Compare and contrast

William Kristol contrasts the words of McCain v. Reid in This isn’t just about politics. The question, the hard question, is a value judgment. Which of these two is healthier for the country? Which is looking forward and considering the entire nation? Which is the more base and geared towards greed and power?

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“We, who are willing to support this new strategy, and give General Petraeus the time and support he needs, have chosen a hard road. But it is the right road. It is necessary and just. Democrats, who deny our soldiers the means to prevent an American defeat, have chosen another road. It may appear to be the easier course of action, but it is a much more reckless one, and it does them no credit even if it gives them an advantage in the next election. This is an historic choice, with ramifications for Americans not even born yet. Let’s put aside for a moment the small politics of the day. The judgment of history should be the approval we seek, not the temporary favor of the latest public opinion poll.” – Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, April 11, 2007

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“We’re going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war. Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), speaking to reporters, April 12, 2007

and

“This war is lost.” – Reid, April 19, 2007

The question is about the kind of country its citizens think the U.S. really is. Is the cause, the values of freedom and liberty that define the U.S., worth any effort? Do we value winning seats and defeating political opponents or defeating terror and oppression? Do we value keeping our commitments and our word or do we abandon those who depended upon what we said yesterday?

Now we are at a moment of truth. There is McCain’s way, a way of difficulty and honor. There is Reid’s way, a way of political expediency and dishonor. McCain may lose the political battle at home, and the U.S. may ultimately lose in Iraq. But some of us will always be proud, at this moment of choice, to have stood with McCain, and our soldiers, and our country.

Some only see the cost while others see what is being purchased. Some only see mayhem and have no concept of honor. Some only live for today and have no concept of what today’s action will do on the morrow.

You will make the choice and are making the choice. Where is your horizon?

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