Joe Biden joined an online world climate change summit this past week, and the image he projected was quite reminiscent of Obama’s tan suit. While dozens of other world leaders appeared alone on their screens and mask-less, Mr. Biden was the only statesman actually wearing a mask. If it was meant to signal some kind of virtue, it backfired. As every other leader in the world projected an air of confidence — not to mention, a measure of common sense — Biden just ended up looking ridiculous.
Redstate writer “Bonchie” reported on the ridiculousness, calling it a “clown show” and pointing out the terrible image it projected in the face of participating in a call that included despots like Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
Biden appeared in a Zoom call with other international leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. This was a moment to show American power and greatness. Instead, Biden stumbled his way through wearing a mask, the only person on the call to do so.
There are 17 people on that call. Only Biden chose to wear a mask, while sitting alone on a remote video call, after being vaccinated. Does he not realize how stupid this makes us look? You can imagine how much Putin was laughing inside after staring across at our president making an absolute clown of himself.
I whole-heartedly share my colleague’s perplexed outrage. Although I find it helpful for historical purposes to depict the Biden administration as masked and weak, for the present moment on the world stage it is an utter abomination.
Seeing Biden in a mask, alone, on a computer screen reminds our enemies that the American will is rotting from the inside. They’ll never defeat us militarily, but they may not need to. Images of our own president tell guys like Putin all they need to know about the future of America as it stands for now: we will defeat ourselves with our own feebleness, and the proof is in the feebleness of the man we send to represent us on the worlds stage.
Surely other hostile leaders around the world are well aware of Biden’s failing mental energies, probably more so than the average American. They likely have a lot of intelligence that we don’t have access to, as mere citizens of our own country. One can almost see it in the way Putin sneers when he is talking about or addressing the current president. Biden is unwell, most likely not really in charge, and he’s such a pansy he wears a mask that obscures his face when sitting alone on a Zoom call.
The fragile left wing would like to paint Biden and his insistence on wearing masks (even though he is vaccinated, as is everyone at the White House, by this time) as “responsibility,” but that is the kind of assessment one makes when they have never actually had to bear responsibility for much in their own lives in the way of leadership. You don’t have to be a genius to know that as a leader, projecting an air of strength and confidence is as much a part of effective leadership as is setting a good example.
Humility is certainly a part of intelligent leadership, but humility is a private endeavor. True humility projects strength, because it allows one to understand their small place in the in the world and in the story of time, and that knowledge brings an innate understanding of human nature. Humans respond to strength and confidence. Thus, the humble leader casts an air of unwavering confidence when dealing with other leaders. I hate to sound cliché, but the best of the best in this respect was The Gipper himself.
There is no area of life where the idea of “humble weakness” is a successful one. Not one place can you find an example of weakness being rewarded with respect.
Parents who cannot withstand the wrathful tantrums of their children and constantly acquiesce to their demands will end up with grown children who are selfish, indecisive, and unproductive. It takes no energy at all to raise a naughty child. It takes a concerted effort to teach a child to respect your parental authority. Weakness ends up being a losing proposition for both parent and child.
Dog owners know well that strength and respect are vital to a well-behaved animal. Many of us have anxious dogs, and if we’ve been their sole caretaker, ten times out of ten, that dog is anxious because the owner is anxious or the owner is treating the dog like a person. Dogs don’t want to be treated like equals. They want a pack leader. In our home, our dog has a healthy respect (and love) for everyone but my 13-year-old daughter, who is convinced that speaking sternly to the dog or scolding the dog or being aggressive with the dog in any way is hurtful to the dog. She loves that dog to death. But she’s the only person the dog shows a disrespect for, and that’s because she hasn’t yet figured out how to project an air of confident leadership.
At work, you may view your constant willingness to defer to others as humility, but it will be perceived as weakness, and you’ll soon find yourself wondering why everyone else gets all the accolades while you stay stationary. Again, humility is a private endeavor that informs a public confidence. In the workplace, public “humility” sends out an energy that screams, “I am too weak to defend my position.”
Pick a corner of life: work, the playground, the gym, prison, spending the summer with your rambunctious cousins…whatever the area in life, the principle is the same. Establish respect by projecting confidence — the kind of confidence that comes from the lessons of private humility.
Joe Biden is a weak leader who can’t even bring himself to show his face on a call with the leaders of other cultures, for which face-to-face communications are a vital part of the culture of respect.
And that will be Biden’s legacy…a frail, masked man alone on a computer screen, cutting deals to lower America’s beef consumption, so that other nations who hate the very existence of freedom will like us more.
This former U.N. Ambassador wants America to save the world again
Former ambassador to the United Nations and administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power recently expressed her wishes to bring back America’s prestige by administering vaccines all over the world. This ambitious goal requires the revival of USAID’s capacity and influence to help other nations recover from this pandemic.
