are allowed to operate.  They are allowed to operate because those we elect to represent us do not do their jobs.  They do not do their homework; they do not study history; they put their oversight responsibilities on the back burner, or let  ‘more experienced members’  handle those things.  Another area is in defense matters.  We have intense debate among rival states and rival manufacturers over such things as the F-22 vs. the F-35- vs. the KC-130 expenditures, and the reduction in force of combat troops at a time when we are in a state of war on multiple fronts, and the issues will likely be shepherded to less than optimal conclusions behind the scenes by Marxists who have been in place for just such occasions for decades  Hello?  We believe this is inexcuseable.  We believe every elected member of Congress has a responsibility to be as informed on foreign policy issues as on domestic issues, especially since, as conservatives, we believe the federal government spends too much of it’s time and effort on meddling in the lives of it’s citizens, and not on protecting them.

     This is another reason, perhaps a primary reason, why we, as Unified Patriots, must elect constitutional conservatives to office at all levels – because your dogcatcher could become a US Senator someday – and why the people we elect must not only be constitutional conservatives, but Unified Patriots, like us.

bobmontgomery
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  1. Well said, Bob. The discussion continues. In time, maybe we can lure some decision makers down here to talk with us. There is a way to win, protect the national treasures and stick to the high road. All leaders have to do is jettison vanity. All is vanity, right?

    • I face a dilemma in my wishes for our foreign policy headed by Obama given his perverse motives as revealed by his votes in the past to defund the wars; participation in the Bushlied BIG LIE re wmd, gitmo, faux torture, a ksm trial in nyc; apology tours and bows; abandonment of Iran’s freedom-seekers; etc ad infinitum, but mostly as relates to his statement about moving resources to get one man and way from the area of preventing Fort Hoods, underwear bombers and other PRESENT threats to the homeland. But I have been pleased that Obama has not abandoned Iraq and the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Although, I have long (3 yrs) advocated a much smalled presence in Afghanistan to whack moles and search for high value targets with the goal being solely preventing more 911s.

      So that, I cannot advocate massive change in policy simply because we caught a mostly impotent terrorist-in-hiding.

      The Prize is a safe homeland and I doubt we can keep it safe without an ongoing presence of some size in the area.

      more later

      • I think some anticipated that when they planned the larged embassy in Baghdad. And I think the Bush Doctrine, maybe not all the details being cleverly worked out but the presentation to the people in the Mideast of democratic governance as an option, was good. And as an aside, George and Laura Bush are continuing their support for Afghan women.

    • A lot of it is, for sure. But I can’t comprehend how you could be elevated to, oh, let’s say, the highest office in the land, and concurrently the leader of the free world, and not be humbled. Unless…..unless……. But then, little old me cannot even comprehend the awesome responsibility of being a US Senator from, say, South Dakota, and what that might mean for a villager in Arkansas, or the Congo.

  2. Whittaker Chambers, in his book, Witness, revealed incredible eye-opening as regards the infiltration of the State Department by Communists. In the decades since, it is obvious that the Left has entrenched themselves in a number of critical government agencies. Add in the takeover of government schools, and the higher levels of academia, there is a lot of work to be done.

    It is going to take radical measures to clean out those that want to take our country down.

  1. Well said, Bob. The discussion continues. In time, maybe we can lure some decision makers down here to talk with us. There is a way to win, protect the national treasures and stick to the high road. All leaders have to do is jettison vanity. All is vanity, right?

    • I face a dilemma in my wishes for our foreign policy headed by Obama given his perverse motives as revealed by his votes in the past to defund the wars; participation in the Bushlied BIG LIE re wmd, gitmo, faux torture, a ksm trial in nyc; apology tours and bows; abandonment of Iran’s freedom-seekers; etc ad infinitum, but mostly as relates to his statement about moving resources to get one man and way from the area of preventing Fort Hoods, underwear bombers and other PRESENT threats to the homeland. But I have been pleased that Obama has not abandoned Iraq and the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Although, I have long (3 yrs) advocated a much smalled presence in Afghanistan to whack moles and search for high value targets with the goal being solely preventing more 911s.

      So that, I cannot advocate massive change in policy simply because we caught a mostly impotent terrorist-in-hiding.

      The Prize is a safe homeland and I doubt we can keep it safe without an ongoing presence of some size in the area.

      more later

      • I think some anticipated that when they planned the larged embassy in Baghdad. And I think the Bush Doctrine, maybe not all the details being cleverly worked out but the presentation to the people in the Mideast of democratic governance as an option, was good. And as an aside, George and Laura Bush are continuing their support for Afghan women.

    • A lot of it is, for sure. But I can’t comprehend how you could be elevated to, oh, let’s say, the highest office in the land, and concurrently the leader of the free world, and not be humbled. Unless…..unless……. But then, little old me cannot even comprehend the awesome responsibility of being a US Senator from, say, South Dakota, and what that might mean for a villager in Arkansas, or the Congo.

  2. Whittaker Chambers, in his book, Witness, revealed incredible eye-opening as regards the infiltration of the State Department by Communists. In the decades since, it is obvious that the Left has entrenched themselves in a number of critical government agencies. Add in the takeover of government schools, and the higher levels of academia, there is a lot of work to be done.

    It is going to take radical measures to clean out those that want to take our country down.

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