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Reality Check

By Mark Alexander · Mar. 17, 2011

BIG Meltdowns Imperiling the U.S. (and not at power plants)

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” –Samuel Adams

The surfeit of images documenting human suffering and destruction in Japan after the 11 March Tohoku Earthquake and resulting tsunami is dreadful. Though the estimated 10,000 dead in Japan pales in comparison to the more than 200,000 dead in the Haitian earthquake of January 2010, the implications of the unfolding crisis, and its consequences for the 1.5 million Japanese men, women and children now homeless is staggering. Compounding the misery, almost one-third of Japan’s energy production capability was disabled when the tsunami which followed the earthquake damaged four nuclear reactor units at Fukushima, which is to say that providing basic resources and services for all of Japan is increasingly difficult.

This crisis has significant implications for critical U.S. national security objectives and operations in the region, including containment of North Korea and counterbalance to the rapidly growing Chinese deepwater naval threat.

Japan is a vital national security ally in Asia and host to several major U.S. military staging and support bases. Under the post-WWII Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, the U.S. is committed to providing Japan with maritime and ballistic missile defense and disaster response capabilities. In return, the U.S. maintains a major military presence for deployment in the region, including the Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Air Force fighter squadrons at Misawa and Kadena and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Okinawa. More than 35,000 uniformed military personnel and another 5,000 DoD employees compose U.S. forces in Japan.

All that notwithstanding, on the day of the disaster in Japan, Barack Hussein Obama responded with a golf outing (his 61st as president) followed by an evening hobnobbing with major donors and his media sycophants at the annual Gridiron Dinner. While horrifying images of the quake and tsunami were seen around the world, Obama kept to his schedule, unwilling to interrupt it long enough to support Japanese leadership via the basic gesture of a reassuring interview with its national news service, NHK. He did find time, however, to record a presidential address on “Women’s History Month.”

To be fair, Obama issued a brief statement through the White House communications office: “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan… The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable…”

“UNSHAKEABLE”? Perhaps he meant to say, “The friendship and alliance between our two nations will never melt down…” Who could make this stuff up?

By contrast, recall, if you will, 8 January, the day Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among those shot by a sociopath, who killed six others. As that event unfolded Obama’s PR team released real-time photos of their boss looking very “presidential” in the White House Situation Room, the intelligence management center run by the National Security Council staff.

Apparently, the crisis in Japan offered no immediate opportunity to convert tragedy into political triumph as did the attack in Tucson, so his tee time took precedence.

In the days since the Tohoku Earthquake, Obama has agreed to several televised interviews, all with domestic TV stations in 2012 election battleground states. Oh, and he took time to fill out his March Madness brackets and share his NCAA tournament picks with an ESPN reporter and camera crew before he and the First Family are head off to sunny Rio de Janeiro for the weekend. (Sometimes it is hard to distinguish Obama’s lifestyle from that of a lucky lotto winner, except that the lotto winner is spending his winnings, not taxpayer earnings.)

On the other hand, the Leftmedia is using the “nuclear meltdown” at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants as political fodder derail efforts to jumpstart the U.S. nuclear power industry. However, as noted by my colleague, Cal Thomas: “The nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant were damaged by the tsunami, not the earthquake, and not by faulty construction or worker error, as was the case at Chernobyl and to a lesser extent Three Mile Island.” Few power plants in the United States are subject to tsunami paths, and those that are have hardened pump systems, unlike those in Japan.

However, the greatest nuclear threat to the continental United States is not a power plant meltdown, but the detonation of a fissile nuclear device in a U.S. urban center by jihadi terrorists. Given the meltdown in the Middle East; power struggles in Egypt and Libya; growing unrest in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Algeria, Djibouti, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen; and an emboldened enemy in Iran, the probability for a nuclear attack against the U.S. or against one of our key Western allies has increased significantly.

A quick reality check reveals a direct correlation between dramatically increased instability in the Middle East and Barack Obama’s AWOL response to crises in the region. His weakness and timidity and the consequential perception of diminished American influence in the region and around the world are an enormous threat to U.S. national security. (As you may recall, we’re also trying to manage a warfront in Afghanistan and ensure stability in Iraq.)

Closer to home, there’s a war on our southern border, and it’s out of control. For the record, there were more civilians murdered by warring drug factions in one Mexican border town, Ciudad Juarez, adjoining El Paso, Texas, in 2010, than were murdered by Taliban and jihadi forces in all of Afghanistan last year.

Obama is AWOL in that crisis, too, except for a few calls for additional gun control measures on this side of the border – as if that were going to end violence in Mexico.

Despite all this, the most serious threat to U.S. national security is the meltdown of the U.S. economy orchestrated by Obama and his Democratic Socialists. Obama’s radical mentors and benefactors must be proud!

In the words of the inimitable Yogi Berra, “This is like déjà vu all over again.” Barack Obama’s “leadership” is a redux of Jimmy Carter’s ineptitude, but the consequences in terms of international threats, critical energy issues and an imploding domestic economy are far more perilous this time around.

Obama’s domestic and international debacles leave one nostalgic for a real president, one with a clear vision for restoring America to her greatness, a national leader in the mold of Ronald Reagan. Fortunately, there are some contenders on the horizon, and there is still time to raise one up.

The next president must possess the leadership attributes that Obama sorely lacks. In the words of Samuel Adams, he must be a man “of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth,” in order that “our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.”

