Free speech frightens 
the Islamist radicals

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The latest desperately vacuous theme in Romney-Ryan’s feckless faith-based campaign asserts that President Obama demonstrates inadequate “resolve” in combating America’s enemies.  One Romney adviser (who also counseled George Bush) even asserts that, had Romney been President, none of the turmoil in the Middle East would have happened!

Such claims appeal to a misguided version of “American exceptionalism” – that, “with ‘god’ on our side”, the U.S. can not only “influence” and/or “shape” world events, but indeed control them.  No idea has proven more dangerous to our national security.

In 1983, President Reagan demonstrated “resolve” by sending U.S. Marines to “control” events in Beirut.  On October 23, 1983, 299 U.S. and French personnel were killed by suicide bombers.  While Reagan vowed “resolve”, he withdrew all American forces from Lebanon 105 days later.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush demonstrated genuine “resolve” by mounting an international coalition to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait – but not from power in Iraq (fearing unintended consequences).

In 1993, President Clinton demonstrated “resolve” by committing limited U.S. forces to Mogadishu, Somalia.  On October 3-4, the events dramatized in “Black Hawk Down” occurred, resulting in more American casualties.  While Clinton also vowed “resolve”, all U.S. and U.N. forces were withdrawn by March 1994.

In March 2003, President George W. Bush demonstrated “resolve” by invading Iraq, then declared “Mission Accomplished” on May 1, but watched haplessly as events spun out of his “control” – resulting in 4400 Americans killed, 32,000 wounded, and at least $2 trillion in wasted “treasure” (more damage than Bin Laden could have hoped to inflict).

Thus, Romney-Ryan should be asked:  “at what price, ‘resolve’?”; and when will they convincingly disavow their “radical” Evangelical Christian supporters who – now with American blood on their hands – remain religiously “resolved” to abuse “free speech” and foment violent anti-American unrest across an ignorantly vengeful Muslim world?

                Bill Hugenberg

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