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9.23.2014

Iron and Blood



"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse."--John Stuart Mill
Okay, prepare yourselves to be offended.  All of you.

As I listened to the morning news coverage of the American-led bombing campaign taking place in Syria and Iraq, I was troubled by one of my favorite correspondent's attitude. Fox News contributor, Laura Ingram, who I respect tremendously and almost always agree with, made some troubling comments.

Basically, she said that the American people are "entitled" to answers, plans, projections, strategy, Allied information etc. with regard to the military operations occurring in the Middle East against our new enemy, ISIS.

As much as I love her syndicated radio show and her quick wit, Ms. Ingram is simply wrong.

Drum roll please...

I cannot believe these words are about to escape my lips: President Barack Hussein Obama doesn't owe me or you or any other member of our civilian population a full explanation right now. And any explanations given to the military community should be given with great care and caution. In fact, if you want me to be completely honest, I think all speeches, presidential addresses, daily briefings, etc. should be completely devoid of any mention of what is going on operationally on the current battlefield. Our president, whoever that person has been, is or will be, is charged, above all else, with protecting the American people, our international interests and our Allies. A president cannot effectively perform those Constitutional duties while at the same time fully informing a curious, fickled nation and a desperate, intelligent enemy. The operational plans decided upon and currently being discussed between our dear leader, his military advisers and any Allied coalition he has assembled should remain confidential and restricted.

Loose lips cost lives.

I'm just going to lay it all out...The problem with modern warfare is that half of the battles are fought on air, during prime-time TV hours. War isn't something that should play out on cable. It isn't something that should be discussed by a well-dressed, perfectly groomed round table on live television at 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 P.M. I keep thinking about the popular trilogy, "The Hunger Games". How the fictional nation of Panem, with a strikingly similar geographical location to our own country, found itself watching, with rapt attention, a televised program of child-combatants killing each other because their oppressive government deemed their sacrifice appropriate penitence for rebellion. The concept of the books seemed far-fetched, impossible, even ludicrous. And then I considered what our modern, 24- hour news cycle might look like to future generations of humanity.

Americans, for the most part, don't have the stomach for war. Not real war. We don't want to see the reality of what a village looks like after our bombs have found their mark. We don't want to face the video footage showing the maimed, the lost, the infernos. Americans proved with Vietnam and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, that our attention spans are short and our stomachs, weak. This military effort is popular right now, but trust me, as the gruesome images surface and when the reports grow dim, or when the first American service man or woman returns home in a flag-draped coffin, the tide will turn and our apathetic attitude will rear its ugly head.

The news correspondents embedded with military forces create additional security issues for our already strained forces. Pundits and news broadcasters who have little to no knowledge of the inner workings of our military, spend countless hours debating tactics, strategy and potential outcomes. Meanwhile, our soldiers, Marines and airmen are left vulnerable because the enemy, who is watching the news feed on their iPhone, iPad or flat screen TV, is emboldened and strategically equipped because they are familiar with their native terrain and recognize the background landscape of our news screen shot. (If you think they aren't watching and listening to our American news, think again.) Liberals and pacifists are enraged by the video footage showing the bombs, their detonation and the resulting destruction. Military wives, mothers, husbands, families are glued to the television praying for peace and hoping for a glimpse of their loved one or a unit patch they recognize. Politicians facing tough reelections use the broadcast information garnered from the battlefield correspondents to critic the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our generals.

War is a bloody, tragic, miserable thing. It is not for the faint of heart. And it shouldn't be broadcast in the name of entertainment.

A day will come when our president will need to give a full accounting of his wartime decisions and his strategy. But that time is not now. We have men and women in harms way.

Otto Von Bismarck once said, "The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood." As the American people, let us resolve ourselves to having patience. Let us content ourselves in knowing that our brave men and women in uniform are fighting on our behalf and facing dangers our nightmares can't imagine. Let us allow them sufficient time to determine the answers to our many great, contemporary questions. Once American "iron and blood" have obtained the solutions to the crisis we currently face, we can then demand a formal, full explanation from our Commander in Chief. I will be waiting, alongside each of you, for his account.


