I think President Obama is a nice man, Jimmy Carter still is a nice guy and in fact their approach is in fact very Christian,turn the other cheek, humility and genuine. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/concoughlin/3559149/Jimmy-Carter-pledged-to-reform-US-foreign-policy…-and-look-what-happened.html and See :http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/apr/07/1n7obama00175-obama-reaches-out-worlds-muslims/?uniontrib ) The issue is ” Does Europe, NATO Allies and quasi friendly muslim nations respect this approach. Will this kinder approach juxtaposed against Bush, Cheney, Machiavellian ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machiavellian) policies result in gains for the war against terrorism, and anti American nations. I readily admit as a cop I have a tainted view of the “good cop” approach. I know there is pure evil in many persons and don’t have such a rosy optimism of humans ability to do the right thing. More and more I see human behavior only change when they are “caught” only concerned when “consequences and punishment” are imminent.
Obama has declared to take the nation to Afghanistan ” where the war against Al Qaeda terrorism should be centralized. See ( http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/27/us.afghanistan.troops/) Assuch if our allies are sincere in fighting global terrorism, and now are happy because Obama is kindlier and gentler , will they commit soldiers and put their young men at risk or will they happily, cowardly, selfishly and non courageously continue the past where Americans and the British carry the monetary and humanistic burden of war. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/2651607/Barack-Obama-will-appeal-to-European-voters-to-get-more-troops-for-Afghanistan.html
In the post 911 environment America is once again soft law enforcement is engaged in a war against terrorism, America is not and in fact the academician anti American communities focus on Guantanamo bay, ( http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/obama/2009/03/25/obamas-dilemma-over-terrorism-detainees.html )to portrait America as the bad guy.
Just this week Russia and China were conducting aggressive espionage and plotting terrorism against our nation when they tapped into the National Grid Power systems computers, in an apparent successful effort to disrupt computer controls over our nations energy delivery system. See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123914805204099085.html Can you imagine the harm a coordinated attack on our electric system could cause. Hospitals shut down, elderly, children at risk killed, injured or maimed. Our financial system knocked out. Our food, often refrigerated collapsed and sent into anarchy. Unconscionable and diabolic and yet we do a diplomatic dance with these devils. In fact some are suggesting that the greatest threat to our nation is China and their espionage net work. See http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=283&catid=8&subcatid=52
Now yesterday thank god the British apparently with Pakistani assistance foiled an immient attack on our nation and or the democratic world. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207898,00.html ” “I am 120 percent convinced there’s a link” with Al Qaeda, Louis Caprioli, a former top French counterintelligence official, said of the trans-Atlantic bombing plot. “
Now in the midst of a declining economy and federal bailout of every entity except Disney Land Obama is cutting the defense budget. In his kinder gentler approach it’s butter over guns. But with increasing evidence of the China, Russia and Al Qaeda terrorism can we afford such cut backs or are we putting our head in the sand. We all know the President gets “briefings”, ( http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/index.htm) but if he ignores the risks because he subjectively believes the kindlier gentler approach will work he will be a reckless president and place the nation at risk. They say you are a liberal until you are mugged, I hope and pray the terrorist don’t mug us but recent events are strong circumstantial evidence that they are ” casing ” us big time.