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Chris said:

Is Obama really taking vacations? Or is he fleeing a "major urban center in the US." Maybe he's not so sure his "friends" in the arab world will provide ample warning. Or...maybe those in DC should tale note of his absences and take a "vacation" of their own. You can never be too careful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Stan said:

Allen West for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Helen Cooke Eggleston said:

Up until now I thought the Patriot Post was a reliable news source but "Meltdown Imperils U.S" shows me differently. I suggest you access and read the following article.It is much more credible."Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors" by Dr. Josef Oehmen (M.I.T.)

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The Editor replied:

Uh, if you actually read my essay, you would find that it concerns geopolitical and economic meltdowns around the world, not radiation from Japan. But since you mentioned it, an important point on that subject from my colleague, Cal Thomas: "The nuclear reactors at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant were damaged by the tsunami, not the earthquake, and not by faulty construction or worker error, as was the case at Chernobyl and to a lesser extent Three Mile Island." Few power plants in the United States are subject to tsunami paths, and those that are have hardened pump systems, unlike those in Japan.

P.S. The story you referenced is a hoax...

Lisa in MD said:

BHO is an idiot!!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Kathy said:

Well said, Mark. He hides his head in the sand (aka golf course) because he doesn't know what to do about ANY of these situations and the personnel he's surrounded himself with, doesn't know any more than he does. Starting with the USA, if this whole world doesn't implode/explode before we get him out of office, I'll be very surprised. 2012 can't come fast enough.Changing the subject, but has anyone kept count of the number of personal trips & vacations they've taken? We're so broke, we're about to bleed to death, and they keep going on these extremely expensive trips? Plain & simple, he just doesn't care about this country. Period.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Bill in Phoenix, MD said:

To Helen:I believe that the "Meltdown" reference was more a metaphore than literal to the reactor reference. More of a double entendre really. No where in the article was there a mention of radiation leaks. Keep reading.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Ruth said:

I used to think your pieces were too "hairy," but I guess my growing disgust for our president has rendered them spot on.. today's "Reality Check" is an exact sentiment of mine. Thanks.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM

David said:

It's obvious that we have a 13 year old Marxist a** clown in the White House. What did anyone ever see in this guy that would warrant putting him in that posistion? May god help the people of Japan and I hope he can find time to forgive our nation for its stupidity.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Paul B. said:

President Obama is so incompetent that he makes Jimmy Carter look like a genious, Would incompetency be grounds for impeachment? If I'd been that incompetent in my line of work, I would have been terminated.Paul B.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Morning Glory said:

Had Bush acted so casual, so nonchallant, so cavelier, so unconcerned during ANY crisis, the media would have ripped him to pieces. In fact they did that even though he ALWAYS showed how deeply he did cared. Had he been flaunted, swooned over on national TV "picking his B-ball teams", the cries from the demos would have pierced our ear drums. Where is our "non-biased" media now??????? Where is the outrage, the name calling, the "disgust"???????? Where's a George Washington, Sam Addams, Thomas Jefferson, John Addams when you need one????????? When is the next Ronald Reagan going to step up to the plate, take firm control of the reins of government, and stop this political nonsense with its run-away economic policies and HIGHLY inflated egos???? Can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned~~

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Tom Rankin said:

Concerning the following:"Closer to home, there's a war on our southern border, and it's out of control. For the record, there were more civilians murdered by warring drug factions in one Mexican border town, Ciudad Juarez, adjoining El Paso, Texas, in 2010, than were murdered by Taliban and jihadi forces in all of Afghanistan last year."You failed to mention the USA Government involvement in the 1500 plus assault weapons funneled to the drug factions in Mexico. One of which has been tied to the murder of one of our agents.I see this as A flagrant attempt to fan the fires of violence in order to attack our Second Amendment. Thank God for the Whistle Blowers."The state lies in all the tongues of good and evil, and whatever it says is lies, and whatever it has, it has stolen, everything it is, is false, it bites with stolen teeth, and it bites often, it is false down to its bowels."— Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra [1896]

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

The Editor replied:

An essay on "Project Gunrunner" is upcoming...we are still waiting on ballistic matches for the weapon used in the murder of BP Agent Brian Terry. Stay tuned.

Talman said:

A combination of:Personality Type BThese characters are extroverts to the soles of their boots and think that life is nothing but getting under the spotlight and spell binding the rest. Personality Type DThese gentlemen really believe in inertia (inactive, sluggish) which they have no shortage of. Type D do their best to not stick their neck out there when it comes to taking responsibility and risks. Type D are the folks you tell what to do; they are followers not leaders. Type D are people engaged as clerks and other forms of bureaucrats.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Rob Risko said:

Paul B.Yes. Incompetence IS a grounds for impeachment (if Congress had a backbone). Of course, they'd also have to impeach the VP at the same time for the same reason.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM

R. W. Jones said:

I am beginning to see a pattern here. Does the Nero come to mind ??. The "one" seems to be always out of touch with the events of the day.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Deborah said:

As usual, this was very well stated and I totally agree! One thing I see many people saying is that BHO doesn't know what he is doing. I disagree. I think he knows exactly what he is doing. His plan is to bring our country down, to destroy it from the inside. Unfortunately, he is well on his way to doing so for no one will stand against him, impeach him and charge him with treason. IF we make it to the 2012 elections, and IF he has not managed to control/intimidate the voters, and IF we can vote him out, we will have a very long, hard job of restoring our country. I have been watching (recently retired)Col. Allen West, now US Congressman, from Florida. He knows the Islamic jihadist enemy from facing them over many tours of duty on the battlefront, as well as studying their writings, and is not afraid to engage them. He speaks very plainly that we should NOT be doing things as Obama has done and makes no bones about the fact he dislikes Obama. I hope and pray the Republican party will wake up and choose him as Presidential candidate in 2012 and not just push off another good old boy to put up against Obama. If so, we are doomed.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM