Timothy Buchanan
Presidential master stroke
By Timothy Buchanan
October 28, 2019

The world is a safer place today than it was just one week ago. News of the successful U.S. military strike that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on Saturday came as a surprise without any hint or warning. This is as it should be. Delicate missions like this are prepared weeks and even months in advance. Plans must be guarded with a level of secrecy that only military discipline and power can maintain because many human lives are at-risk.

Immediately after the news was released, the political distortion machines went to work sifting through details of the successful military strike for signs of doom and gloom. One NBC network reporter resurrected the foolish, well-worn fear that the death of Baghdadi will incite increased hostility in Syria and inspire new recruits to join ignoble ISIS factions.

Other "news outlets" were fixated on the fact that President Trump did not inform Democrat House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, or House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff. Democrat-aligned networks did not hesitate to deliver Speaker Pelosi's snide complaint that President Trump notified the Russians but not Congressional leaders, in a clear effort to revive debunked allegations of Trump-Russia collusion.

With Russian forces moving into Syria as U.S. forces withdraw, it would be reckless for any U.S. president to put the lives of military troops in unnecessary jeopardy by refusing to garner the cooperation of other forces in the area. But one central fact must not be overlooked. The Russians are better at keeping military secrets guarded than the current crop of Democrat Congressional leaders who are pathologically obsessed with overturning a lost election.

President Trump is the first Republican leader since President Ronald Reagan to cease repeating the mistakes that so easily beset others in his party. President Reagan was similarly compelled to deal with a hostile Democrat-controlled House of Representatives bent on his destruction. Democrat members of Congress in the 1980s also accused President Reagan of fabricated crimes and impeachable offenses. Nevertheless, President Reagan was unhindered. He ended the Iran hostage crisis that plagued his Democrat predecessor for over a year. Despite a constant barrage of lies and scandalous attacks, Reagan affected a nearly miraculous economic recovery.

The Great Communicator brought about the end of the Cold War through bold and decisive leadership. In the face of constant irrational media efforts to undermine his administration, Reagan was able to persuade Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that war with the United States was a poor option for his nation.

Conversely, former president George W. Bush squandered numerous opportunities to fix America's broken public education system by embracing the very politicians whose policies caused its failure. Bush worsened the haphazard and duplicitous immigration system by making excuses for the lawless invaders. He ignorantly bashed American workers claiming that illegal "immigrants" were simply "doing jobs that American workers won't do."

Bush failed to raise support for reform of the mortgage industry which subsequently collapsed under the heavy weight of bad practices and bad debts. His feckless administration was ultimately ruined by an unwillingness to confront the lies of a hostile news media and the determined corruption of his political opposition.

Day by day, Congressional Democrats are proving that they pose a greater threat to the freedom and prosperity of the American people than Russia and that they are more dangerous than Islamic terrorists. Enemies hostile to the freedom of the American people are being recruited and trained in public schools and universities. They carry out their work in Hollywood films, television programs, news media and in many churches. President Trump wisely refuses to treat these serpents as if they are honorable people.

The Christian recognizes that what we are seeing play out in Washington and our neighborhoods has been foretold in scripture – that a man's enemies would be those within his own household. For him or her, there is no wall of separation between politics and religion. The two are simply different battle theaters of the same war.

Underlying every social and political conflict is a spiritual battle with the forces of darkness arrayed against the children of light and their God. How and when our domestic battles end remains to be written. The final outcome does not.

Meanwhile, the greatest opportunities to impact the world for good are often hidden in difficult times and those who courageously seize them will accomplish great things for themselves and others. Rightly judging between good and evil is crucial in these dark days.

© Timothy Buchanan


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Timothy Buchanan

Timothy Buchanan is a US Navy veteran, a former defense contractor and broadcast engineer. He's the author of two published books and a regular contributor to BarbWire.com. Timothy and his wife live among the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.


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