Since the World War II era, the President of the United States is looked upon as leader of the free world. Some of the men handled this task well, accepting the challenge from their first day in office:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
President John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address.
To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.
As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it–now or ever.
President Ronald W. Reagan Inaugural Address.
In the Obama years, one of the terms that came up was “Leading from behind.” I cringe every time I hear those words. By definition, leadership is from the front. At the US Army’s Infantry Center, Fort Benning GA, there is a statue of a soldier, with a two word definition of leadership: Follow Me!
Leadership, like power, abhors a vacuum. When one is not leading, like the current occupant of the White House, someone will come up and take a leader will come up. Fortunately, in the current crisis, we have one, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Since the Ukraine has been invaded from all sides by the tyrant Putin, President Zelenskyy has rallied not only the Ukrainian people, but the world in the fight. When offered an exit by the US government, he refused, “The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride.”
As a leader stays in his country and rallies the millions there, the current occupant of the White House has shown himself completely unqualified to be president of the local home owners association, much less the greatest nation on earth. To a degree, understandable. The man-child he served as vice-president for eight helped get funding not to arm Kyiv, but for the Ukraine to destroy 15,000 tons of ammunition, 4,000 small arms, and 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles. To borrow the phrase of Obama’s minister, his chickens, have come home, to roost!
President Trump approved multiple arms sales, including Javelin anti-tank missiles and sniper rifle systems. And the seriousness of the threat has even driven the more pacifist European nations to action:
Germany, which had come under intense criticism for refusing to export weapons to Ukraine during the military buildup, reversed its position and said it would send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine.
Sweden, an EU member that is not in NATO and has historically maintained a neutral position in global conflicts, said it will send 5,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 body shields and 135,000 field rations — as well as $50 million in funding directly to the Ukrainian military.
Denmark will transfer 2,700 anti-tank weapons and allow volunteers to join a foreign brigade to fight with Ukraine.
Belgium is sending an additional 3,000 machine guns and 200 anti-tank grenade launchers, Zelensky tweeted Sunday.
Hungary said it would not provide arms to Ukraine but committed to sending 100,000 liters of fuel and 28 tons of food, according to Ukrainian authorities.
A tyrant can feel weakness, and Putin knew what he had with Biden from his first day in office. Biden was open about reestablishing the Iran-nuke deal, which did nothing but expedite Tehran’s work on nuclear devices, while leaving their development of intercontinental ballistic missiles unrestricted. To put it more accurately, he is will to give the Iranian more than Obama and Kerry did, which was a hell of a lot. Plus old Joe was good enough to caution Israel against taking actions against the Iranian program.
No question, Vlad was very appreciative of the new Democratic administration, on day one, restricting US oil and natural gas production, which changed the US from an exporter of oil to being dependent on foreign imports, and increasing Russia’s oil revenue by over half. Instead of pushing Europe to buy oil and natural gas from America, Joe cut off our Keystone XL, and begged hostile nations to increase their production.
Thanks Joe. Really showing the Russians (And Chinese…and Iranians…and North Koreans) who’s boss. Then again he’s never been a leader, and will not change now at 79. Joe is used to exploitation and buying people off. Remember him openly bragged about getting the Ukrainian attorney general fired when the man was looking at charging Hunter Biden for corruption.
As a leader in Kyiv stays in his country and rallies the millions there, his tiny nation is giving the Russian Bear a fight they did not expect. Putin was seeking a relatively quick conquest, giving him access to both people to shore up his demographically dying nation, and natural resources to further stay its decline. And his actions since assuming the presidency, as well as during this crisis, have shown the current occupant of the White House unqualified for his position. The scary thing, Joe has at least (we hope, we don’t want Harris in the Oval Office) three years left. I just am happy that President Zelenskyy appears to be up to the challenge.
Michael A. Thiac is a retired Army intelligence officer, with over 23 years experience, including serving in the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. He is also a retired police patrol sergeant, with over 22 years’ service, and over ten year’s experience in field training of newly assigned officers. He has been published at The American Thinker, PoliceOne.com, and on his personal blog, A Cop’s Watch.
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