This is a supplement to the blog posted on December 15, 2015.
This is a dangerous time for America, not to mention the free world. Leadership, strong leadership, is vitally needed. World terrorism is running rampant and must be considered as the number one issue facing the country today. Isis is not a “JV team” nor is it “contained” as the White House would have you falsely believe but is strong and growing. This is no time for someone who embraces the likes of climate change as the major world issue while people are being shot down indiscriminately. Because this group teaches members and recruits that it is an honor to die for this cause, the cause must be rooted out and stamped out. Leadership is needed to lead the campaign against this cause, leadership with a proven record of accomplishment. Isis must be confronted head on and therefore choosing the next president, the right president, is vital to our interests. That person must possess a proven track record of success and accomplishment with the necessary temperament and judgment to fill the office. Mere talk is not enough.
This brings me back to the major premise of this blog – the national interest must be considered by the media in covering all candidates in the presidential race. Merely playing partisan politics is not enough. So, is the media giving the same scrutiny to Hillary that it gives to Donald Trump? Absolutely not. Where does the media point up her absence of leadership, her absence of accomplishments, her missing track record of success. The media coverage is distorted and misguided. How much media coverage has been given to the ongoing FBI investigation of Hillary’s email misuse? How many presidential candidates in the past have been the subject of an FBI investigation? The results of that investigation should be made public, indictment or not. The public is entitled to know what the investigation shows. The public is entitled to know if Hillary has broken any laws, whether there has been any criminal conduct, no matter if punished or not, and to make its own judgment in that regard. This is not a game – national security is at stake.
My new book, “Prelude to Disaster: How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” (available on Amazon’s Kindle and in print) is instructive in today’s tumultuous world. It tells the true story of the shortcomings of American diplomacy, why the possibility of an attack on the U.S. mainland was overlooked despite at least two independent sources predicting such an attack. Using the benefits of 20-20 hindsight, it is easy to say that at a minimum daily reconnaissance flights out of Hawaii should have been conducted. If done, the Japanese attack force surely would have been detected. And it’s easy to say it should have been foreseen that the U.S. Pacific Fleet would have been an impediment to the Japanese plans to push south in the Pacific, and so the Japanese would want to eliminate it. There are lessons applicable today from this experience. The point is, nothing should be taken for granted, no area, no point should be considered as sacrosanct. This includes a determination of fitness for the nation’s highest office.
There’s no ro0m today for shortsightedness – the stakes are too high. No room for obsessing on the likes of climate change as the major threat to free countries everywhere. This is mere fancy. Absolute realism is needed in today’s world. All possibilities of attack by Isis must be considered and appropriate action taken. A coalition of nations led by American forces is sorely needed. Boots on the ground are the obvious answer, not just American boots, but those of all nations in the coalition. This requires American leadership, clearly lacking currently. Also, all branches of the armed forces must meet and communicate daily on the existence of threats by Isis; there must be full disclosure by all to a knowing Congress and to a President who is capable of taking the required action. There is no time for excuses, or inter-branch jealousy.
A recent Newsweek story has been published, in which is a well deserved, scathing denunciation of Barack Obama appears. Newsweek, as you may recall is a very liberal magazine. So coming from Newsweek, the story is quite a revelation. But Newsweek has finally seen the light. Better late than never, as the saying goes. The point is, it was a mistake to elect Obama, eminently unqualified, inexperienced, incompetent, and a world-class liar, a terrible mistake, for which we are still suffering the consequences, a mistake which must not be repeated. One way to nail down that this mistake is not repeated is for the media to assume responsibility to the public to assure that ALL presidential candidates are evenly covered, qualifications for office, or lack thereof, absolutely and completely exposed. Anything less is a public disgrace.
Copyright 2015. Arnold G. Regardie. All rights reserved.