Democratic “Strategy”

Posted in Iraq,War on Terror by Ryan on the August 26th, 2006

Ann Coulter has another classic article, taking it right to the Democrats. I enjoy her style that cuts so sharply to the point with her use of blatant facts that lay liberal schemes bare.

This year’s Democratic plan for the future is another inane sound bite designed to trick American voters into trusting them with national security.

Do you see this in the media?

Posted in Iraq,Media Bias,War on Terror by Ryan on the August 25th, 2006

This blog illuminated my understanding about what has happened in Iraq, what is happening and what will probably happen in the future. Before reading stuff they were writing, I thought Iraq was as terrible as it seemed on TV. There is a serious disparity in the amount of good vs. bad news coming out of Iraq in the MSM, and I think most of it is due to President Bush’s political affiliation. It seems only things the magnitude of bombing Zarqawi make it to the American people. Otherwise, just bad news.

Take heart! The US is making progress.

Great Article at

Posted in U.S.,World by Ryan on the August 24th, 2006

Why the World Hates America

When the society often described as “the world’s most hated nation” also turns out to be the country most fervently desired as a destination for immigrants from everywhere, then it’s blindingly obvious that envy plays the leading role in generating hostility to the United States. In the same way that the most successful kid in school will generate considerable resentment, or the most prominent and prosperous citizen of a town will provoke hostility from some of his less fortunate neighbors, the US draws anger and condemnation precisely because of its overwhelming power and influence.

It has some good points on reasons why America is perceived the way it is.

My Response to Christopher Dickey’s “Blown Cover” Newsweek Article

Posted in War on Terror by Ryan on the August 12th, 2006

The article can be found here.

The following is my emailed response to Mr. Dickey.

Mr. Dickey,

You article was informative about a rarely mentioned aspect of the current tension between many Muslims and the United States and Britain. That being the reasons driving Muslims to commit mass-murder suicide.

I find it extremely naive to presume that military actions in “The Iraqi slaughterhouse, besieged Gaza, wasted Lebanon” somehow account for them. Americans are not slaughtering Iraqis, rather, Iraqis are slaughtering themselves. Gaza is “besieged” by a fed-up Israel that is the victim of suicidal attacks and sworn annihilation. Lebanon is the unfortunate scapegoat for the cowardly Hezbollah that uses the oft utilized tactic of hiding among civilians.

Strangely enough, it seems that Muslims have themselves to blame as much as anyone else. The last five years most certainly did not have a retroactive effect on the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Nor on the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. Nor can I believe that the last five years retroactively influenced the 1998 African Embassies bombings or the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. No, I think that this runs much deeper than the last five years.

The attempt to apologize for terror plots is never justified and I would much prefer to read about real ideas of how to fight or avoid terrorism rather than criticism. According to you, President Bush is doing a lot of things wrong (despite no attacks on American soil) but I seldom hear good tangible alternative ideas. Only criticism it would seem.

Alan Keyes on Immigration

Posted in Immigration by Ryan on the August 12th, 2006

I recently had the opportunity to listen to Alan Keyes speak on the subject of immigration. I was surprised to find his style of speaking so entertaining. His ability to ask self-imposed questions that were straightforward and lightly humorous contrasted with his furious and well articulated declarations of logical thought and sound principle.

Until then, I hadn’t been particularly confident in my advocacy of securing the border either with the military or a fence. Some of the excellent (and blatantly obvious) points that were made included:

“If you want to have a country, you need to know where the borders are.  That is a prerequisite to having a nation.”

It is so basic, it shouldn’t even need to be mentioned. Borders are a prerequisite for having a nation.

“How can you process and keep track of people coming across the border [with new guest worker programs] if you don’t control the border.”

This was by far the most powerful thing I came away with. If you have a nation, you need to keep track of who is in it. How can you if you don’t have a border of order and control and literally millions are pouring across?

“If the basement is flooded, the first thing I would do is turn off the water.  It is going to be a lot easier to bail the basement out then.”

Instead of trying to figure out what to do with all the water, take care of what is causing it.

“Immigrants coming across need to be participants in the American Experiment, not exploiters of American wealth.”

-nor can we be exploiters of cheap labor as though they were beasts of burden
America is more than an economic opportunity. It is a great human experiment (according to the founders) to see if men can govern themselves without force and chance.

“When you are the exceptional country, you could be dragged down to the level of others in that type of globalization.”

More good is done by being a city on a hill, rather than opening the flood gates.

While these quotes are not exact, they communicate the main points made by Alan Keyes during his address.