Created in 1961 under the John F. Kennedy administration, USAID was an independent agency of the American Federal Government, tasked to deliver foreign aid, as well as development assistance. The agency has been a major force in providing disaster and poverty relief for low-income countries. USAID also focuses on environmental and world issues along with U.S. national interests and socioeconomic development. Unfortunately, USAID has lost much authority in the global arena after the 60’s, as governments started focusing on other
Last month, Samantha Power was confirmed as administrator for USAID through a 68-26 vote by the U.S. Senate. Even though this is her first time working for the agency, her experience in the humanitarian field and as a diplomat is most valuable for the government. Her wisdom working as a U.N. ambassador under Obama’s term, back to her beginnings as a war correspondent in Bosnia is a beacon of light in these dark times.
Power believes that this dream to, once again, bring American aid to poor nations could become true if USAID “is unleashed to design programs around getting vaccines into arms in countries where we’ve worked for generations, for 60 years.” She also believes that, unlike China which relies heavily on big funding, USAID will instead utilize a more grassroots approach.
The cooperation between the private sector and non-governmental organizations, will be a powerful force behind this project. Because America is a free country where information flows without oppressive regulations, the internet will be an important tool in disseminating information.
During her remarks at her USAID welcome ceremony, she shared her experiences and the struggles that she has witnessed all over the world. Citing America’s remarkable role during times of global adversity.
“I saw it firsthand during the Ebola outbreak that ravaged West Africa in 2014 and gripped the rest of the world in fear. It was America’s willingness to step into the breach and deploy a whole-of-government effort with USAID at its core that changed the world, that moved the world. Because America led, because USAID led, the United States was able to rally a coalition of 60 countries to contribute on the ground and secure 134 co-sponsors for a resolution at the UN Security Council, declaring the epidemic a threat to international peace and security,” Powers said in her speech last April.
This Democrat Thinks Defunding the Police is a Wrong Idea
The unfortunate events last May 25, 2020 which led to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a few irresponsible policemen, sparked an endless stream of protests on the streets. It was a chaotic season that has drowned out the underlying coronavirus crisis. Aside from the trending fad that is “Black Lives Matter,” the other famous battle cry was “defund the police.”
NY City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said in a debate yesterday, that defunding the police isn’t the right approach in New York. He also stressed that these cops need to be told that their city needs them. Fair enough, America is full of good policemen and women on duty, doing their best to protect the citizens by being on the lookout for criminals. For Yang, removing the bad apples while giving the better ones the needed appreciation and motivation, is the correct thing to do.
“The first thing I’d do as mayor is go to our police force and say that ‘Your city needs you. Your city needs you to do your jobs professionally, responsibly and justly.’ But the police are going to be a core way for us to address the public safety concerns that so many New Yorkers have. And let me be clear, defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City,” said Yang.
Andrew Yang suggested reforming the country’s policing methods, which will include forming anti-violence units within the community. These units will be used to enforce safety, by searching for mischievous elements and preventing them from further creating trouble.
“These are some of the practices that would help make our people safer, but you have to start by saying to the police very clearly that you are vital to our city’s recovery because there is no recovery without public safety,” Yang stated.
The issue of police funding is a hotly debated topic today and an issue that is not very easy to solve. We do understand that crime can only be prevented if society starts from the root by giving young people better options in life. We know that the world is a better place when compassion takes over violence. However, evil is everywhere today and sometimes force is necessary to prevent or pacify that which could hurt innocent citizens.
The best thing to do is to improve the training of the police force. Perhaps they can revise their ways of handling and de-escalating threatening individuals. Providing them knowledge and training is of utmost importance and that too will require a great deal of funding.
Lockheed Martin Withdraws F-16 Crew from Iraqi Air Base
Due to recent militia rocket attacks, U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin will withdraw their F-16 fighter jets’ maintenance crew from Balad Air Base in Iraq. Balad is the base of the Iraqi Air Force and is situated in the Sunni Triangle, 40 miles north of the capital city of Baghdad.
“In coordination with the U.S. government and with employee safety as our top priority, Lockheed Martin is relocating our Iraq-based F-16 team. “We value our partnership with the Iraqi Air Force and will continue to work with the Iraq and U.S. governments to ensure mission success going forward,” Lockheed said in an official statement.
Back in February 2020, Lockheed also pulled out their workers from the same airbase after top Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qasim Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. Fears of retribution and prolonged conflict with Iran, prompted Lockheed to secure their team under the State Department’s guidance.
For the past months, other federal contractors have already withdrawn from the region. This information was divulged in a Defense Department Inspector General report that was published recently. There is a huge possibility, according to sources, that Lockheed will continue to assist the Iraqi air force remotely.
Back in November last year, the White House made an announcement that thousands of troops will be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan while a force of 2,500 crews will remain in both countries. Donald Trump’s administration back then, wanted all remaining American troops out by the spring of 2021.
In an interview with the media, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said “by May, it is President Trump’s hope that they will all come home safely — and in their entirety. I want to reiterate that this policy is not new. This has been the president’s policy since he took office.”
About 7,000 American service members were killed since the war in the middle east commenced as a result of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. During his presidential campaign in 2016, Donald Trump made a promise to end the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He delivered well during his term, however, the process is a complicated one that requires a lot of effort. Aside from the fact that a total pullout of troops would take a long time to undertake, there are still many legitimate dangers to contend with, even during less chaotic times in the middle east.
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