Faced with the terror attack in Nice, France that left 84 dead and more than 200 wounded, President Obama declared that “diplomacy” is the best response to those who would slaughter innocents by the hundreds.
In his speech, President Obama told the world:
“We’re going to win this fight by building, by never giving up on our diplomacy…
“By working with partners around the world including Muslim communities to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort Islam.
“We will win this fight by staying true to our values of pluralism and rule of law and of diversity. And freedoms. Like the freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly.”
Compare that to the powerful response President Reagan gave after ordering American military power to retaliate for the 1986 bombing of a Berlin discotechque that left 3 dead and more than 200 wounded. There was no parsing of words, no appeasing of those who would harm civilians.
There was just simple, direct truth that sent exactly the message Americans wanted terrorists the world over to hear, as Reagan said:
We Americans are slow to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force — and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force.
Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong.
I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it.
I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.
While President Obama catered to world opinion and continued to avoid the phrase Islamic terror, President Reagan acted decisively – dropping bombs from more than 40 aircraft to send the message that America will not be a victim.
Which do you think is more effective?