Tuesday, January 03, 2006

National Security and Common Sense

The MSM kept the NSA wiretapping story on page one waiting for Congress to get back from the holiday break. Now that Congressional members are back the issue is really starting to heat up again with promises of Congressional hearings and a Justice Department investigation into the leak. Not to mention members of the Senate Judiciary Committee plan to grill Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito about the issue.

According to a poll released on December 28th about 68% of Americans stated that they were following the story somewhat closely. That is a very large percentage of the American people. Even with constant questioning of the NSA program from those on the left and their insistance on using the most negative descriptor of "domestic spying", 64% of the American people believe the NSA should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects and people inside the United States.

There are many opinions floating around about the legality of this NSA operation. Both sides quote portions of the law to support their position. Obviously, there has been no clear cut violation of the law and there is a gray area where this is concerned. Just as obvious to those with a clear perception of reality is that there was no concerted effort on the President's part to break the law for personal gain. He did not authorize the NSA to wiretap the DNC, the ACLU, or any other subversive organization located on American soil, he authorized them to wiretap suspected terrorists within the United States receiving or making calls to other suspected terrorists from abroad.

The President's only sin was that of using common sense, something pretty much frowned upon in Washington. The attack on 9/11 was committed by those inside the United States. Knowing this it does not take a detective of Columbo's stature to deduce there is a very strong possibility that there could be more terrorists in the country taking direction from terrorist leaders in foreign nations. The President did what he felt was best to protect the American people from another 9/11 and it was done with the approval of the Attorney General of the United States and with Senate Intelligence Committee knowledge.

Clouded by their irrational hatred of President Bush and their persistant paranoia of an impending fascist state the far-left cannot see this operation for what it is, an attempt to protect American lives. In fact the far-left can see no need for a war on terror at all. With their blame America first mentality they try to excuse these senseless acts of violence by blaming U.S. policies and claim the President is exaggerating the danger these people pose in order to garner more personal power.

This is a good start to the new year for Republicans. The Democrats have once again found themselves in quite a quandary. On the one hand their good friends in the mainstream media have been touting the "domestic spying" story as if it is the next watergate. On the other the President has done an excellent job of defending the program and public opinion seems to be with the President. This issue is fueling the prominent divide within the Democratic Party. The irrational far-left contingent of the party will continue to compare Bush to Nixon and talk about impeachment. The centrist in the party that are in touch with reality can see the danger of attacking a President that was using all available power afforded to him to prevent the death of another 3,000 Americans.

While the New York Times succeeded in detracting from the successful elections in Iraq, thus far it has failed miserably in convincing the public that President Bush is a renegade power hungry fascist bent on stifling civil liberties. Inadvertantly, the Times has once again brought the Democrat's national security weakness into the spotlight. Apparently, the majority of American people have a lot more common sense then the left gives them credit for having.
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