Friday, August 10, 2012

LEADERSHIP makes a difference

The needed quality in our nation's success is and always will be LEADERSHIP.  No amount of money or political correctness can match the results of having the best Leader in place.

The United States has had many distinguished Leaders but presently, we are facing a Leadership deficit.  If America is to forge a future worthy of our past, we need to find and elect real leaders.

Presently, our President is the diametric opposite of what Leadership should be.  He promised " hope and change" and only delivered failure and a " Do as I say, not as I do" attitude.  His complete failure to lead has been documented and is the reason why our country is more divisively split now than ever before.

Mitt Romney is in need of a charisma upgrade but offers a more measured approach along with well documented management skill set.  He isn't Jefferson or Washington, but he is a much better manager than the lack-wit who has mucked up our country over the last 3 1/2 years.

NBC and Tom Brokaw will feature a documentary that gives us a lesson in what true leadership was back when the world faced the threat of World War II.  From 1938 - 1941, England stood alone against Nazi Germany.

Sir Winston Churchill was the key leader England needed.  He had failed previously but  learned key lessons from each experience and was able to rally his countrymen to stand against the onslaught of the Battle of Britain.

" Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.." 

Churchill's eloquent and tough-as-nails leadership held his country together.  No American Leader since President John F. Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis has faced such a serious challenge.  The majority of the nation's citizens in 1962 were concerned but didn't really understand how close the world came to annihilation until years later. 

9/11 was a serious crisis and the country rallied behind President Bush, but Kennedy had to stare down the Russians who were threatening Nuclear War. 

Americans got to see 9/11 as it happened and rallied behind our President but were able to count on a standing military who responded to the attacks.  In World War 2, our nation and England had been on a peacetime status with diminished military forces when World War 2 happened.

Watch the special and take a lesson from History - Leadership makes the difference.

Leadership Under Fire
By SOHRAB AHMARI - Wall Street Journal

Their Finest Hour
Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC

The word "hero" is thrown around lightly and frequently during Olympic season. But as Tom Brokaw reminds us in "Their Finest Hour," physical endurance and courage alone do not make heroes.

This remarkable documentary, set to air during NBC's regular Olympic programming, chronicles the heroism of Britain in the first two years of World War II, when, as Mr. Brokaw says, "England stood alone, when England was all that was left between liberty and tyranny." "Their Finest Hour" does not disclose any new historical facts. But by making extensive use of newly unearthed, color archival footage, plus the testimonies of British veterans, nurses and survivors, Mr. Brokaw pays tribute to Britain's "poetry of defiance" in the face of Nazi terror.

We meet a pilot who, at age 19, helped fend off the mighty German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain—the 1940 campaign by the Third Reich to break the Royal Air Force. "I never considered defeat," the pilot, now 93, tells Mr. Brokaw. "I don't think any of us ever did." A nurse recalls "the quiet courage of the men" and how that courage gave heart to the women.

Then came the Luftwaffe's merciless bombing of London and other cities. This was "a deliberate attempt by Hitler to terrorize London into defeat," the historian Andrew Roberts explains. All told the Nazi bombing of London left 40,000 dead, thousands more wounded and some two million homeless. But, Mr. Roberts says, Hitler "misunderstood the nature of the British people." St. Paul's Cathedral remained miraculously intact, and the newspaper headlines—"Is That the Best You Can Do, Adolf?"—testified to Britain's indomitable spirit.

The greatest symbol of that spirit was, of course, Prime Minister Winston Churchill—that "hard-drinking firebrand of vast experience and suspect judgment," as Mr. Brokaw puts it. (Though Mr. Brokaw doesn't pause to elaborate on that terse "suspect judgment" charge.) Churchill's mission was to ensure Britain would survive the Nazi onslaught long enough for the U.S. to enter the fray. "We are fighting by ourselves alone," he famously told his compatriots. "But we are not fighting for ourselves alone."

The wait was long and painful and the sleeping giant slow to awake. Militating against a U.S. entry into the war were isolationists led by the likes of Charles Lindbergh and his America First movement. "Let Europe fight its own battle," we hear one of Lindbergh's followers sneer. "They mean nothing to us." The rhetoric sounds eerily familiar to that deployed by contemporary proponents of isolationism of both the left-wing and right-wing varieties.

Today the athletes gathered in London and most of their spectators around the world take the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain for granted. The discomfiting question raised by Mr. Brokaw's documentary is: Will future generations of Britons and Americans appreciate the high price paid to forge it? There are no easy answers. Either way, this film might just be NBC's finest hour of Olympic programming

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