Friday, September 15, 2006

The money quote ...

... from the President's speech this past Monday (with emphasis added):

We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom. Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom, and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage. Years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither. So we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.

OK critics ... what have I been saying, again and again?

As I write this, I am listening to Rush's replay of the President's press conference on the legislation being developed to govern detainee treatment ... legislation that is in danger of being trampled by donkeys ... and a few RINOs in the Senate.

The remarkable thing about this press conference ... is the edge in the President's voice as he defends the legislation in the face of the usual media myopia evident in the White House press corps.

That edge, is what this nation needs ... especially when considering the difference between the viewpoints of senators like Dick Durbin on "torture" ... and the facts on the ground, as reported by Richard Miniter.

Mr. Miniter's article is a MUST-READ ... and gives the lie to those who demand moral equivalence between America, and her Islamofascist enemies.

Senator McCain is concerned that anything America does that could be construed as "torture" could be used to justify (in the eyes of the world?) mistreatment of our military men and women, should they be captured.

One problem with that position, however ... since when has our blind adherence to the most liberal interpretations of the Geneva Conventions protected our people from abuse, when they are captured? From Al Quada beheadings ... to the televising of beaten men and women by Saddam in 1991 ... to the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, and the beating and murder of Robert Stethem ... to the treatment of our US embassy personnel by Iran ...

... to the treatment of American POW's by the North Vietnamese ...

... our enemies have not shown one whit of consideration of our treatment of those we detain, in determining how to treat those they are imprisoning.

Senator McCain should know better.

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