Ralph Peters is one of my favorite authors of modern fiction, in no small part because of his talent for creating real characters and then putting them (and the reader) through absolute hell. But that’s nothing compared to what the retired Army LTC had to say on Fox last night:

Look, the bottom line on this is Russia has a real leader. You may not like him, and I don’t, but he is brilliant and ruthless, he has clear goals and he moves straight toward those goals. The West lacks a leader. Like it or not, the president of the United States is the de facto leader of the West, and our president just is — he’s incapable and unwilling to lead.

The weakness is phenomenal. Now, you know, we are not weaker than we were in the Carter years. I was in that military, it was pathetic. Our military today is the best in the world, best in our history, although Obama wants to dismantle it. We’re also immensely wealthier than the Carter years. The problem is, that as a president Obama is far weaker than Carter, and he’s probably the worst president we’ve ever had.

He is a man who’s incapable of making a hard decision. And by the way, one other key point, Vladimir Putin believes in Russia. He believes in Russia’s destiny, its mission. Obama does not believe in American exceptionalism. He does not believe in this country.

RCP has the video if you want to watch Peters in action.

That last bit isn’t news however to anyone paying attention to these things. Here’s Professor Wiggleroom in his own words:

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

When everyone is special, no one is.