Take note, Obama: Be like Truman
Following a question on the Keystone pipeline, Secretary John Kerry said that after gathering all the information, he would make a recommendation to the president. But one wonders why, after more than five years of exhaustive study, President Obama cannot make up his own mind by himself. It has become painfully obvious that he wants to delay as long as possible and then distance himself from whatever decision is finally made. Obama also needs to decide if we are to export natural gas to Europe to counter the Russian stranglehold. The decision must be made quickly if we are to influence events in Ukraine. I am convinced that [Russian President] Vladimir Putin would take notice if the pipeline were approved, and Obama would approve the export of natural gas and fast-track development of U.S. export facilities. Instead, Obama has endless useless conversations with Putin and promises incremental sanctions. Harry Truman was admired as a president who could rapidly make a firm decision and stick to it. Obama needs to be more like Truman.
George Christian, via email