Restoring the Sacred

Thursday, September 13, 2012

John Yoo: The Consequences of Leading from Behind

John Yoo wrote this post at last night.
While this President is all too happy to exercise his powers domestically to remake society, he shies away from the singular area where the need for swift and decisive executive action is greatest — foreign affairs.
Compare the Obama administration's response to that of an earlier, greater President.  In this some region of the world, once, an American man named Perdicaris was taken hostage by an Arab brigand named Raisuli.  President Teddy Roosevelt sent out the message:  "The American government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead."  It had the desired effect, thanks to the dispatch of seven American warships and the Marines. By contrast no doubt, Obama will ask the United Nations to resolve the matter instead.

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