9.18.2014

9/11: Never Forget


"On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, 'What God do you pray to?' What beliefs do you hold?'"
--Michael Bloomberg


Each year, on this day, I reflect upon the tragedy of 9/11. Normally, not always, but many times, I find myself thinking of the passenger victims on the planes, the employees in the Twin Towers, the military personnel in the Pentagon, the heroes in a far off Pennsylvania field and of the military service men and women who answered our grieving and devastated nation's call in the following weeks, months and years. I think I often times forget about the unimaginable service rendered to our citizens that day. I think I sometimes, unintentionally, overlook the enormity of the sacrifices made that morning by the emergency personnel and the first responders. 

This morning as I prayed for our nation and thought back on that day, I thought about the emergency responders who were called to the chaos that morning. Today, I thought about what had to be going through the minds of those firefighters and emergency workers as they ran TOWARD the infernos. Infernos that melted and destroyed something indestructible. So many of the images from that day that have shown up on my news feed have been of the burning towers, our hoisted flag and survivors covered in debris and ash. There are few pictorial images that captured the heroes of that morning as they raced into burning buildings, raced up collapsing stairways; people who chose to freely and willingly walk into the arms of danger and death in the hopes that they would save a life. I am so humbled by the bravery of that day. I am so amazed by the selflessness of so many who put others, perfect strangers, before themselves. I hope that as the years pass and as the events grow more distant in our memory that we will continue to honor those who perished on that terrible day. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten nor the evil who perpetrated it. The heroism of those individuals who sacrificed their lives should never be overshadowed by the cowardly acts of terror perpetrated by spineless madmen. 

Today, I grieve with the families forever changed. Today, I honor the memory of those lost. Today, I thank the brave men and women in uniform, all uniforms, who are committed to protecting our nation both domestically and abroad. Today, I pray for the individuals who seek to harm Americans both here at home and afar. May God have mercy on your soul--because our people will not.  ‪#‎neverforget‬ ‪#‎heroes‬

Wendy "Texas-sized nightmare" Davis



DISCLAIMER: If you like Wendy "Abortion Barbie" Davis, please pass over this post. Otherwise, you will be very, very angry. You have been warned...
So, Wendy "Texas-sized nightmare" Davis's new book includes an admission that she had an abortion. Surprise, surprise. Her justification: the doctors told her that her baby had a brain abnormality. Why am I not at all surprised that abortion was her solution to what she considered a problem? Well, let me share a story with y'all...
One of my sweet nieces will turn 4 years old at the end of this month. And let me just say, she is AMAZING. She is beautiful and smart and the very best of both of her precious parents. She is also my namesake, Sophie Marriah. So, yes, I admit, I may be a bit partial!!  When my little sister was pregnant with Sophie, she consented to the recommended blood tests. Around the 21 week mark, after having the most extensive blood tests of a pregnancy, my sister received a phone call from the doctor informing her that Sophie's blood tests had come back showing "abnormalities". And also, her bone measurements weren't appropriate for her weeks of gestation. Certain bones in Sophie's arms and legs were measuring too short. Understandably, my sister and my brother-in-law were devastated. First, they were told Sophie would be born with Down's Syndrome. Then, they were informed that her condition would be a form of dwarfism. Then, even upon her seemingly "normal" birth, they diagnosed her with some medical condition having to do with her thyroid. My sister's pregnancy and the initial weeks of motherhood were extremely stressful and trying. However, her trust in God's sovereignty never wavered. Maggi and my brother-in-law were amazing examples of grace and strong faith to everyone around them. They were resolved, positive and committed to glorifying God no matter what the future held. My niece, Sophie, is a perfectly healthy almost-four-year old. And my family is eternally grateful. However, rest assured and have no doubt, that if the tests results and reality had been different, my sister, my brother-in-law and our combined families, would still be eternally grateful and blessed by her addition to our lives. We would have loved Sophie no matter what. She would have been nurtured and adored and given the best life possible. Her "abnormalities", whatever they might have been, would have been completely irrelevant when compared to the perfection of her creation. There was never talk of an abortion. There was never a moment when my sweet sister and her precious husband considered playing God. Never, ever, ever. Some of the most amazing children I have ever known have been "different" by society's standards. Some of the most incredible parents I have ever encountered are the ones raising children that aren't considered "perfect" by the world. And the common thread that I find in these families is that of selflessness and love. All children are a blessing from God and deserve to be loved and given a chance at life.
Okay, I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say that Wendy "trendy running shoes" Davis would have had an abortion if the doctors had told her the baby's eye color was not what she desired. She is PRO-ABORTION. End of story. She sees babies as disposable fetuses and inconveniences. She garnered state and national attention because she filibustered a law that would end late term abortion. She is a blonde-headed, well-spoken, feminist monster. I can't believe I am even discussing her and her campaign for Texas governor. Now, let me be clear, I don't judge her for having an abortion. That judgment will be between Ms. Davis and God. However, I absolutely condemn her lack of remorse and her flippant attitude toward the taking of innocent life. It's as if Wendy "Barbie-wanna-be" Davis and other liberal harpies like her, want other women to condone the murder of babies and have abortions so that their misery can have company. I guess they think they will feel less guilt if they can delude themselves and others into believing abortion is okay and legal and, what did Margaret Sanger say, "the kindest thing a large family can do for their unborn". Yeah, a woman, a feminist, a liberal icon, said that abortion was kind. Seriously. I can't make this stuff up.
This weekend the British Royal family announced that Prince William and Duchess Kate are preggers again!! That is awesome!! Congrats to the happy couple. And all around the world, to include the USA, the headlines read: "Another Royal Baby", "A New Baby for the Prince and Duchess." The headlines didn't read: "Another Royal Fetus", or "A New Bundle of Cells for the Prince and Princess". No, the media and the world recognized the joy of the young family's news and recognized the announcement for what it was: the announcement of a new and precious LIFE.
Women, yes us, the ones blessed with wombs and breasts, we are God's chosen vessel for facilitating the miracle of life. We can choose to proudly embrace that calling without conditions or we can choose to allow a fallen, sin-filled society to convince us that we are gods in our own right and therefore, capable of wielding the power of life and death. Or we can choose to see ourselves as honored, above men, because we have been given the incredible gift of carrying and sustaining human life. We can choose to continue to forfeit that gift for temporary, earthly gratifications that will fade away with time. Or we can choose to set our eyes on things eternal and remember that the LORD knit each of us together in our mother's wombs and that He has a plan for each and every life He creates. Ladies, we are better than this. We are better than the Wendy Davises of our society. We are simply better. I don't know why we have allowed our gender to be infiltrated and controlled by a mindset of selfishness and greed. I will never understand the mentality of the pro-abortion movement. I will never understand the confusion associated with the sanctity of human life. I will never understand why we are even having this legislative debate. I will simply never understand the killing of innocent babies. Never, ever, ever.

9.16.2014

Islamic terrorists are freakin' geniuses.



"There is no great genius without a mixture of madness."
--Aristotle

So, I was thinking this morning as I put my face on...Islamic terrorists are geniuses. Okay, don't stop reading yet. Don't send me a nasty message yet. Please, stay with me...

Thirteen years ago, when Muslim jihadists hijacked American planes and wreaked havoc and destruction, they succeeded in destabilizing our economy and pulling us into an ideological war. Initially, we were a nation united. We wanted vengeance. We wanted justice. However, as the years passed, the number of American war fatalities mounted and the public became "war weary", our nation grew divided. Some Americans wanted to stay the course. Others wanted to come home and focus on domestic issues. While others simply wanted to come home. As with the years of Vietnam, we were once again politically polarized--and they, the Islamic militants, were to blame. All they needed to do was sit back and watch. Our presidents, both Bush on his way out and Obama, ever since, have been guilty of giving the enemy withdrawal timelines and strategic information. The blood-thirsty radicals needed only to bide their time and wait for the next opportunity to pounce.

Then, Benghazi. How perfect. A well organized attack on the anniversary of 9/11. A vicious reminder that they were still out there and seeking to kill and destroy. Our Secretary of State, Hillary "Dead Broke" Clinton, failed our men and women on the ground in Libya. As Susan Rice and other SOS puppets tried desperately to do damage control, our Islamic enemies laughed. They knew the truth our government was attempting to cover up. Some Americans thought the attacks were about a video. Some thought the attacks in Benghazi were random acts of violence carried out by a whipped-up mob. While others, like myself, knew the attacks were terrorists acts perpetrated by terrorists still engaged in an all out war with the United States of America.  Again, our nation was divided.

And then, here comes ISIS. A well-funded, ruthless, cowardly group of Sunni Muslim terrorists committed to eliminating all people opposed to their control and standing in the way of their establishment of a global, Islamic caliphate. A few months ago,our dear leader referred to them as a "JV team". Since then, they have proven themselves to be professional players of their genocidal game. I bet Obama regrets that analogy.

The terrorist group Al Qaida, the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq succeeded in creating a deep divide within our country. Bush was hated for his supposed "war mongering", aggression and Southern accent. Democrats spent 7 1/2 years criticizing every move the Bush administration made in dealing with the terrorists and conducting the wars. Our nation was fractured by the terrorists.

The terrorist group ISIS, the attacks at Benghazi, the negotiations with rogue states to free Bowe Bergdahl, and now, the brutal murdering and be-heading of innocent people in Iraq are creating an even deeper divide within our already weakened nation. Obama is being criticized by the Right for his ineptness, his delay, his indifference, his failed leadership. Our nation is at a stand still. There is little compromise and no clear solution. Another win in the terrorist's column.

Listen, Bush wasn't perfect, but he kept us safe. He was committed to keeping America strong. And for that, the terrorists hated him. And let's face it, Obama has been in over his head since day one. He didn't realize the real nature of the threats facing our nation daily because he doesn't see our enemies as evil. He likes to view them as misunderstood victims oppressed by that big-bad-bully of America. At this point, there is no good solution to the problems he is facing. The terrorists are laughing at him.

Friends, we are losing this war to a radical Islamic culture of hatred. We are losing this war because our nation is "war weary". Really, people are "war weary"? I would LOVE for one unaffected, well-rested, out-of-touch civilian to comment on this post and give me one example of how they are "war weary". Seriously. Those who could and should be "war weary" are the ones calling for action and calling for aggressive responses to ISIS. Our nation's back bone has been weakened by a generation of apathy and ignorance. We are losing this war because a large majority of Americans are lazy, selfish and too politically correct.

WE ARE AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. There, I said it, Obama. You, John Kerry and y'alls press secretaries don't have to. And I'll also say this: The terrorists are winning. They have out-smarted us. They have been more patient than we have. They are not "war weary". And unlike us, they have a strategy. And it is working. They have divided us and pitted us against one another and exposed our flawed contemporary nature as a nation. Again I'll say it, they are evil, murdering, cowardly, faceless, merciless geniuses.

9.04.2014

"We don't have a strategy." Really? I hadn't noticed...



"This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism." --Tony Blair

A second American journalist has been beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS. And rest assured, there will be more. The campaign of terror that ISIS is waging against the minority groups of Iraq, and ultimately the rest of the world, continues. Children are being raped and murdered. Women abducted and forced into arranged marriages AKA sex slavery. Men are being slaughtered. Cities are under siege. For the people caught in the cross hairs of this radical, ideological nightmare, these days are a living hell on earth. The daily devastation and brutality is something most Americans can't comprehend. We simply can't process what is going on across the ocean in a land we liberated a short, ten years ago.

How has the world arrived at this place? Are we, humanity, standing on the threshold of eternal judgment and the end times? Are we facing a more serious evil or are we simply living through another messy chapter in human history that future generations will reflect upon and compare their future sufferings to ours?

I don't know the answers. But something in my gut tells me these times may be more dark than the dark times before...

A few weeks ago a friend sent me a presentation by an Israeli military officer. His speech was absolutely fascinating! I spent hours watching the video over and over again. The presentation was entitled, "THE BEGINNING OF THE END". The historical information the speaker provided was incredible. The modern, up-to-date perspective of what is REALLY going on in Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran was troubling and intriguing. He spoke about recent world events and highlighted how these events are tied with Biblical prophecy. For a history-loving, Bible-clinging, right-winged nerd, it was the best video ever!!

So, I want to share a few points that might bring this whole Middle Eastern mess into perspective.
  • Once upon a time, a man named Muhammad lived. He claimed to be the final prophet of Allah (God). He was born in Mecca. Orphaned by the age of 6. He claimed he received revelations from the archangel Gabriel and that his heart had been taken from his chest, cleansed with snow and placed back inside his breast. Literally. 
  • The Qu'ran is a collection of his teachings and revelations. He fathered the religion of Islam and oversaw its dissemination throughout much of the Arabian Pennisula. He established the tradition of the hajj--the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • In Muhammad's time, Christians, Jews (not always) and other monotheistic religions enjoyed the status and protection known as the "People of the Book". I wonder when Islam and radical Muslims decided to forget that bit of his teaching?
  • Upon Muhammad's death, Muslims faced their first major dilemma. Who would follow in Muhammad's footsteps and continue the work he began?
  • The Islamic camp was divided. There were those in the new religion, they became known as Shi'ite Muslims, who felt the successor should be blood related to Muhammad, thus the next in line to lead the caliphate was his cousin, 'Ali. While others, an overwhelming majority in fact, who would become known as Sunni Muslims, felt as though the continuation of Muhammad's work should be carried out by a devout, chosen follower named Abu Bakr. The Sunnis argued that Islam was a religious caliphate and not a monarchy and therefore, blood status should have no bearing on ascension to power. And there, in the shadow of their leader's death, the Islamic struggle that would effect millions of Muslims and influence the entire world for centuries was birthed.
  • FYI: Shi'ite Muslims account for approximately 15% of the Muslim population
  • FYI: Sunni Muslims account for approximately 85% of the Muslim population (ISIS is a branch of Sunni)
  • There are two struggles within the Islamic faith--one to convert all Muslims to the same brand of Islam and second, to convert all the rest of us
  • The last hundred years of human history has seen the greatest number of Biblical prophecies come to fruition. More in the last generation than all other generations combined
  • Regional and international alliances are being formed in the Middle East and around the world that would have never been thought possible 12 short months ago (these aren't good alliances--think Axis of Evil)   
I could go on and on and on...

So, here is the DL:

This situation isn't a "manageable problem", Dear Leader. This is war. Yes, there it is. I said it. We are at war with radical, Islamic extremists and have been for over a decade. Whew....I feel so politically incorrect...and HONEST!! A strategy isn't going to just fall from the heavens and into the White House's lap. The reality on the ground isn't going to improve because of airstrikes and humanitarian aide drops. (Although, I am very glad that we are doing those things at this point.) The conflict that is raging in northern Iraq and other parts of the Middle East is a complex, historical tragedy that will exist and evolve and grow. ISIS is a symptom of a much greater malignant disease. ISIS and other terrorists groups are the result of a radical ideology and delayed international intervention. ISIS is only one of many terrorist organizations that reflect the base hatred and evil mind set of ignorant, desperate people. And unfortunately, this "junior varsity" terrorist team with sharp knives and bloated bank accounts is winning. And winning big.

They have declared war on us. Heck, they have declared war on fellow Muslims. Please hear me out:  if ISIS will slaughter fellow Muslims, they will continue to cut American throats. This masked, decapitating, ruthless enemy isn't going to just go away. They aren't killing us because we are sympathetic to Israel or because of previous foreign policy. They are killing us because they consider us to be infidels. They aren't killings us because we fought a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know this because they are killing peaceful, indigenous people living within Iraq with no tie to the United States or our military efforts over the past decade. ISIS, Al Qaida and other terrorists groups kill Americans and other innocent people because they know we will never convert to Islam and therefore, we stand between them and their desired global Islamic caliphate. They aren't killing us because we're Americans, they are killing us because we aren't their chosen brand of Islam. 

No one is safe. No one is immune. They would rather "wipe us off the face of the earth" than negotiate and live peaceably alongside us. Americans haven't caused this. The American military isn't to blame. America and the free world haven't "asked" for this to happen. This isn't America's "chickens coming home to roost"--thank you, Jeremiah Wright. I will even admit that Obama isn't at fault when it comes to placing blame for the creation and mentality of the radical, terrorist groups. His fault lies in his unwillingness to intervene at the appropriate times and his inability to fully understand the realness of their threat and danger.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is good vs. evil, wrong vs. right. These individuals are rage-filled terrorists with hate in the hearts and blood on their hands. They have no conscience. Being diplomatic will not win this fight. Being politically correct will not win their hearts and minds. Our resolve to destroy them needs to mirror their resolve to destroy us. Plain and simple. Unfortunately, there isn't anything simple about it.

Our president refuses to call them terrorists. He and his administration tip toe around using the word Islamic. ISIS calls themselves ISLAMIC--it's part of their name!! It isn't derogatory or insensitive to call them what they are; it is fact. They are Muslim jihadists. They are mass murderers. They are cowards who murder innocent men, women and children because they can't and won't face the strongest army in the world. They are child-raping monsters. They are disgusting excuses for human beings and I have no qualms about saying that they will burn in Hell for eternity for the atrocities they are committing against their fellow man. THEY ARE EVIL and the sooner our Dear Leader publically recognizes it, the sooner they will be stopped. The world is waiting for America to act. Our presidents are known as the "Leaders of the Free World" because that's the position our strength has placed them in. We are a nation capable of things that would blow most peoples minds. We are a nation capable of ending most global conflict and yet, we are standing still and silent and waiting. 

"We don't have a strategy." Those five words probably gave most Democrats diarrhea for days. Especially those facing tough re-election or close races this Fall. The truth of the matter is this: we don't have a strategy because Barack Hussein Obama is incompetent and should not be the President of the United States. He simply isn't capable of leading. He doesn't understand domestic policy. He doesn't have a foreign policy. He has failed our nation, the people of Iraq, the nation of Israel, the rebels of Syria; he has failed the world. When Joe "Blundering" Biden sounds more committed to action than the Commander in Chief, things are bad...really, really bad. Sorry Dems, the diarrhea will likely continue.
  
Now, don't get me wrong, I know who ultimately obtains victory. I know there will come a day of reckoning. I know there will be peace because the Prince of Peace will return. I know, I know, I know...

However, knowing something is often times easy; accepting something as truth and being comforted by it on a daily basis is a little more difficult sometimes.

So, I'll leave you with this for today: You can't win a war you won't recognize. You can't defeat an enemy you refuse to acknowledge by name. You can't help people when you refuse to end their suffering. So much needs to change in the days ahead. So many revelations need to occur. My prayer is for the world but my appeal for help is to my God. Modern leaders have proven themselves incapable of stopping this bloodshed and disaster, our only hope is that an Almighty Lord will save us all.