Leadership, in a rudderless world

With American influence at low ebb, it's Thugs Gone Wild

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Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie is titled America: Imagine the World Without Her.

We may not have to imagine it. Like George Bailey in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, America may be seeing what the world would be like without her.

In the absence of America’s historical moral and military leadership, and lacking
unambiguous statements and bold actions by our leaders, we’re seeing slaughter in Syria and Ukraine, war between Israel and Hamas, dangerous mass migration by minors in Central America and more.

While some here are embarrassed by American exceptionalism – the divinely inspired system of self-governance our Founders willed to us that has made America preeminent in human affairs – it is nonetheless a force for good.

It is a foundation for stability in an otherwise helter-skelter world.

Without American might and right, ne’er-do-wells, despots and tyrants feel emboldened to seize territory, oppress their own peoples and kill and confine others.

You needn’t claim sides politically to see that this world needs a strong, secure America – one that is not ashamed to be strong and secure, nor overly reluctant to intervene for peace, freedom and the protection of innocents.

No, we can’t be the world’s police, and ours is a war-weary nation. But we at least ought to fill the leadership vacuum so evident in today’s headlines.

In our absence, there are others who are happy to do it for us. And they’re not always the best sort, to say the least.

The shocking shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday over Ukraine – allegedly by pro-Russian insurgents in close contact with Russian intelligence – is a tragic reminder of what happens when evil is on the move in the absence of a countervening good.

The separatist violence in Ukraine is undoubtedly prompted, stoked and wholly presented by Vladimir Putin – a Cold War relic yearning for the bad old days of Russian imperialism and hell-bent on bringing them back.

Ronald Reagan was pilloried for calling it an “evil empire.” And Mitt Romney, who warned of Putin’s predatory ways as recently as 2012, was arrogantly mocked by Barack Obama, who snooted, “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Well, Mr. President, it is back. And it was, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, even as you so sarcastically dismissed it.

The result is trigger-happy mass murderers playing with Russian weaponry, no doubt with the express consent of the thug at the top. The result is nearly 300 innocents killed in cold blood, their precious and meaningful lives interrupted forever by buffoons who don’t know how to wage an even
illegitimate war.

The blood appears to be on Putin’s already red-caked hands, for which his nation ought to be deeply remorseful, restive and increasingly
alienated internationally.

The shame may be that such dinosaurs of centuries past see such an opportunity in a weak, rudderless world.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/14 - 08:23 am
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in a weak, rudderless world.

We are in deep poopoo.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 08:35 am
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Obama is ignorant of

Obama is ignorant of geopolitics- thinks there are 57 states so nuff said. Besides he doesn't care about that he is trying to save the world from global warmin- I guess he reasons it's manmade so fewer man the better and too busy fundamentally changing America. Change to what I'm not sure but likely to be more Russia because it appear Putin is one of Obama's heroes.

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Jon Lester 07/19/14 - 09:00 am
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Obama is responsible for the entire Ukraine fiasco.

All of you who make a big deal out of Benghazi need to realize that this administration is responsible for far worse foreign policy failures, some of which were deliberate and bipartisan, considering it was the president's idea to make Hillary his first secretary of state, and to leave neocon Victoria Nuland in a position to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars through NGO's to facilitate a fascist coup in Kiev. Hillary obviously had no intention of purging neocon influence at State, and she is in fact the PNAC favorite for 2016. It's also worth noting that John Kerry's former campaign manager and Joe Biden's son both got jobs with Ukraine's largest private energy company, suspicious also because the country can't even afford Russian natural gas at the discount that they'll never get again. Are you and I about to subsidize natural gas exports to Ukraine? There's no other way it can be paid for.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/19/14 - 09:31 am
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O's modern Children's Crusade on our southern border

could only be caused by weak and delusional leadership
the rest of the world sees O as he really is
many of us see him as the media shows him
just another glamorous pop star reading from scripts
and struggling with the ignorant masses

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 09:34 am
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Obama leadership policy will

Obama leadership policy will be described in history as being "Present only"

faithson
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faithson 07/19/14 - 10:25 am
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without a wholly honest

without a wholly honest discussion, all we get is tripe like this editorial and supporting comments therefrom. Living in a bubble where the air one breaths is corrupted and contaminated by the 'dogs of war'. When the only answer one can come up with is We need to be 'Powerful', at all costs, it is no wonder our station in the world is diminishing, all we have to offer is 'dominance by force'. to bad so sad so many cannot see the forest through the trees.

