We were given a warning on December 25
- let's not let it go to waste.

a blog by
Ruth McClung
January 9, 2010

On Christmas Day, our country was spared a nightmare. A terrorist boarded a plane with the intent to kill all those on it. Only by God's grace did the man not succeed. Our former governor, (the one who left our state in so much debt) said that "the system has worked really very, very smoothly." The next day she came to grips with reality that the system had "failed miserably."

The information was there, right down to the fact that we knew the terrorists wanted to strike on Christmas Day. Adding more stipulations to passengers will not help a system that does not work. We must improve the system.

First, our government must accept that there are people who are terrorists who want to kill us simply because we do not hold their radical views. Our former governor who is now homeland security secretary calls these attacks "man-caused" disasters, as if we should expect them like hurricanes and lightning. We must call a terrorist, a terrorist - and evil, evil when it is!

Second, our government must be willing to fight terrorism, as a reality, and truly support the people we have put in harms way to fight it. We have brave military men and women who are now fighting terrorism at its front door in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen. We must give our people the resources that they require. When General McChrystal asks for 40,000 soldiers, and our President only gives him 30,000 without a good reason, there is a problem. Our soldiers are in difficult areas where the enemy has no problem killing innocent people, much less our soldiers. We are fighting in a war that covers more than five countries; so our government should not be cutting defense spending (especially when they are spending money on everything else).

Third, we need a realistic battle plan for the war on terror. We were given a warning on Christmas Day - let's not let it go to waste. We are not going to win this war by just screening airline passengers more, which seems to be the solution the current Administration is pushing. Even if we put all passengers in bubbles, where they can do no harm, terrorists would still find other ways to kill. One of the Afghanistan terrorists' favorite targets is schools. A crop-duster plane scattering only a few pounds of anthrax over a large city could kill more Americans than died in World War II (see Executive Summary p 3). Our battle plan must be comprehensive, well thought out, flexible, and anticipate all the tactics of our enemy.

Edmund Burke once said, "All it takes for evil to triumph in the world is for good men to do nothing." We cannot give up and accept terrorism as a part of living. We cannot win a war that we refuse to fight or even acknowledge. America has fought evil before, and we have won. We can win again.




Ruth McClung for US Congress Arizona CD 7



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