[D]eterring our rivals’ base instincts requires strength, fortitude, and a refusal to be bullied by lesser powers. President Obama must marry the “open hand” and the “clenched fist” as deftly as Teddy Roosevelt combined his soft-spokenness with America’s “big stick.” Moreover, we need all the friends we can get, which is why poking at them with “Buy America” restrictions is so misguided.
America’s adversaries appear emboldened. If our country cannot be loved in Moscow, Tehran, Pyongyang, or among the leadership councils of the Taliban, it would certainly help to be feared.
—Dan Twining. Joe Biden was right when he said that Barack Obama would be tested. But how many feel that the President has actually given adequate responses to those testing him?