CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee failed to generate rave reviews at CPAC last week, and nobody knows how it went behind closed doors with Focus on the Family in Colorado. But the socially conservative Republican is on his blog today explaining why he's running for president, saying he's in to stop the "Islamic fascists who have launched World War III." Huckabee is barely registering in any polls, and there is speculation in his home state that he really will end up running for a U.S. Senate seat.
But today there was none of that. The Baptist minister was full of fire and brimstone and even summoned the image of the Iron Lady, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
"We face a real threat from Islamic fascists who have launched World War III and have vowed to literally annihilate every last one of us all in the name of devotion to an impersonal god to whom they have sworn the blood of their children. They do not fight a conventional war and are not a conventional enemy, and we will not defeat them with a conventional military response and certainly not by negotiation because they believe their mission is not over politics, property or personality, but is the direct order of their god to give their last breath to take our last breath. This is no time for America to (in the words of the great former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) 'go wobbly.'"
The entire text of Huckabee's statement is HERE. It is interesting that he used a lower case "g" when he wrote the word god for the deity Muslims worship. Was that meant to convey an insult to all Muslims? Or just the Muslims who are fascists?
Huckabee did capitalize "Islamic." Does that mean the religion deserves more respect than the deity.
Or it might not be an insult at all -- it could be a typo.
Huckabee's blog post is his first, and represents his push to get a wider public to take a glance at where he stands. He's fiery, but is not direct about what he thinks about the big question on Iraq at the moment: More troops or less?