Obama’s Lack of Resolve in the Middle East

by Richard H. Frank

Having lived through WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars, I find it incredible that the Obama Administration would invite Iran to the negotiating table to participate in talks between the Taliban and the Government in Afghanistan.  What is even more incredible is the fact that General Petraeus briefed those present, including Iran, on the U. S. strategy in Afghanistan.  Was Petraeus ordered to provide the briefing by the Commander-in-Chief or did he do so willingly?

The White House’s denial that Obama’s strategy was to find a rapid exit from Afghanistan as stated in the latest Woodward book seems ingenious given the latest disclosure coming out of Richard Holbrook in Afghanistan.

I also seem to recall that all the Presidential Candidates in the 2008 election (Republican and Democrat) stated that we (the United States) could not allow Iran to become a nuclear power.  Today it seems that the Obama Administration is resigned to Iran’s steady march to become a nuclear power in the Middle East.  The policy adopted by the Obama Administration in essence abandons Israel and leaves that country to defend itself against Iran’s threat to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.  So much for America’s meeting their commitment to defend their allies.

Not if, but when, this Country is attacked by radical muslim terrorists using a nuclear device, dirty bomb or biological weapon supplied by Iran or their allies we know where the responsibility will reside.  Should this Country, while at war with Germany, had invited an ally of Germany to be briefed on “D” Day, we would have called that action “treason.”  Yet today, we have an administration set on a policy of appeasement willing to sacrifice the blood of our children and the nation’s treasure for political gain.

It seems that since the United States adopted the policy of allowing the United Nations to negotiate the cease-fire in Korea which has never been signed by North Korea, we seem content not to win a conflict but spent 60 years playing policeman around the world.

We have abdicated our responsibility to our allies and our sovereignty to the United Nations at the price of 100,000 dead Americans.  Let us pray that the Obama Administration’s latest policy shift in Afghanistan and regarding Iran does not result in even more loss of life and treasure for American in the future.

Negotiating from a position of strength has been shown as the most effective strategy to achieve peace.  The only language radical elements of any nation understand is strength backed up by the resolve to use that strength if necessary.  History has shown the wisdom to “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Heros, Patriots and our President!

By: Richard H. Frank

I expect if a survey was taken today asking the American on the street the meaning of Memorial Day we would be shocked at the answers we would receive. For most young people, and many under 50 years of age, it is a holiday that ushers in the summer season for all the fun activities such as swimming, boating, barbeque and celebration with drink and huge fireworks displays. Those of us having received a more traditional education, and for many having lived the horrors of war, understand the real meaning of the Holiday. We honor the memory and service of those heros and patriots that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Following the Civil War it was called “Decoration Day” for the observance of those families that decorated the graves of those killed in the fight to preserve our Union and Constitution. In 1868 the day assumed the title of Memorial Day and in 1971 was finally recognized in the “National Holiday Act” as the official day in remembrance of those who have died in the service of our country and to preserve America’s liberty. Today we honor those heros and patriots that paid the highest price for the freedoms we enjoy in America today. Their sacrifices were as follows for those of you that did not have the advantage of an unaltered history education:

  • Civil War – 618,000 killed.
  • WWI – 908,371 killed.
  • WWII – 292,000 killed.
  • Korea – 33,665 killed.
  • Vietnam – 58,226 killed.
  • Golf I – 378 killed.
  • Iraq – 4287 killed and counting.

That totals 1, 343,927 souls that have sacrificed their lives in fulfillment of their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and to preserve our liberties. These are the men and women we honor on Memorial Day. The tradition is that our President lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as our country’s acknowledgement to their ultimate sacrifice is an honored tradition not to be taken lightly. Yet today we are told that President Obama will delegate the ceremony to Vice President Biden as he is taking a long weekend holiday with his family in Chicago, but will be back to greet Paul McCarthy. Apparently our Commander-in-Chief doesn’t feel the photo-op of placing the wreath is as important as his appearance at the Lincoln Cemetary in Chicago, or is it that he will make some “token” appearance to honor our soldiers. What must the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan think about choosing where they would like to be  when meeting their sworn responsibility this Memorial Day?

General George S. Patton was vilified for reportedly slapping a soldier for what he perceived as being  a coward. Patton said his purpose was to restore the individual’s integrity and honor to service for his country. President Obama’s decision not to participate in the Arlington ceremony constitutes a  slap in the face to every man and woman who served in the military and makes general Patton’s actions look like a national hero.

For the first time in my life I am ashamed of the President of the United States. Not the Office of the President but the man holding that office. I am sure I speak for many veterans and gallant men serving our country today. Not withstanding our President, ” May God bless America and those brave Americans serving our nation today and the memory of those that have served in the past!”