Clint Didier Shoots Himself In The Foot

by lewwaters

Even though I remain undecided as to just who I would like to see win the nomination to face off against Patty Murray in the general election, It is with great sadness that I have to say Clint Didier’s name has fallen completely off of the list.

I was initially impressed with Clint, especially when he approached me outside of the Hilton the evening of the Lincoln Day dinner to thank me for serving in Viet Nam, having seen my Viet Nam Veterans cap I often wear.

Although undecided, I have been leaning towards him, in spite of him previously saying on his twitter page, “Just finished meeting with Ron Paul. What an inspirational leader! Makes me want to fight harder for Liberty!”

The looniness of Ron Paul is well known and seeing Didier describe him as an “inspirational leader” disturbed me immensely, but I continued to give Clint the benefit of doubt.

I can no longer hold that benefit of doubt as Clint has now come forward repeating Ron Paul’s claims of “Afghanistan is not a war, but a conflict” and “we should never have gone in there without a formal declaration of war.”

Audio of KUOW’s “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds interview with Clint Didier HERE

Just as wrong as Ron Paul remains to be over this, since Congress overwhelmingly authorized going after the terrorists in Afghanistan, in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that murdered nearly 3,000 innocent civilians and considering that groups like Al Qaeda and other radical Jihadists had been steadily attacking American interests for over two decades at the time, Didier is way off base as well, in my estimation.

We often hear Ron Paul worshippers proclaim him to be heir apparent to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. They cite Reagan’s withdrawing from Lebanon after over 200 Marines were lost in a terrorist attack there, but they ignore Reagan’s own words of,

“In the profound sadness that fell over the whole country in the aftermath of the Beirut bombing, I had to decide what to do next in Lebanon. Not surprisingly, there was new pressure in Congress to leave that country. Although I did my best to explain to the American people why our troops were there, I knew many still didn’t understand it. I believed in – and still believe in – the policy and decisions that originally sent the marines to Lebanon.”


Didier brings up Paul’s notion of using “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” as viable alternative, ignoring that every other nation banned them in the mid-1800’s and that we are signatories to the Geneva Conventions, that forbids the use of mercenaries in warfare by nations.

Didier says in this regard, “So we put a bounty on their head through letters of marque and reprisal” adding it should be “One Billion Dollars.”

How disconnected from reality can he and Ron Paul be? Money isn’t what radical Jihadists are after. They are religious zealots misguided by their misinterpretation of the Qu’Ran and the false belief that God is on their side in this.

Last I recall hearing there has been a $50 Million bounty on Bin Laden with no takers that can get close enough to him.

As a Viet Nam Veteran, I remember well as congress pulled the plug on us, after tying our hands for so many years with ridiculous “rules of engagement” and losing over 58,000 of my fellow Veterans and we abandoned that struggling ally to fall under the darkness of communism for far too many years.

Didier and Paul, perhaps without even realizing it, are advocating just such a repeat scenario.

We have lost well over 1,000 of our Troops in Afghanistan and many more in Iraq, Troops who went off to war to protect our freedoms and fight to free people in a foreign land. Walking away and leaving the job unfinished once again would totally invalidate their sacrifices, as was ours by not finishing the job in Viet Nam.

Didier and Paul think it reprehensible that we did not formally declare war, ignoring the congressional vote authorizing the war, but abandoning friends in need to their fate of oppression seems not to bother them.

Another quote from Ronald Reagan, from a July 1975 Reason Magazine Interview,

“Once you are going to commit yourself to a combat role and you’re going to ask young men to fight and die for your country, then you have a moral obligation as a nation to throw the full resources of the nation behind them and to win that war as quickly as possible and get it over with…”

Sorry Clint, I still admire your football career, your devotion to your community and appreciate your shaking my hand to thank me for serving, but I cannot get behind any candidate that falls into league with Ron Paul or can treat the sacrifices of our Troops so cavalierly.

9 Responses to “Clint Didier Shoots Himself In The Foot”

  1. Nooooo, him too?

    Ron Paul an inspirational leader? Leader of what?


