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A copy of this letter can be found at  www.alaskafalcon.com  (Randy S. Griffin, Fairbanks, Alaska) Oct. 30, 2008
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Dear fellow American:
 
I feel it is imperative that we vote for McCain/Palin rather than Obama/Biden.
We must not repeat history where the U.S. Congress betrayed our friends in Cambodia and South Vietnam.
We must not betray the good and brave people of Iraq.
 
Vietnam War
After several years of successfully stopping communist North Vietnam from conquering South Vietnam, the Paris cease-fire agreement was signed in January 1973. The American military left, and South Vietnam was able to handle its own defense. President Nixon assured President Thieu of South Vietnam that if North Vietnam broke the treaty, the U.S would respond with severe retaliation. This was the vital foundation of the treaty for keeping the peace.
 
Joe Biden became a U.S. Senator in 1973. Senator Biden was listed as one of 40 cosponsors (May 14, 1973) of legislation (Case-Church Amendment) that banned the use of U.S. bombing that could come to the aid of South Vietnam and Cambodia. This was a betrayal of the effort to keep the peace, in my view, because it handcuffed our ability to threaten force in the event that North Vietnam broke the truce agreement.
 
President Nixon resigns  
Watergate caused Nixon to resign in Aug. 1974. The Democrats swept to a massive ironclad victory in Congress in Nov. 74. President Gerald Ford tried to help our allies, but the left wing Congress chopped in half the U.S. financial aid to South Vietnam for economic and military supplies. Financial help for Cambodia was severely cut also.
Russia and Communist China fully supplied North Vietnam with about 1.6 billion dollars of military and economic aid in 1974.
 
North Vietnam broke their word and launched a full scale invasion of South Vietnam and Cambodia in January 1975. South Vietnam and Cambodia fought valiantly, but finally fell in April 1975. There were 350 U.S. military aircraft sitting in nearby Thailand, but Congress refused to allow any bombing. A few B-52’s could have tipped the battlefield balance in favor of our allies. It would have given the South Vietnamese and Cambodians a tremendous boost in morale. Instead they came to feel that America had abandoned them.
Communist Pol Pot later murdered over 1 million innocent Cambodians.
Thousands of Vietnamese boat people risked their lives in an attempt to escape the communists after the takeover.
 
Iraq
In Iraq, the “surge” that McCain advocated has brought great success. It is a fragile success, but will grow stronger with patience and care.
(Obama was against the surge.)
 
Presidential debates
During the 3 debates, McCain spoke many times in favor of success and victory in Iraq. In the VP debate, Palin spoke strongly in favor of success in Iraq. During the debates, Obama and Biden said absolutely nothing about wanting success or victory in Iraq.
Obama did talk about how he was against going into Iraq in the first place. He has talked much about pulling our troops out of Iraq within 16 months.

What Obama might say if he loses Iraq to chaos 
Now Obama can keep his conscience clear. If Obama gets elected and Iraq goes down in flames, he could say something like this: "See I told you, I was against it from the beginning. I was right. George Bush was wrong. This is not my failure. This was George Bush's failure. During the 3 debates, I never said we'd have success in Iraq. All I said is I'd pull out the troops in 16 months, and I kept my word."
 
Image vs. good policies
What some of the liberals don't realize is that George Bush is not of significance in the grand scheme of things. The liberals tend to get fixated on personalities - hatred for Bush and adulation for Obama.
Americans need to concentrate on policies, not image. Obama is articulate. He is tall, dark and handsome. McCain on the other hand is older looking and has a receding hairline. McCain can’t lift his arms very high due to war injuries. So McCain does not present the best image on TV.
But McCain has good pro-American policies.
We must ask ourselves: What is best for the future of the Iraqi people, for the entire Mideast and for America?
   Obviously, a peaceful and stable Iraq with a constitution, and at least some type of representative government. We would like them to be an ally and not sponsor terrorism as Saddam Hussein did.
 
Japan
How much time did we spend on Japan getting them set up as a peaceful and prosperous ally?
Answer: 11 years.
From 1941 to 1945 we fought them during World War 2. Then the U.S. ran their government as military occupiers until 1952. Once the Japanese got the hang of constitutional democracy, they were on their own. We still have bases in Japan.
   We need to commit to at least 11 years for the sake of the Iraqi people so that they don't fall back into a brutal dictatorship. Saddam Hussein killed thousands of his own people.
 
Iraq needs time and confidence for success
The U.S. troops provide a safety buffer to keep the Shiites and Sunnis from fighting each other. Most Iraqis would no doubt prefer to coexist in harmony, but there are a few extremists within the different groups. Iraqis just need a little time to work out the kinks.
   The brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein held Iraq in an iron grip from 1979 to 2003. The Iraqi people don’t have much experience with constitutional representative government. But the Iraqis are a smart and resourceful people, and with a little bit of time and experience they will develop a stable government.
   All 3 main groups – Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds have come to trust that the United States will continue to help them. Everyone can trust that John McCain truly wants long term success in Iraq. During the presidential debates, McCain spoke of his desire for Iraqi democracy and freedom.
Nowhere in the debates did Obama or Biden indicate such sentiments. They did not even wish Iraq luck.
 
Sunnis stand up against Al Quaeda
Many of the Sunnis had originally been against the United States and planted roadside bombs. But then they found out that the Al Queda in Iraq were bloodthirsty and brutal people. The Sunni’s were brave and stood up against Al Queda even though it put themselves and their families at risk. They found out that the Americans weren’t so bad after all and that they could trust the Americans to lend support.
 
Obama’s 16 month artificial timetable for withdrawal is bad news
If the Iraqi people think that the United States is going to pull out in 16 months, then they may immediately lose confidence about the future. Some of the extremists may start violent acts so as to jockey for position and intimidate opponents. Al Queda terrorists and Iranian agents may come back because they see an opening.
   Naturally, we Americans would like to save money and leave Iraq as soon as we can. But we should withdraw properly according to conditions in Iraq, - not according to an artificial and abrupt timeline.
We should not pull the rug out from under Iraq. Failure in Iraq will undermine the war on terror throughout the world including in Afghanistan.
 
We should thank our brave soldiers by voting for a president that will make sure that their mission is a success.
That is why I will be voting for John McCain.
 
Please see more about this at my website: www.alaskafalcon.com .
Randy S. Griffin, Fairbanks, Alaska
Oct. 30, 2008
 
(Reference: Senator Joe Biden was listed as one of 40 cosponsors of the Case-Church Amendment on May 14, 1973. See Congressional Record Volume 119 – Part 12, Page 15437)
 
 
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This letter was written and paid for by Randy S. Griffin, PO Box 73653, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99707
This letter is not authorized, paid for, or approved by any candidate.
A copy of this letter can be found on my website at www.alaskafalcon.com


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