"Manhattan Declaration" (aside from being among the very
early signers) but we are definitely encouraged to note that
in just two weeks after its initial announcement on Nov. 20
the number of signatures surpassed 250,000 -- a quarter of a
million -- and is still growing! None of the other religious
"manifestos" of the past few years have recorded anywhere
near this level of agreement. Stressing some of the basic moral
principles as it does, Christians, particularly Evangelicals, can
and should sign the Declaration and take such a stand. But
there are already some critics -- the pseudo-Evangelicals and
the ultra-Fundamentalists, for example. But very evidently
there are overwhelming numbers of Christians who accept
Jesus' charge for us to be "salt and light" in our world. Now
we have to move ahead and act on our expressed convictions.
To quote Chuck Colson one more time: "The Church needs
to understand the urgency of the hour and do its duty."

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We have occasionally reflected on the great comment by
Orson Welles in the classic "Third Man" film: "In Italy, for
thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror,
murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland,
they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of
democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The
cuckoo clock."

That sort of analysis could apply to President Obama's much
heralded speech at West Point. It was described in advance
as the most important speech of his presidency. It would be
embarrassing if any president's career were to be determined
by that particular speech. From a national political viewpoint
one major newspaper headline expressed it well: "Skeptical
Congress swallows war plan" followed by this sub-head:
"Obama's strategy divides law-makers." In other words,
not even his Democrat controlled Congress agreed with him.
Consider also these comments, selected from among many
others; from national commentator George Will: "Having
vowed to 'finish the job,' Obama revealed Tuesday that
he thinks the job in Afghanistan is to get out of Afghanistan.

This is an unserious policy. Obama's surge will bring to
51,000 his Afghanistan escalation since March. Supposedly
this will buy time for Afghan forces to become adequate.
But it is not intended to buy much time. Although the war
is in its 98th month, Obama's 'Mission Accomplished'
banner will be unfurled 19 months from now -- when
Afghanistan's security forces supposedly will be self-
sufficient. He must know this will not happen."

In the inevitable comparison between our involvement in Viet
Nam and Afghanistan, observers have compared the Obama
speech with Lyndon Johnson's 1968 speech announcing our
"exit strategy" to get out of Viet Nam. Both presidents spoke
of ending the war; neither spoke of winning it. That word
did not appear in either speech. Johnson spoke of seeking
"an honorable peace." Obama spoke of seeking "an end to
this era of war," bringing this war "to a successful conclusion."

The significant accomplishment touted by Obama was in his
promise to start bringing our troops home in eighteen months.
One is forced to wonder if he has diplomatically negotiated
the 2011 withdrawal date for "V-A Day" with the Taliban?

"Infidelisto" posted this comment: "Why couldn’t Obama
announce the timetable privately to his military leadership?
Why did he have to announce the timetable to the world?

Now the Taliban are expecting the US to pullout in 2011
and all they have to do is survive until then. Once the
US is gone, everything will be back to normal. You know,
beheading apostates and blasphemers, executing
adulterers and homosexuals, throwing acid in little girls
faces to stop them from learning, forcing ALL women to
wear the full burka or else, closing down schools and
converting them to madrassas, aiding Al Qaeda and all
the rest…Let the waiting game begin."

Columnist Wes Vernon wrote his very discerning reaction
to the speech, saying that he "will not join the Michael
Moores and others of the Hate America Left in urging a
'cut and run' strategy ...We have faith that our brave men
and women in uniform will give it their all. They have the
sheer guts and love of this country that can propel them to
do what they have to do to achieve victory. They deserve
our prayers and support, and we should not hesitate to let
them know they have the backing of millions of Americans.

Remember, they are all volunteers. No one drafted them.
They are going into battle because they love their country.
They deserve our prayers, and we should encourage them
as they seek to lead us to victory — not because of their
commander in-chief, but in spite of him."

We haven't heard the end of the war in Afghanistan, nor will
we, probably until the present Obama "exit strategy" is put
into effect some 18 months from now. And, of course, by
that time there may very possibly be a new "exit strategy" in
place, doubtless announced well in advance so the Taliban
can adjust their schedules to conform to the US pullout.

Famous quote, filed under "I wish I hadn't said that."
"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our
troops out [of Afghanistan] by the time I am president, it
is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We
will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank."

(Barack Obama, October 27, 2007) Of course, this promise
was made before so many banks declared insolvency under
the Obama administration, so that sort of excuses the "take
that to the bank" reference. Now he has committed at least
30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, bringing to over 50,000
his total commitment . . . and that sort of behavior got him
the Nobel peace prize?

Some readers have noted that we seem to be critical of
President Obama. This is true -- but not for partisan reasons.
It is not a matter of Republican vs. Democrat. It is purely for
religious reasons. As Christians, we have no choice but to
oppose anti-Christian activities on the part of our national
government. This man declared to the world that America
is no longer a Christian nation. We cannot accept that when
84% of our people profess Christianity. This man advocates
increased abortion -- murdering even more babies after the
more than 50 million killed since Roe v. Wade. We cannot
support that. This man has promised to repeal the Defense
of Marriage Act, and thus encourage same-sex "marriage."

We cannot support that. This man advocates the abuse of
freedom of religion through hate crimes laws. We cannot
support that. And these examples do not speak of the heavy
burden of the greatest financial deficits in history, and of our
standing in the world of public opinion reaching new lows
under his administration. So, yes, we are critical of President
Obama's anti-Christian actions. We cannot do otherwise.

