Where Is Ronald Reagan When We Need Him?
The world today is facing a tipping point. It is a time of change and transformation with good and evil pulling us from one side to the other. We saw this early in the 20th century. A time when wicked leaders seem to come in clusters, and were hell bent on world domination. The group of leaders that we deal with today seems like lightweights by comparison but still resembles the former group of Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler, which were the true “Rat Pack”. Now here again we have a cluster of world leaders who are just bad people and have an agenda that is not good for democracy or freedom as our founding fathers dreamed of.
These times call for a special kind of leadership, especially if we are to maintain democracy and dominance in the earth. The lack of strength and resolve on our part will open the door to a criminal element like our world has not seen for a long time. To begin the modern day list, we look at Iran. On February 11, 2010 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran has gone nuclear. He has proven that he won’t be stopped or even slowed by the pleas and begging of the world court. He is the kind of man that will slaughter as many of his own people as is necessary to fulfill his agenda of hate against Israel and the United States. He has proven himself to be unscrupulous and dangerous.
And then there is Communist China. They detest our democracy and are doing anything that they can to make us subservient to them. We, like compulsive fools, have sold our souls to debt and now have to go to the Chinese with our hat in our hand asking for an allowance. China senses the weakness and hesitation on the part of the United States. Since they now own a great part of our monetary system (800 billion) they are using that as leverage against us. They have us by the ear leading us around the play yard. Although we remain able to successfully defend ourselves, this action gives the Chinese a substantial “leg up” over the United States.
Nuclear Pakistan is now considering opening leadership positions in their government to the Taliban terrorist so they will become civilized and stop causing so much trouble. Can you believe this?
Let us not forget our old friend Kim Jong Il of North Korea who is an absolute lunatic and serious threat to all of his neighbors. And then there is Hugo Chávez the President of Venezuela. We could go on but the point is obvious. The patients are running the asylum. They are all bullies and must be dealt with as such.
How do we deal with these leaders? Negotiation has not worked. It never has and never will as long as it is only on the basis of mutual respect or interest in the world community. These nations and their leaders will only respond to two things; a strong military and a willingness to come into their back yard and kick their butt. That is the leverage that they respond to. When I think of all of the nations that have given us trouble over the last hundred years, I realize that they do not and will not respect negotiation, they only respect strength. And the reason that our leaders insist on negotiation and concession when it is evident that we have been lied to again and again is because like the cowardly lion, they are intimidated and afraid.
America must maintain the strength and resources to fight on more than one front at a time, for there are many enemies to democracy. Power and might is the only language that they understand. We must be able and willing to back up everything that we say.
Ronald Reagan demonstrated the moxie that it takes to demand the respect of terrorist leaders. Libya’s president financed and supported terrorist who were attacking American interest. On April 14, 1986, President Reagan ordered the U.S. Air Force and Navy to attack Libya. One F-111 bomber literally dumped its payload in Colonel Qaddafi’s back yard, also damaging the French embassy … Sometimes it’s just dumb luck.
President Reagan said to the Libyan people, “The people of the United States bear Libya and its people no enmity or hatred. However, Colonel Qaddafi is your head of state. So long as Libyans obey his orders, then they must accept the consequences. Colonel Qaddafi is your tragic burden. The Libyan people are responsible for Colonel Qaddafi and his actions. If you permit Colonel Qaddafi to continue with the present conflict, then you must also share some collective responsibility for his actions”.
This is the language that demands results from people who only respect strength. I remember when Jimmy Carter was held hostage by the Iranian regime in 1979 and 1980. The biggest threat he could offer was that America would not participate in the Olympic Games with them. However, they knew a storm was coming. Ronald Reagan was about to become the President. As President Reagan was being sworn in, Iran released the hostages because they knew that with President Reagan the game was over. Life as they knew it was about to end. His resolve brought respect back to America.
And who can forget his speech in Berlin on June 12, 1987
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
That is the sound of courage and leadership that the world must hear. We must not falter nor hesitate in our dealings with other nations who are determined to do criminal acts, especially in regard to American interests. The only way to deal with terrorism is to crush it without mercy. No matter the cost, we must never, ever stop our pursuit and punishment of these criminals. I urge our leaders to stand up and be the men that I know they can be. We must never forget that the strength of a treaty is in the continued strength and will of the military to enforce it.