Anyone can pull back from the edge of conflict, but only the strong, confident, principled, and well-informed can be trusted to pull back from the brink, not because they have been scared away but because they know it to be the most judicious, reasonable action.
Trust means a leader’s own people can have confidence that the leader knows the implications of his or her actions, and that the opponent can trust the fact that the leader means business, and if the overture is not accepted there will be consequences.
Successes of ancient Israel in its conquest of Canaan came about because, among other reasons, Joshua could be trusted when he gave orders to advance, but also when he commanded a halt in the battle.
Trump is not Joshua. Inconsolable, irretrievable Never Trump voices will herald the president’s “backing away” from retaliating against Iran for downing an American drone aircraft as if to imply that he is indecisive.
Hopefully, what we may be observing is maturing of the Trump presidency.
Again, the issue here is not the decision itself, but trust. It was the distrust of many watching the leftist Obama administration make its peace deals with Iran that raised so much concern, and may have even led to the delicate foreign policy balance that must be maintained today. We have been here before.
In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican presidential candidate against the Democrats’ Adlai Stevenson, had to choose a vice presidential candidate. Ike chose California Senator Richard Nixon. The left fell into something resembling Trump Derangement Syndrome today, so intense was their hatred of Nixon.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nixon had chased communists through his role on the House Un-American Activities Committee. He had also run in California against Helen Gahagan Douglas, a staunch leftist, and won.
In 1962, Nixon ran for the California governor’s office, and lost. He announced he was withdrawing from politics, and told the establishment press that battered him in the anti-Trump style of today that, “you don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”
That observation was shattered in 1968 when staunchly anti-communist, anti-socialist Nixon won the presidency, and was inaugurated in 1969.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley