Let’s start with this statement from President Ronald Reagan:
“We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted.”
Now look at the world today versus three years ago:
War in Ukraine. War in the Middle East. China is on the move and threatening Taiwan. Eight million walking over our border down south. Six billion given Iran, after years of begging them to reinstate the Nuclear Agreement.
We ran from Afghanistan, asking the Taliban to protect us. We leave billions of equipment for them to use.
Do you think something is wrong?
Well, as late as yesterday afternoon this administration was saying the greatest threat to us was “climate change.” YESTERDAY.
The President? He spoke for three minutes on Saturday and we haven’t seen him since. Now we hear he will speak on Tuesday afternoon.
His spokesperson said last night that “we don’t know if Iran was involved” in the Israeli action.
Oh really? How come the WSJ knows and reported it yesterday? Is there a sane person, not in this administration, that doesn’t know Iran supported this with weapons, timing, strategic assistance and approval?
The silence of this administration, along with congressional members like Rep. Tlaib standing by a Palestine flag and saying what she did, combined with the pro demonstrations, should concern every American.
Who cannot condemn beheading children in front of parents? Taking grandmothers who survived the Holocaust as prisoners? Killing innocent civilians for simply being there? Shooting a pregnant woman in her stomach?
There’s a climate problem alright, but not the kind the administration, to this day, is saying is our number one threat.
By the way Mr. President, while we slow America with your climate actions, the world’s largest polluters grow and laugh at you. Do you think cleaner air over America stays over America? You want to be a leader, get China and India, the number one and two polluters to do something.
Next, you cannot appease Iran. Why do liberals fail to learn this lesson? It goes back to the 1970’s. President Carter supported the removal of the Shah of Iran to allow the Ayatollah Khomeini to take control.
What did he do? He took our embassy hostage as a thank you. Remember that?
When were those hostages released?
The second President Reagan placed his hand on the Bible to be sworn in. Why? Reagan was not going to appease Iran.
Remember Muammar Gaddafi in Libya? Remember what he was doing to us?
What happened? Reagan dropped a bomb on his house and he went quiet.
What happened to ISIS? When was it formed? Turned out they were not a “JV” operation and it took an action to eliminate them.
The despots of the world see us as weak today. They see leadership that looks to appease and satisfy as opposed to leading. They never learn that appeasement doesn’t work and that failure threatens us all.
Let me get a few more things off my mind.
It’s total bull that we haven’t acted because we don’t have a speaker of the House. I hear some Democrats and some of the media say that and it is a total lie.
Approve what? What has the President proposed and said he wants to do? They haven’t even acknowledged yet that Iran was involved, helped or supplied weapons. They haven’t acknowledged there are Americans being held hostage. What does a speaker have to do with that?
(Note to administration: Turn on your television and you will see families of those who are being held hostage – American families. This may help you).
What has the senate done? They have a full staff. Where is the Majority Leader of the Senate? Chuck Schumer is in China.
Bringing up a lack of a speaker is a smokescreen.
And let me add this. It’s not Donald Trump’s fault. Who would blame Trump, you say? I guess you didn’t read yesterday’s NY Times. Here is an excerpt. I included it all, but bolded where they blamed Donald Trump.
Plain disgusting. The truth is, none of this happened under his watch.
From the NYT
The new world order:
Russia has started the largest war in Europe since World War II.
China has become more bellicose toward Taiwan.
India has embraced a virulent nationalism.
Israel has formed the most extreme government in its history.
And on Saturday morning, Hamas brazenly attacked Israel, launching thousands of missiles and publicly kidnapping and killing civilians.
All these developments are signs that the world may have fallen into a new period of disarray. Countries — and political groups like Hamas — are willing to take big risks, rather than fearing that the consequences would be too dire.
The simplest explanation is that the world is in the midst of a transition to a new order that experts describe with the word multipolar. The United States is no longer the dominant power it once was, and no replacement has emerged. As a result, political leaders in many places feel emboldened to assert their own interests, believing the benefits of aggressive action may outweigh the costs. These leaders believe that they have more sway over their own region than the U.S. does.
“A fullymultipolar world has emerged, and people are belatedly realizing that multipolarity involves quite a bit of chaos,” Noah Smith wrote in his newsletter on Saturday.
Zheng Yongnian, a Chinese political scientist with ties to the country’s leaders, has similarly described the “old order” as disintegrating. “Countries are brimming with ambition, like tigers eyeing their prey, keen to find every opportunity among the ruins of the old order,” Zheng wrote last year.
A weaker U.S. …
Why has American power receded? Some of the change is unavoidable. Dominant countries don’t remain dominant forever. But the U.S. has also made strategic mistakes that are accelerating the arrival of a multipolar world.
Among those mistakes: Presidents of both parties naïvely believed that a richer China would inevitably be a friendlier China — and failed to recognize that the U.S. was building up its own rival through lenient trade policies, as the political scientist John Mearsheimer has argued. In Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. spent much of the early 21st century fighting costly wars. The Iraq war was especially damaging because it was an unprovoked war that George W. Bush chose to start. And the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, overseen by President Biden, made the U.S. look weaker still.
Perhaps the biggest damage to American prestige has come from Donald Trump, who has rejected the very idea that the U.S. should lead the world. Trump withdrew from international agreements and disdained successful alliances like NATO. He has signaled that, if he reclaims the presidency in 2025, he may abandon Ukraine.
In the case of Israel, Trump encouraged Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, to show little concern for Palestinian interests and instead seek a maximal Israeli victory. Netanyahu, of course, did not start this new war. Hamas did, potentially with support from Iran, the group’s longtime backer, and Hamas committed shocking human rights violations this past weekend, captured on video.
But Netanyahu’s extremism has contributed to the turmoil between Israel and Palestinian groups like Hamas. An editorial in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, yesterday argued, “The prime minister, who has prided himself on his vast political experience and irreplaceable wisdom in security matters, completely failed to identify the dangers he was consciously leading Israel into when establishing a government of annexation and dispossession.” Netanyahu, Haaretz added, adopted “a foreign policy that openly ignored the existence and rights of Palestinians.”