Monday, August 25, 2008

SOB as Presidential material

During the time that Nixon was president and his penchant for dirty play was coming out, people would say to me, "We need a president who is honest. We need a nice president." So we got one - Jimmy Carter. So much for nice presidents.
Which leads me to believe that we don't really need a nice president. We need a mean, nasty sonuvabitch who can stand toe to toe with Putin and tell him to stick it where the sun don't shine. We need somebody who is grouchy, touchy, who believes that the United States is the best thing since (and before) sliced bread and anyone who messes with us will be chewed up, spat out, and forgotten.
We need someone who understands that war is not civilized. Therefore, this person would not enter into a war unless there was no other choice, but once in the war would have two goals: not getting our people killed, and getting their people killed. As Patton said, you don't win a war by dying for your country. You win by making them die for their country. As long as the US fights tippytoe wars, we'll lose soldiers.
So, where does that leave us? Should we have invaded Iraq? Probably not. Should we stay? Until we have kicked some serious a##.
Which presidential candidate is more likely to think this way? Need I say?


bekkieann said...

But that doesn't make sense to me. If we shouldn't have invaded Iraq, whose ass are we supposed to be kicking? Aren't the thousands of Iraqi and American lives already lost enough? Especially since Iraq is now demanding that we set the date when we will be out.

I fear some presidents are the opposite extreme of nice; that is, warmongers.

Heaven forbid we make another mistake like Iraq. I think we know who might make such a one.

On both your houses said...

It gets complicated, doesn't it? The old bard had words for it though. He said we should beware of entrance to a quarrel, but once being in, bear it that they may beware of us. Thanks, Bill. The problem of disengaging is that it can only make matters worse. Every time we cut and run we leave a horrible mess. Once being in you kind of have to keep faith we those who will be butchered if you leave. And of course, the media will never tell their stories because they're old news and we believe a comfortable fairy tale that we can disengage without hurting anybody.

bekkieann said...

I see your point, and though I agree with some and disagree with some specifics, I respect your strong feelings about this.