Authored by William Robert Barber
The cost for this nation’s sovereignty and surety of domestic peacefulness is the expenditure of American blood and treasure. Any other consideration is dangerously naïve. Peace as defined in fact, and practice is an imaginative illusion. No defense impedes a determined offensive; to think otherwise would be the Obama Doctrine of containment. Wherein, instead of maintaining a lethal military and the determination to implement, the arrows in the president’s quiver are understanding, good faith, humility, and most importantly a consolatory regard for the positions of one’s enemy.
When U.S. leadership declares an ‘or if’ statement (i.e. “red line” absolutes in Syria) and then does not act decisively to initiate the ‘or if’ consequence, our enemies interpret such as not simply a sign of weakness but a signal that the Unites States are ceding the region, the particular situation, and the prevailing result to its counter-party.
This secession of authority by the United States, specifically the unwillingness to tangibly act respective of our overwhelming martial dominance has happened over and over again. For instance: This nation expended blood and treasure in WWI and then walked away from engaging with our allies in and for an equitable settlement of vital concerns. In WWII the U.S. naïvely entrusted Stalin’s communist Russia. General Eisenhower opened Berlin and Eastern Europe to Russian occupation per the Yalta Agreement. With UN authority but mostly U.S. blood and treasure we walked away from a divided Korea resulting in a nuclear armed gangster nation. President Kennedy did not invade Cuba; indeed, he promised the United States would never invade. This nation committed its armed forces in Vietnam but would not invade the North so to ultimately destroy all organized resistance. President Reagan put U.S. Marines into Lebanon as a show of force but would not issue ammunition to individual marines. He foolishly believed that a show of force was the same as military force. Hundreds of Marines were killed and wounded and instead of punishing the perpetrator he, like President Clinton in Africa, withdrew back across to the safety of the Atlantic.
Putin’s Russia has captured vast zones of Ukrainian territory by armed invasion and Obama’s America contemplates the possibility of increased sanctions. NATO has been castrated whiles the neighborhood seeks appeasement and conciliatory diplomacy. Fear and anxiety have replaced hopefulness because the United States have repeatedly announced what it will not do — while emphasizing what it will not do is impair Putin’s territorial ambitions by military force.
The expenditure of blood and treasure is the fare of and for domestic peacefulness. If this nation is unwilling to pay the fare then sovereignty is just a matter of time.
President Obama is lost. He vacillates about in a desperate struggle to induce the contrivance of a progressive ideology into an apathetic world that submits and reconciles only to power. Because such is the context and meaningfulness of his political being the president is a danger to U.S. interest. His cabinet, his advisors, his fellow democrats had better step in and correct their leader’s process of thoughtfulness before this nation suffers another blow to the homeland and to our worldwide prestige. China is watching…