Indifference and escalating violence may be caused by many things. At least one of them is fear.
President Biden’s handling of Donald Trump’s flawed peace deal with the Taliban illustrates the bi-partisan nature of our country’s foreign policy crisis.
The current debacle in Afghanistan, the deep divisions in the United States and the continuing COVID-19 crisis have found the United States at a turning point. Greater emphasis must be placed on developing leaders and renewing a focus on sustainable strategies.
I sat, uninterrupted, for what turned out to be hours, reading a book written long ago. During that time, I got the closest I have come, in these last ten months, to a sense of peace.
Reflection has brought me to one observation that both hurts and inspires. This year, as we grasped for signs of leadership and courage, it appeared that it came mostly from those in subordinate positions of power. And they had the most to lose.
Trust is a critical leadership attribute that must be earned by our leaders every day as they serve the country and defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.
It seems like a perfect storm has overcome our country, but we should not despair. From history we can find inspiration in cases where our leaders addressed times of crisis in ways that inspired confidence.