I know that I am not privy to the intelligence and other strategic information that comes across a president’s desk every day and know that the decisions they make have to be predicated on the current and ongoing data supplied by the myriad of agencies that glean and comb through the domestic and international happenings on a 24/7 basis, and therefore, I am not qualified to evaluate and decide how to deal with it with only tip of the iceberg information.
However, I am an American citizen who pays taxes and has observed the American scene through numerous presidential administrations, several wars, and the newest and most deadly monster of Radical Islamic Terrorism, and have some strong opinions based on what I call cowboy logic.
Cowboy logic is simple and based on three principles:
1. 2 + 2 is always 4
2. Water never runs uphill
3. If there’s smoke, there’s a fire somewhere.
And here goes:
I think our political bodies, for the most part, are made up of men and women who operate not by what they know in their hearts to be the best thing for America, and the reality and necessity of the situation, but the perception they are able to generate that will assure them and their party re-election.
I think that most of the presidents for the last 25 years or so have resorted to kicking some very dangerous and volatile cans down the road, in the belief that if they can finish their term of office without it blowing up in their faces, history will judge them kindly and their legacy will be one of keeping peace and diplomacy.
The problem is that some of the cans they’ve kicked for so long are refusing to be kicked any farther, have reached critical mass and are going to have to be dealt with forthwith.
North Korea should have been dealt with decades ago, in the days before Richard Nixon began the overtures that opened the possibilities and transformed China from a third world backwater with the world’s largest standing army to a global superpower with the world’s largest standing army armed with nuclear weapons and state of the art technology.
It would seem that if putting the screws to North Korea’s nuclear program had been tied to the lucrative trade deals America made with China that they would have been willing to tame NK for the benefit of their own prosperity.
As it is, North Korea, if the situation is not addressed soon, will have the capability and the insanity to threaten every free nation on earth.
When Iran took hostages in Tehran in 1979, President Jimmy Carter, at least in my book, should have mounted an all-out rescue mission using whatever amount of military threat it took to demand that Iran return the hostages or face a result they couldn’t deal with.
Instead, America was embarrassed on the international stage for 444 days, until the first day of Ronald Reagan’s administration when they released them all, which means – in my book at least – that the Iranians were very fearful that Reagan would do what Carter refused to do, use the American military to free the hostages.
I supported our incursion into Afghanistan and the overthrow of the unbelievably inhuman regime of Saddam Hussein, but I wonder if it would not have been better to finish the one before we began the other.
George H.W. Bush could have finished Saddam in the first Gulf War, but pulled back choosing the devil we knew over the devil we didn’t know, proving again that evil left to its own devices will always turn and put teeth marks in your posterior.
And then, under the nightmare threat of Saddam procuring a nuclear capability we had to go back into Iraq before we had dealt with the scumbags who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Iran hates America and everything we stand for, and for some reason, Barrack Obama had the idea that if we would be nicer to them they would realize the error of their ways and understand what a wonderful bunch of peace-loving flower children we are. He then sent them a planeload of cash and lifted sanctions which enabled them to remain the largest exporter of terrorism on the planet.
It remains to be seen what President Trump will do, but if the recent attempted bombing in New York City is any indication, I would say that at least a major part of Trump’s War on Terror will be fought on the home front. And he will have to fight his way through the ACLU, liberal circuit courts and every Islamic anti-defamation group and every uber-liberal politician in the country to get to them.
But from what I’ve observed so far, he is up to the task, and if things heat up like I’m afraid they will, the public outcry will silence at least the political outcry.
America can no longer afford to knuckle under to political correctness or lobbying pressure paid for by foreign interests. We have some very hard realities to face up to, some that should have been faced up to by the can-kickers decades ago.
And to face these threats we need people in Congress with guts enough to take the heat from the media who will scream bloody murder when some of the drastic, but necessary, steps are taken.
After all, it’s not about perception. It’s about reality. It’s not about the survival of a political candidate or party, but the survival of a nation. It’s not about the “D”s and “R”s but the Ps and Qs of leaving a free and secure nation to our children.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.