The new Manhattan Declaration, now numbering well
over one quarter of a million signatures, should be in our
minds and guide our actions during these current difficult
days, and then looking forward to Election Day, Nov. 2,
2010 -- now just 328 days away. On that day, as American
Christians, we must do our part in reclaiming this nation for
God and the Christian faith. (To check the Declaration, go
to: http://manhattandeclaration.org -- read it and sign it!)

And then there is Al Gore's "Global Warming" hoax.
But it is no longer just Al Gore's project. It has been warmly
and firmly embraced by the Obama administration. This
week the UN Conference on Climate Control got under way
in Copenhagen. Mr. Obama plans to attend on the closing
day, December 18, while in Scandinavia to collect his Nobel
Peace Prize. Despite the influence of the UN in trying to enact
a "one world" program of control under the guise of fears of
"Global Warming" and man-made carbon emissions, there is
solid contrary evidence which should cause the attendees to
hesitate before reaching agreement on the issue.

A recent Nielsen/Oxford University survey of 54 countries
found that those “very concerned” about climate change had
fallen from 41 to 37 % since 2007, and that the number of
Americans “very concerned” had fallen from 34 to 25 %.

If he pays any attention to how Americans feel, Mr. Obama
should not rush to endorse any such UN proposal.
In addition to those disclosures which are certainly known to
the attendees at the Copenhagen conference, there there are
also these factors to be considered; in America the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is under pressure from
some of its members to strip from Al Gore the Oscar given
to him for his Global Warming propaganda film, "An
Inconvenient Truth." And there is also the recent hacking
of an email server in the United Kingdom which produced
evidence that for years the Global Warming scientists had
been manipulating temperature figures to make it appear that
the Earth was in a state of warming, when, in fact, there has
been a cooling of the Earth's temperature. Obama and other
world leaders who worship at the altar of man-made global
warning are suddenly faced with a tremendous credibility gap.

Meantime, US Senator Barbara Boxer (D, CA) has joined
the action. She chairs the Senate Environmental Committee,
and her reaction to the email disclosures from Great Britain
produced this description of the Senator in the very influential
California newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune: "still
reliably idiotic." It is her announced intention to determine if
a crime was committed in revealing those emails -- but not a
probe into what is potentially the most far-reaching academic/
scientific fraud in history.

And there is also this fact that within the Evangelical wing of
the Christian Church in America -- and also elsewhere in the
world -- there has been a growing emphasis on a "Biblical
Worldview." Such a Worldview starts with the God of the
Bible; and the Bible says, "While the Earth remaineth, seed
time and harvest, and cold and heat, summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22).]

Evangelical Christians are not worried about the theory of
"Global Warming." We view the entire universe as under
God's divine control. Had Al Gore ever spent any time in
reading the Bible, he would have had to read only eight
chapters in Genesis to know that his film should have been
entitled, "An Convenient Lie."

But this discussion involves more than can be dealt with in
limited space. This Commentary's next issue is scheduled
for Dec.16. The Copenhagen Conference is scheduled to end
on Dec. 18, when Mr. Obama will be present to use whatever
influence he may have toward reaching agreement in accord
with the UN proposals. We will continue with our discussion
of the Biblical Worldview in that issue.

You keep saying you like the "one liners" ... here are a
few we noted in doing research for this week's issue:

"The press should be not only a collective propagandist
and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of
the masses.” (Vladimir Lenin)

"It would've been better if Obama hadn't sounded at times
like a premature Nobel Peace Prize winner shoved
uncomfortably into a role of wartime leader. But, as Don
Rumsfeld might say, you go to war with the president you
have." (Rich Lowry)

"Since he has been elected, Barack Obama has been like
a four year old wearing water wings and desperately
trying to reach the edge of the pool. In other words, he
has been completely out of his depth." (John Hawkins)

"The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do
not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they
still insist on going their own way." (William Barclay)

Others are saying . . . and their comments do not present
very encouraging reactions from the American people.

Henry A. Lowenstein (on the Internet): "As a huge supporter
of Obama, I hoped his speech on Afghanistan would be very
different. I hoped he would say that he would be bringing
all troops home by the end of 2010 and that America had
shed enough blood for a corrupt nation. He instead
guaranteed many more flag-draped coffins and the
expenditure of billions of dollars sorely needed back home."

Ralph Peters: "This isn't just stupid: It's immoral. No
American president has ever espoused such a worthless,
self-absorbed non-strategy for his own political gratification.
On the other hand, the stage lighting and the camera
angles at West Point were terrific. Our president looked
good. Jaw jutting high (in his 'hope' pose), he decried
political partisanship -- but spent more time blaming Bush
and Iraq for our Afghan problems than he spent blaming
the Taliban."

Rich Galen: "Obama did what he could to mollify those
[on the Left] by blaming Bush ... and by declaring there
would be a time limit on the new deployment and they
would be withdrawn starting in July 2011 -- just as the
2012 re-election campaign would be getting underway."

Aryeh Spero: "Holding this trial in a civilian court in NYC
is giving Khalid Shaikh Mohamed a platform greater than
he ever dreamed possible. In effect, the trial allows him and
the terrorists to hold the Mother of all Press Conferences in
front of the entire world. We are handing him a microphone
to the world, and with it he will recruit future jihadists."

Andrew C. McCarthy: "If there is one word that captures
President Obama's much-anticipated Afghanistan speech,
it is 'cynical.' The speech was also internally contradictory,
counter-historical, and premised on fatally flawed
assumptions about Islam and the Afghan people. Cynicism,
however, is the defining feature of Obama speeches."

And as always, we offer a Founding Father's quote as
a reminder of what they intended this nation to become:

"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to
attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously
strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it
be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the
road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I
cannot believe it will ever come to pass."
-- George Washington, 1788

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