Firearms guru and author of the book The Art of the Rifle (among others) Jeff Cooper said (and I’m paraphrasing), “In a gunfight, there are only two problems: Problem A and Problem B. Problem A is saving your life: that’s what you deal with first. Problem B is everything else.” “Everything else” includes legal ramifications, cleaning up afterwards, feeling bad, etc. Don’t sweat Problem B until you’ve taken care of Problem A. Makes sense.
I’ve written before about the nature of effective self-defense, but in a word, it can be described as preemption. Crucible Security Specialist CEO Kelly McCann says, “Final confirmation of an attack almost always comes in the form of injury to you.” Hence, you have to hit first, and you have to hit so hard that your opponent cannot counterattack. That’s why I support the way that the War on Terror is being prosecuted, because it takes the notion of preemption as a guiding strategy.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there are many “authorities” out there who don’t take the threat of Islamic terrorism very seriously. Filmmaker Michael Moore said in October of 2003: “There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we’ve been told.” To Moore, 9/11 simply did not happen, and our military response to this non-event was simply an effort to build an oil pipeline (a conceit echoed by Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry Mcauliffe). Senator Ted Kennedy told us very recently that “The only thing we have to fear is four more years of George W. Bush!” Presidential hopeful John Kerry has said in recent campaign commercials that he feels the way to make the U.S. safe is to “rebuild alliances.” I’m not sure which alliances he’s talking about, but I suspect he mans France and Germany, who not only refused to help us fight the War on Terror but actively tried to hinder it. Former President Jimmy Carter said just a few days ago that “…now we have just a handful of little tiny countries supposedly helping us in Iraq…” which doesn’t sound very much to me as if he’s very serious about this war, either (not to mention the slap in the face he gave to countries like Australia, the U.K., and Romania, among many others). Well, foreign policy was never Carter’s strong suit, his Nobel Peace Prize notwithstanding. The point is that influential people like Moore, Kennedy, Carter, and Kerry are playing games with my family’s personal safety in order to score political points. It’s an old saw by now that “reasonable men can differ on how to fight the War on Terror,” but show me a reasonable man in this bunch. I don’t hate them, but I am worried at the prospect of their regaining power in this time of trouble.
We can no longer hide behind the fig leaf of ignorance when it comes to the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. Anti-semitism, anti-Americanism, anti-civilization is open and unconcealed among them. Their stated purpose is to destroy us all. We know that they don’t fear death or injury, and that they contemn us for the very laws that make us civilized and moral. All they fear is failure. With that in mind, how can we ignore that we’re still laboring under a Problem A situation? How can the biggest fear be four more years of President Bush?
I don’t like Bush’s stance on immigration or health care. I don’t agree with many other domestic policies he’s in favor of. But those issues are Problem B issues, and while they can’t be ignored, they occupy a lesser area of concern in my mind. Call me simplistic, but I’m a Problem A voter, and because President Bush takes Problem A as seriously as I do, he’s getting my vote this November.