Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kermit the Frog and the Diplomacy of Strength

Posted by Larry O'Connor Jul 7th 2010 at 2:28 pm in Foreign Policy, History

After eighteen months of a foreign policy wedded to apology, bows and mixed signals we find ourselves alienated from our two historically strongest allies, Israel and England and losing influence with the rest of the nations whom we need to rally to our side at this time of war.

Perhaps the current strategy of deference, humility and equivocation of first principals is not all we were told it would be when then-candidate Obama spoke to screaming throngs in Berlin. Perhaps what is needed now, more than ever is a different sort of diplomatic effort best exemplified by another memorable speech delivered by a historic figure in that same German city:



Clear, plain and direct, Kermit the Frog used soaring rhetoric not to impress and charm our adversaries, but to challenge and confront them. And it sent a clear message to our allies that America was there for them and we would not back down from the greatest challenge to freedom and liberty of that time.

Our nation, and our world, yearns for a clear and unequivocal enunciation of American values and the forthright determination to use our great strength to back those values up when our allies need us most.

Our nation yearns for another leader like Kermit the Frog.

11 comments:

J Neo Marvin said...

Finally, a good alternative answer to the oft-You know who ELSE made speeches in Germany???"

J Neo Marvin said...

Blew the joke. That's supposed to read "oft-asked question".

Mendacious D said...

Hypocrite!

Substance McGravitas said...

Holy Christ the "Puppetry is theft" search doesn't work any more. Has Google been infiltrated by communists?

Mendacious D said...

That is truly distressing.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Google is bowing and scraping at the feet of the Communists.
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Rusty Shackleford said...

Eventually the Communists will have no feet at all.

The Communists said...

Ow! OW!

STOP THAT!!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Kermit would have been a better president than GWB.

Rusty Shackleford said...

Kermit would have been a better president than GWB.

Someone like Kermit would never stoop to politics. The best we can really hope for is Bert.

tigris said...

Eventually the Communists will have no feet at all.

They will seize cold froggy ones for the good of the party. Also: delicious.