Peace through strength.

~ Ronald Reagan

Obama bows before the king of Saudi Arabia, April 2009

Peace through strength are words uttered by President Reagan for the ages. They were the foundation of his foreign policy against communism and “the evil empire” – the Soviet Union. Enduring words that dismantled tyrannical nations, yet those words would amount to meaningless rhetoric and vacuous platitudes if Reagan didn’t back them up with a credible threat of punishment to those nations who would threaten America and her national interests.

In October 1986, at the Reykjavik nuclear-arms-control summit, Reagan backed up those words when nuclear non-proliferation talks broke down with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland and at Geneva the year before because the Soviets insisted that we stop developing SDI – the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan considered SDI, or the ability to develop a missile defense system where a defensive rocket is used to shoot down a hostile rocket in mid-air, to be non-negotiable. Rather than jeopardize America’s right to self-defense, Reagan walked out of the talks.

As the state-run media in 2009 praises Obama’s tepid remarks on the Iranian election as designed not to anger the mullahs, in 1985-87 America’s state-run media howled that Reagan’s actions would anger the Soviets and cause a greater escalation of nuclear weapons. On the contrary, history has proven Reagan right, and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed by Reagan and Gorbachev in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 1987.

Reagan and Gorbachev at the White House prior to the signing of the INF.

The great Spanish philosopher Santayana, in his book, “The Life of Reason,” famously said, “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.” The Soviet Empire began to crumble 20 years ago under the strong, moral, unyielding leadership of Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. Twenty years later America is tragically repeating history by appeasing aggressors under the neo-Marxist, B. Hussein Obama. No one fears or respects the United States anymore –and why should they?

Kim Jong-il, the North Korean communist dictator, violates international law and U.N. resolutions with impunity by shooting off rockets with a range to hit Alaska and Hawaii, and Obama does nothing. As a matter of fact, Kim’s next scheduled rocket launch will help America celebrate her 233 birthday, for he plans to launch it on the Fourth of July. Obama’s response? The USS John McCain, one of our newest Navy destroyers, is tracking a North Korean ship, the Kang Nam, a vessel suspected of transporting illegal nuclear weapons and nuclear materials.

Don’t get your hopes up that Obama finally has some steel in his spine. The Navy admiral is under explicit orders not to provoke the North Koreans by boarding this vessel. America has shackled itself under the “hail and query” principle: “Do you have any nuclear weapons or nuclear components on board this ship?” “No.” “Thank you, sir. Sorry to bother you. Have a nice day.”

How can we find out what is aboard the Kang Nam under these conditions? If we wait for the ship to run out of gas around Burma and put pressure on that dictatorship to allow our military destroyer to search this ship, what will be their answer? That’s not peace through strength. Obama’s foreign policy is reminiscent of the craven duplicity of Neville Chamberlain with Hitler at the Munich Treaty of 1938. It amounts to a diplomacy from our knees, and I guarantee you that these convoluted appeasement measures by the U.S. will only embolden our enemies in tyrannical nations across the world.

In the meantime, the world is becoming a much more dangerous place to live as tyrants, socialists and Muslim fanatics across the globe mobilize under the Liberal-Muslim Axis and seek to destroy or weaken capitalism and representative democracies wherever they find them – in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan and beyond.

I am convinced the more I observe our president that Obama and his fascist legions are actually pleased with the mounting chaos destabilizing the civilized world. The simmering revolution in Iran is just the most recent incarnation. It’s all Chaos Theory, baby! – and the more chaos the better, because it gives Obama the pretext to “do something” to “fix” the problems. In the meantime, Obama’s remedies only exacerbate existential domestic and geopolitical problems, which only starts the Chaos Theory cycle anew.

Peace through strength, or diplomacy from our knees? To any rational observer of politics it is obvious that Obama made the latter choice, and America is paying exceedingly for his treachery. The galling irony of it all is that in defense of the inevitable rocket attacks by North Korea upon American soil, what are we hastily moving to the coasts of Hawaii? That’s right, a missile defense system (SDI). The same Quislings and Neville Chamberlains of the Democrat Party who for years lambasted Reagan as a “warmonger,” “stupid” and “naïve” now cower behind his legacy of SDI. This is the same SDI program that a few weeks ago Obama bragged that he wanted to dismantle because in his perverted worldview, protecting America means destabilizing the world and antagonizing Russia and China.

The communist regime of Kim Jong-il has made it explicitly clear to America: If we board his ship, North Korea will consider that provocation an act of war. Let us hope that Obama will find the courage to be a man rather than a man-child when dealing with rogue nations like North Korea and Iran.

I think that conservative intellectual Ann Coulter summed up the limits of diplomacy best when she wrote that there are only two choices with savages: Fight or run. Democrats always want to run, but they dress it up in meaningless catchphrases like “diplomacy,” “détente,” “engagement,” “multilateral engagement,” “multilateral diplomacy,” “containment” and “going to the U.N.”

America, which policy will you choose? Obama’s diplomacy from our knees, or Reagan’s peace through strength? The survival of the civilized world hinges upon that choice.

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