Within the space of two days, I was struck by the contrast in the America presented by our current President vs. the America of WWII.  In Obama’s speech in Cairo he continued to apologize for and minimalize the greatness of America.  He said we acted contrary to our principles after the shock of 9/11 and he has unequivocally ordered the discontinuation of torture – as if the waterboarding of 3 GITMO criminals equated to a history of torture by this nation.  He failed to mention the number of Muslim countries we have saved in various wars and skirmishes of the past and present, nor the human rights violations and barbaric torture used by Muslim nations and terrorist groups against Americans and even their own citizens. He said that no single nation should be able to pick which nations have nuclear weapons, that no one nation is superior to another.  He believes we can all come together and find common ground, with the goal of laying down our nuclear weapons. 

On the other hand, we celebrated the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  We saw and remembered all the Americans buried on foreign soil and how they rescued the world from a terrorist dictator.  We heard the stories of the sheer guts and bravery of our soldiers from some of our oldest veterans.  We saw the pride in their country, their medals and ribbons, their quiet dignity.  I do believe they are the greatest generation.  Had it not been for Americans and nuclear weapons, the world would not be what it is today.  We have had a long history of believing in peace through strength, of superior military power as the best defense of freedom – until now. 

“The way to secure peace is to be prepared for war.  They that are on their guard, and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent.”  Benjamin Franklin.

“There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.  If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it;  if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.”                        George Washington.