The World Around Us


The person in the foreground, she represents a lot of people in this country now-a-days. She’s just going about her business, blithely unaware of her surroundings. The sun is shining, everything is good.

Now that lion in the background? That lion represents a lot of people “out there”. Both within this country and especially beyond our borders. A predator sensing an easy kill, confident that the target is paying no attention whatsoever, confident that there will be no retaliation, confident that no danger will come to them.

Most predators will not go after their prey if they sense there is the possibility that they could somehow be injured or even killed in making an attack. The price of the meal isn’t worth the risk.

Right now, our freedom, our way of life and our belief systems are under attack. The predators can sense weakness, they sense that there is no risk to themselves at all. American citizens and interests can be attacked at will.

Recent events seem to bear this out. The enemy senses that they can attack us at will and that our government will do little, if anything, to retaliate. In essence, we have given them free reign.

What we need to do is make it clear, both in words and especially in deeds, that if you mess with the United States, if you kill or harm American citizens, then there will be a horrible price to pay. You will be made to pay and you will be made to pay dearly.

We need a return to the days when the following held true:

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Right now we stumble from one crisis to the next. No one takes the U.S. that seriously anymore. We need to change that and we need to change it NOW!

The following should be our motto as regards the way the rest of the world sees us:

“No better friend, no worse enemy”

Mess with us at your peril but if you stand with us, we’ve got your back.

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10 responses to “The World Around Us

  1. Sarge – absolutely brilliant assessment. Scary that you are so right; I fear for all of us these days. We are as unsafe as we were on September 10, 2001. What’s worse is that … we know it and can’t do a damn thing about it because the powers-that-be are spineless twits without cojones to stand up for our country.
    I weep for the future, especially if Obama gets re-elected.
    Ackt. Shpft.

  2. Bill Brandt

    I wonder – in recent history – if it has always been like this. The Nazis – and Japanese – thought we were “soft”.

    Before we entered the war.

    Of course I am talking about the people – its the leadership that is giving potential predators that feeling.

    Got to vote them out. And hope the new ones are more attuned to the world situation.

  3. Grumpy

    If my memory serves me correctly, the quote “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” I believe that quote came from the Commander of the Japanese force that attacked us at Pearl Harbor. My question is this, “Is the US more like that woman in the image?” I am not just talking about now, but for a long time, through many Administrations. The real issue is not just the fact, but about perceptions and context.

    Your second quote says many things. Let’s just face it, we need friends or allies to accomplish our goals. We must remember something, what cannot be blind to or about our “friends”. As I looked at that quote, there seems to be a very fine line between the two. In fact, I believe one of our “friends” stabbed us in the back and yet they will ask us for help. Neither party has bragging rights on this issue. When all of history is actually shown, I believe you will find this to be true.

    Sarge, I believe history will show you in a very favorable light, it took great courage to write this post. Thank you.

  4. Well written, Sarge.
    Go see
    for another important assessment by one who knows. And I suggest that all continue to follow the DIPLOMAD as well as the LEXICANS.

  5. SteveC

    Our problem with the “No better friend…” part is that our government has shown repeatedly that changes in administration not only can but actually do result in wholesale changes in our attitudes toward those who had been friends prior to the administration change. The Shah of Iran is one “shining” example, Vietnam became another, and now we have the example of Egypt. In part it happens due to the need to make ‘friends’ with unsavory types due to international circumstances. That is realpolitik. What is truly troubling is the current support for the “Arab Spring” which was hopey-changey BS and driven, in my opinion by leftists leading the government who did not like America’s course before. Well, now, here we are with the Muslim Brotherhood running things, the Iranians are stronger than ever (and have been killing Americans directly and through surrogates since the 70’s without being punished), and we have less influence than ever in the Islamic world – and all the while we are spitting on our true friend in the area, to paraphrase a reported quote of Hillary: “[those] f**king Jew bastard[s]”.

    I don’t believe that we can undertake to follow the Marine’s motto unless we have some sort of systemic change that would prevent our giving up allies because of administration changes. Frankly, I would not trust the USA to have my back. Ever. I’m sad to have to say that, but it’s true in our time even if we were at one time different.

    • Bill Brandt

      Steve there is a lot of truth in what you say – I am led to Benjamin Disraeli’s observation that A great power has no friends – only interests but the problem is with these abrupt changes in administrations from Bush to Obama – what do these politicians consider “our interests to be?

      I’ll give you 50-50 odds that had Bush been President Mubarek would still be in charge – and had Nixon been in charge the Shah would still be there.

      Think of the change in the world stage today had that been the case.

      Instead Obama – and people like him – felt Mubarak was an “evil dictator” and did noting to help him.

      Now look what we have.

      Reminds me of the dilemma someone posed Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 when asking why he supported the then dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza García (whose family ruled until the Sandinistas) :

      FDR replied, He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch

      I think too that post WW2 America has always been a reluctant world player – we certainly don’t have to be the world’s policeman.

      The British were masters at this game, frequently not involving themselves in the world’s problems but backing those locally who had a mutual interest.

      Its a dilemma not easily answered.

      Votes by the people do not always lead to democratic governments.

      We should keep that as our goal but remember the penalties for being wrong in our actions.

    • Steve, as Jerry Pournelle wrote, individuals are occasionably honorable, but governments, mostly not.

  6. P.s. This is why I loved The Captain so much.

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