Even Wretched Leaders Lead

On a Sunday evening in mid-June, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged ringleader of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. A few days later, this status update appeared in my newsfeed “Leaders Lead” posted along with this Washington Post article which depicts the details of the capture.

This is great news and this presidency certainly deserves to be credited with catching the bad guy, which incidentally cancels out one of the five senior Taliban bad-guy- terrorists POTUS released from Guantanamo Bay ALL ON HIS OWN, you know as in without notifying congress as required by law, because “there wasn’t enough time.”  Oops. Did I break the law? It’s that forgiveness vs. permission executive thing to which he seems to feel entitled. Yeah, leaders lead alright.

Seriously, are we supposed to stand up and cheer for a president who is charting a course toward becoming one of the most wretched leaders in the history of our country… and the world? And I while I’m only speculating, it’s my bet the loved ones of those four Americans killed on 9/11/2012 think the recent actions taken in response to the attack are a day late and a dollar short. What was the name of that anti-Islam video again? Hmmm. Can’t remember, but if you’ve got about five minutes, here’s one for you. It’s worth your time.

I can’t dispute that leaders lead, but what makes a successful leader? Regardless of integrity and core values, the trait that all successful leaders share is the ability to exercise a high degree of control and influence over others. Period.

Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Joseph Stalin, Mao ZeDong, Kim Jong II, Robert Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad, Moammar Qaddaffi, Than Shwe, Yoweri Museveni, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Ayatollah Ali Kha were and are all highly successful leaders. So yes, leaders lead, even the wretched ones. Clearly, large segments of the U.S. voting public are oblivious to this reality. Heaven help us.

 

 

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