The latest salvos of U.S. anger, frustration, and temper tantrums are not helpful to achieving peace in the world.
We are not dealing with children and should not treat foreign countries and leaders “with disdain and disrespect” or with bias, hate, and underling anti-Semitism.
Nor should we get on our soapbox high and mighty and “lecture” others, especially when we ourselves have been grossly deficient and derelict.
Over the last 8 years:
We let 500,000 Syrians be massacred, including the very rebels that we were supposedly supporting, and allowed many to be killed with prohibited chemical weapons (violating our definitive “red line”)!
We let Ukraine be attacked and Crimea be stolen!
We let Russian nuclear-capable weapons be stationed on the border of NATO.
We let millions of refugees stream across the Middle East and world homeless and helpless.
We let the world’s #1 sponsor of terrorism, Iran, become a licensed nuclear power, extend their Caliphate across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen–while swarming and buzzing our ships and taking our sailors hostage and humiliating them.
We let North Korea advance it’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
We let China build and militarize the South China Sea and threaten freedom of navigation of the seas, and let them steal our drone in International waters.
We let our ambassador to Libya and his associates be murdered.
We let the President of the Philippines call our President a “son of a whore.”
We let ISIS rampage and murder across the globe in countless terror attacks, while we called them “workplace violence” and traffic accidents.
We let divisiveness seep into and poison our own cities, communities, people, and even against law enforcement, and politicized everything stagnating our our country and making us fall further behind in the world from education to life expectancy.
We abandoned those seeking democracy, freedom, and human rights from the Green Revolution in Iran to the Arab Spring across the Middle East.
And the list goes shamefully on and on.
But what’s possibly even worse is that while we failed the world over, we are arrogant and nasty to others betraying our friend and allies in one-sided resolutions that ignore the scrounge of terrorism, deadly attacks, Anti-Semitism as well as with horrible deals with Iran that threaten their very existence.
While we continue to sit in America, on land forcibly and violently taken from the Native American Indians, having brutally enslaved for hundreds of years African Americans, abused women and treated them as lessor in role, voting, and dignity, interned Japanese Americans and twice dropped the Atom Bomb on civilian cities, what right do we have to lecture anyone?
Yes, we dole out billions to nations around the world, for what we want whether in terms of allies, voting blocks, military cooperation, intelligence, or because of religious convictions, but that does not give us the right to arrogantly and bulling tell others or try to force them how to live in their neighborhoods and with the threats facing their people.
While we did nothing, we spoke a great deal trying in vain to force our will on others, and the failures that abound are a reflection of just that leadership from behind, hypocrisy, and hubris. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)