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American Appeasement

Updated on April 23, 2014

By: Wayne Brown


What has happened to America? It seems since this country was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, we have been expected to apologize to every Tom, Dick, and Harry for our actions in the world. The Bush Administration seemed to ignore those requests but unfortunately that is not so true of the current administration.

Just today, President Obama made a reference to the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba and his desire to close it. One of the reasons he cited was that it was a motivation in the terrorist world to continue attacks on America. Now, let me see if I have this correct. We will avoid further attacks on America if we do what the terrorists want us to do. Really? I wonder how quickly the next list of demands will show up after Gitmo is closed down.

The Imman Rauf indicated in one of his interviews this week that America is opening itself up to the violence and retaliation of the Islamic world if the mosque is not built at Ground Zero. Well, that sort of puts things in a different light doesn’t it. Oh we know you are not threatening us directly but simply advising us of our options in this critical situations. Afterall, if you listen closely to his statements he does employ the reference “our country” as if to say that he has embraced it as his own. Yeah, when pigs fly!

Oh, and let’s not make those folks down in Mexico mad by shooting back at their ass when they set on the other side of the border firing high-powered rifles into America towns near the border. What do they have to do before we get mad? When do we as a country grow some balls and show these yahoo’s how the cow eats the cabbage? When do we quit walking softly and start looking for that big stick that we use to keep close by?

The truth of the matter is we do not now have a leadership willing to stand up for America. Oh don’t point at Afghanistan…that’s nothing but a distraction that keeps us busy while the terrorists are off doing other things. We don’t have the leadership willing to draw a line in the sand on any subject regardless of how it threatens America’s security and say, “That’s far enough.” Hence, we have a number of factions in the world who will continue to escalate situations waiting to see how far America can be pushed.

Iran continues to work their magic with nuclear devices claiming only to want to make electricity. We do a little talking and beg them to sit down and negogotiate about it. They thumb their nose at us just as Saddam Hussein did for so many years. They have already taken the course. They have watched America sit and do nothing. The same can be said of North Korea and the list continues to grow on an annual basis.

Some of you might remember a time back in the 80’s when the dude down in Libya could not keep your tractor-driving mouth shut. He was providing a haven for terrorist training and continually running his mouth about what he and his followers would do to the good old USA. Ghadafy’s timing was about as poor as it could be because he ran his mouth when Ronald Reagan was President. Reagan quickly tired of it and send a flock FB-111 fighter bombers to shred Moammar’s tent in the middle of the night. The French did their damn best to stop the retaliation by deny us use of airspace for the FB-111’s to pass through. Reagan simply routed them around France and provided in-flight refueling as part of the plan. It was a long night in the cockpit but none of the crews complained. In fact, I think they downright enjoyed kicking Ghadafy’s ass. You might note that he has shut his pie-hole and spends most of his days driving his tractor now…a farmer.

Appeasement has never worked and never will work. Next time you see a bully working some kid, go over and try appeasement and see what happens. The only thing it does is send a message to the other side that says that they are in control, they write the rules, and they can escalate the situation at will. Appeasement sends the message that we had rather not have to do anything other than beg. America did not get to be the land that it is by offering appeasement every time a situation arose. Oh, we have generally played fair but in the past, the message was clear…’don’t mess with us.’

There is no bargaining power in weakness. There is no deterrence in perceived weakness. There is no repentance by those who would do evil when you give them a pass. Those folks only understand one way. When you put enough torque on a bolt, it either turns or it breaks, it’s that simple. There is pride in strength; there is honor in strength; and no apologies are necessary.

Some things do not change with time or complexity. Appeasement is one of them. The only thing appeasement ever accomplished was getting appeaser moved to the back of the line of folks who were waiting to be shot. Who does the bell toll for? It tolls for thee? We still have people in America that do not get that concept. They do not get it the idea that you can only feed scrap meat to the wolves so long before they start wanting something a little nicer, a little fresher, and still living. Next time the wolf knocks at the door, try appeasing him and see what it gets you. Otherwise, you better buy a damn good door.


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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @conservative...No, I thought about it. Appeasement is what I wrote, appeasement is what I intended. Niceness is an entirely different concept. Thanks for your comment. WB

      @C.A. Johnson...The liberal side of America will always try to talk a subject. They want to bargain but they fail to see they are too often bargaining from a position of weakness rather than strength. That is the fly in the oinment. Thanks for the good comment and I am glad you got to yell louder! WB

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      Charlotte Anne Johnson 7 years ago from South Hutchinson, KS

      There is something to be said for firing a shot across the bow. I understand that the idiot in office cannot fathom how anyone could possibly stand up for themselves or be anymore intelligent than said idiot. If he is unwilling to fire that warning shot across the bows of disrespectful countries maybe someone should fire a warning shot across his personal bow.

      There is also something to be said for deferring to those with greater experience. That is why the mob possessed both peace time and war time consigliere. If the idiot in charge is unwilling to make a decision than someone who can make the hard decisions should be placed in charge.

      Either way the American people have had enough and will not go quietly into their own destruction at someone else's hands. It may be in human nature to destroy ourselves but we have strong objections to someone else doing it for us.

      Once again you have manged to voice an opinion equivalent to mine before I had the chance to yell louder. Congratulations!

