Ronald Reagan, where are you when we need you?!
Today would be President Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday. May God bless and caress him for us, We, the People, whom he loved and lead. We, the People, love and appreciate Reagan, the man, the mench, for his kindness, his integrity, his values, his patriotism, his determination, and his faith in We, the People. He kept the vision of a “Shining City on a hill” before his eyes. So, too, must we! Ronald Reagan is bright in our memory. Now we must live his dream. Freedom couldn’t have found a more clarion voice and heart to shout down the walls of tyranny by speaking with common sense. Listen again to his words of farewell:
Charles Krauthammer doesn’t pull his punches in Uncertain Trumpet and Obama has no punch:
We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills — for 18 months. Then we start packing for home. We shall never surrender — unless the war gets too expensive, in which case, we shall quote Eisenhower on “the need to maintain balance in and among national programs” and then insist that “we can’t simply afford to ignore the price of these wars.”
The quotes are from President Obama’s West Point speech announcing the Afghanistan troop surge. What a strange speech it was — a call to arms so ambivalent, so tentative, so defensive.
Which made his last-minute assertion of “resolve unwavering” so hollow. It was meant to be stirring. It fell flat. In August, he called Afghanistan “a war of necessity.” On Tuesday night, he defined “what’s at stake” as “the common security of the world.” The world, no less. Yet, we begin leaving in July 2011?
George W. Bush is an abiding presence in the White House’s day-to-day. Obama runs though the hall shouting, “Where’s my whipping boy?” When Obama becomes President for real, maybe he won’t need Bush anymore. Here’s Charles Krauthammer’s astute observations:
This compulsion to attack his predecessor is as stale as it is unseemly. Obama was elected a year ago. He became commander-in-chief two months later. He then solemnly announced his own “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan seven months ago. And it was not an off-the-cuff decision. “My administration has heard from our military commanders, as well as our diplomats,” the president assured us. “We’ve consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, with our partners and our NATO allies, and with other donors and international organizations” and “with members of Congress. “…..
For Krauthammer’s succinct analysis of the choices facing Obama go here.