  2. Okay I got it, leader to his followers. F O L L O W E R S

    Anything wrong with this picture? No no kool-aid, thank you though. 😉


  3. “They are religious zealots misguided by their misinterpretation of the Qu’Ran and the false belief that God is on their side in this.” – Exactly Lew. I spent time off during my Turkey tour on a people to people project in a nearby village and the average Muslim is not one of these zealots.

    In my mind there must be some reason we are in Afghanistan other than what appears on the immediate surface. (I thought that about Iraq and was wrong.)

    There are a number of local Vietnam vets who believe we cannot win the type of war we a fighting in Afghanistan. I tend to believe them; more so every time I see a news broadcast of a twenty something platoon leader armed to the teeth talking up cooperation to a group of peasants caught between a rock and a very hard place.

    So I can see the reasoning for you view on the war, but I don’t think we have the weapon resources to win. I think Reagan would agree if he were still alive.


  4. In my opinion, Pat, we have to fight a different type of war in Afghanistan than we have ever fought before. It’s a tall order and will require much commitment, something many Afghani’s see lacking.

    Similar to Iraq, but not quite the same, Afghani’s must see that we are there to help, not to conquer. Afghanistan cannot be conquered anyways, in my estimation and thankfully, that is not our goal.

    You and I both know how young GI’s over all can be when it comes to friendliness and acceptance of foreign cultures, but it is the one misfit that receives all the media attention.

    Then again, much Like Osama bin Laden himself said before, people in those cultures tend to stand behind or with the strong and not the weak. We showed them strength in the beginning but for too long now, have been showing weakness.

    It is going to take much more than just weapons, they are primarily to stop those bad guys.

    We are asking a lot of our Military at a time many wish to downsize them and just let Afghanistan and the entire region fall back to its own fate. I am thankful they still stand up to the job and are willing to do it.

    I recall hearing talk much like Clint’s and Paul’s while in Viet Nam and after returning and even years after Saigon fell and it doesn’t leave one feeling as if the sacrifices are appreciated.

    Instead of crying about technicalities in interpretation of words written in the constitution, I would rather see new ideas of how to build support for our Troops and achieve victory.

    For all those who cry there is no definition for victory, have you noticed they are never willing to express what their idea of victory is that would gain their support?

    It’s easy to criticize for political gain. Much harder to stand boots on the ground in the combat zone trying to win hearts and minds and fight off bad guys at the same time, feeling like those back home are against you.


  5. I’m not pleased with his position on Afghanistan but I’m not ready to eliminate him totally because he is very strong in other areas of concern.

    For instance, he would be much stronger than Rossi on Supreme Court Nominees and what he would require before voting for them. With a 5-4 split court, we need strong Senators to vote against the liberal judges Obama keeps nominating. We simply cannot afford even one more on the court. I do not see the same passion, determination and sheer wilingness to slug it out with the other side in the other Republican candidate.


  6. Unfortunately, it goes far beyond Afghanistan.

    I like that he came out against farm subsidies, but up until recently, he accepted several of them.

    He’s been claiming “The IRS has bought 3,000 military-grade shotguns.” The bid put out in February was for 60. The IRS already has less that 3,000 Special Agents authorized to be armed. They are sworn law enforcement officers.

    Clint stated tonight, according to the Columbian article, that he now says such a purchase is not in the new Healthcare Bill. Yet, just a month ago he was saying it was in the bill.

    Clint Didier claims health reform bill purchase 3,000 shotguns for IRS

    I’m not all that confident with Rossi either and haven’t taken that strong of a look at Paul Akers.

    That’s why I remain undecided.


  7. Neocons need to pack their bags and go home. You are out of touch. There is a revolution in this country and Didier is apart of it. No more spending for you neocon nut jobs.


  8. You must be a proctologist John, because you come across as a total ass.

    Good luck leading a revolution based upon nutcase conspiracies and wacko disproved claims.

    Learn what a neo-con is before throwing your diatribe around.

    So far, the only nutcase commenting on this post is you.



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