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McCain showing leadership and experience while defending NAFTA, Iraq

Posted by Stephen on February 29, 2008

There has been a lot of hay made over the qualifications necessary to be President of the United States. Unfortunately for Democrats that hay has been tossed from the left.

One thing is certain, no one in their right mind will question the experience or qualifications of Senator John McCain. A war hero, McCain has been a stalwart in the U.S. Senate and a lifelong Republican.

The latest example of leadership through experience came up during recent discussions regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Democrats want to “renegotiate,” while McCain reminds people of the significant impact such a decision will have on important friends of the U.S.

McCain, campaigning in Texas, took time to point out that NAFTA isn’t just about trade partners. It is a significant component of national security.

“One of our greatest assets in Afghanistan are our Canadian friends. We need our Canadian friends, and we need their continued support in Afghanistan,” McCain said. “So what do we do? The two Democratic candidates for president say they’re going to unilaterally abrogate NAFTA.

“How do you think the Canadian people are going to react to that?” McCain said.

Canada has 2500 troops in Afghanistan playing critical roles in a terrorist hotbed. There support is vital and they deserve our loyalty as well.

It is important to point out that loyalty doesn’t mean giving up the farm to another country. It means recognizing the big picture and understanding how dots of power and politics work both here and abroad.

Two Democrats running for the most important office in the world provide a knee jerk reaction to gain applause from on lookers. John McCain sternly points out that leadership is about understanding the impact of such decisions on those outside the bubble we live in.

His ability to calmly explain the importance of our neighbors to our interest here and abroad, while others play to a crowd of those that will suggest they lost jobs due to trade agreements, provides a glimpse of the character McCain possesses.

He is more interested in doing what is right than pandering for votes.

He will stay in Iraq, not because it is the easy thing to do, but because it is hard. He will provide resources to win the war rather than a white flag to surrender it. In Iraq he will cement a lifelong relationship and an alley in one of the most unstable regions in the world.

Our expanding success in Iraq has materialized because leaders like McCain chose to stand, fight, and deliver rather than duck, weave, and run. The surge has been an outstanding success and Democrats act as though they are oblivious.

Trade and national security are “interconnected with each other,” the Arizona senator said.

This is a dangerous time and the fragile but growing democracy in Iraq is depending on our support. McCain will provide it while Obama and Clinton will run for the hills. Al Qaeda wants to move back to the low lands of Afghanistan and return to terrorizing villages and Canadian troops are depending on our support. McCain will provide it while Obama and Clinton will push away our alley and ignore our responsibility to Canadian troops fighting side by side with America’s finest.

It is time to recognize that Clinton’s Socialist agenda leads to isolationism which allows terrorism to manifest itself. It is time to recognize that Obama’s inspirational message is not a substitute for strong leadership in the face of decisions about economics, defense, and a war against an enemy that is lurking in our back yard waiting for us to let our guard down.

McCain may not be the most inspirational and colorful character that ever ran for the Presidency. He is, however, a solid Republican that will avoid knee jerk reactions that would destroy our credibility, sink our economy, and weaken our nation. Yes, the very things Democrats say have already happened under President Bush would grow exponentially under the leadership of either candidate from the left.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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