We are led by ineffectual weaklings who have not understood history. An assistant spokesperson for the administration extols the “harshness” of the sanctions imposed on Russia. “They need to know that we can be tough…” Please! We have not understood Putin, the thug who learned viciousness with the old Russian secret police agency, the KGB, within which he was an up and coming leader. In listening to the spokesperson explaining the President’s stand in the matter, one is reminded of the febrile breathings Neville Chamberlain, as he agreed to Adolph Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938. What followed in September of 1939 was Germany’s invasion of Poland. Why will we not learn from history? I am no admirer of John McCain, but he bears listening to in this instance. He berates the White House for their unwillingness to call what is taking place in the Ukraine as a Russian invasion, prefering to define it in a kinder, gentler way, calling it an “incursion.” McCain tells us, “…we in the West cannot say clearly that what Vladimir Putin is doing to Ukraine constitutes an invasion of a sovereign country…!” McCain pleads for the Administration to help the Ukranians by supplying them with heavy weaponry, and the means to take the fight to the Russians. “I beg of you to listen to me, President Obama!” He speaks with the frustration of one who knows his requests will fall on deaf ears. Indeed, we are led by weaklings. Consider, yesterday, (3 September 2014) Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks: “…the United States has a biblical responsibility to confront global warming…to protect vulnerable Muslim majority countries…” Oh my! We may (or may not) understand his catering to Muslims, but to speak of global warming at this time? Please! In contrast, consider the words of the British Muslim, “political activist” and critic of British Society, Anjem Choudary:”We come here to civilise people, get them to come out of the darkness and injustice into the beauty of Islam.” He is speaking of Sharia Law, with all its brutality! Choudary, today a supporter of ISIS, called the 11 September terrorists “magnificent martyrs”, and in 2003 endorsed terrorist attacks by British Muslims, saying that a terror attack on British soil was “a matter of time.” We can expect the same here. To the Choudary’s of radical Muslim society, whether in Britain or America, or elsewhere, John Kerry will speak of global warming? What have we learned from history?