11 months ago
WHAT DOES –
While Egypt is Burning Down
Mean for AMERICANS?
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FUTURE BY DR. R.RIGGS 20 AUG 2013
Another photo from this past weekend (August 17-18, 2013) showed the ‘new’
Secretary of State, John Kerry, skiff surfing. (Hannity, Fox News 19 August 2013) Regardless of
the ability that each might have to be in almost instantaneously (John Kerry would have to dry
off first unless they throw him the phone and he holds the tow rope with his teeth) is not the
point at all. If you are trying to make that point, then you are missing the point entirely.
An open letter to the White House, particularly addressing the President, the
representative leader of all the ‘secular, non-Muslim, military Egyptians’ that are against the
Morsi-Muslim Brotherhood presidency and are decrying the violence of the pro-Morsi
supporters, killing police officers and civilians and burning of temples and churches. The letter
makes it plain that in their eyes, President Obama is out of touch with the reality of the
situation and out of touch with the reality; particularly of the terrorist ties of the Muslim
Brotherhood. The indictment they make in those public pages appears to point a finger directly
at President Obama and make the claim that he does not understand their situation, he does
not understand, in fact he underestimates and elevates the motives of the Muslim brotherhood
and has left the nation, a long-time ally, in the dust to die. What is worse, perhaps, is that in the
eyes of the Egyptian people, President Obama callously does not care.
What does that mean for the American people? The primary issue which continues to be
haunting this administration is a lack of leadership. There is a sustained lack of moral, fiscal,
national and international leadership. Prime Minister Winston Churchill is credited with saying,
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice,
honor, duty, mercy, hope.” We may add to that list, leadership. It is, as Mr. Churchill would
agree, is similar to the others in that besides being expressed in a single word, it is like each of
his examples surprisingly simple as a concept. Where leadership parts ways from Mr. Churchill’s
list is that, in its implementation, leadership can be extremely complex.
No American president since the 20
President Obama. He has been surprisingly absent at least since his first abysmal declaration
of “leading from behind” when it came to the NATO attacks upon Libya which would, without
doubt, be the catalyst for the raids on Benghazi and the deaths of Ambassador Christopher
Stevens and his staff; an attack that has yet been given priority, whose agents have yet to be
sought out and brought to justice. Indeed, the emperor has no clothes and is unaware that
everyone (excepting his private circle, perhaps) is shouting the reality of his nakedness and he
appears to either not hear their voices or not care of their revelation.
For Americans, in the immediate future, such a pall of effective leadership means that our
armed forces continue to lose precious personnel, equipment, strategic position and deterring
capabilities. For our private citizens it means a heightening distrust of the federal government
on the heels of IRS and NSA scandals, the Justice Department completing losing its moral and
ethical compass; adrift at sea. What is worse, the highest law enforcement agency in the land is
in danger of becoming its own Public Enemy Number 1.
In the near future, Americans are vulnerable to the evil and deadly attacks of our enemies on our own
shores, in our own towns, upon our own families in peaceful neighborhoods. Our enemies smell the
indecision and the lack of will to fight that comes from Washington. What they underestimate, however,
is the strength and the resolve of individual Americans who have already taken up arms to prepare to
protect our families and our homes. A battle-cry is rising across this land and we trust that leaders will
arise and stand strong in the days of battle that most certainly adorn our near future.
Ezekiel 33:1-6 “The word of the LORD came to me:
“When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make
him their watchman,
and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning,
Century has failed in his leadership role more acutely than
‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them:
and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn
then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes
Since they heard the sound of the trumpet
they would have saved themselves.
trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be
taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’”
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the