Mark Steyn, a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times has an Oped today that is well worth reading.. He is pulling no punches and is and delivers his point spot on. Here are some Excerpts…

If you go back to September 2001, it’s amazing how much the administration made happen in just a short space of time: For example, within days it had secured agreement with the Russians on using military bases in former Soviet Central Asia for intervention in Afghanistan. That, too, must have been quite a phone call. Moscow surely knew that any successful Afghan expedition would only cast their own failures there in an even worse light — especially if the Americans did it out of the Russians’ old bases. And yet it happened.

Five years on, the United States seems to be back in the quagmire of perpetual interminable U.N.-brokered EU-led multilateral dithering, on Iran and much else. The administration that turned Musharraf in nothing flat now offers carrots to Ahmadinejad. After the Taliban fell, the region’s autocrats and dictators wondered: Who’s next? Now they figure it’s a pretty safe bet that nobody is.

What’s the difference between September 2001 and now? It’s not that anyone “liked” America or that, as the Democrats like to suggest, the country had the world’s “sympathy.” Pakistani generals and the Kremlin don’t cave to your demands because they “sympathize.” They go along because you’ve succeeded in impressing upon them that they’ve no choice. Musharraf and Co. weren’t scared by America’s power but by the fact that America, in the rubble of 9/11, had belatedly found the will to use that power. It is notionally at least as powerful today, but in terms of will we’re back to Sept. 10: Nobody thinks America is prepared to use its power. And so Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad and wannabe “strong horses” like Baby Assad cock their snooks with impunity.

As a nation we have to get back to where we were immediately following September 11th. I’m not referring to the sympathy that other nations felt toward us, but rather the knowledge among both our friends and our enemies that America will exercise the full scope of her considerable power to bear against those nations who support or harbor terrorists.. Note this means Iran, Syria, North Korea, and the latest country auditioning for a seat at the Axis of Evil… Venezuela..   


  1. Joseph W Smith

    Civilization has arrived at the confluence of two great rivers, one of our past, lazy and meandering, the other, the one civilization rejected, a roaring torrent, the two flowing together into a narrow, winding canyon. The future can’t be seen. We don’t have a choice. American resolve came from a background of personal responsibility and self-reliance. We must regain our resolve.

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