WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 – The United States of America has had her share of enemies throughout her history and has endured many conflicts and fought several major wars. And she did so proudly. She won many of these battles because of her resourceful and patriotic citizenry, her massive industrial complex, her very capable and feared modern military and her stellar leadership, starting at the presidential level and making its way through the halls of Congress and the Pentagon.
When faced with a serious threat, or war, she has always prevailed when she was led by a strong and confident and courageous leader. When she was led by weaker, and less capable, leaders, she faltered. This is when the country suffered great humility and a loss of prestige.
Today, America is faced with several major threats, some from her more traditional antagonists, such as Russia and China and North Korea. In addition to these countries, she is being targeted by Islamic fundamentalists. So, where is our president? Where are our leaders on Capitol Hill? Where are our great strategists in the Pentagon? And where are the CIA and NSA?
The irony of it all is that while Russia and China are building up their military forces on a grand scale and flexing their muscles while expanding their affluence around the world, America’s military is being downsized and quietly defanged and demoralized. It’s a fact.
In an article posted Sept. 10, 2015, on Foxnews.com, it was made clear that Russia’s military build-up in Assad-controlled Syria, was universally considered “unprecedented” — others compared it in scope to Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Crimea.
In the wonderful world of Islam, ISIS, whom the American president so fondly labeled the ‘junior varsity,’ and assured us, and the world, that it was contained, attacked Paris within 24 hours of the American president’s comments. Well over 120 innocent people were slaughtered and 320 plus wounded as a result of that massacre.
Our enemies within the infamous world of Islamic Jihad are numerous. But Islamic Jihad is nothing new to America. Over the years, she has faced down terrorist groups such as the PLO, Black September, Fattah, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (or Boko Haram), al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and now ISIS.
Most of these groups continue to give us fresh insight into the warped minds and hearts of those who practice this faith and remain hell-bent on exporting death and mayhem to the free world.
What makes them so dangerous is that their emissaries are religious fanatics who could care less about life, liberty and self-preservation. They have no sense of humanity. Their mission is to bring Islam to the four corners of the world. If that fails, then they’ll visit the wrath of Allah on all nonbelievers and by any means necessary.
Their tactics remain raw, cold and brutal, in most cases, deadly. Their victims are usually the weak and those unable to defend themselves. More than anything, they hate freedom and freedom-lovers, meaning westerners.
But unlike George Washington, who led us to victory during the Revolutionary War, and Abraham Lincoln, who guided us through the Civil War, and Franklin Roosevelt, who put us on the road to victory before Harry Truman stepped up and took the helm after Roosevelt’s death, our current commander In chief seems to be missing in action.
This is not America’s first time feeling the sting of battle. We’ve had generals and admirals and presidents and those serving in the halls of Congress, who have served in battle or presided over it and won.
Our history is replete with strong leaders from her proud past, such as John F. Kennedy, who faced down Russia and its dynamic, and eccentric leader, Nikita Khrushchev, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There was Ronald Reagan, who ended the Cold War along with General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, at least temporarily, and at a time when no one conceived it would ever end.
Finally, there was George H. Bush, who took on Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War and defeated him on the battlefield. After that, his son, George W. Bush, took on the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and eventually Iraq’s diabolical dictator Saddam Hussein, after the 9/11 attacks.
It is ironic and interesting that Americans appear mesmerized by Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, who sounds confident and defiant in his speeches about Islamic terrorists. Americans do not hear this from their current president.
Putin is not the only leader who has talked tough and taken a strong stand against Islamic jihadists. Before that, Americans heard an angry Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, the Jordanian king, quote an American icon’s famous movie line meant to be taken as a promised threat after one of his pilots was tortured and burned alive by ISIS.
In the Oscar-winning 1992 film “Unforgiven” Clint Eastwood’s character, William Munny, pledges revenge against two cowboys who had attacked a prostitute. “Any man I see out there, I’m gonna kill him,” Munny promises. “Any son of a bitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down.”
It was not said which quotation the furious king used behind closed doors, but several sources say it was the one quoted above made famous by movie legend Eastwood.
Compare this leader’s defiant, decisive, and no nonsense response to the lukewarm platitudes Obama gave when several of our citizens were beheaded. Obama came off as dispassionate, aloof, uninspiring and indifferent the times he responded to attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists.
While our president procrastinated, and sounded apologetic, Jordan executed two of the prisoners ISIS wanted freed, and then made it known that this was but the tip of the iceberg in their expression of retribution for the loss of their citizen and war hero.
A response like this is unlikely to ever happen under this current American president.
Going back to George Washington, being an American president meant preserving the country’s borders and its integrity. It meant upholding the laws given to us by our Founding Fathers. It meant protecting America and Americans. It meant standing tall. It meant understanding that this country is exceptional and powerful.
Sadly, Barack Obama’s view of America remains condescending. In his eyes and mind America is at the root of the ills and evils of the world. In his mind, we are greedy capitalists and profane, uncaring and selfish opportunists.
This is a president who looks upon our military superiority with contempt and is hell bent on weakening it. And the times he is forced to use it, he makes sure that their hands are tied behind their back with PC guiding and often dictating the rules of engagement that favor our enemies, not our men and women in uniform.
Americans expect their president to defend, preserve and uphold our Constitution. The president’s job is to preserve the liberties enshrined within our Bill of Rights. We also expect the president to honor the will of the people when that will is in line with the principles of our Constitution.
This president seems to loathe our free enterprise system. Socialism is the means by which he intends to achieve his goal of redistributing America’s wealth. Some believe he is a narcissist, a pathological liar and a slick meister. His administration seems more interested in the welfare of illegal aliens than natural born and naturalized Americans.
His policies seem to run contrary to our culture and our way of life.
So, the question remains, is this president serious about leading? Is he serious about listening to the people, or is he more interested in imposing his will, and progressive agenda, on us?
Americans are hungry for a president who is bold and courageous and has superb leadership qualities, much like that Jordanian king, not someone who has an apologetic mindset. So, where are our leaders today?
What we need is a Washington, a Jackson, a Truman, a Lincoln or a Reagan back in office, especially when dealing with rogue terrorist groups.
Leadership and toughness is something accomplished actors Clint Eastwood, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston and Robert Mitchum, understood, even in their Hollywood movie roles.
Oh, how I miss the good ole days.
‘Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear’ — Abraham Lincoln