Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Power of Freedom

Richard Holbrooke, ambassador to, well, lots of the important stuff, passed this week rather unexpectedly. The WSJ has an eye catching op-ed in remembrance of him this morning. One of the reasons why I enjoy that page so much - the editors take the time to form reasoned, measured opinions on most topics.

The first paragraph:

Perhaps because he was born on the eve of Pearl Harbor, but more likely because of the inborn force of his personality, Richard Holbrooke behaved like a man who believed that American power could be wielded to achieve great things. That was especially so when he was the one doing the wielding.

Emphasis mine.

When was the last time we behaved as if we believed that American power could be wielded to achieve great things? It has been discussed it many times... but when was the last time we acted on it?

New year's resolution has been identified.