I left this comment over at Blackfive in response to Uncle Jimbo expressing his disgust with this campaign season: Stuck in the Middle
Walid Phares, noted anti-jihad expert, supports Mitt Romney. While the average, ingorant American voting schmuck knows nothing of Walid Phares and prefers the intellectual political thoughts and insights of Rambo and Chuck Norris, to those of us following The Long War and who know of the background of Walid Phares, I think that’s a pretty good endorsement for Governor Romney.
Me? I was in full support of Fred Thompson. Will be writing in a candidate if either Huck or McCain get the nomination. I could hold my nose and vote for Mitt Romney. If somehow Rudy pulls of a miracle and earns the nomination, I’ll have to reevaluate my stance on him. No matter who gets the nomination, though, I will not be sitting out the election, because it will be important to vote for any conservative Republicans for Congressional seats. Because if either Huck, McCain, Obama or Hillary win the election, we will need all the allies in Congress as possible to stop them from making a mess of this country.
Here is part of the statement by Dr. Walid Phares:
2) Republicans: In the Republican primaries here are the following findings
a. The most visible problem is the full alignment of Congressman Ron Paul’s agenda against the War on Terror and against supporting democracy and human rights in the region. It is important that Republican voters send a message to the other candidates and to the nation by rejecting the isolationist and defeatist policy adopted by Congressman Paul. On these grounds, I recommend not to vote for him.
b. All other candidates have received my books and address the War on Terror with an understanding of the threat. They are equal in being capable of leading the US in the direction needed to confront the threat on national security grounds. Senator McCain, Governor Huckabee, Mayor Giuliani and Governor Romney are all very sensitive to the rising threat of Jihadism and they often express their concerns about its current and future menace. Republican voters who have decided to select one of them are in line with the national security agenda.
c. However I have studied in particular the agenda and national security language of Governor Mitt Romney and I do personally believe that at this stage he has best understood the parameters I am concerned about: that is the threat of Jihadism, the human rights crisis in the Greater Middle East and the need for a confrontation of Jihadism within the US Homeland. Governor Romney, by my academic and analytical parameters has been able to draw a counter-Jihadism doctrine which can best determine the danger, identify the threat and direct national resources into the confrontation.
In addition I have had the chance to learn that the Mitt Romney policy on the Middle East will particularly focus on containing the Iranian and Syrian regimes, standing by and defending democracies in Israel, Lebanon and Iraq and promoting human rights in the region.
This is why at this stage I would recommend to the Republicans to vote for Mitt Romney in the primaries as first among equal colleagues.
This analysis and recommendation represent my personal views and do not represent the views and opinions of the NGOs and institutions I belong to.
At this stage may aim is not to engage in a debate about primaries but only to inform all those on my lists of my views regarding the national security and war on terror agendas of the candidates from both parties.
Dr Walid Phares
And a great comment left at HotAir by “joncoltonis”:
So, Romney has been endorsed by:
Dr. Walid Phares
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Justice Robert Bork
Bob Jones III
Rich Lowry and the National Review
While McCain has been endorsed by:
Sylvester Stallone and the NY Times.
joncoltonis on January 29, 2008 at 9:22 AM
Not to mention, McCain has the endorsement of pretty much every liberal and RINO in the nation, along with the disgusting adoration of the mass media. That should tell you something…