The world is in grave trouble, potentially on the brink of World War Three. The hard liners in Russia are giving an ultimatum to America – that means they are giving an ultimatum to the Cowboy in Chief, George W. Bush. CNN is reporting that Russia has demanded that America choose between continued relations with Moscow or support of the country of Georgia.
Do the Russians realize who our President is? Do they understand his capacity for deep thought, for mature action, for valuing the power at his disposal? Worse yet, the Republican candidate for President is playing with emotional appeals to the American people in order to bolster public support.
The nuanced complexities of foreign policy are being reduced down to two gunslingers facing off on main street. They are so focused on each other that they do not realize, or do not care, that there are about six billion innocent people walking on the sidewalk.
This is a time for cool heads, for sound judgment, for mature behavior, for thoughtful reaction, for bi-partisan support of doing the right thing.
John McCain is calling for the memories of Ronald Reagan. He is trying to justify his tough guy stance. But he fails to realize that with all of Ronald Reagan’s ideals, Reagan was a practical politician who knew when to compromise. Reagan’s success was a result of his practical approach to foreign policy.
McCain is launching his diatribe on the need for experience in the White House. Bush has eight years of experience and he scares most of us to death. Vince Lombardi said it best: “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” To paraphrase Lombardi: “Experience does not make perfect, learning from experience makes perfect.”
We in America cannot get Bush out of the White House quick enough to save the world from doom.