- Posted July 21, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Lead-Up to Entanglement?
As I sat, listened and watched US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power address the UN Security Council the other day charging that Russia and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for the horrendous shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people, I was struck with an eerie feeling that I had heard this or something similar before.
From the remarks of some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, there is a familiarity in those comments. Vice President Joe Biden, never one to shy from speaking his mind, seems to be talking in an uncanny manner of a former sitting vice president. The voice of Secretary of State John Kerry echos in tone and manner one I have heard before from a previous secretary of state.
The press conferences of the White House and press releases have a strange resemblance to those I have heard and read before. Even the call to unite and hold accountable the perpetrators of the shooting down of Flight 17 by President Barack Obama stir memories of the call to arms of a former president.
Difference is that this time around, the President is waning in popularity both at home and in stature around the world. This time around the majority in Congress are reluctant to do more. This time around the majority of the public is skeptical and reluctant for the US to do anything, but bring the troops home.
A recent poll conducted prior to the shooting down of Flight 17 had 67% of Americans saying the nation should limited its action to those that are clearly a threat to national security. Only 22% of Americans see the US as a moral leader in the world. On Ukraine 17% want more US involvement to stop the aggression of Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin. The right amount of involvement is what 33% thought about US efforts in Ukraine. Another 34% thought the US should curtail what efforts it was making in Ukraine.
Of course this was prior to the tragic, deadly flight. Those numbers always change after an incident such as this. But will the numbers swing like a pendulum or be more incremental this time around?
Maybe it is just me. But there is a aura of deja vu to all of this happening over the last few days.
From the Cornfield, as I sit here this afternoon, my concern is that perhaps once more we are in a lead-up to entanglement.
What has come out of this seems to be a meeting of minds from both Republicans and Democrats calling for the need for a leader on the world stage - a leader both sides say should be the President.
The world is also looking for a leader - but, this time the world seems to be looking elsewhere to an Angela Merkel in Germany or a David Cameron in Great Britain.
Now is not the time to reassess. As people from both political parties are saying, now is the time to be firm, to stand tall, to not equivocate.
I agree there is a need for more backbone and less quibbling when our bluff is called. But, I do not want us in another entanglement which never truly benefits us.