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  • Kyl’s Call to Action

    “Americans are tired of carrying the burden of foreign obligations, frequently unappreciated by others and always costly in blood and treasure,” lamented Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) last week, as he gave the annual Jesse Helms lecture at The Heritage Foundation. The Senator, who spoke powerfully in favor of engagement and a strong defense, was absolutely right. The fact is that Americans have made huge sacrifices to prosecute the wars in Iran and Afghanistan, and they are weary. However, the world with its multitude of challenges will not go away. Somehow, Americans will have to find the determination to lead and to remain engaged.

    A powerful illustration of the popular sentiment described by Senator Kyl was provided on Monday by the public opinion research firm Rasmussen Reports. In addition to crippling defense cuts inflicted by the Obama Administration, Americans themselves are expressing fatigue.

    Nearly two out of three likely U.S. voters (63 percent) surveyed by Rasmussen agree with Samuel Huntington that we are in the midst of a clash of civilizations between the West and the Islamic countries. This echoes a finding by Rasmussen from the last week of April that the vast majority of American voters (79 percent) do not believe that the war on terrorism is over. Yet—stunningly—Rasmussen also reported that “most also think the United States should leave the Islamic world alone.” This attitude is known as sticking your head in the sand, and it will not serve us well.

    As Kyl also noted, taking a moral stand in addition to keeping a strong military makes a difference.

    Unfortunately, we do not usually have the luxury of choosing when and where we must confront evil in the world. The point is this: It is likely America will need to act in the future somewhere in the world for our own security purposes, even though we cannot today predict where or when. We cannot retreat behind a Maginot Line of our east and west coast. We can expect to be engaged beyond our borders.


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    2 Responses to Kyl’s Call to Action

    1. Neil Currie says:

      You write that "Americans will have to find the determination to lead and to remain engaged". I submit that requires a leader. Case closed.

    2. Keshav P. Bhattarai says:

      Yes Kyl was right and thanks to Helle Dale for this beautiful piece of write up. We people in faraway land are reading the developments in USA with great concern.
      I take America as a tower of freedom, justice and its contributions to promote and protect human dignity for all and indubitably has outperformed all the other countries of the world. It also has been a single global leader since the World War II that has helped people live up to new hopes for better living conditions.
      Naturally, America at times may feel burdened with the responsibility of the world. But what about the unprecedented sense of pride they belong among the community of nations that emanates from carrying that responsibility. Similarly, no other country in world has developed capacity and even intention to share that responsibility.
      The question rises Is America is tired of compiling its global responsibility? Does America want to be recorded in history as a great without vision and capacity to lead the world in 21st Century? None other than American themselves can answer this. And perhaps sooner or later American people will find a new leader among them to build new courage and confidence similar to Ronald Reagan.

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