Leadership with tanks, not diplomats


I keep hearing this trope (that’s my word of the day!) about ‘Global Leadership.’ That is, to say, that the United States needs to be more diplomatic, rather than using force. This is a welcomed idea from — you guessed it — our enemies. And, you know, the countries that don’t have as much as we do.
Yet, when there’s a tsunami, earthquake, or other natural disaster, who’s always out there with an open hand? The same people who seem to curse us for our strength. Coincidentally, these are also the same nations who come crying to us when the big bads take their things. When your country gets invaded, you don’t want diplomats — you want killers.
Protection comes from tanks, not words. Strongly phrased statements don’t quell the sounds of suffering. A bowl of rice will do what no speech can ever do. I would gladly use my tanks to ensure the hungry are fed and the people are safe, rather than use my jets to codify world leaders.
Quite frankly, I don’t care what other countries think about this country. The United States is the greatest nation on the earth, and by a fair margin. Success will breed the detractors some seem to be stubbornly courting. If you don’t have somebody hating you, then they just don’t know you exist.
One of the first things I have to teach young leaders is this: their leadership creates enemies. Anyone willing to take a stand for something will, by human nature, create enemies willing to stand against them. I can assure you, we will never reach a full consensus in this lifetime, Being a leader means taking risks, doing what you think is right, even if it means going against what others say is right.

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