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A change in prediction (or should I say support)

By maxwell edison ·
I still predict that Rudy Giuliani will be the Republican Presidential nominee (and I predicted Bill Richardson will be the Democrat -- fat chance!), and that he will win the presidency. However, I just wrote Fred Thompson a letter urging him to run. He's the perfect candidate for the Republicans, and if he does run, I'll switch my support from Giuliani to Thompson, and will change my prediction to a Thompson win.

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I was with you on Guliani

by Tig2 In reply to A change in prediction (o ...

What is your rationale on a change to Fred Thompson?

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A lot of things

by maxwell edison In reply to I was with you on Guliani

I think the most important issue facing America today is the war against terrorists. A lot of people disagree, to be sure, but for me, that's the issue; that's the ONLY issue. I just don't want to let-up, and I don't want to give the impression that America will let-up.

(As a side note, Nancy Pelosi should be indicted for violating The Logan Act. Even if her actions aren't illegal, they're absolutely despicable.

http://opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110009908 )

I still like Rudy Giuliani, and I believe he'd be diligent in the fight against Radical Islamic terrorists. He's as dedicated as anyone to that cause, and he's a very effective leader. He carries a LOT of baggage, however, that's not only distasteful to a lot of conservatives, but would be ammunition for his political opponents with which to attack and discredit him. He's not entirely consistent with conservative views, and if the voting "middle" wants a social liberal, they might as well vote for a Democrat. And "the middle" will, after all, elect the president.

Fred Thompson is just as dedicated in the fight against Radical Islamic terrorists. He's more consistent with traditional conservative values. He doesn't have the baggage that could be used to discredit him or his party. He has a strong presence about him. He's extremely smart and articulate, and he's very well spoken. He comes across as "down-home" and full of common sense. He has a disdain for politics as usual, and has a political record that would support such an image. In my view, at least at this stage, Fred Thompson is not only the perfect candidate, but he's the best person available to sit in the White House and represent America on the world stage.

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Ok- I see your points

by Tig2 In reply to A lot of things

I will be voting this year AGAINST someone. This is new to me. I generally feel that I am voting FOR someone or something.

I was cheered to know that Guliani was running. I believe that he has an understanding of Leadership and would apply it.

On a personal level, I am not sure how I feel about him. But I don't want to elect someone because they appeal to me "personally". I want to vote for the person who will espouse my ideals "severally". (note) poor sentence construction and I will work on that.

To be very honest, I don't know nearly enough about Fred Thompson. Your review of him at a high level tells me that I should learn more- much more.

Thanks for a good heads up. I will watch what happens with interest.

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A question and an observation

by NickNielsen In reply to A lot of things

Question: Do you think the current strategy for fighting the war on terrorism is correct? Why?

My feelings are thatthere is no strategy outside pure economic interest. Rationale: The initial mission, in response to 9/11, was to eliminate alQaida as a terrorist force and kill or capture its leadership. I have no problem with that mission and still support it. I do not support any mission into Iraq primarily because the Afghanistan mission is not complete. We should never have invaded Iraq until we were finished with the Taliban and alQaida in Afghanistan.

Additionally, I did not from the start believe administration assertions that WMD and alQaida were in Iraq. First, UN inspectors were unable to find WMD in over 10 years of searching, nor were they able to find traces of the movement of WMD. Second, dictators (and Saddam was one) tend to be paranoid and don't usually tolerate the presence of armed forces over which they have no control.

Observation: Our strategic vision may indeed be the correct one for us. But if nothing else, we need to change the tactics we are using to search for binLaden and other terrorists. Rational people don't kill cockroaches by knocking down the walls with a sledgehammer.

Edit: Got sidetracked. I've been voting against both the major parties for the past 20 years. It would be nice to be able to vote FOR a candidate instead of against another. Of course, I'm just as likely to write in as not.

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My answer

by maxwell edison In reply to A question and an observa ...

You asked, "Do you think the current strategy for fighting the war on terrorism is correct? Why?"

While I admit the strategy is not perfect (but will also concede that perfection is probably not possible), I believe that a STRONG OFFENSE is the best strategy, especially considering that the world's been in a defensive mode for the past forty years -- a proven failure. Yes, GO AFTER THEM. My position is, I'm mad as **** and I won't take any more. These people need to be found and eliminated -- wherever they may reside.

The middle-east needs to do one of two things: Either become a member in the family of nations, as the rest of the world defines that to be. or isolate yourselves from it. They can't have both. These people need to accommodate the rest of the world; it's not the other way around.

They need to be defeated, pure and simple. They need to be "brought to their knees" defeatd, nothing less. Failure should not be an option.

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Failure is not an option

by Michael Jay In reply to My answer

These people want the United States Of America dead, They want to remove Israel from the earth, what do the people want????

This Is World War Three we cannot falter we must eliminate them..

If we do not act now we will have to act later, better now than later.

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Agreed

by NickNielsen In reply to My answer

We need to go after them, no question. I agree with the strategic vision (eliminate the terrorists), but disagree with the strategic implementation. Overwhelming military force works well when used against entire countries, but does not work well when trying to eliminate small groups hiding among the local population. This is a lesson presented by almost every insurgency since the American Revolution.

We have the capability to isolate a target and hit it without warning using either precision weapons or special operations forces. We need to improve our intelligence sources, use our existing intelligence more effectively, and use the results to identify and locate targets, then strike those targets.

As I said before, you don't use a sledgehammer to kill cockroaches.

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Is this a false argument or misunderstanding?

by sn53 In reply to Agreed

Nick wrote, "We need to go after them, no question. I agree with the strategic vision (eliminate the terrorists),"

So far so good.

"but disagree with the strategic implementation. Overwhelming military force works well when used against entire countries, but does not work well when trying to eliminate small groups hiding among the local population.

Let us be careful about what we mean. Overwhelming military force is relative to the nature of the engagement. And whatever sized force we use the goal is overwhelming military force brought to bear against our enemies. American forces have always used overwhelming force, firepower, to prevent the loss of friendly lives. We probably always will.

Or do you prefer bringing a knife to a gun fight?

"This is a lesson presented by almost every insurgency since the American Revolution."

It is a false lesson. Or at least a misunderstood lesson. The challenge in any war including insurgency is finding and fixing the enemy. Once that is achieved then overwhelming force works every time.

"We have the capability to isolate a target and hit it without warning using either precision weapons or special operations forces."

Not to mention conventional forces who are also pretty darned good.

"We need to improve our intelligence sources, use our existing intelligence more effectively, and use the results to identify and locate targets, then strike those targets."

Having spent a significant percentage of my adult life managing intelligence collection and analysis I can agree that this is always the crux of the problem. How do we gain combat information, available immediately for the commander to use to maneuver forces and bring firepower to bear at the right time and place, and intelligence that will enable our commanders to exploit enemy vulnerabilities at times and places of our own choosing?

"As I said before, you don't use a sledgehammer to kill cockroaches."

You do if it will save friendly lives.

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Probably a misunderstanding on your part

by NickNielsen In reply to Is this a false argument ...

My use of "overwhelming force" refers to the throwing of entire armies at a group of, at most (in the beginning, at least), less than a thousand active members. Having been there once, I'm all in favor of overwhelming force in individual engagements.

Your answer is as good as mine on the intelligence front. Some of the best methods for locating terrorists have been revealed and neutralized by idiots who have a radically different view of "freedom of the press" than I do, and I think we have yet to find suitable replacements.

And when the sledgehammer starts knocking down the house, friendly lives are in danger.

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We agree! Now what?

by sn53 In reply to Is this a false argument ...

nick wrote, "Probably a misunderstanding on your part"

Fair enough. Based on your comments I think we are close to agreement on the important points.

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