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No more peace through strength

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From page A8 | May 19, 2014 |

This is the fifth of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.

Consider American leadership.

North Korea has test fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters. What is the U.S. response? In Ukraine, massed troops entered the country from the north wearing unidentifiable uniforms, but using Russian military equipment, took control of Crimea and are threatening additional areas of Ukraine. (Note: combatants not wearing the military uniform of a sovereign nation are not protected by the Geneva Warfare Conventions.)

Do you realize the United States negotiated a treaty with Ukraine in 1994 that requires Ukraine to surrender the nuclear weapons to Russia with the promise that the U.S. would guarantee Ukraine independence as a nation? Are you embarrassed our president ignored that promise? Are you embarrassed the Republic of Georgia wanted to be our ally and we failed to protect them from Russian overthrow? Are you embarrassed our president broke an agreement to install missile defense radar in Poland to protect Europe from potential Iranian missiles? Or the infamous “Red Line in the Sand” if Syria used chemical weapons – which is continuing as of April 16, 2014, despite presidential threats to punish?

World history thoroughly documents tyrants will frequently arise and the only way to control them to is to destroy them; U.S. history dramatically confirms that.

President Abraham Lincoln established emancipation laws and then occupied the South for enforcement, though it took many years to finally settle. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rejected any negotiation with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan without unconditional surrender and years of occupation to adapt citizens to the rule of law. Would the Nazi youth or the Japanese kamikaze troops have immediately become peace lovers had not Presidents Roosevelt and Truman maintained occupying forces to ensure stability?

After years of countering and balancing the USSR with the MADD Treaty, President Ronald Reagan replaced that with the proven concept – “We win, USSR loses.” Now we are employing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s concept that he had won “peace in our time,” but instead encouraged Hitler to commence World War II.

By 2009, Iraq was settled to the point that American casualties were nearly halted and terrorists’ killings were a fraction of prior years. Thanks to a political decision to declare the war over and not provide a few years of occupying force stability, Iraq is now experiencing an increase of terrorist victims monthly and has a questionable political future.

Can we expect any better result in Afghanistan if we continue the insanity of abandoning those people who are now seeing some freedoms and girls allowed to become educated?

Democratic governments expanded rapidly after World War II because America demonstrated support for people over tyrants. Is it not in America’s interest to live with free and respectful neighbors? Now the U.S. is distrusted by our former allies and ignored by the tyrants. Is not the first priority of government to guarantee the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of all its’ citizens?

Questions: The president’s policies require support from legislators. Is your representative on lock step with the president in supporting social and wealth redistribution programs at the expense of military strength? Since all politics are local, is he/she, elected to represent you, marching in lock step in support of failing or less important programs?

Rod Keck is a Fairfield resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at keckme@att.net.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 19, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Rod, oh, now i get it. your column is indeed about "separating fact from opinion or fiction." Mission accomplished. What "history" books are you reading?

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  • Dave ShreeveMay 19, 2014 - 9:46 am

    So do you think Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in 1938 had nothing to do with emboldening him to go after Poland next? Do you think that the demand of unconditional surrender had nothing to do with the Nazi party's demise in Germany and banishment from German politics? With the one condition of allowing the Japanese to keep their Emperor, the otherwise unconditional surrender demand finally removed the Japanese military from running their government, or is that also a "fiction"?

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  • KenRMay 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    Separating fact from opinion? You give part of a fact and then you give your opinion based on only part of the facts.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 19, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    KenR, i gave no facts, only commentary. You seem to be reading too much into a glib putdown. I am merely laughing aloud at keck's attempt to present facts as opposed to opinion.

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  • BalancerMay 19, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Sure, Mike. You are the expert at presenting opinions and calling them facts.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 19, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Actually i give you facts in my column. Here, more opinion. It's the nature of this forum.

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  • rlw895May 19, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Mike: Sounds more like these columns are about separating John Garamendi from his seat in congress. Campaign literature is rife with distortions. I count bad analogies among those.

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  • rlw895May 19, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    I'd like to know what Rod or any of his friends think the US should do about North Korea, Russia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any foreign policy challenge that we aren't already doing now. And don't forget China, Iran, Cuba, Libya, Egypt, and terrorist groups all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, and southeast Asia.

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  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/understanding-the-u-s-war-state/5382847May 19, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Google... Understanding the U.S. War State By Prof. John McMurtry Global Research, May 19, 2014..... Yes Yes Democrat/Republican same same.... we spend our money and lives fighting the consolidation wars for the new world order.... The United States has just not killed/consolidated enough countries for the Illuminati... Obama did his part Egypt, Libya, Syria... now trying for the Ukraine.... You are all evil war mongers...

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRox_FkQt5IMay 19, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People lyrics metal gear solid

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  • rlw895May 19, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Odd that the DR system misplaces comments. I intended this to be a new comment: "I'd like to know what Rod or any of his friends think the US should do about North Korea, Russia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any foreign policy challenge that we aren't already doing now. And don't forget China, Iran, Cuba, Libya, Egypt, and terrorist groups all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, and southeast Asia." It's easy to criticize. But seriously, does ANYONE have any better ideas? The best I've come up with is bombing Syria for Assad's failure to comply with his agreement on chemical weapons as a way not to enforce the "red line" so much, but to get back at Russia for its incursion into Ukraine. It would demonstrate how unable Russia is to protect its ally. But the problem with that is we're not sure we want Assad to lose. The Israelis don't. North Korea is not a serious enough threat to do any more than we're already doing. Iraq and Afghanistan have basically asked us to leave. Rod doesn't even mention the rest.

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