The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 16, 2014

Let someone else take over the reins of government

Perhaps it’s time for U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama to step aside and let someone else take over the reins of government. Various presidential hopefuls are standing in the wings waiting for the seemingly unfathomable figure to falter, fail and fade in his eminent role.

Leaders have backbone. Leaders have nerve. Leaders have direction. Leaders don’t lead from the rear; they don’t suck up to their enemies and apologize for the actions of the greatest nation on Earth.

For the past five years, Obama has led a foreign policy based on fantasy, based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It’s a world in which the tide of war and international aggression is receding, “and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces.” (Obama’s quote)

In other words, all the leaders of the world now behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great power gains and shifting alliances-those are things of the past.

But what happens if Obama is wrong? What happens if the U.S. is forced into a perilous conflict in Syria, Iran, Korea or maybe Eastern Europe?

Unfortunately, the world has developed an interconnected global trade that only functions if there is somebody who enforces the rules, somebody who keeps the Persian Gulf open for oil exports to Europe, somebody who keeps the extremist Islamic terrorists in check.

I think most people would agree that the alarming disintegration of our national and international policies is due to the lack of leadership.

But I also think that good leadership is not just the attitude you present to the world or even the strength of your fighting force. It’s a vision you have for what the world should look like in the decades to come.

Ronald Reagan built up the military, but he also had a vision for a world without the Soviet Union.

Some Americans fear a soundless cyber-attack from China — with good reason. With that Asian nation’s increasing number of orbiting satellites and its super computers, vastly superior to anything the U.S. has in its arsenal, there is genuine cause for alarm.

Could Chinese hackers tap into the Pentagon’s war defenses and neutralize our naval aircraft carriers and jet fighters stationed around the globe? Could they block U.S. missile launches? Could they assault some of our country’s vital infrastructure, including our power grid, gas lines and waterworks? Or the oil and gas pipelines in North America?

From such a silent, yet lethal, foray, the American economy surely would collapse. The result: an intercontinental military triumph without ever a shot being fired.

Let’s hope that a 3 a.m. wake-up call will be answered at some point in our republic’s future by a competent leader with some degree of military savvy.

Political pundits from around the country, and many from around the world, are stunned at some of the comments made by Obama and the policies that he has espoused since he moved into the Oval Office.

Although re-elected by a comfortable margin, Obama now is finding his influence waning among the American people. Citizens are becoming suspicious of the first black president, a man who seemed to embody the fresh attitudes of our era when he emerged from of the Chicago political machine a few years ago.

“Only two U.S. presidents in modern times never wore the uniform of the United States, draft dodger Bill Clinton and the current commander-in-chief, who repeatedly called our troops ‘corpse-men,’” declared Larry Greenfield, a renowned political commentator and columnist.

Obama also told some 200,000 cheering Berliners he is a citizen of the world. And he told the American people that the U.S. is not particularly exceptional and that his peaceful policies would make us more popular among other nations.

American historian and foreign policy analyst Michael Ledeen concluded, however, “We have with Obama the first anti-American president. And it is very hard for people around the world to come to grips with the fact that we have twice elected a president who does not like America and does not like Americans.”

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— Blankenship is a freelance columnist for The Register-Herald. E-mail: jabbb@suddenlink.net

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