By Dr. Jim Garrow
A wise man once said “Trust But Verify.”
Another man, not so wise or possibly playing by a different set of rules, or perhaps a different set of loyalties, said, “I’ll trust you to verify what you say.”
And with those magic words, the world played witness to the modern-day Jack, trading his cow (the safety and security of the whole world) away for 5 magic beans. He swore to the nation that it was a great deal and that he would personally vouch for the folks that swore that they would not use their newly acquired cow to do anything but provide milk for the hungry masses. They would tend it and cater to its needs and keep it for the long-term benefit that it could bring to the peace-loving people of the region.
So Jack’s triumph was heard throughout the land (not the motorcycle, but his supposed victory over the forces of evil). Words can be such confusing things, but you are getting the idea.
When the wise man told the same bunch of thugs that he wanted the hostages that they had taken in violation of international law and precedent released, he gave them a time line and an ultimatum. They had until the day that he took office as President to “let his people go.” If they did not, the wise man would make his first order of business the dropping of a nuclear bomb on their sacred cow (Mecca).
On the day of his swearing-in, the hostages were released just before he took the Oath of Office. The General who served this new leader recalls with fondness the bomber armed with the nuke, flying over the Mediterranean Sea as the document was signed.
There is a moral to the stories contained in the previous paragraphs, and those of us who know the difference between weakness and strength, patriotism and treason have already figured out the differences between the wise man and the other man. We are waiting for an even stronger man to mete out the nemesis (rightful fate) to the lesser man, whose sins are glaring and whose smooth words and skin color will not save him.