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I’m often in a reflecting mood this time of year. The Summer is ending, The Fall is upon us. “Fall” is the metaphor of the day. The fall of America’s greatness is apparent, if the Presidency is the measure. A leader IS suppose to lead, not dither. He makes decisions and builds his case, consults with whomever, and takes his lumps at election day. He keeps the peace during the interim, by keeping the military strong, the economy pumping, the will of the people alive and hopeful. This President as done none of that!
One could say it takes courage to defy public opinion. I haven’t seen that kind of courage. I haven’t seen anything other than his prowess at golf, vacillating between various advisers’ points-of-view, and making a spectacle of himself on the G-20 stage. Maybe I will be proven wrong. Maybe the President will summon the Congress and the public will after all. I haven’t seen it in six years. I’ve seen the will of the House and the people thwarted with Obama-care.
I wish him well. And I’m holding my breath.
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The Hoover Institution‘s mission statement states that it promotes “The principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government. Among the scholars in residence is Frederick Kagan, Yale graduate, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, whose take on American/European military history and strategy is often held in esteem. And controversial. Still, his opinions are worthy of discussion.
In this essay, Kagan talks about the differences between the world-views of European and American leadership styles; both Right and Left, and what these differences mean for foreign relations. What does it mean, for example, when an American President looks for advice in a Euro-centric world?
In “Power and Weakness”, he claims that
“…it is more than a cliche that the United States and Europe share a set of common Western beliefs. Their aspirations for humanity are much the same, even if their vast disparity of power has now put them in very different places.”
And, because of these real power differences, the USA is more free to criticize, prod, and influence, the rest of the world. Its a necessary difference, which makes me believe that going our own way cannot be avoided. In fact, it is necessary for a peaceful world.
In conclusion, much as I want to avoid conflict, I think the President’s call to arms should be supported.
You can read the complete essay at http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/7107
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