It’s an old phrase, dating back to World War I and the days of trench warfare. When both sides were dug in, they would lay out barbed wire and mines in front of their trenches. The enemy would send out probing parties to determine soft spots in defenses and gather intelligence on what the responses were (and how long they would take) to various types of attempts to breach the wire.
The phrase has stuck through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm, though it’s fallen out of popularity with the more recent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the changing face of modern warfare. But make no mistake about it: the United States is having its wire probed.
Take a look at these recent headlines:
- Sabotage caused phone outage in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz counties
- Russia test-fires intercontinental missile
- North Korea Fires Missile over Japan
- Report: Cuba, Venezuela could host Russian bombers
- Russian planes again fly over U.S. Navy ships
- Chinese vessels harass U.S. Navy ship
- CIA: Hackers have already attacked the electric grid
- Pirates take US ship with 20 Americans aboard
These acts, dear readers, are all efforts by our enemies to “probe our wire” and test the new administration. It is obvious that the leaders of other countries don’t think much of the Obama administration. You don’t have to read between the lines, because they come right out and say it:
- Barack Obama: President Pantywaist – new surrender monkey on the block
- Medvedev announces plan to rearm Russia
- Iran says Obama’s offer to talk shows US failure
- India warns Obama over Kashmir
- Russian President Won’t “Haggle” Over US Missile Defense Plans
- Russia confirms Iran missile contract
- Iran says running 7,000 enrichment centrifuges
- China’s Hu urges staunch defence days after U.S. spat
And how is the Obama administration responding?
- Hillary on N Korea: Strong UN position would be first step
- Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia
- FBI joins effort in hostage standoff with pirates
- Gates readies big cuts in weapons
- President Obama to Europe: Sorry About the Bush Years
- Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold
- Obama courts socialites
Is this the message we want to be sending to our enemies? Really? We’re telling them that they can hack our power grid, capture our ships, intimidate our navy, and test-fire their missiles, and we’ll send some FBI negotiators and go complain to the U.N. With foreign policy like this, the United States is in for a long and bumpy four years, and it may take two or three decades to un-do the damage this administration has already done, let alone the damage it will do in the next 3 1/2 years. We’ve gone from “peace through strength” to “let’s draft a sternly-written letter”.
From Ronald Reagan:
To Monty Python:
It took Jimmy Carter’s incompetent foreign policy to bring us the success and strength of Ronald Reagan. Sadly, it will take 4 years of Barack Obama’s incompetent foreign policy to bring the United States another strong leader who is willing to call a spade a spade, who is willing to look evil in the eye and not flinch, and who is willing to do the right thing, even if it is not the popular thing.