America is no Longer Feared

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, March 12, 2003

America is no Longer Feared

There was a time in the not too distant past when the United States of America was respected and feared. Few would dare to attack this country or an American abroad, knowing that the response would be swift and deadly.

On the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini released more than 400 American hostages that Jimmy Carter thought he could get out by negotiating with this tyrant. The Ayatollah feared that Reagan would turn Iran into a parking lot and that’s why he released them.

Today, we allow nations like France and Germany to tell us what we can and can’t do. No wonder the tyrant Saddam Hussein thinks he can continue to get away with killing and oppressing his people and pulling our chain. The United Nations is a joke. Terrorists threaten to attack Disney World and the Statue of Liberty and kill our president if we attack Iraq.

Do we seriously believe they won’t be encouraged to do this and more if we are timid?

When is this stuff going to end?

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.