A lot is being made today of the story which appeared in yesterday’s New York Times, which described President Barack Obama’s intention to fundamentally change nuclear strategy, officially taking the United States of America from a global superpower which would defend itself and respond if attacked, to a paper tiger which wields nuclear weapons as a deterrent, to a declawed, toothless pussycat who would patently refuse to incorporate the threat of nuclear annihilation as incentive for rogue nations and terrorist groups to think twice before killing innocent American men, women and children.
But, really, is anybody surprised?
This is the man who sought, and still seeks, to shutter the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for purely political and ideological reasons.
This is the man who spearheaded a thankfully failing effort to provide civilian trials for the mastermind of the attacks of September 11, 2001, only steps from where thousands of innocent Americans were murdered.
This is the man who secured the release of both the architect of the attack on the USS Cole and the Al Qaeda recruiter who put together the group of terrorists who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, while simultaneously pursuing investigations and possible prosecutions of our own intelligence officials.
This is the man who, on the very day he was giving a speech on disarmament, watched as the North Korean government tested a nuclear weapon and responded only with a few carefully crafted strong words.
This is the man who vowed to meet without preconditions with an Iranian president who defies the global community and flexes his own growing nuclear muscles almost as often as he threatens to wipe Israel off the map.
Barack Obama belongs to a segment of our population who believes that a secured, legal firearm in a home poses more of a danger to the homeowner and to society as a whole than it serves as a deterrent to those who wish to enter that home and do its occupants harm. He is the student in the schoolyard who looked around for the nearest teacher, pointed at the “No Bullying!” sign, refused to stand up for himself, and subsequently proceeded to get pummeled only to go home and have his mother call the school and have the bully expelled, and call the bully’s mother to have him grounded.
Why are people surprised, even in the slightest. To Barack Obama, the United States of America not the liberator of millions and the single greatest nation this world has ever known; instead, this country is a heartless aggressor, who seeks to impose its will upon other nations by way of its military might, its economic viability, and its nuclear arsenal. To Barack Obama, the United States of America is not a country that should prosper, it is a bully who should play by the rules put in place by everyone else, and be kept in check at the expense of the safety and security of her people.
Appearing on Sting’s debut solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, is a song entitled “Russians.” Released as a single in 1985, at the height of the Cold War, “Russians” explores with the help of a haunting melody the state of affairs between the United States and the Soviet Union at the time. A live performance of the song from 1984:
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology. What might save us, me and you, is that I hope the Russians love their children, too.
That was the heart of the Doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, a doctrine upon which the security of hundreds of millions of American and Soviet lives precariously rested. Both the American and Soviet governments knew that attack meant destruction, that blood would be met with blood, and that the repercussions would be unthinkably terrible.
Now, however, we are faced with an enemy who cares so much for their own innocent children that they would gladly strap explosives to their chest and send them to their murderous end in a crowded marketplace. And for the rogue nations who support these groups or, at the very least, acquiesce to their presence, much of the incentive for avoiding mass destruction has been inherently similar to the reality the Americans and Soviets faced at the height of the Cold War, despite the belief of so many in the spiritual merits of martyrdom.
Barack Obama has placed the United States of America on a dangerous path. He has perpetuated the destabilization of our economy, intentionally engaged in conduct designed to erode America’s status as a superpower, embarked on a quest to apologize for a nation which has saved the world many times over, and now has not only resolved to disarm the country, but has tipped his own hand and disclosed that for those who wish to engage America in a deadly game, there will be no mutually assured destruction.
From superpower to paper tiger to declawed, toothless pussycat — all in the matter of 15 months. Gone are the days where we can only hope that our enemies love their children, too. Now, between the crippling debt and the refusal to even acknowledge the threats posed to us from the outside world, we have to wonder whether our elected officials love our own.