Saturday, April 11, 2009


Caroline Glick:

When Biden told CNN that Israel would be "ill-advised" to attack Iran's nuclear installations, he made clear that from the administration's perspective, an Israeli strike that prevents Iran from becoming a nuclear power is less acceptable than a nuclear-armed Iran. That is, the Obama administration prefers to see Iran become a nuclear power than to see Israel secure its very existence.

AMERICA'S BETRAYAL of its democratic allies makes each of them more vulnerable to aggression at the hands of their enemies - enemies the Obama administration is now actively attempting to appease. And as the US strengthens their adversaries at their expense, these spurned democracies must consider their options for surviving as free societies in this new, threatening, post-American environment.

For the most part, America's scorned allies lack the ability to defeat their enemies on their own. India cannot easily defeat nuclear-armed Pakistan, which itself is fragmenting into disparate anti-Indian nuclear-wielding Islamist and Islamist-supporting factions....

But to survive the current period of American strategic madness, Israel and the US's other unwanted allies must build alliances with one another - covertly if need be - to contain their adversaries in the absence of America. If they do so successfully, then the damage to global security induced by Obama's emasculation of his country will be limited. If on the other hand, they fail, then America's eventual return to its senses will likely come too late for its allies - if not for America itself. [emphasis mine]

In less than a hundred days of an Obama Administration, we have, in the spirit of hope and change, enthusiastically embarked on a path that is leading the entire community of nations into a a "global tragedy" of epic proportions.

For those of a more scientific bent, what we are witnessing now is an opportunity--a case study if you will--on the importance of leadership. Not only do the character and personality of a leader determine what the team is capable of achieving; but these are key factors which determine the world view that guides their actions in the real world.

Imagine, if you will, that John 'Hannibal' Smith, the strategically brilliant, cigar chomping, risk-taking colonel of the "A-Team" had been replaced Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger of the 4077th in full drag, obsessed with finding a way out of a reality he despises and doesn't want to deal with.

The "A-Team" would devolve into dark comedy and effectively become the "O"-team"--just one of many nations in the alphabet of nations, and certainly not the first, or leading one. They would lose the very moral glue that binds the quirky members together and keeps them functioning effectively to begin with; and hardly be in a position to be called on to rescue innocents caught up in the evils of the modern world.

Perhaps Mark Steyn's quip this moring to K-Lo, who is concerned about the American standoff with Somali pirates holding an American hostage, encapsulates the leadership problem now facing America:
Don't worry, Kathryn, while the pirates send for reinforcements, the President sends for pizza.

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