Iíd like to comment on Vice President Biden's nonsensical rant:
ďWhen we took office, let me remind you, there was virtually no international pressure on Iran. We were the problem. We were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Europe. We were neither fully respected by our friends nor feared by our opponents. Today is it starkly, starkly different."
First of all, his statements are incorrect. Under President Bush we did have an effective coalition of countries. Though the media downplayed their roles significantly, we have gotten support world-wide, and soldiers not only from America but also these countries perished in the battle against terror. Vice President Biden belittles all these countriesí support and effectively spits on the grave of their brave soldiers who lost their lives in the fight.
I came across the casualty list as of 2006 in our coalition fight against terror: Britain, 119; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, 6; Slovakia, 3; El Salvador, 3; ; Thailand, 2; Estonia, 2; The Netherlands, 2; Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Latvia, 1 each.
Has the Vice President forsaken these men and woman? Obviously, their commitment in the Middle East has been meaningless to him and most probably to the whole Obama administration.
Also, I find the thought that we were not feared by our opponents under the Bush administration completely wrong. Say what you will about our former president but one thing you canít say was that he was weak with the military. On the contrary, when Bush was in power countries were definitely on alert and knew a patriot missile could be headed there way at any minute.
In contrast to Bush, letís look at Obama. After a world-wide apology tour, cutting military expenditures and wanting terrorist combatants to have a trial in civilian court, Obama has made the United States the laughing stock of the world. Not only do countries like Iran not fear us but instead they are emboldened by our complacency. He sits back and talks to Iran while they bring their nuclear capabilities underground where they canít be attacked. He watches patiently as the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt. He kindly asked Iran to please give our drone back instead of selling it to China. He pleaded with Israel to go back to its 1967 borders which cannot be defended.
The facts are clear Mr. Biden. The world no longer fears us. As the terrorists and terror-supporting countries watch as our president cuts our military and stands idly by during these troubled times, they are just waiting patiently for the right opportunity to strike. It may not be today but when Obama has weakened our country militarily and financially to the point of impotence, they will be waiting- and prepared.