As we bid adieu to 2007, we must now look forward to 2008. I use the word "must" for I do so with no small degree of trepidation. The challenges are many as are the pitfalls and we, as Americans must have the courage to learn from the past in order to make the choice as to who will lead us into a most uncertain future.
Our history has indicated that we always have an individual imbued with greatness at the helm just when we need them the most. Whether that person is delivered by the hand of providence, or the times instill greatness in the person at hand is something about which I am uncertain. What I am certain of is that now is a time that demands no less than a great leader to continue our struggle, the results of which will determine the survival or the demise of our very culture. The stakes could not be higher.
The war in Iraq will be a focal point during the coming election, as it should be. It is the seminal issue of our time. It's outcome will determine whether we have the fortitude to truly change the world, or if we are destined to lose our civilization by default. The world is far too small a place to allow a monsterous ideology such as Islamofascism to continue. Iraq is the tipping point and it is up to us to decide which direction we shall take. 2007 has seen enormous progress in Iraq, but certain factions would still have us snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
As I have stated on many occasions, these security issues are central to my selection of a presidential candidate. Unless we can defeat the barbarians that are already at our gates, all else is meaningless. I wrote a little more than 3 years ago in defense of our actions in Iraq; I think that I made are as valid today as they were then.
That piece can be found here.
Happy New Year to all. May God continue to bless us.