Some people look at the end of the Walker candidacy and say “This man failed.” It’s truer to say that we, as Americans, failed Scott Walker. By extension, we failed America, Israel, and every man, woman, and child in the world who depends on the iron resolve of the President of the United States to keep them safe at night.
If you don’t believe me, please revisit the sage words of Mike Doran and Matt Kroenig:
Some pundits argue that if Governor Walker were to terminate the Iran deal on day one, the Iranians would respond by kicking out the inspectors and sprinting for the bomb. That, too, is a misreading of how the world works. If the Iranians see that the new president is resolute and prepared to follow through on his threats, fear of consequences will make them less rather than more aggressive.
We have seen this before. In 1980, the American people elected a president with a reputation for resolve and on day one of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, literally as he took the oath of office, the Iranians released the hostages that they had been holding prisoner for 444 days. The time to show leadership on Iran is now, not after one gets settled into the position.
As Governor Walker said in a press gaggle this weekend in Iowa, “I believe that a president shouldn’t wait to act until they put a cabinet together or for a certain period of time… I’m going to be prepared to be president on day one.”
Indeed. We could have been led by a man who promised to use lessons learned fighting unions in Wisconsin to crush the Islamic State. We could have been led by a man who, armed only with cheap talk, could have struck terror in the heart of the Ayatollah. We could have been led by a man who would have out-wrestled not only Putin, but Putin’s Siberian Tiger. We could have been led by a man who could dissolve artificial Chinese islands merely by pissing on them.
Now, we’re likely to be stuck with a President who’ll give it a couple days thought before making decisions critical to the future of America, and the world. That hesitation and lack of resolve
could be will be disastrous catastrophic. When America is subjected to a mushroom cloud of thoughtfulness and deliberation, we’ll have no one but ourselves to blame.