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TOP QUALITY LEADERS: Where Are They When We Need Them Most?

America, you need people like we had years ago. We had a George Patton, whose exploits in Europe during World War Two approached being legendary. He feared nothing and his men probably would have followed him into Hell. Today, we have military officers that, probably, have been questioned as to whether or not they will fight AGAINST American citizens, on US soil. General Patton was a plain-speaking man and when he said something you could take it to the bank.

Do we have any officers, in any of the Armed Forces, like that? Perhaps General Norman Schwarzkopf was the last one of that type, and so, at this greatest time of need, when there is a clear and present danger of an armed conflict in our country, we don’t have the military leader that we need.

Another plain-speaking man was Harry Truman. He didn’t mince words, even taking a music critic to task for saying something derogatory about his daughter. With a military, as well as a business background, he understood when decisions needed to be made, they had to be made immediately, if they were to do any good.

As the war in the Pacific was winding down and the invasion of Japan was the ultimate step to take, his choice to use a superbomb was not a decision made by committee. The invasion of Japan would have had huge casualties and so the bomb was dropped. When the Japanese did not immediately surrender, a second bomb was dropped. They capitulated.

Have we had a president of his caliber since? I think not, with a possible exception in John Kennedy…but we’ll never know.

A man of his time, and ahead of his time…both descriptions fit our 26th President, Theodore(Teddy) Roosevelt. As a young man he wasn’t as robust as he later became, but he knew how to get healthier, and tougher. He was, first and foremost, a patriotic man, saying that a hyphenated American was not an American. You had to be 100% American if Teddy said so. Never one to hold back on speaking his mind, he used the bully pulpit to let the world know that America was Number One. He sent The Great White Fleet around the world to show the flag in places we had never been before. Our Navy became the premier naval force.

Now, in 2014, we are fast approaching the place where decisions are going to have to be made, and I don’t see any leaders on the stage to make those decisions. We have tried a social experiment and elected an unknown entity…and we’re paying the price for that. Americans, being the sort of people that they are, thought that it was time to elect a black man, to show the world that we were through with racism. That it was a huge mistake, choosing that particular man, is now being disclosed, albeit too late. The social experiment has given us a person who has, in my opinion, the total destruction of the United States as his goal.

More than any other, this president has made wrong decisions even when faced with advisers giving him the right advice. He has, instead, chosen to listen to people who fawn on him, without any regard as to what their hare-brained advice might cause to occur. As noted many times before, he follows the Cloward-Piven and Saul Alinsky strategies to the letter and, if you read those people, you’ll know what the ultimate outcome must be…the United States will become a third-world nation, possibly with a puppet government being ruled by some other, some stronger, country.

Perhaps we need a Winston Churchill. When faced with a possible German invasion he said this, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Will we have a leader that could say something like that, if the occasion demands? No platitudes, no mixed messages, no diplomatic tone…just the plain words that could not be mistaken for anything else. From time to time people ask me what my words would be, if mine was the leadership position. Here is my answer…you look straight into the camera and you say this, “We are a peaceful country. We don’t want a war with anyone, we want to live in peace. However, if you screw with the United States, we will bring hell-on-earth to you. We will lay waste to your land so that nothing, not a plant, not an animal, no people, will be able to live there for a thousand years. If that is what you want, go ahead and mess with us.”

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired



Larry Usoff

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired. Articulate. Opinionated. Patriotic. Conservative. Cultured enough so that I can be taken almost anywhere. Makes no excuses for what I say or do, but takes responsibility for them. Duty. Honor. Country. E-mail me at: