Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Originally Posted by baby boo
The Islamofascists brought the war to America on 9/11. Being a neutral and bemused spectator is no longer an option for us and, increasingly, it is no longer an option for Europe either, although it is taking them longer to awaken to this fact. Whatever you may think about the wisdom of going into Iraq in the first place, now that we are there, failure is not an option. We have to make it succeed.
We need strong national security to protect us from the threats within our own border because we know they do exist (Padilla, Walker, Gadahn etc.). We need to be able to wiretap communications from America to every muslim country. In wartime we can expect some limitations on civil liberties. What the governmnet has asked us to relinquish is miniscule and has no effect on the average law abiding citizen.
Images of this (from a public execution in Iran) trouble me far more than the Patriot Act:
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address