I try to keep this blog focused on the “new and inexperienced” shooter – trying to share little bits and pieces of what I consider important in the hopes of smoothing a defensive shooter’s path. But there are things that affect us all, that put us all at risk both domestically and on the global stage. These risks demand attention, influence our daily life, the lives of family and friends and force upon us choices and decisions that in more peaceful times we might otherwise forgo.
I had a thought pass through my mind a day or so ago that I will share in a bit. It entered my world as I watched video of the slaughter going on in Iraq, listened to the commentary surrounding the downing of the passenger liner over the Ukraine, began to hear the concern in the voices of the world health organizations about Ebola in Africa, heard the rage in the voices of those on the border states expected to support tens of thousands of illegals crossing our border . . . . we are entering gravely perilous times for our nation and the world.
In recent days around this, the middle of August 2014, parts of the heartland have exploded in violence that has more to do with an unfortunate opportunity to riot, loot and burn than an expression of the shooting of a young black man by a police officer. Shouts of “No Justice No Piece” and “Kill the Cops” only act to heighten tensions, increase threats and virtually guarantee more confrontations and death.
I watch as the central core of the Islamic world is in flame. Along the equator’s path from western Africa, through the Mideast, Afghanistan and Pakistan, into Malaysia and the Philippines – the Muslim faith is turning from the illusion of a “moderate” core to the reality that it has always been a faith dedicated to conquest, domination and the submission of those outside of its beliefs. It’s estimated that there are 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world and ONLY 25% or so are radicalized . . .that equates to 400 MILLION intent on the killing, or submission by those who do not recognized the Muslim version of Allah as their god. The growth of ISIL is a natural evolution that, left undefeated, will burn the Mideast to the ground.
And let’s not forget Putin’s taking of the Crimea, the first such conquest of part of a nation in over 50 years. China is also adding to the mix of things by their increased aggression in the Pacific. Their expansion of their territorial waters defies all international law and sets the stage for the taking of resource rich islands as well as their final goal – the “return” of Taiwan.
When taken in, in a single breath, it should send a shiver down the spine of the strongest among us. We are being presented with a terrible “plate” that will need to be dealt with at some point in time. These are obviously threats, challenges, issues to be dealt with at a national level. With the exception of store owners arming to defend their own very small piece of the global stage in Missouri – we all look to our federal government to fulfill its most very basic task . . . to keep our nation, and those areas of strategic importance to our nation . . . safe.
And that’s when a thought . . . the actual realization in the pit of my stomach occurred . . .
Our President . . . the commander and chief of our armed forces . . . the “leader of the free world” . . . is so profoundly out of his depth that his only response to the “world on fire” is to . . . play a round of golf . . .
And I realized that in a very real sense, the man with a finger on “the button” is simply trying to – literally – remain sane while the world explodes. He’s going to his “quiet place” to wrap on another layer of duct tape as his head edges towards an explosion.
As clarity came – comments I’ve made in the past fleshed things out. He has no management experience. His early comment of “I won” in response to early Republican proposals laid the groundwork for the dysfunction you see today. He’s virtually never experienced “stress” other than a college final – let alone the publicized slaughter of thousands in the ditches of Iraq. Or the burning of parts of a city in Missouri as a method of dissent.
He actually believes the power of his spoken word can stop a Putin or a madman he chose to release from an Iraqi prison as he packed our bags and took us home.
I listened to the report on how Robin Williams died . . . with a belt around his throat while the other end was lodged between a door and its jam. And I wondered about the demons that would drive a man to such depths. We lose thousands of vets a year because of their demons – and I wondered . . .
And that is when THE thought occurred to me . . . drifted in and, frankly, has taken up residence in my mind . . .
Obama simply can’t handle the world as it is today . . . the vacations, the golf course, the fund raisers . . . it’s not a callus man’s actions . . .
They’re a terrified man’s actions . . . an out of control man’s actions . . . a profoundly depressed man’s actions . . .
They’re the actions of a man so overwhelmed by the world around him that he is on the very brink of a mental break . . .
And I realized . . .
He’s not going to make it . . .