Sunday, September 7, 2008

For National Security, McCain-Palin Beats Obama-Biden Any Day

According to ABC News, Senator Barack Obama had this to say when asked today by ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos about whether he had ever considered military service:

The Democratic candidate said he briefly considered joining the military after graduating high school, but decided against it.

"I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue," he said.

What a wimpy answer, and further confirmation that the "Community Organizer" has no real grasp of national defense. Obviously Senator John McCain is far and away the better choice to protect the country -- not simply because McCain understands the military from having served with bravery, but also from his having strongly advocated national defense for many years.

Obama apparently needs a refresher course about 1979. That year was the low point of Democratic appeasement policy of the Carter administration. It was in the middle of the Iranian hostage crisis and the point in the Cold War when the USSR invaded Afghanistan. For youngster bloggers, rent "Miracle on Ice" and you will get a taste of what a mess the country was in under Democratic rule.

That Obama claims he considered joining the military but didn't in 1979 only demonstrates that he, like Carter, lacked an understanding of the importance of a strong military to protect the nation's interests. It took President Ronald Reagan, with the support of congressional leaders like John McCain and Mitch McConnell, to restore strength to a military that had been so depleted during the Carter years.

Palin, like Obama and Biden, did not serve in the military, but she has raised a son who understands the value of military service and, in fact, has enlisted to serve in Iraq. And though she is three years younger than Obama, Palin thus far has exhibited a toughness that instills far more confidence in the public than that exhibited by Obama, who shows disturbing Carter-like tendencies on foreign policy issues.

And, of course, when it comes to the gut check of who you would trust to protect you, McCain-Palin wins hands down over Obama-Biden.

Obama probably knows more about bowling than he does about the military.

(Photograph by Sgt. Jacob A. McDonald, U.S. Dept. of Defense)

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