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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
To The Best Of My Ability
by Cordeiro
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. - United States Constitution, Article II Section I
What exactly does it mean to faithfully execute an office the best of one's ability? Each US President has sworn this oath (upon a Bible) at the beginning of each term and then taken his place as the leader of this nation - and indeed the free world - with this duty and responsibility.

Some have "faithfully" executed the Office of the President of the United States more effectively than have others. For better, or worse, the people place this power in the hands of one man and have expected him to follow through with his promise.

In attempting to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution - and this nation - it should be understood that the President should be expected to use any and all resources at his disposal irrespective of whether or not said resources are found among the popular and politically correct methods.

Frankly, dear reader, to do otherwise and put self-imposed limits on the abilities inherent in the Office of the President would be tantamount to giving the enemy a capability he would not posses otherwise. In my humble opinion, doing so would violate the oath this President, and all those before him, swore to fulfill - so help him God.

In the coming days, investigations will be launched, Dusty Harry and the Jackass Caucus will primp and preen before the cameras, and much sound and fury will be produced. The bottom line will turn out to be one the Jackass Caucus will not like very much. The power W authorized the NSA to wield is constitutionally vested in the Office of the President. The ability to use that power does not require congressional approval. It has been used before - and barring an appeasing capitulation by W - will be used again.

The American people expect the President to use any and all resources at his disposal to protect and defend this nation and her citizens. The enemy works in shadows and lurks in secret. The American people should take solace and comfort in knowing this nation's shadow warriors are in the same places.

Here endeth the lesson.
2 Comment(s):
There is no solace in the way this administration chooses to "fight terror." Bush is like a blind-folded kid swinging at a pinata, hoping that by bashing hard enough (never mind which direction) some candy might fall out. This is not the way to conduct foreign policy and certainly not a way to conduct a war.
There can be little solace associate with the waging of war. That said, the only alternatives to the W Administration's way of fighting terror has been to either a) retreat and appease the islamofasicst murdering thugs or b) stand defenseless and do nothing as they repeatedly kick us in the collective groin.

Me? I'll take the blindfold and the big stick.
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