I support John McCain for President because we are electing more than just a President. When we cast our vote we will be electing our next Commander-in-Chief. I just can't see Obama or Clinton going head to head with the Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff. I don't think either even knows what they're getting into because I think they have not given any consideration to how they will fulfill the role of The highest ranking military person in the world. At least McCain understands that part of the job and has military experience, knows military history (which keeps us from making the same mistakes) and how to get the most from his troops and fight to get them what they need. Everytime a Democrat gets in office they balance the budget by selling off the military. I was a WAC when my friends were burning their draft cards and running off to Canada. The "fiasco" in Nam was that our leaders caved in to a public that thought "all you need is love." Freedom has never been free - it has always been bought with the blood of our troops and the support of our patriots. And that support must not waver. Obama and Clinton both voted pro-war with Iraq but now say they have plans for complete withdrawal and neither has offered an explanation for their turn around. So were they making bad decisions then or will they make a terrible decision as Commander-in-Chief if given the opportunity? And how are they making these plans when they are not yet privy to the necessary intelligence? Putting Clinton or Obama in as Commander-in-Chief makes about as much sense as making a third grader dean at MIT!The third grader is probably a good kid but he has not been prepared to take on that office. The plan to set a date by which to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq by a given date would be laughable if I could get over the nightmares I still have of that same plan being implemented in Saigon. Have you ever seen footage of the people trying to get inside the gates - hanging off helicopter skids and dropping to their death - and what wasn't on film that I'm aware of was the three months leading up this when American troops were being picked off in great number because they had no support and no supplies. Have you ever seen the look on a soldier's face when he comes in badly wounded and begs to die because he 'stole' ammunition from the bodies of his dead comrades to make it to the closest medical unit? No, that idea isn't new, it isn't laughable and it won't work this time either!
Instead of just electing a President this nation should stand as one and take the Oath of Alliegence which all military personnel must take. When we stand up and say we will accept nothing less than democratic elections in Iraq and have the troop strength to back it up we won't just help Iraqi's we'll help the world and we will really FEEL proud to be an American. Part of the Oath states, "I will defend my country from all enemies, foreign and domestic." Our domestic enemies today are politicians who play fast and loose with American lives to win an election. No, don't kill them - find out who they are and don't vote for them. And if they get in and make decisions that are dangerous to our military or our freedom let's get them out quick. Or create such a fervor that they will have to bend to OUR will - that's their job, after all!
I have a son in Iraq now and my nephew has taken his unit there three times. They believe we must not quit until democracy is established. We were in Korea before we were officially in Viet Nam but that's not popular so you don't hear anyone screaming we've been there too long. And yes, American soldiers are killed there, just not in big enough numbers for a politician to worry about. One is too many, but we need to be there and I'm not in favor of pulling out of Korea.
I don't have a problem with Hilary because she is female. I'm one myself and I served my country proudly. But I was trained before I was deployed and then I got my REAL education. I didn't walk in and take over and would not have wanted to. She wants more government, higher taxes, and less freedom for families. She doesn't want to be President, she wants to be King!
I don't have a problem with Obama because of his race. I served with and have the greatest admiration for people from so many races I couldn't begin to count them. Obama simply is not qualified. And he says things that are just idiotic! When President Bush criticised him for proposing that we should negotiate with terroists he was crying to high-heaven. He never proposed to do that he said. He also said, "If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance. And we should use that position of strength that we have to be bold enough to go ahead and listen. That doesn't mean we agree with them on everything. We might not compromise on any issues, but at least, we should find out other areas of potential common interest, and we can reduce some of the tensions that has caused us so many problems around the world." Excuse me, but what's the difference with negotiating with and sitting down and talking with terrorists? He would sit down with the leader of a country who said that Israel is a 'stinking corpse' and he is dedicated to the extinction of the state of Israel. Obama doesn't have a clue and his ill-thought remarks are dangerous.Let's stop worrying about sexism and racism and really listen to what they're saying.