Saturday, April 18, 2009
Obama is America's New Teddy Roosevelt
Obama is very much like Teddy Roosevelt. He Talks Softly and Carries a Big Stick. Yes, Obama travels around the world to engage in personal diplomacy. Yes, he is willing to talk to America's enemies. But he did order the killing of three pirates in order to free the American ship's captain. He did send about 20,000 new American troops to Afghanistan to go after Bin Laden and Al Quaida. He has agreed with the president of Mexico to help wipe out the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Obama is neither an appeaser nor a pacifist. Israel has always negotiated with its enemies. As Israeli leaders have said: "We don't need to negotiate with our friends. Also, unfortunately, our next door neighbors are not Canadians." If Israel can negotiate with its enemies, why shouldn't the USA? As Teddy Roosevelt knew, there are two ways for a nation to achieve its goals -- through the carrot and through the stick. Obama is well aware of those two methods, and he knows how to use them both.