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      conservative 7 years ago

      it's not "appeasement". you and your inflammatory words. It's "niceness"

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Poppy, these are the times that I really miss Ronald Reagan. Even when you didn't like something, he seemed to have a way to make you go with it and trust him. Thanks for the good comments! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I love the article Wayne and you got right to the heart of the matter. We are going to appease ourselves right out of existence.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @maven101....That explains a lot Larry...thanks for clearing that up for me! LOL! WB

      @Tom Corbett...Isn't it amazing how long some have been employing the use of "label" to stop the actions of others. Luckily, Reagan was his own man and one who truly loved his country. WB

      @jiberish...Great...I love more exposure! WB

      @poetvix...I try to use all my sincerity in writing these pieces. They come from deep down. Normally I don't write in this genre unless I need to vent a bit and say somethings outloud. Your points are well taken on appeasing historic understand the outcome no doubt. Eventually all roads lead to the same spot, it's just a matter of time. Sooner or later, everyone has to step up and say, 'enough!'. Thanks for the great comments. WB

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wayne, I truly adore the way you tell it like it is w/ no holding back. America used to be seen as a shining beacon of hope and freedom. Now we are seen as another word for cats. (please excuse my lang. but it's true!). It occurs to me that other figures have been appeased in history and ran amuck (sp)... names like Hitler for one. I hope your Hub is seen by our leaders and makes them think! I won't hold my breath... but I will hope.

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      Wayne, Bravo!I will link this to my 9/11 hub.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Good Hub Wayne. I remember some people calling Ronald Reagan a "Gun Happy Cowboy." He refused diplomacy with terrorists who killed 12 year old girls. He stood for what he believed in.

      Obama is bowing to what others stand for. How can they or we believe in his leadership?

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Mowin' the ( Hawaiian ) grass is old Bizerkelian slang for blowing pot from Hawaii, the best that was out there at the time ( 60's )...Larry

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Maven101...Thanks for the good comments, Larry. Whether we like it or not, one day our backs will feel the hard concrete of the wall behind us and we will either be trapped or we will choose to fight back for what is rightfully ours. At that point, our options will have decreased greatly but we will still have the ability to choose. I wouldn't mind mowing grass in Hawaii today! LOL! WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ken R Abell...I think that America might die with the "Baby Boomer Generation"....just a memory. Thanks for the great comments! WB

      @Micky Dee...Here ya go Mick...take the podium! I am not a big believer in political parties myself. I do subscribe to the the concept of liberal or conservative leaning which I feel are more philosophical than manipulative. The fact that there are just two major political parties is in all likelihood outright manipulation in our system. My mindset in not way different than yours in that I find myself asking, "who do you trust" all the time. Elected office seems to have a way of either attracting the scum of this country or turning good people who take them into scum after some period. I don't know if there is a reasonable answer but I do know that people have to have something to believe in, something to put their faith in, or they give up hope. When hope is lost, we have nothing. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I am alway glad to share your thoughts! WB

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Morning Wayne....Superb commentary writ with skill and a shared angst...The last time appeasement was tried Chamberlain could have wiped his ass with that piece of paper...That worked out really well, didn't it..?

      Why would any critical thinking person expect Islamic extremism to go away if we appease them..? Appeasement is encouragement to these folks...They understand power, pure and simple power...This bowing to some Arab " king " or removing the words " Islamic terrorist " from official administration communications is interpreted as weakness by these jihadist Muslims...

      I see Micky Dee is still mowin' the grass, probably Hawaiian...later, Larry

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo Wayne. I'm one of those insane people who think that the WTC did not fall with the speed of gravity as the official story goes. There was a cover-up at the very least. There is no way to get any elected official from either party to be for "humanity". There is no one to trust. If you have the money to buy one political party, why stop with one.

      Sorry. Occasionally I have to install my true beliefs around on some hubs. Today it's here.

      This America that existed long ago - it didn't really exist. The common man, after the American Revolution, was no better than before. The Revolution was incited by land owners to better their lot. The only ones to vote were land owners. That's where the biggest voice is today and that is becoming the tiny minority that does and will rule. I wish these political parties were real like you folks want them to be. Thanks for the hub.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Great Hub--great opening question, whatever did happen to America? Reagan must be spinning in his grave. Not sure how anyone figures placating Islamic-fascists will result in peace. Did giving in to the schoolyard bully ever result in him changing his ways? The terrorists are the bullies of the world & now, according to present policies, we are being blackmailed by them--if we do anything to upset them, we will be attacked. . .

      Whatever did happen to America?

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @eovery....I miss him too. He was a fine man and a solid leader who had integrity and he was not afraid to tell anyone who crossed him to get the hell out of the way. WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth...well, a memorial happy birthday to you tomorrow! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I agree with your position on the attack on 9/11 as shown in my hub because that date is my birthday!!!

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Ronald was the man...I sure do miss him.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow you sure do got it bad for Sandra Dee dont ya?...actually I used Sandra Dee's avatar before but no one noticed...but go ahead Ill apease ya lol Cheers.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...Oh, I was just monkeying around! LOL! Glad the point came through...the Prez riled me a bit with his need to appeasement so many. I find myself wondering if the pastor in Florida has been planning to burn the Bible if Obama would have said anything. You should use a "Sandra Dee" pic for your avatar sometimes...there's a couple of good ones...want me to send you one? WB

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      I can see you have a thing for monkeys lol...actually I wrote a hub about spanking the monkey but its not what you may was quite innocent anywhooo very good hub you certainly got your point across. Cheers.