February 24th, 2003 ~ On September 11th, 2001, war was declared against America in a sneak attack which slaughtered nearly 3,000 innocent souls.  In response, we have declared war against those who committed that atrocity.  Like all wars, we wish to prosecute this conflict with all our vigor so that we may emerge victorious and return to the freedoms and way of life we knew before this conflict began.  Like all wars, we will tolerate some TEMPORARY restrictions of our liberties until this war is won, but will NOT tolerate a perpetual Orwellian state, stretching on forever, never to be resolved.
      How, then, do we win this war and return to the lives and liberties we knew before 9-11?  By directly engaging our enemies wherever we may find them, certainly.  But also by denying our enemies the resources they need to continue their carnage.  Disrupting the supply lines of the enemy is every bit as important as direct military engagement.
      From where do our enemies ultimately get their support?  From Middle East Oil purchased with American dollars.  Arianna Huffington is right about one thing.  American dollars, used to purchase Middle East Oil, subsidize terrorism.  The problem with her solution is that she advocates merely reducing, not eliminating, our subsidy of terror.  To win this war, we must cut off our enemies supply lines COMPLETELY.
      How do we sever those supply lines when we're so dependent on Middle East oil to power our transport and industry?  By applying our national will and genius as we always have.  By developing and deploying decisive new technology to win the war.
      Many "experts" have stated that we are decades away from a successful fusion-based energy system.  At our current rate of research and development, that's probably true.  But if we are several decades away at current levels of funding and research, imagine what we could achieve if we instituted a crash program on the scale of the Manhattan Project or the Apollo lunar program.  I believe we could see a successful system WITHIN a decade.
      But those were massive, expensive programs rising out of wartime conditions; either WW-II necessity or Cold War brinksmanship.  Does this war justify such expense?  It does if the alternative is a future forever spent under Orange Alert conditions or worse.  Either we wish to win this war, or we don't.  The logic is that simple and that inescapable.
      American oil dependence = purchasing Middle East oil = American dollars = terrorist funding = dead Americans = further restrictions of our freedoms = a world none of us want to live in.  You do the math.  Then contact your Senators and Congresspeople to let them know your answer.

      February 10th, 2003 ~ My wife and I have been sitting here watching all the talking heads on TV, trying to get a handle on why we're about to go to war with Iraq and trying to believe it is not about the oil.  I see a real threat in North Korea being sidelined as a "diplomatic matter".  I do NOT see Usama Bin Laden or Al Qaeda anywhere on the rhetorical radar, except perhaps, darkly reflected in the current Orange Alert.  I want desperately to believe our President and Congress know what they're doing and that their actions are solely in the best interests of the American people.  All I have in my power to do is to offer this prayer:

God, grant our leaders honesty, wisdom, courage, and perseverance in discharging their responsibilities to the American people.
God, reward them five-fold the fruits of their actions in the name of the American people.
Amen.

      February 2nd, 2003 ~ Yesterday, the Space Shuttle "Columbia" disintegrated on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard and spreading a debris field across parts of East Texas, Western Arkansas, and Louisiana.  We will not forget the courage of these six American and one Israeli astronauts who devoted their lives to the exploration of space.  Commander Rick Husband, Pilot William McCool, Payload Commander Mike Anderson, Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, Dave Brown, and Laurel Clark, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.