If “maximum covert operations” and other strategies failed there would be no other choice.  First, however, the United States should consider “taking out their scientists” and “breaking up their systems, all of it covertly, all of it deniable.” 

The speaker of those words was addressing the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran which could threaten not only the State of Israel with obliteration but the entire Mideast with instability, and the United States with chaos. 

The speaker was obviously not President Barack Hussein Obama who has demonstrated a distinct affinity for all things Islamic and who has waffled for months on the monumental issue of dealing with a nuclear, Muslim Iran. 

  The speaker was Newton “Newt” Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, inspiration for the 1994 “Contract with America, and current candidate for the Republican nomination for the presidency of the United States.  He was responding to a question posed at Saturday night’s presidential debate in Spartansberg, South Carolina. 

Newt doesn’t mince words, publicly articulating what all presidents practice but few admit to, that covert actions are sometimes necessary when the security of the country is involved, even when those actions require the pre-emptive   elimination of threatening emplacements, and people, all done with plausible deniability. 

As America slips into a second-rate economic status while China and India are gaining world ascendency, as our international influence wanes and pipsqueak nations such as Iran dare to bully us, as we wallow in a Carteresque malaise and our president embraces the anarchic Occupy Wall Street movement, we need a leader like Newt Gingrich. 

Admittedly, Newt wasn’t my first choice for various reasons, anymore than he was the first choice of most Republican conservatives but compromise is the life blood of successful politics.  Michelle Bachmann has made more gaffes than Obama, Herman Cain is mired in more sex scandals than Penn State, Rick Perry isn’t ready for political prime time, Rick Santorum never had a chance, and Marco Rubio isn’t running,  

Mitt Romney was never in the conservative running which leaves us with the man who carries a ton of personal baggage–and tons more knowledge, expertise, and experience than any other GOP hopeful: Newt Gingrich. 

Gingrich has outshone all the others in the debates and stands the best chance to stand up to and outshine our current president when they face off next fall. 

Rick Perry has said that America needs a good president, not a good debater.  In fact, we need both, starting with a competent, skilled, knowledgeable debater to impress the American people with his competency, skill, and knowledge and reveal the many liabilities of our Community Organizer in Chief. 

More importantly, we need a Commander in Chief who will not cater to special interests, who will re-assert America’s distinctive place in history and the world, who will re-build our economy on the capitalist principles which made us great, who will re-establish this nation as a “shining city upon a hill.” 

The GOP nomination process is far from over and Newt Gingrich is no Ronald Reagan.  Still, despite any shortcomings, he may be the last, best hope we have and for any Republicans, for any conservatives, for any Americans to reject him on the bases of irrelevant baggage would be tantamount to slicing off our national nose because Obama’s nose is more attractive. 

In any event, we can survive without noses.  It’s questionable whether we can survive four more years of Barack Hussein Obama.