In February, 1979, when religious extremists overthrew and ousted the Shah of Iran, an immediate search began for “who lost Iran.”
For many Americans living in wealth at home, this may be of little concern. But some would say, once the Shah was out of Iran we started on the road to today: an Iran on the brink of having a nuclear bomb and Isreal fearing for its very existance — a situation that has involved the U.S. for three or four decades and could ruin our whole day for years to come; unless a nuclear war comes first.
North Korea also has nuclear weapons and long range missiles and is making noise about starting trouble yet again.
Barack Obama needs to look himself in the mirror now and say, “Things are happening on my watch” and get rid of the notion that “We inherited a mess.”
Last week China’s Premier Wen Jiabao wondered aloud and very publically if the U.S. could be trusted to get its economic house in order. He didn’t say this while George W. Bush was president: he said it two days ago.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even called the U.S. a “deadbeat” this last week.
Wen Jiabao wondered about the credibility of the U.S. after Obama failed to respond convincingly to an incident at sea between Chinese ships and an unarmed American naval vessel — and after Obama borrowed over $740 billion for the stimulus and another $410 billion for the omnibus, thus doubling the U..S. debt.
Wen Jiabao and Ban Ki-moon didn’t say, “I don’t have confidence in Bush; I do have confidence in Obama because he inherited this mess.”
When Russia maneuvered to eliminate the U.S. air base at Manas, Kyrgyzstan recently, did anyone hear from Mr. Medvedev and Putin in Russia, “We did this because of Bush. We are just peachy with Obama”?
When North Korea thumbed its nose at the United States last week, and threatened war, the White House indicated that it probably would not shoot down the long-range missile North Korea threatens to launch.
Japan had to step in and say, “We’ll take a shot because that North Korean missile is a threat.”
When Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez offered “a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers,” to Russia yesterday, he didn’t say, “because of Bush.”
And when the Russians failed to say, “That’s a crazy idea,” it wasn’t because of Bush but it was because of Obama.
So we all need to think now that Barack Obama promises a lot of things that might, maybe, possibly could lead to a better America: health care, improved schools, a new energy system, the curing of cancer, the elimination of global warming, and etc. — all great stuff.
But will there be people asking: “Who lost Japan? Who lost Korea? Who lost Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations?”
And will the certain losses matter, juxtaposed to the maybe gains?
And if American debt is so great that China stops buying U.S. Treasuries, or China “calls the shots” with America, will that matter?
And if our border with Mexico becomes overrun with Mexican drug cartels, I mean, just suppose, while we are looking the other way and fixing health care and spending our limited treasury on everything else, will that matter? I am just dreaming here, I know.
That could never happen. But just suppose…..
John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia
PS: I am starting to hate this “inherited” BS. Obama ran to get into the White House, along with all the goodies and problems that came with that.
Nobody “inherits” the White House unless death is involved….
American adversaries are thumbing their noses, while this man wanted to run the census and now will supervize the writing of a measure to federalize schools. Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)