This past weekend I saw signs around Hubbard that said "Welcome Home Josh", along with yellow ribbons tied to telephone poles and trees all around town. Josh has returned from serving in the Middle East in a WAR against Islamic Terrorism. Hubbard residents are proud of their Josh and of their military.
That same weekend I was greeted with headlines of our Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Attorney General, Eric Holder, assigning a Special Prosecutor to investigate the CIA interrogation of captured terrorist. The same CIA that has already been investigated for the same interrogations of the same terrorist and found innocent by independent prosecutors.
The folks at the cafe asked local Central Texas Attorney and former point guard, J. P. Legal, to explain: "It seems that as we put our young people in danger in the Middle East that our Narcissistic Leader Obama and his administration (including trial lawyers) are playing politics by treating the enemy as we would American citizens who are suspected of violating American laws. A terrorists is not a criminal nor an American citizen and this should not be treated as a run-of-the-mill Law Enforcement problem with Miranda rights and all the other protections that go with citizenry."
Billy Roy Mitcham, a big George C. Scott fan, then pulled a piece of paper from his billfold and jumped into the conversation with a very unedited version, as you will see, of the following famous speech:
"America is at WAR with Islamic terrorism. America has always won wars when they are led by warriors, e.g. George Patton, who told his troops the following,
'When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea... My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either.
We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Huns by the bushel-f------g-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts... I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that'."
Billy Roy continued, "The CIA interrogators did not chop off the heads of captured terrorists, the way the terrorists did with our guys. They did not shove rubber balloons inside them and inflate them, as Hezbollah terrorists did to a CIA station chief in Beirut. They did not use Saddam Hussein's rape rooms, which he neglected to show off to Sean Penn or Dan Rather, when they paid their visits to him. All they really did was extract that extra "ounce of sweat" which saved gallons of blood around the world and poured a little water down their nasty noses."
Well, there you are. Billy Roy has spoken and my take away from the discussion at the Cafe is that we can coddle the terrorists, or we can push them. We coddled them for years until 9/11 happened. Now we have gone back to coddling them again. If we do coddle, the price we will pay will be measured in the blood of Americans. Those who focus on being humane to terrorists will be inhumane to free people all around the world.
Let's not send Josh and his comrades to the Middle East if this is not a WAR. Let Obama send Eric Holder and Hillary instead. Or better still, let Obama go over and read some teleprompter apologies to Osama's guys to show them how nice we really are, and maybe they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all and leave us alone.
Think about it and long live Dick Cheney.