What has happened to the leadership of this country?
For the second time in less than a month, one of our citizens has been publicly executed overseas. The executions were done in a particularly heinous manner, are filmed and posted on the Internet for all to see. The perpetrators claim victory over the United States.
The group proudly claiming responsibility announces itself to be an enemy of the United States, and that more killing of U.S. citizens will follow. They threaten our embassies and interests in foreign countries and vow to bring their terror to our shores.
One would think all of this would get the attention of our government. What has been our response to date? Practically nothing!!
In fact, the president recently was quoted as saying the United States has “no strategy” in dealing with these murderers. From all appearances, our president looks like he would prefer to shut his eyes and hope that when he opens them the problem will somehow magically have disappeared.
There was a time in our country when foreigners didn’t dare harm Americans outside the borders of the United States. A U.S. passport was gold. It meant that you had the protection of the United States government behind you when you traveled.
Can any of us feel that same sense of security today?
One thing we have learned from the current administration is that if Americans are in danger overseas our president will immediately summon the television cameras and decry the activities. But could we count on him to actually do something to help us if we are in peril in some other country?
It doesn’t look like it.
I am not saying that we once again need to mobilize hundreds of thousands of troops and invade a foreign country. But we do need to have a strategy to keep our people safe when they travel. Whether on business as journalists or otherwise, we need to project our power when necessary to show that we are serious about securing our interests and not be ashamed of ourselves when we do so.
I couldn’t help but note the irony of the two major news stories on the day the second execution was sent out over the Internet. At the same time a masked murderer is wielding a knife was beheading one of our fellow Americans, our president was before the cameras, in a golf shirt, demanding that employers across the United States pay their employees more than the current minimum wage.
Instead of looking decisive and in control and comforting us that the United States cares about our safety, he was busy shoring up the liberal base for the upcoming election. It was shameful.
The United States is the greatest country in the history of human civilization. I firmly believe that, and I hope I continue to believe it throughout the rest of my life. But I am very concerned about the direction our current government is taking us.