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Riverman1 07/19/14 - 10:26 am
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Hang On, It's About Over

I believe our flirtation with socialism and its horrendous consequences at home and on the international stage is about over. The beauty of our Constitution is it gives us the means to make corrections before socialist dictatorships are implanted making change impossible.

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dichotomy 07/19/14 - 10:28 am
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I don't know if it is

I don't know if it is ignorance, incompetence, or intentional.....but Obama and the Democrats have done enormous damage to this nation during this presidency.

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jimmymac 07/19/14 - 10:54 am
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Reading your comments leads me to give you some advice. Stay away from Kool-Aid. You consistently ignore Obama's failures and your weak attempts to change history leaves you with no credibility at all. Obama has never been exceptional at anything other than pulling the wool over the eyes of people like you. The man is an empty suit and his actions as POTUS reflect just that. He's been out flanked at every turn by every despot in the world because they realize just how feckless he really is.

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faithson 07/19/14 - 11:05 am
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River

I believe our flirtation with 'unbridled Capitolism' and its horrendous consequences at home and on the international stage is about over.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 11:17 am
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Let's see what the evidence

Let's see what the evidence indicates in history has power and dominance been a central theme with every continent plagued by war and empires or has peace and love been the rule? Even the main societal means of propagating altruism and peace- religions have been plaques with violence - even Buddhism. Seems power is still at play as Putin is demonstrating. War,disease, and famine will likely always be present- part of our evolution.

faithson
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faithson 07/19/14 - 11:14 am
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hummm... and just how did the administration before leave us ??

Obama and the Democrats have done enormous damage to this nation during this presidency.

I love the way so many want their cake and eat it too.... you can have your opinions, but you cannot make up your own FACTS. This chicken little the sky is falling mentality is based upon an irrational purview, in the wheel house of religion, not politics.

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faithson 07/19/14 - 11:21 am
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Biz

so your suggesting that Barry should take his shirt off, get on a horse and show his more masculine side to the world. you know, in your face, kick butt, take no names, I'm in charge kinda guy. I know it works with those 'ruskies', but here in America we kinda like our leadership with a little more 'civility'. but then again... Barry with an AK-47 over his shoulder in fatigues just might be a FIX to the whole problem, at least as seen by some.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 11:24 am
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Bush and Obama are both

Bush and Obama are both terrible presidents is the only conclusion I can draw. There policies in many ways are similar as both adopted Keynesian politics that the last 13 years indicates is a failure. Like Krugmans suggestion for an infrastructure stimulus that produced the American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009 that spent 813 billion and didn't really work.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 11:31 am
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I never suggested such a

I never suggested such a thing- don't put words in my mouth. Why do progressives do that all the time to all posters? I was just stating the obvious not my opinion- history is replete with empires , wars, and violence. I am a pacifist and haven't supported any war since WWII. I just can't support violence although some has likely protected me. Not because I'm a coward just on principal and I use to really like it. It's an addiction I don't want.

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myfather15 07/19/14 - 11:43 am
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Bizkit

"I was just stating the obvious not my opinion- history is replete with empires , wars, and violence."

Absolutely!! And the LEFT, believes the United States of America is the worst offender of all!! Talk about delusional and irrational!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/19/14 - 11:51 am
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faithson

Couple questions; do you NOT believe the United States needs to be powerful? Do you not believe a Country can be powerful, influencing the world, WITHOUT going to war at every opportunity?

Power can be a preventative measure, not neccessarily a responsive measure!!

