WASHINGTON D.C.—Now that the midterm elections are over across this great nation, it is time for the bickering and pandering of special interests needs to come to a final conclusion. Our nation may be battling economic woes, but this is perhaps secondary to the disasters we could be facing if the U.S. Congress and the White House refuse to start making serious decisions about national security. Though our nation after 9/11 has been mostly diligent in enforcing laws that are needed to help protect the homeland, a gathering threat is just a few miles south of the border of Afghanistan, in the very region that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban plotted to destroy and kill Americans on September 11, 2001.
Pakistan, not Afghanistan, is where the greatest threat now stands. The often bickering and sometimes allied neighbors in the Southeast Asian region of the planet seem to be at a crossroads. American policy makers and the White House are fixated on the current political problems in Pakistan. The U.S. State Department helmed by Secretary Hillary Clinton has their hands full, because the Taliban is now threatening to dethrone the current leadership in Pakistan with hopes of taking over that nation. What makes this such a scary thought? Pakistan is a nuclear power in the world. If the Taliban used antiquated terrorist training camps in Afghanistan to launch their attacks against us on 9/11, what would they be able to accomplish with nuclear weapons in their possession?
Some may argue that they would not be so suicidal as to attack our nation or our allies with nuclear weapons. Serious thinkers in the Departments of Defense and State Department would argue they have no reason not to launch further attacks. These are the same people who knew that after we were attacked on 9/11 that they would be attacked by the most powerful military on the planet and yet, they still chose to go through with those planned terrorist attacks.
Maybe it’s time for Americans to take seriously what happened on 9/11 and to stop the political bickering, including the right’s attacks on the President, who is our leader for at least the next two years, and for the left to decide to work with the congress we have in power at the moment. If our nation continues petty bickering and the farce of making silly claims about our president and worry more about the election of 2012 than our national security issues today. There may be a storm brewing in Pakistan and that region that is about to land on our shores, and then we would have no alternative but to take the terrorist’s threats seriously. We were caught off-guard on September 11, 2001. Let us not make that same mistake again. Our enemies still have the capabilities to inflict death and destruction on our way of life and on our soil.
Please continue to pray for the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families during the Thanksgiving holiday.