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By John Farnam

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Defense Training International, Inc

Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( “A people that values its privileges above its principles, soon loses both! ” ~ Eisenhower

We have to go all the way back to Nikita Khrushchev to find a Russian leader as tough as Vlad P! On this side, we have no one on-par, nor on the horizon (either side of the aisle), nor in the UK, nor among any of our NATO allies.

Ukraine and Crimea hold a special place in Russian history and national consciousness. Vlad P grew up in Russia when that nation was respected and feared (pre-Reagan) and longs for a return of those days. He wants to be the national leader to bring them back, in pride and prominence. That is what he is determined to achieve as his historical “legacy.”

The stark truth is: recent times haven’t demanded the USA to be great, nor demand great national leadership. Oh, but time has a funny way of making us look foolish, eh? And, here we are!

Since politics is “the art of the possible,” it appeals only to second-rate minds. First-rate minds are only interested in the impossible. This is why we have brilliant entrepreneurs, but only mediocre politicians. The West doesn’t currently have great leadership, and, as noted above, none is on the horizon. We do have, mixed in with the usual “users, boozers, and losers, ” at least a few politicians who are hard working and reasonable. But, we are currently at a historical juncture that desperately calls for genuine greatness, maybe even some “unreasonableness!”

Meanwhile, BHO is mostly oblivious, concerned nearly exclusively with trying to build his Administration”s “legacy.” In the USA, this is historically done more often in the realm of domestic issues than in international ones. Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, et al are thus way off of the agenda of anyone in the current administration, because they are “getting in the way” of what BHO thinks he needs to do.

So these days, BHO is spending his time naively wishing the whole Crimea/Ukraine affair would just go away.

Vlad P sees that clearly!

“‘Difficulty’ is an excuse history never accepts” ~ Reagan


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

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  • 2 User comments to “Historical Perspective on Leadership”

    1. BlackDog on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM said:

      Hi John,

      I concur. The leadership issue is crucial, and we have not had any type of leadership in at least 6 years. While I’m no fan of the current POTUS, the leadership ‘gap’ runs throughout this Administration, and I believe found it’s inception in both houses of Congress, and the Senate. We no longer have ‘Statesmen.’ We have the absolute WORST OF OUR SOCIETY trying to lead the way. And in EVERY CASE, it matters not which side of the political aisle you stand on, there is NO Leadership. Period.

    2. Collectively has America lost it’s “will”?

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