"Bring 'em on!"
With that one little phrase,
President George W. Bush has set liberals clucking their tongues
like they haven't clucked since President Ronald Reagan called
the former Soviet Union an evil empire.
Was this really an appropriate
remark for the leader of the free world? Didn't this amount to a
taunt of America's enemies to attack our troops? One Democrat
presidential candidate even said that it sounded more like a
comment from a gang leader than the President of the United
Of course, the term "cowboy" is
again being heard across the land. Well, cowboys are
quintessentially American, and like most Americans, I love it
when my President talks like that. It gives me confidence that
he is not playing games with those who would do harm to my
country. We know exactly where he stands, and so do our enemies,
just as they did with Reagan. Also, like most Americans, I have
not forgotten September 11 of two years ago.
Let us consider the full text
of the President's remarks. Facing an increasingly hostile
media, all wanting to know why our personnel are still being
killed in Iraq, Bush said:
"Anybody who wants to harm
American troops will be found and brought to justice." ... "There are some who feel like that if they attack us, that we
may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what
they're talking about, if that's the case. My answer is,
'Bring 'em on.' We've got the force necessary to deal with the
That sounds reasonable to me. But to the erudite snobs of the privileged Left, who sip their
cocktails at their East and West Coast parties and lament the
loss of civility toward America's enemies, I'm just a Midwestern
male with more testosterone than brains. They, of course, long
for the appeasement of Bill Clinton and the malaise of Jimmy
Carter, so I leave it to you, the reader, to decide whose
thinking is more rational.
There is a scene in the 1970s
film, "Billy Jack", where the hero, a martial arts expert, tells
one of the bad guys, "I'm going to take my right foot and I'm
going to hit you on the left side of your head, and there isn't
a thing you can do about it."
That is how men like Reagan and
Bush have always addressed tyrants. Reagan took Nikita
Khrushchev's "we will bury you" threat and turned it upside
down. The Gipper made no secret of his desire to see the Soviet
Union out of business. And then he made it happen. Can you
imagine that would have happened under Jimmy Carter,
Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis?
Similarly, Bush has never
wavered in his determination to stamp out the forces of
terrorism in the world. He even called three nations an "axis of
evil". What liberals can't seem to comprehend, just as they
didn't with Reagan, is that George Bush means it.
Throughout history, when the
Neville Chamberlains, Jimmy Carters and Howard Deans of the
world have tried in vain, just one more time, to compromise with
evil, it is men of courage like Churchill, Reagan and Bush who
finally had to step forward and say, "enough!"
If the United States of America
does not stamp out terrorism around the world, which nation is
going to do it? France? Germany? Russia? China? Hardly. Even
Great Britain is turning on her courageous prime minister, Tony
When the history of the early
21st Century is written, it will be clear that when
it came time to fight global terrorism, George W. Bush assumed
the mantle of leadership as head of the last remaining
superpower, and as such, also assumed the awesome responsibility
for preserving liberty on planet earth.
Bring it on, Mr. President!