TIME OUT FOR PARTISANSHIP PLEASE !
September 29, 2002
It is way beyond time for grown ups to stop fixating on "who" is right and "which club" gets bragging rights.
The long running feud between Democrats and Republicans/Liberals and Conservatives needs a 'time out'.
Political posturing, positioning, and naysaying can and will expose the United States to a very real and present danger.
Saddam Hussein's invitation to three Democrat congress critters to Baghdad as a means to undermined U.S. policy is smart for Saddam to offer...it is monumentally dumb for Ted Kennedy et al to buy into the finesse.
January 6, 1941 President Roosevelt told members of the 77th Congress, "by an impressive expression of the public will and without regard to partisanship, we are committed to the proposition that principle of morality and considerations for our own security will never permit us to acquiesce in a peace dictated by aggressors and sponsored by appeasers."
Today, it appears Gephard, Kennedy, Clinton and the other usual suspects have only regard to partisanship.
September 28th (just a few days ago) Reuters reported, "Turkish paramilitary police have seized more than 33 pounds of weapons-grade uranium and detained two men accused of smuggling the material,". THIRTY THREE honking POUNDS! http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=topnews&StoryID=1508708#
The Democrat establishment's jihad against President Bush kicked into overdrive Friday with Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy expressing opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq.
Kennedy is playing a partisan game which is in direct conflict with his sworn oath and fiduciary responsibility to the American people.
In an epic display of hypocrisy and duplicity Kennedy said, "We must ask what is right for our country and not party." His words are right...his actions are contradictory.
Parroting the Democrats hypocritical mantra, little Dick Gephardt claims Bush "decided to play politics with the safety and security of the American people. ..." Hell-o?!?!? That is EXACTLY what the dems are doing.
May 9th, 2000 I interviewed the co-author of "Brighter Than The Baghdad Sun", Daniel McGrory. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/19635.html
He described Iraq's quest for nukes and the Clinton administration policy toward Iraq. He made it very clear about Saddam 'Jonesing' for nukes and what he would do if or when he had them.
January 3rd of this year I interviewed Dr. Khidhir Hamza, former director of the Iraqi Nuclear Program until 1994. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/26032.html
Hamza has confirmed most of McGrory's warnings and added more. Although the Clinton CIA tried to blow him off in 1994, according to the September 23d issue of 'The New Republic, "Ultimately, Hamza's intelligence seems to have been borne out,". Even the leftist New York Times wrote, "in the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium."
Now we have the Turks finding 33 pounds of exactly what Saddam has been so desperately seeking and still partisan democrats want to wear Neville Chamberlain's coat?
My immediate response to the Turkish report was, "Great! But what did they NOT find?" We capture tons of illegal drugs every year. However, hundreds of tons continue to pour into the marketplace. How much weapons grade uranium (or worse) has found it's way to the anxious arms of Iraq's wannabe Nebbuchanezzar?
"Without regard to partisanship" Roosevelt said. Ted Kennedy says, ""We must ask what is right for our country and not party."" AMEN! For over a decade I have been telling audiences " It is not a question of WHO is right or wrong but WHAT is right or wrong that counts." Never has there been a more urgent need for policy makers to embrace that sentiment.
For Daschle, Gephardt, Kennedy, the Clinton's and other partisan democrats to cling to the mantle of partisanship despite overwhelming evidence that to do so violates their oaths and fiduciary responsibility to their constituents is beyond reprehensible.
Secretary Rumsfeld capsulated a basic leadership principle I had drummed into my head at Fort Benning Georgia. I remember a crusty Master Sergaent telling me "Leaders make decisions. So make a decision!" If it is wrong, fix it. However, to hesitate and burn up time thinking about thinking about it can be catastrophic. Rumsfeld's call to action included "Let history decide... ."
The contemptible procrastination of the liberal establishment can and will result in disaster.
Teddy Roosevelt once observed, "It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." Or, as a contemporary philosopher (Charlie Daniels) noted, "We're all through talking and messing around and now it's time to rock and roll... ." Let history decide.
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Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers. A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com