These days the quarters are occupied by a man who seems to lack the strength and resolve that we have seen in so many previous occupants. Of course, Winston Churchill with his grand oratory and strength during war comes to mind as a stalwart. I also remember with fondness Maggie Thatcher, a great friend of Ronald Reagan and his closest international partner. And while I didn't agree with a lot of Tony Blair's policies, he carried himself with dignity and honored his commitments with America in the best traditions of the friendship and common heritage of so many of us.
Now comes David Cameron, a man who calls himself Conservative but presents himself as a man with no real core values. He doesn't exude confidence, he seems shifty in his outlook and he does some silly things in public that make him appear a true lightweight.
Two examples come to mind. First, his ridiculous posing for selfies with Obama and the lady Prime Minister of Denmark in the midst of the Mandela funeral. It was a total lack of class and very undignified, not to mention that the two men acted like teenagers ogling a cheerleader. But it is the second one that really shows how weak he is and in a time of world turmoil and brutality what the world needs is leaders who have the resolve to tell the truth.
What am I referring to? I am talking about Cameron's statement yesterday that the recent beheading of British nationals by ISIS was done by "monsters, not Muslims". He further went on to talk about how Islam is the religion of peace and all of those things that Barack Obama says routinely. I'm sorry, but if you are facing an enemy, a people who hate you and want to behead you or crucify you, and they constantly call themselves believers in Islam, I believe them. After all, they have been very open and honest about their intentions. Why shouldn't I believe them?
Now, having said that, I want to assure you that I know there are many peace loving Muslims who abhor what these Islamic terrorists do and stand for. And I assume that they routinely remain silent out of fear for their own lives since many of them have been murdered as well. But my point is to show that you need to consider the circumstances we face and one way to be prepared is to speak truth, not political correctness. After all, those of us who are veterans are truly fed up with the government saying that we are the likely terrorists in our land when the public knows that statement is hogwash. Look at who causes the death and destruction spreading around the world; it's certainly not us.
So to David Cameron, and also to President Obama who shares much of the same public relations strategy, get real. Face the truth, be honest when you speak and put your responsibility to those you serve first. That's why you were placed in the position of leadership that you hold. Act like it.
God bless America and Long Live Britannia.