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Saturday’s show: Trump’s audio, Clinton’s speeches and a weekend of baseball

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October 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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Solzhenitsyn 1970: Remember when The Nobel Peace Prize went to people who earned it?

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In 2009, Pres BO was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize.  It is still one of the biggest “jokes” in recent memory.    We just learned that President Santos of Colombia got the latest one for working on a peace deal with FARC.

At the same time, this is the same group that gave former Pres Carter and VP Gore a similar prize.  The Carter prize could be defended because of his legitimate work in Central American elections in the early 1990s.  The Gore prize was pure PC nonsense about global warming.

The question is:  What are the judges drinking when they awarded Pres BO the Nobel?  It can not be reality!  Perhaps it was “Obamamania” with a teaspoon of “hope and change”.    

The Nobel Peace Prize used to be a serious award.  

We remember how Alexander Solzhenitsyn was give the prize back in 1970

“The best-known living Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, wins the Nobel Prize for literature. 
Born in 1918 in the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn was a leading writer and critic of Soviet internal oppression. 
Arrested in 1945 for criticizing the Stalin regime, he served eight years in Russian prisons and labor camps. 
Upon his release in 1953 he was sent into “internal exile” in Asiatic Russia. After Stalin’s death, Solzhenitsyn was released from his exile and began writing in earnest. 
His first publication, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963), appeared in the somewhat less repressive atmosphere of Nikita Khrushchev’s regime (1955-1964). 
The book was widely read in both Russia and the West, and its harsh criticisms of Stalinist repression provided a dramatic insight into the Soviet system.
Eventually, however, Soviet officials clamped down on Solzhenitsyn and other Russian artists, and henceforth his works had to be secreted out of Russia in order to be published. 
These works included Cancer Ward (1968) and the massive three-volume The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 (1973-1978). 
The Soviet government further demonstrated its displeasure over Solzhenitsyn’s writings by preventing him from personally accepting his Nobel Prize in 1970. 
 In 1974, he was expelled from the Soviet Union for treason, and he moved to the United States. Although celebrated as a symbol of anticommunist resistance, Solzhenitsyn was also extremely critical of many aspects of American society; particularly what he termed its incessant materialism. He returned to Russia in 1994. 
Solzhenitsyn died of heart failure in Moscow on August 3, 2008. He was 89.”

Solzhenitsyn was a great man, writer and hero.  He was willing to write books in a country that did not tolerate dissent.  He was tough and willing to stand up to the Soviet thugs in the Kremlin.  

He was exactly the kind of man for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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October 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

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President Bush warned us 15 years ago

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We were expecting it and it finally happened. President George W. Bush went on TV to announce the beginning of military operations in Afghanistan. 

He said something that sounds even more important today:

In a televised address that evening, Bush informed the American public that “carefully targeted actions” were being carried out to crush the military capability of al-Qaida and the Taliban, with help from British, Canadian, Australian, German and French troops. An additional 40 nations around the world provided intelligence, as well as bases from which the operations were conducted.
Bush touted the multinational effort as proof that America, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, was “supported by the collective will of the world.” 

He also warned that the war in Afghanistan would likely be only the first front in a long struggle against terrorism. He vowed to continue to take what he called the “war on terror” to those countries that sponsored, harbored or trained terrorists.

As the president spoke, I was coaching our sons in fall baseball. I had little radio in my pocket to keep up with the Rangers in Seattle and the Cowboys.   So I listened to the speech.

My reaction was very serious because I understood the gravity of the situation. After all, 9/11 had happened less than 30 days ago.   

My second reaction was to look at all of those 14-year-old boys on the diamond and their parents in the stands. Two of my sons were playing that day. 

I couldn’t help thinking about the boys and realize that this was going to be the war that many of them would fight over the next few years. In fact, one of my son’s friends lost a portion of his foot when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. Several of these boys served in the armed forces years later.

Sadly, I feel more unsafe now than ever. In 2001, I felt that President Bush understood the situation and would defend the U.S. Sorry, but I don’t feel that way about President Obama.   

In fact, I think that President Obama’s weakness and bad decisions have brought us closer to an even bigger war. Some kids playing fall ball in 2016 will fight that one.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.   You can get some additional perspective by reading President Bush’s “Decision points”, a well written account of his presidency.

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October 8, 2016 at 6:43 am

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