Maybe you just want to continue living in the liberal fantasyland where evil doesn't exist; but I live in reality!!

I guess the plane getting shot down is an illusion and didn't actually happen!! I guess Hamas isn't shooting thousands of rockets into Israel either!! I guess Syria isn't using chemical weapons on it's people!! I guess drug cartels don't exist and aren't trafficking drugs AND humans!! And I definately could go on and on with examples of atrocious behavior throughout the world.

But I suppose you want to continue living in the Obama and Kerry world, were "People of the 21st Century, don't behave like this."

Really? They don't? You keep believing what THEY tell you, and I'll believe what my eyes see!!

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Bizkit 07/19/14 - 11:57 am
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Hamas using women and

Hamas using women and children as shields and to intentionally allow them to be killed and prevent them from escaping after ample warning to flee for political reasons shows you how low humanity can sink.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/19/14 - 12:12 pm
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faithson, there are variations between "perfect" and "horrible"

and O is between, just above horrible
the last administration, like every administration, dealt with the problems it found
O seems to be unable to do that
O was chosen for his ability to read and his skin color
great for campaigning, but not quite leadership

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deestafford 07/19/14 - 01:53 pm
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Faith, You ask if we want to have Obama take his shirt off....

Faith, You ask if we want to have Obama take his shirt off and ride on the back of a horse?

The answer is a resounding "NO!" because seeing the President of the United States riding side saddle would be more of an embarrassment than most of the things he has already done.

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deestafford 07/19/14 - 02:07 pm
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Here is my take on Obama and the editorial is dead on with the..

Here is my take on Obama and the editorial is dead on with the term "rudderless" as it pertains to him.

Obama is firmly grounded on what he wants America to become domestically---a socialist/liberal-fascist country whose culture is diluted from being that of majority, Christian, and white country to a weak multi-cultural majority people of color, non-religious, governmental dependent culture. A country that fulfills "Dreams from my Father". On this he is not rudderless.

However, on the foreign agenda he thought it was enough that he could go on an apology tour and say, "I'm a new kind of American--half white, half African, Muslim raised, anti-American empire devotee,--who believes much of what is wrong in the world has been the result of racist, colonial America and I'm going to do everything in my power to take it down to t he level it should be."

As a result of his apology tour where he gave the message to the world that America will disengage itself because of its past wrongs, the evil in the world saw this as the signal of American weakness it had been "praying" for. The evil saw this vacuum and knew they could fill it.

Our allies saw this vacuum and knew they could no longer depend on the US and would have to hunt for some other ways of protecting themselves.

When events happened that Obama's ignorance of geopolitics did not prepare him for and his weak background left him spineless he became rudderless because he had no firm grounding on world realities...only the fiction fed him in his mentoring sessions with the leftist radicals of his upbringing.

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carcraft 07/19/14 - 02:52 pm
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Faithson clearly doesn't

Faithson clearly doesn't understand history. Weak countries get eaten by strong countries. Being strong allows the prevention of foolishness by less strong countries.

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carcraft 07/19/14 - 02:52 pm
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Faithson clearly doesn't

Faithson clearly doesn't understand history. Weak countries get eaten by strong countries. Being strong allows the prevention of foolishness by less strong countries.

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t3bledsoe 07/19/14 - 02:59 pm
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Editorial

"No, we can’t be the world’s police, and ours is a war-weary nation. But we at least ought to fill the leadership vacuum so evident in today’s headlines"

It seems as though I stated this in an LTE less that a year ago, and I got some flack about this comment!! Of course, SINCE THE ACES PRINTED IT, I am very sure that all of the negative commenters will stay quiet!! You can not have it both ways!! The U.S. will either use a show of military force or stay this cource of attempted deplomacy. Perhaps if The U.S. had have gotten out of Iraq and Afghanistan much sooner, then there might have been a "rally-call" from Americans to have a show of force!!

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deestafford 07/19/14 - 03:06 pm
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I read the other day a great description of Obama....

I read the other day a great description of Obama: "Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, [filtered word], nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance."

