Letter: Column lacked perspective
When I read the "View From My Place" commentary in last week's Journal it dawned on me that the view from the writer's window must be blocked by a brick wall or some equally opaque barrier. According to his comments it would appear that the writer has no view at all of what is happening in America today. Likewise, his perspective on America's relationship with Putin's Russia from 2009 to 2016 is totally garbled. He seems to have a complete memory lapse in this area.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to conceive of the past year as being America's "darkest hour." The economy is growing at the highest rate in decades. The stock markets are all showing record performances. The overall unemployment rate is at an almost historic low. Better than that, the unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic people is the lowest it has ever been. There has not been a race riot in any major city. Illegal immigration has slowed dramatically compared to the past two decades. Major corporations are bring back money from overseas, and foreign investment in America is booming. Wages are beginning to rise without a federal law being passed.
In foreign affairs our policies have re-asserted America's position as a major player after eight hears of Obama's fumbling. Isis no longer controls a caliphate. NATO has been prodded out of it's torpor and some of the key members have begun to realize the need for all of the members to become pro-active in their own defense. Clear positions of support have been staked out for our allies in Israel, the Arab world, East Asia and South Asia. North Korea, Iran and Russia are all being actively, but judiciously, confronted with a revived American will to resist their depredations.
As for relations with Russia, the writer's view needs a a reality check. The Obama administration spent eight years refusing to recognize Russia as any kind of threat. Pres. Bush had agreed to install anti-missile defenses in the Czech Republic and in Poland. Obama cancelled these plans as a "good will" gesture to Putin. Secretary of State Clinton went to Moscow with a little red "reset button" to symbolize our willingness to re-configure all our dealings with Russia. The news photos showed her Russian counterpart smirking and chocking back a laugh as she tried to present her pathetic little symbol but forgot to learn the Russian words to say what she was trying to do. In 2012, at the end of a conference, President Obama assured the Russian president that, "after I'm re-elected, I'll have greater flexibility to deal." During one presidential debate Mitt Romney stated that Russia was the greatest threat to American interests. Obama mocked him by saying that, "the 1980's called and they want their foreign policy back.The Cold War is over." \When the Russians invaded Crimea and began to infiltrate into Ukraine proper, the Ukrainians asked for some assistance. They had in mind small arms of the kind that could be used to good effect in resisting the kind of sporadic attacks that were dangerous but stopped short of full scale invasion. Our response was to send several plane loads of 'Meals Ready to Eat'. In Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan Obama created power vacuums by withdrawing American forces too quickly. These vacuums were filled by the Russians and Iranians who followed almost in lockstep with the withdrawing Americans. And so on and so on.
The eight years of Pres. Obama's administration may have been one of America's darkest hours, certainly since World War II ended. President Trump may not be another Churchill, which is probably a good thing, given that Churchill's record as a military strategist is highly suspect at best. President Trump is not a fool. Nor is he in any way a tool of the Putin regime. Trump understands that the free world is only as strong as America. The free world's defenses and economic systems depend on a strong America for their successes. Our enemies all understand this. It is sad that so many of our misguided citizens do not seem understand that a dynamic economy, a strong military and a feeling of can-do patriotism will combine to do more for our continued success as a nation than any other possible course of action.
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