Monday, October 30, 2006

A war president in the making?

Regular members of Joshua's army have heard me mention Congressman Duncan Hunter(R-CA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee before. Most recently, he called for CNN's imbedded reporters to be booted out of Iraq because of CNN's airing of an undated jihad snuff video they got from Islamic terrorists showing our troops being shot by snipers as `news'.

Famously, he asked CNN's Wolf Blitzer `Does CNN want us to win this thing?' without getting a clear answer.

Hunter, of course has a proprietary interest - his son is deployed in Iraq as a marine.

Other issues Hunter has surfaced on include illegal immigration - he was a key force in pushing President Bush to sign the bill authorizing the new border fence - and his outspoken opposition to the Dubai Ports deal.

Today, in a surprise move, he announced his intention to run for president in 2008.

Hunter is something of a maverick among Republicans, a fairly staunch, pro victory conservative. He's a decorated Vietnam Marine, who's made his mark in Congress by advocating for a strong military and border security.

Interestingly, in an era of globalists, he's a `fair trader' rather than a free trader, who voted against GATT and NAFTA.

Hunter, 58, is a formera former San Diego trial lawyer and a Reagan conservative. He told supporters that he would make "a strong national defense" a hallmark of his candidacy.

"This is going to be a long road,'' he said. ``It's going to be a challenging road. There's lots of rough and tumble. But I think it's the right thing to do for our country."

Pundits point out that he while he's well known in Congress, he has little name value outside of it.

But given how events might shape up in the next two years, Congressman Hunter bears watching. The qualities of leadership and outspoken courage he's exibited in the past are in short supply. A crusty, no nonsense ex-Marine might just prove very attractive to American voters in the future as part of the `08 Republican ticket.


Anonymous said...

while this man sounds like my kind of candiddate, the repubs will not use the qualities/criteria of your last paragraph to find/determine a candidate. they will use the method they used to nominate bob dole, i.e., "whose turn is it?"

a conservative from ca.??????

Anonymous said...

Congressman served in the Army, not the Marines.

Anonymous said...

ff said:

A war president in the making?

that must mean we're going to the mattresses..........

Freedom Fighter said...

Hi Nazar, Hi Louie..nice to see you.

Nazar, thanks for the correction, th econgressman served in the is his son who is a marine, if I'm not mistaken.

Actaully, I think the congressman, like Obama, may be running for VP. In any case, based on his past record, he's a welcome addition.

And yes, Louie, we're going to the mattresses ( a Mafia term for going to war) and much sooner than we think.

Jason Pappas said...

He sounds interesting. I'll have to read more about him and see how he holds up during the primaries. A congressman usually doesn't go straight to the Presidency but the VP is possible. More importantly, he can set the terms of the debate if he can forcefully present his principles.

Rosey said...

Interesting post...thanx for the info...