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t3bledsoe 07/19/14 - 03:23 pm
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Editorial

"pro-Russian insurgents in close contact with Russian intelligence – is a tragic reminder of what happens when evil is on the move in the absence of a countervening good"

I wonder who and how it is said that The U.S.'s side is THE RIGHT SIDE??!! Yes, the downing of a commercial airliner with 298 people killed IS one enstance of wrong doing and probably "evil"! Who is to say that this was a complete mistake?? If I am not mistaken, didn't this happen in the U.S. Military and a passenger airliner?? If it can be stated that war IS THE real enemy, then what makes man kill each other??!! The U.S. sees middle eastern killing in the name of Islam as being evil, BUT those that are fighting see it as holly war. WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS TO SAY??!! People say that for The U.S. to become a government and a country all to our own, would be a big mistake. PERHAPS we should give this a try before our troops are killed ANY MORE!!!!

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myfather15 07/19/14 - 04:41 pm
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t3bledsoe

"The U.S. sees middle eastern killing in the name of Islam as being evil, BUT those that are fighting see it as holly war. WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS TO SAY??!!"

Are you actually serious with this? Do you NOT listen to the radical Islamists own words??? Their current goal is for the entire middle east, including Israel to be a fascist, Islamic state!! They're future goal is for the ENTIRE WORLD to live under strict Islamic Law!!

Those are THEIR WORDS, not ours!! Do honestly not believe that if they control the middle east, THEIR HOLY WAR, will not expand outside of their territory?? Do you respect their "Holy War"? These are a bunch of radical IDIOTS!! Their god has delivered them nothing but third world country status, AND a butt whoppin every time they've taken on Israel and America; but they STILL believe Allah is going to deliver them!! They are INSANE!!! That is the only rational explanation!! Do you really want people like this, having a legitimate voice in the world??

And what about the poor innocent people in the middle east and Africa who've been subjected to torture and murder because of this evil? You do realize not EVERYONE in the middle east and Africa are radical muslims right? Many there, don't want to live under strict Sharia law!! But what happens to them? They have their heads cut off!! Millions have been brutally murdered; simply because they don't believe or don't want to live under their rules. Could you imagine if that happened in this Country?? Where is the compassion for these people?

Yes, I'm tired of war!! I'm also tired of needless violence in our streets, drug dealing, child molestations, rape, greed, selfishness and the list could go on!! But this is going to continue as long as PEOPLE, use their free will to do commit violence and other atrocious acts!! This will NOT go away, because we ignore it and believe it doesn't exist!! Personally, I wish we could have a war to END all wars!! Wipe these radicals off the face of the planet!! BUT, at the same time, I also want to get rid of people who harm children, rape women, sell drugs, rob others and so on!!

This IS going to happen, whether people believe it or not!! Hundres of millions of people are going straight to hell, where their soul will be DESTROYED, never to exist again; because of their own free willed decisions!!! I CAN NOT wait, until that day!! Then, and then ONLY; will the good people of this world live in a truly peaceful society, called HEAVEN!!!

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corgimom 07/19/14 - 05:21 pm
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Imperialism vs isolationism.

Imperialism vs isolationism.

faithson
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faithson 07/19/14 - 06:14 pm
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I see where the last pockets

I see where the last pockets of centuries old Christian communities have been displaced from in and around Mosul, Iraq. Communities that have existed for thousands of years. As these 600,000 refugees leave their family homelands, I wonder what they think of America's INVASION of their country and the lasting effects on their lives of such a blunder. As these decades are looked back upon, it will be the War mongering administration of GW that will stand out as America's Waterloo, not some lasse faire black President who pushed social policy and kept us out of even greater military mistakes.

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deestafford 07/19/14 - 06:50 pm
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No Faithson. They will look back with...

No Faithson. They will look back with the knowledge that GW Bush gave them a chance at freedom and liberty.

They will look back with the knowledge that Obama left freedom and liberty to die because he did not nurture the tree of liberty that GW Bush and the pre-Obama America had planted.

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