Now President Trump has made it clear that he has had enough of North Korea poking our nation with threats of using nuclear force. Although North Korea’s missiles might not have the capacity to land on our shores, loony leader Kim Jong-Un might just decide to take a shot at South Korea or Japan instead. Well, do we send the strong message that this provocation will not be tolerated now, or do we sit on our hands and hope for the best, using the Obama strategy? Every time North Korea makes a public threat and we choose to do nothing is one more time our allies begin to question our resolve and military ability to answer the threat. President Trump tweeted, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” In addition, he sent a naval carrier equipped with fighter jets to the Korean Peninsula. Now instead of the media’s obsession with Trump’s link to Russia, they are blathering about North Korea.
In the Cold War Era, American military policy called for the ability to fight two and one-half wars simultaneously, a strategy that arose out of our experiences in World War II when, of course, we were involved in Europe and then, in Japan. Our TRIAD approach of creating a military force capable of countering threats from the land, sea, and air, also established the USA as a super-power with the right resources to do the job necessary wherever that job might be. But we have strayed far from that kind of thinking.
Even though former President Jimmy Carter had been a naval officer, he nevertheless began to scale back all branches of the military while keeping the pressure up on the brass to sustain combat-readiness. He might have gotten away with this but for the Iranian hostage crisis. In the waning days of his presidency, the Carter administration decided to attempt a rescue of the fifty-three hostages being held in Iran using helicopters and some C-130 transport aircraft. The plan called for six copters, at a minimum, to be used. Additionally, Carter prohibited the use of military force should the mission be discovered; he wanted zero civilian casualties. Early on in phase one of the rescue-mission, two copters turned around due to mechanical trouble. Dust storms ruined the hydraulic system on the third and the mission had to be aborted, but sadly not before the rotor blade tip of one copter clipped the C-130 and it exploded, killing the five airmen aboard and three marines. The day President Reagan took office, all of the hostages were released.
Fast-forward to the era of Barack Obama and things get worse. No doubt, Obama is a “dove” who did not care for the military. With his ever-growing wish list for more social welfare programs, Obama had to gut the military budget to fund his pet projects. After a while we heard stories from various military units that they lacked the ability to keep their equipment on mission. Both the Navy and the Air Force reported having aircraft “parked” in order to scavenge parts from them to keep others flying. Both Obama and the media chose to keep mum about this travesty.
Now President Trump is being criticized for using tweets to get his message out, thus bypassing the crooked media and ensuring that he is quoted directly. Since the media has positioned itself as a filter of all information going to the American people, they are outraged. Now that they no longer are needed to spin the disinformation Obama wanted to sell, they are kind of “out of a job” and their rage is directed at Trump. For his part, President Trump seems unfazed by their ire.
Today, as Trump confronts China, North Korea, Syria, and Russia to see who “blinks first,” the pundits are wailing that Trump is going to lead us to war and get us all killed. I would venture to say that our inaction is more likely to get us killed. When you are provoked, you should respond with strength and conviction. Remember Obama calling the Jihadists the “JV team,” as if belittling them and their evil brotherhood would make them go away? Remember Obama defaulting on his “line in the sand” with Syria? We see how well both situations turned out. Now President Trump, thank God, is willing to step up and take on the role of a fearless leader, a role Obama had no interest in playing. Obama clearly showed us that the USA could never stop the spread of evil while bargaining from a position of perceived weakness. By the way, that lesson is titled “Iranian Nuclear Agreement 101.”
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