Saturday, January 29


It's approaching 11:00pm CST here in southeastern Texas. The polls have opened in Iraq. I'm going to call it a night on the blogging front, but will be turning on FOX News to watch the reporting on and from Iraq for awhile. I'm praying for those brave people -- those who have the courage to vote, those too intimidated to venture out to the polling places, all of the people of Iraq who cherish freedom, deplore the ongoing terrorism and insurgency, and who take considerable pride in the fact that an election is underway for the first time in 50 years. What a wonderful day for them, but with the over-arching threat of violence hanging over them like the Sword of Damocles it's a wonder that, as I expect, so many will indeed vote. America should be proud tonight.

I pray too for our men and women in uniform, and for their families and friends, and particularly for the souls of the dead and the speedy recovery of the wounded. They have done us proud. The elections in Iraq are a testimony to their dedication, bravery and strength of character.

And I pray for our President, our Vice President, our Secretary of Defense, and our new Secretary of State. Theirs is a difficult burden and with so much at stake.