Bring it on, Mr. President!

By Doug Patton

“Bring ‘em on!”

With that one little phrase, President George W. Bush has set liberals clucking their tongues like they haven’t clucked since Ronald Reagan called the former Soviet Union an evil empire.

Was this really an appropriate remark for the leader of the free world? Didn’t this amount to a taunt of America’s enemies to attack our troops? One Democrat presidential candidate even said that it sounded more like a comment from a gang leader than the President of the United States.

Of course, the term “cowboy” is again being heard across the land. Well, cowboys are quintessentially American, and like most Americans, I love it when my president talks like that. It gives me confidence that he is not playing games with those who would do harm to my country. We know exactly where he stands, and so do our enemies, just as they did with Reagan. Also, like most Americans, I have not forgotten Sept. 11 of two years ago.

Let us consider the full text of the president’s remarks. Facing an increasingly hostile media, all wanting to know why our personnel are still being killed in Iraq, Bush said:

Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice,” Bush said. “There are some who feel like that if they attack us, that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they’re talking about, if that’s the case. My answer is, ‘Bring ‘em on.’ We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.

That sounds reasonable to me. But to the erudite snobs of the privileged left, who sip their cocktails at their east and west coast parties and lament the loss of civility toward America’s enemies, I’m just a Midwestern male with more testosterone than brains. They, of course, long for the appeasement of Bill Clinton and the malaise of Jimmy Carter, so I leave it to you, the reader, to decide whose thinking is more rational.

There is a scene in the 1970s film, “Billy Jack,” where the hero, a martial arts expert, tells one of the bad guys, “I’m going to take my right foot and I’m going to hit you on the left side of your head, and there isn’t a thing you can do about it.

That is how men like Reagan and Bush have always addressed tyrants. Reagan took Nikita Khrushchev’s “we will bury you” threat and turned it upside down. The Gipper made no secret of his desire to see the Soviet Union out of business. And then he made it happen. Can you imagine that would have happened under Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis?

Similarly, Bush has never wavered in his determination to stamp out the forces of terrorism in the world. He even called three nations an “axis of evil.” What liberals can’t seem to comprehend, just as they didn’t with Reagan, is that George Bush means it.

Throughout history, when the Neville Chamberlains, Jimmy Carters and Howard Deans of the world have tried in vain, just one more time, to compromise with evil, it is men of courage like Churchill, Reagan and Bush who finally had to step forward and say, “enough!”

If the United States of America does not stamp out terrorism around the world, which nation is going to do it? France? Germany? Russia? China? Hardly. Even Great Britain is turning on their courageous prime minister, Tony Blair.

When the history of the early 21st Century is written, it will be clear that when it came time to fight global terrorism, George W. Bush assumed the mantle of leadership as head of the last remaining superpower, and as such, also assumed the awesome responsibility for preserving liberty on planet earth.

Bring it on, Mr. President!

Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor at the federal, state and local levels. His weekly columns can be read in newspapers across the country, and on, where he serves as the Nebraska Editor.

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