If you put your head down in the global sand, then eventually your pants are going to get pulled down too, and you are going to get royally scr*wed (or should I say scr*w things up).
And that’s exactly what’s happening to the reputation of the U.S. here and abroad.
While overseas, a humanitarian aid convey is attacked in Syria destroying 18 trucks and killing 20 people, and this after being coordinated with Russia, in advance.
And despite our touting our own horn of achievements at the UN yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal today, the former prime minister of Denmark and secretary-general of NATO is crying out on behalf of the world and imploring the U.S. to once again lead in the world, stating:
“We desperately need a U.S. president who is able to lead the free world and counter autocrats…right now, the [global] village is burning…we need a policeman to restore order; we need a firefighter to put out the flames.”
He goes on as to the consequences of the apparent reluctance to lead:
– “Middle East is torn by war”
– “Libya has collapsed and become a breeding ground for terrorists”
– “Resurgent Russia has brutally attacked and grabbed land by force from Ukraine”
– “China is flexing its muscles against its neighbors”
– “Rogue state of North Korea is threatening nuclear attack”
Oh, and I think he forget this one, but another WSJ piece captured it:
– “One year after Iran deal, Iran’s right’s violations and aggression continue [unabated]”
But aside from fighting terrorism and despots in the world, even when it comes to fighting for critical civil rights, there is weakness and disillusionment (today from Jason Riley in the Journal):
“By almost any traditional metric,–home-ownership, median incomes, labor participation, poverty–blacks are worse off today than they were at the start of Mr. Obama’s first term.”
This country cannot lead with it’s head down and it’s hands tied!
It’s way past time to pick our heads up high and buckle our belts and get back in the ring to fight with belief and determination for what is right for us and the world. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)