Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Remembers the “BIG STICK.”

Nobody Remembers

Obama has left the world on edge. North Korea threatens nuclear attacks on the United States: Russia is growling, China is playing its usual stealth cards, and everyone is TRYING to ignore it, but, fact it: It’s not easy.

President Trump has taken a strong military stance once again for America, and in that respect, we remember Ronald Reagan and another former President who had a few words to say, about big…hands…I mean…sticks.

I found a few words from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Carry a big stick” speech.

Here it is:

IN 1914, Teddy Roosevelt published some thoughts on how America should react to the war going on in Europe: Germany had just invaded Belgian and they were overrun. The world watched Belgian then, as we watch the Middle East now.

Here are a few paragraphs that Teddy wrote from OUTLOOK,

September 23, 1913: “The World War: Its Tragedies and Its Lessons. “


Our first duty is to hold ourselves ready to do whatever the changing circumstances demand in order to protect our own interests in the present and in the future: although, for my own part, I desire to add to this statement the proviso that under no circumstances must we do anything dishonorable, especially toward unoffending weaker nations. Neutrality may be of prime necessity in order to preserve our own interests, to maintain peace in so much of the world as is not affected by the war, and to conserve our influence for helping toward the reestablishment of general peace when the time comes.

We can maintain our neutrality only by refusal to do anything to aid unoffending weak powers which are dragged into the gulf of bloodshed and misery through no fault of their own. Of course, it would be folly to jump into the gulf ourselves to no good purpose: and very probably nothing that we could have done would have helped Belgium. We have not the smallest responsibility for what has befallen her, and I am sure that the sympathy of this country for the suffering of the men, women, and children of Belgium is very real.  (Nobody says: Syria.)

One of the main lessons to learn from this war is embodied in the homely proverb. “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

A little good can come, (peace movements) but only on condition that nations remember that as yet arbitration treaties, neutrality treaties, treaties for the erection of independent tribunals, treaties of all kinds can do nothing to save a nation in great crises unless that nation is able to defend its own honor, its own vital interests.

Under existing conditions, universal and all-inclusive arbitration treaties have been utterly worthless, because where there is no power to compel nations to arbitrate, and where it is perfectly certain that some nations will pay no respect to such agreements unless they can be forced to do so, it is mere folly for others to trust to promises impossible of performance: and it is an act of positive bad faith to make these promise when it is certain that the nation making them would violate them.


That last paragraph reminds me of Obama’s deal with Iran.

President Trump is speaking loudly and trying to carry a big stick. So is Kim Jung Un. So is Vladimir Putin.

The only country who is speaking softly are the Chinese.

Somebody said on the radio last night that the United States attacked nations who do not have nuclear weapons. Iraq and Libya to name two.

And that is why other nations want them so badly, and why that little creep in North Korea is so scared.

Whatever…when it comes to N. Korea, I’m afraid it’s going to be ‘use a big stick’ and THEN speak softly.

And I’m not sure which leader will use it first. One thing for sure: they won’t be able to blame the next war on Julian Assange.

Or…will they?

 

 

April 20, 2017 Posted by | War | , , | Leave a comment

   

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