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A Time for Rage
By Michael Reagan


June 22, 2006

The Biblical book of Ecclesiastes tells us tells us there's a time for everything, including a "time to love and a time to hate...a time for war and a time for peace."

There is also a time for rage, and in this time of war that time is now.

The bodies of two courageous U.S. soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas Tucker, were found Monday, and, according to CNN reports, "mutilated and booby-trapped." They had been so horribly mutilated with their eyes gouged out and their remains so desecrated a visual identification was impossible - DNA testing was needed in order to confirm their identities. CNN also reported that not only were the bodies booby-trapped, but homemade bombs also lined the road leading to the victims, an apparent effort to complicate recovery efforts and kill recovery teams.

That story makes my blood boil - and it should make yours reach boiling point too. More than anything else in the recent events in Iraq, this horrific outrage demonstrates with awful clarity the kind of depraved monsters we are facing in the war on terrorism.

It also shows why they must be eliminated from the face of the earth. They are a species with which civilized mankind cannot co-exist. During the Civil War when Gen. T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson was asked how to deal with the enemy, he had a simple answer: "Kill 'em; kill 'em all."

The hideous torture and killing of Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker should tell us that it's time to adopt Jackson's strategy as our own. Their deaths are proof that we face an enemy that will never cut and run, but will lurk in the shadows and strike out against us at every opportunity until they have been wiped off the face of the earth. Nothing else can guarantee the safety of the American people.

Incredibly in some quarters, instead of provoking rage - and a firm and renewed determination to prevail in the war against Islamofascist terrorism no matter how long it takes - this unspeakable outrage has been seized upon as an opportunity to make political capital out of a disaster of mammoth proportions.

The antiwar left in the Democrat party and the Bush haters in much of the mainstream media have been shameless in their reaction to the deaths of these two brave men.

How many relatives, for example, did NBC News have to canvass before they found a kin of Pfc. Menchaca who would take the occasion of his relative's murder to express his anti-administration views? NBC's Today Show found Ken MacKenzie, Menchaca's uncle, who obligingly told NBC, "Because the U.S. government did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid for it with his life." He added that the government should have offered a $100 million reward and offered to exchange mujahideen detainees for the soldiers' lives. It seized enough money from Saddam Hussein to afford it, he said.

He had nothing to say about the brutes who murdered his nephew, and expressed no anger at them.

The Democrats all but jumped for joy over the sleazy opportunity they saw to exploit the soldiers' deaths for their political purposes. Listen to Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin's comment that the discovery of the two mutilated soldiers' bodies is a "grim reminder of the price we're paying for a failed policy in Iraq."

Like McKenzie, he didn't bother to direct his anger at the fiends who committed the atrocity.

Nor did he or any of his anti-war Democrat colleagues bother to note that the so-called "failed policy" in Iraq has produced 5 million Iraqi children inoculated since the U.S went into Iraq, or how many schools and hospitals have been built, the 32,000 teachers trained, that 20 million Iraqis now have clean water ­ all the positive things they or the media studiously ignore.

Now instead of the rage they should feel, these white-flag-waving Democrats are demanding that the U.S. set some sort of timetable for withdrawal, ignoring the fact that such an act would be a signal to the al-Qaeda butchers to be patient and hang in there and wait for the U.S. to cut and run.

Have they no shame?


Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.
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