The dan­ger of cow­ardice on world stage

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters -

Pres­i­dent Obama leads from be­hind and tries to avoid con­fronta­tions. He draws “red lines” and then turns his back on them. When peo­ple get killed in Beng­hazi or the Ukraine, he runs off to a fundraiser.

When he came to of­fice he wanted to vi­ti­ate Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism and re­duce our power in the hopes that ame­lio­ra­tion would lead to peace rather than at­tacks by other, more bel­liger­ent coun­tries. He praised the Mus­lim call to prayer and called Is­lam a peace­ful re­li­gion out of fear of mak­ing Mus­lims an­gry.

He didn’t un­der­stand that Pres­i­dent Rea­gan made the world peace­ful through strength. He thought he could achieve peace through self-dep­re­cat­ing speeches and bowing. The Mideast is burn­ing. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s sur­ro­gates are shoot­ing down civil­ian planes.

Un­like Rea­gan, Mr. Obama did not tear down that wall. In­stead he for­got to build a nec­es­sary wall on the south­ern border of the United States, where we are be­com­ing pol­luted and di­luted by a lack of the rule of law. Wel­come, dis­eases. Hello, drug car­tels. Nice tat­toos, MS-13.

What I fear about Mr. Obama is not that he is too peace­ful or too re­miss in self-de­fense. It is that he takes the pos­ture of a cow­ard. Cow­ards of­ten have knee-jerk re­ac­tions, and when pushed far enough be­come too ag­gres­sive.

When I was a teenager, I was scared of ev­ery­body — but if pushed too far I be­came ag­gres­sive. How­ever, I soon learned that my re­sponses should be pro­por­tion­ate, not ex­ag­ger­ated. Mr. Obama mea­sures noth­ing. He meets sit­u­a­tions with teleprompter speeches, and he never looks sit­u­a­tions in the eye.

DAVID LAWRENCE New York

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