When I was an Air Force pilot flying during the heightened tensions of the Cold War we carried “flash goggles” in our cockpits in the event we might be exposed to a nuclear detonation. The theory was that, without the goggles, the flash of a nuclear weapon would be so intense as to blind us rendering us incapable of completing our missions as we defended our nation.
Put on your flash goggles America. The mushroom cloud you see on the horizon is Barack Hussein Obama’s presidential viability, and that of his fellow Democratic candidates, exploding.
Obama is proving himself just another in the long line of Democrats who are incapable and unqualified of assuming the challenges and responsibilities required of America’s commander-in-chief. In the last two weeks, presidential candidate Obama has volunteered that, if elected, he would sit down with our enemies without preconditions, would not use nuclear weapons under “any circumstance,” and would attack the sovereignty of Pakistan, one of our closest allies in the global war with Islamofascism.
How clueless can you be and still run for the White House? Obama provides the answer.
On July 23, Obama told a CNN/You Tube debate audience that he would be willing to sit down with America’s enemies, namely Iran’s Ahmadinejad, Syria’s Assad, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il and Venezuela’s Chavez, without hesitation or consideration for the effects on America’s national security. Perhaps, this was an extemporaneous response on his part and one we could excuse as a fumble while carrying the ball under the pressure of a hard-fought campaign.
Just last week, however, he delivered a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and threatened one of America’s closest allies in the war on terrorism, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf. “Let me make this clear,” Obama said, “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.” Obama’s naivete is astonishing. Choosing to shift the fight from Iraq, where we are fighting and killing Al Qaeda, to the land of an ally whose president is precariously close to losing control to homegrown Islamofascists, is stupefying.
No doubt if given the option, our enemy Al Qaeda would be thrilled to exchange the prospect of controlling Iraq and its oil fields for Pakistan’s cache of nukes. Roughly 90 percent of Pakistan’s population would support an overthrow of Musharraf in favor of a much more fundamentalist and Sharia-based government. The troubling nature of Obama’s veiled threat to the Pakistani government is that in this case these were prepared remarks.
The very next day, whatever small ration of credibility the Democratic candidate retained regarding national security, was lost. Speaking to the Associated Press, Obama stammered “I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance…involving civilians.” Desperately seeking to recover, he said, “Let me scratch that. There’s been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That’s not on the table.”
The only comfort we can take from this incredibly ignorant gaffe is that the “nuclear football” – the codes and other matters that enable the president to use nuclear weapons — rests at the side of President George Bush and not that of the junior senator from Illinois.
My new book, War Crimes: The Left’s Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror, documents the various elements of the de facto alliance of American institutions, organizations and politicians opposed to our victory in Iraq. The service and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and our nation’s national security are the undeserving victims. This alliance of Americans (nominally) is comprised of anti-war organizations, academics in our educational system, elements of mainstream media, Hollywood popular culture and, yes, Democrat politicians.
In the nearly forty years since counterculture Leftists snatched power from Democratic Party moderates, Democrats have elected two presidents — arguably the two worst commanders-in-chief this nation has known. Their national defense failures are undeniable.
Jimmy Carter betrayed a long-time American ally in the shah of Iran and facilitated the ascension of the radical fundamentalist Ayatollah Khomeini. That colossal miscalculation created the first Islamic state-sponsored terror base and led directly to the humiliating Iranian hostage crisis, a tragically bungled rescue attempt, and the murder of 234 Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.
Twelve years after Carter left office, Bill Clinton inherited a matured jihadist threat but failed to respond to multiple attacks on America and its citizens, from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 through the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.
In my years serving as military aide to Clinton, where I carried the “nuclear football” and thus shadowed the president at all hours, I gained an intimate understanding of how he and other Democratic leaders regarded the armed forces. Not only didn’t the Left understand military culture, they regarded it with utter disdain. The belief that another Democrat would have his or her hand on the nuclear capability of the United States keeps me awake at night. The fact that it may be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama is a nightmare.
Today’s Democratic politicians flood the airwaves declaring that victory in Iraq and elsewhere in the ideological fight of our generation is impossible, they call for the immediate withdrawal of our troops which would eventuate a humanitarian and national security disaster, they sabotage our commander-in-chief at every turn, and they denounce American soldiers as war criminals. And this is for a war they voted for. The sad truth is that, since Vietnam, the only time the Left in this nation wins is when America loses.
We are engaged in a generational war, an ideological struggle every bit as threatening as our challenges last century with fascism, Nazism and Communism.
Can we rely on presidential candidates from the Left such as Barack Hussein Obama or Hillary Clinton? Not with the demonstrated and continued ignorance and irresponsible perspective of the Democrats. They are our enemies’ allies.
Put on your flash goggles on America, the Democrats are coming.