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Monday, January 31, 2011

Obama's 3am Phone Call

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...Image via Wikipedia
In the next few weeks and months we will find out what kind of man Barack Obama is. Will he wind up being a Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan. I feel for him, this is what will probably decide, more than anything else, what place in history he will hold.
There are no easy answers, and I won't pretend to know enough to comment on the situation in the Middle East. It seems that even those who are experts are not sure where we will end up, but we all know that it will decide how our future will be, too. Instability is never good, especially in the part of the world where 40%  of our oil, either comes from, or travels through.
If the current instability spreads, the next question will be how far? And who next? Or if the Egyptian people manage to get rid of their current government, what will the next one be like? Will they remain friends of the U.S.? Or will they be antagonistic to us?
What will Obama do? Will he simply wait and watch to see which way the wind is blowing and then try to wind up supporting the winner? Or will he choose a side and risk losing. If I had to guess, I would guess that he will wait. This is one of the 3am phone calls that Hillary warned us about. This will either prove the mettle of the man, or delegate him to the history books as another Jimmy Carter.
For the sake of our country, I pray that he makes the right choices. After all, it is not just the Middle East that is poised for destruction. Truly, the whole world is waiting to see the outcome.

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