At some point Charlie Brown should have realized the point is not to kick the football. The point is to kick Lucy. Likewise, the United States needs to stop falling for the football trick the Middle East keeps playing on it.

If you haven’t seen the video Libya vs. Iraq I highly suggest watching it. It’s humorous if you work with hard core liberals or remember them from your college days – but there’s more serious point to be made:

The Middle East is populated with “bad options” and “worse options” for any President. The entire region is filled with basket case dictators, mullah thugs, and stone-age cultures incompatible with civilized society. It requires serious, principled politicians who are willing to be honest and frank with the American people (a rarity in both political parties).

Mark Steyn, the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot of Conservative Awesome brings up an interesting point:

I am by temperament and upbringing an old-school imperialist: There are arguments to be made for being on the other side of the world for decades on end if you’re claiming it as sovereign territory and rebuilding it in your image, as the British did in India, Belize, Mauritius, the Solomon Islands, you name it. Likewise, there are arguments to be made for saying sorry, we’re a constitutional republic, we don’t do empire. But there’s not a lot to be said for forswearing imperialism and even modest cultural assertiveness, and still spending ten years getting shot up in Afghanistan helping to create, bankroll, and protect a so-called justice system that puts a man on death row for converting to Christianity.

A country that is confident and sure of itself doesn’t shy away from the world’s soapbox. It’s happy to talk about the ideas that make it an exceptional nation and eager to export them to those that put “a man on death row for converting to Christianity.” If we didn’t have a country where the minds of millions have been tainted by liberal moral relativism and multi-culturalism, agreeing on a coherent foreign policy would be a lot easier.  As it stands, we’ve become Charlie Brown Nation, a population stuck on wishy-washy.

Likewise, the Middle East is Lucy van Pelt. Every President sees her hold out some sort of “football,” and feels the need to try and kick it. However, Lucy is a bully. And bullies only understand one thing. After falling for the football trick so many times Charlie Brown must realize the point is not to kick the football–the point is to kick Lucy.

Either the Middle East will reform itself, or it will need someone to do it for them. Europe is not in position to do that because culturally it looks like something you mind find in The Walking Dead graphic novel series. The United States, Australia, Poland, and a few other countries might as well be the last humans alive fighting for their own lives, so they too are in no position to do what needs to be done (notice I did not add Britain into the list of survivors, as it appears they’ve been bitten).

So what’s the answer? That’s a tough one. For this post, the point is to demonstrate that there’s an extremely complicated task before us. Because of that, people who play politics with our national security need to be called out. The video, Libya vs. Iraq does a superb job highlighting the type of person who does so.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

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