The Making of a Paper Tiger
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
********************Obama is about to "transform" America's military -- and by extension -- America, herself, into a "paper tiger." The definition of a paper tiger is: "The nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual." Remember that. You're going to hear it often in the years ahead as our enemies refer to us in public.
"sequestration" is going to leave America's throat bare to her
enemies. He is cutting our last line of defense, our nuclear arsenal,
by roughly one-third, all to appease the Russians. (Mr. Putin's
Cheshire Cat grin just got even wider!)
THIS is what happens when an amateur goes up against a pro.
Obama just had his lunch eaten by Putin.
Obama actually appears AFRAID of Putin!
have noted many times in this column, how the relationship between
America and the Russians swings hot and cold on a regular basis. Ever
since we invited them to leave the North American continent, especially
the great northwest of what is now the lower forty-eight states of
America, there have been periods when Russia appeared to "love" America and periods when Russia appeared to "hate"
America. Like a pendulum, these contrived diplomatic seasons of love
and hate could -- and can -- be counted upon to swing regularly.
is Russia's dream for an American leader. He stumbles all over himself
to be first on his knees before whomever the Russian leader is at the
time, offering concessions yet uncalled for by the Russians. How could
it get any better than this from the Russian perspective?
which WAS, indeed, Obama's idea (or at least the idea of someone on his
staff, which Obama adopted) is going to absolutely GUT the US
military. Heck, we may find ourselves leasing another country's
military to defend America. During the decline of Rome, even they had
to fill their ranks with barbarian soldiers in an attempt to defend
Rome. As America is tracking Rome's decline to a tee, I see no reason
why we won't find ourselves considering the same thing -- and soon.
OK. So I'm reaching. But NOT BY MUCH.
Look, when a single successful EMP missile shot exploding high in the atmosphere over middle America can shut us down and send us -- instantly
-- back into the pre-Civil War period, well, I'd say we are already a
paper tiger just waiting for someone to rip our flimsy paper mask off.
nations don’t quaver when a threat to their security is made -- by
anyone. If they do, believe me, they will not be a great nation for
long. Once that chink in a nation’s armor is made visible, it is the
open door through which all that nation’s enemies will seek entry.
America's current leadership is rightly seen by America's enemies as a gift from whichever god they worship.
in America, our weak link, our chink in the national armor, is the
political left. Their quavering has caused more deaths of American
civilians, and American servicemen, and servicewomen, than any other
Look. A country cannot hesitate when confronted
with danger. It must reply to that threat immediately and with
irresistible force. Half-hearted military forays into to the homelands
of our enemies only leads to unnecessary American deaths. The sooner
America attacks, with overwhelming force, the sooner the battles, and
the war, are over and battle deaths are minimized.
"Nation Building!" It only sucks our treasury dry, weakens our
military by turning soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines into
diplomats rather than killers.
Forget "winning the hearts and
minds" of the enemy. As President Richard Nixon is credited with having
said: "Forget winning their hearts and minds. Get 'em by the
testicles and you can take them anywhere you want." Crude -- but true!
America's new Secretary of State, John Kerry, dispatched out into the
world with what we are told is essentially a mission to "win hearts and
minds" on the orders of his boss, Mr. Obama, we're about to see just how
childish a diplomatic plan THAT really is.
This a particularly
dangerous time for America as a result of the depthless naivete of our
President. Obama's lack of sophistication and worldliness is readily
apparent on the world stage. The first years of his presidency had much
of the world "off kilter" when trying to negotiate with the Obama
Administration. Some of their less than sophisticated diplomats came to
believe the Obama people were running a "con" on them. They simply
could not grasp that an American leader could be that, well, dumb. So,
they concluded Obama's apparent lack of knowledge about how the REAL
world works was all a ruse by the Obama Administration. Now, however,
they know better and they can -- and will -- use their understanding of
Obama's naivete to their advantage and to the advantage of their
governments and their militaries.
Only an extremely naive person -- a person afflicted with limited understanding -- would adopt a "Lead from Behind"
policy for America. It has been described as a limp-wristed form of
isolationism. Isolationism for America has been disproved at least
since the so-called "Spanish-American War" in 1898. No nation
with a global footprint the size of America's can effectively isolate
itself from the myriad of nations sharing this same mud ball speeding
around the sun.
The plain truth is that as long as
America submits to paternalistic collectivism under a paternalistic
ruling elite, our brave new masters will most assuredly continue to have
America lurching from a catastrophe to a crisis to some other unstable
situation of extreme danger for the country and its citizens.
is not the America I knew, neither as a boy, nor as a young man. The
America I knew bowed to no one. We were a great nation. We were a great
people. We feared no man. We had confidence in ourselves that we
could do anything, go anywhere, and be anything we wanted. Then the
cancer of leftist politics took hold. And like the cancer, that it is,
it has eaten away America’s soul and her will to live. It has robbed us
of a future as a great, free, people. With the heavy introduction of
Socialism, Marxism, and Communism into out national legislature, the
Congress, in the elections of 2006 and 2008, and the election of a
socialist President in 2008, any chance of America's survival as the
world's lone superpower vanished. America will do well simply to
survive as a free nation.
Under Obama's leadership, we have
changed America from a free democratic representative republic into some
sort of American socialist monstrosity. By gutting our military, we
will have completed the creation of the paper tiger facade which will,
in the end, hide nothing.
Obama's endeavor to create some sort
of Americanized version of European style socialism for America will, in
the end, prove as deadly to us as it has to all others foolish enough
to try it. Socialism is no respecter of nations. It will kill its
host every time.
a brief period we will be able to take some solace in the paper
"cut-out" of a tiger employed as out national guardian. Until it is
tested. And it WILL be tested.
Then -- what will we do?
© J. D. Longstreet