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Trashing America

Trashing America

Making Sense By Michael Reagan

They just never stop, this hate-America/hate George Bush crowd of sniveling liberals and Democrats frantically looking for ways to trash their country and tear down their president.

After having their anti-war predictions that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would be a disaster, with our troops facing months if not years of fighting desperate battles with Saddam's Republican Guard, the liberal's prediction got rubbed in their face by our quick and almost bloodless victory. So they fell back to carp on the failure to unearth weapons of mass destruction and charge that President Bush had misled the nation about the existence of those weapons.

When that charge failed to register with the majority of Americans they settled on bemoaning the current attacks on U.S. forces. The president, they now screech, had failed to make adequate plans to deal with the inevitable problems that would be involved in a post-war occupation.

When I was on Hannity and Colmes the other night the liberals asked me "Isn't it terrible imagery to have the United States military going door-to-door rousting out the Iraqis, looking for guns and throwing them out of their houses? Isn't that a terrible image for America?"

That was the first question. The last question was "Michael, what do you think about the Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) that are being shot at our vehicles -- that every day there are soldiers dying? Don't we have any kind of strategy at all?"

They just don't understand that the reason why we're looking for weapons and rousting people out of their homes is to stop them from shooting and killing our soldiers.

The fact is, we are being shot at, people are killing us, and we need to go in and deal with the problem. Yet the Democrats went bonkers when President Bush said Wednesday that "Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice. There are some that feel like if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they are talking about if that is the case. Let me finish. There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: 'Bring 'em on."

The Democrats were aghast. Imagine, a U.S. President had talked tough.

When Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo) -- who'd like to be president himself - accused the president of using "phony, macho rhetoric," it reminded me of the weak-kneed Democrats who trembled with fear after my father Ronald Reagan acted "macho" when he told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. If those squeamish liberals had been running things the wall would still be there and the Cold War would still be going on, and we'd probably be losing it.

I like what former Army officer Ralph Peters wrote in the New York Post the other day: "Our troops are doing remarkably well - but the headlines make it sound like a disaster. Last weekend, almost as many Americans died in a residential balcony collapse in Chicago as have been killed by hostile fire in 'postwar' Iraq.

He asked "How bad is it in Iraq?' It's terrible - if you're a former Saddam loyalist, ex-secret policeman or Ba'ath Party muckety-muck on the wrong end of Operation Sidewinder. The party's over for Baghdad's bully-boys, and they don't much like it.

Nor, it appears do America's liberal Democrats who would like nothing better than to see us run out of Iraq so they could blame Bush.

Peters put it in perspective. "We shouldn't be surprised that the last embittered thugs are engaging in occasional acts of terrorism against us - on the contrary, we should be relieved that we see so little continuing resistance. After toppling a totalitarian regime that ruled a population of 25 million for over a generation, it's amazing that we face only one or two attacks every few days. We could be suffering hundreds of incidents daily, if the population stood behind Saddam & Co.

"On our worst day last week, when two convoys came under attack, more than 600 other U.S. convoys didn't hear a single shot. Two patrols got into firefights. The other 500 patrols didn't even get hit with a water balloon."

Amen.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Premiere Radio Network. Comments to mereagan@hotmail.comfor Mike.

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