The transcendent question
By Michael Moriarty
President George W. Bush's efforts to hang an obfuscating veil of trust around Vladimir Putin's neo-Soviet Russia, having called the increasingly dictatorial Russian leader a "good man", such a tribute to the "strongman" who quite possibly called for the assassination of Russian protester Alexander Litvinenko, this Republican president's justification to befriend Putin crumbles like a dry fall leaf in the fierce winds of Russian neo-Soviet provocations in Serbia and last week's rioting in Belgrade.
Both Richard Holbrooke, former U. S. ambassador to the UN and General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Commander, declared that "the Russians are behind this."
"This" is the rioting in Serbia. At least to some veteran members of the American government, the major agent provocateur behind unrest in Serbia is apparently Vladimir Putin, president of Russia until May but expected to be forever in complete power, sitting, as it were, "behind the throne" of the Kremlin.
William Cohen, a former defense secretary of the US wouldn't even speak of Russia's involvement. According to Cohen, NATO forces might be necessary if the Serbian government proves unable to quell the rioting.
Lawrence Eagleburger, former Secretary of State, said that "Kosovo will be an orphan". According to the Secretary of State and regarding any nation coming to the rescue of Kosovo, Eagleburger said, "It better not be the US forces. The problems are long-term." He said rather emphatically "we", meaning the US, "have done enough!" In other words, let NATO do it.
Without elaborating on his description any further, we must conclude that his description of Kosovo as an orphan infers a grim prognosis for the people of this new nation.
While the United States' citizens seemed to be buried in the New York Times' controversial claims of impropriety by Senator John McCain during his presidential campaign of 2000, while also anticipating the "showdown" in Texas between the Democratic Party's candidates, one which has been labeled by CNN as possibly "Hillary's last chance", suddenly, and from another dark corner of the past, Belgrade erupts in Serbian violence and in the Serbians' protests against an independent Kosovo, actually exploding in their attacks on the US embassy.
Meanwhile, CNN's long-term revelations about America's "Broken Government" continue unabated.
"Broken America" is more to the point.
Obama's refreshing Cri de Coeur,his desire to reach across party and racial lines and unite America is now a profound necessity.
However, Senator John McCain's focus on the "transcendent challenge" of our enemies demands an American, unified will and resolve immediately. In other words, a Commander-in-Chief of the American armed forces is the greatest priority. Therefore, since it appears that Obama will win over Clinton, the question stands: which candidate, McCain or Obama, will prove the greatest, war-time leader?
One would assume our choice would be the veteran of Vietnam, Senator John McCain.
However, Obama's undisputed vote against getting involved in Iraq in the first place, and his campaign commitment to concentrate militarily on Afghanistan, those decisions reveal some very sound, military instincts … and with the speed of events these days, instinct over intellectuality and ideology is of increasing importance. Obviously his political talents seem to have placed him in the class of our most gifted politicians. He has yet to make a major, political mistake.
So, will America opt for a veteran like John McCain or for "change" from what, so far, appears to be one of America's most graceful political geniuses?
Because of the Democratic Party's pro-abortion position I cannot possibly vote for Barack Obama; and because of this moral blindness among the Democrats in general – similar to the moral myopia displayed by southern racists within the post-bellum Democratic Party – I pray that McCain's moral position against abortion will be the ballast and moral gravitas required to guide him as Commander-in-Chief, the kind of moral inspiration that enabled a legendary drunk like Ulysses S. Grant to be victorious over the graceful, military genius of a profoundly privileged Southerner such as General Robert E. Lee.
Obama is no Southerner but he may very well lead the pro-abortion Democratic Party into the election in the same way General Robert E. Lee lead the pro-slavery South into war. I don't believe Lee's commitment to slavery was any deeper than Obama's faith in legalized abortion as an acceptable solution to poverty. However, both gentlemen have been obliged to honor a Southern Democratic mentality and philosophy that has contained not only legalized abortion but legalized slavery as well.
I believe the answer to the "transcendent challenge" and question of who can lead us best through the inevitable battles with not only Islamic extremism, but Chinese and neo-Soviet Communism is former Navy pilot and veteran of Vietnam, Senator John McCain.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org