But Hitler did meet the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, in Munich six years later. Then, this almost feral creature took the measure in October, 1938, of Chamberlain and French Premier Daladier. He believed they were weak because they had meekly yielded up the German-speaking Sudetenland.
The British and French leaders had not even consulted democratic Czechoslovakia. They simply signed over the Czechs’ vital defensive region to the Nazi dictator. The German Führer was emboldened to seize therest of mutilated Czechoslovakia the following year. And he rolled the dice again. He invaded Poland in September, 1939, confident that Chamberlain and the French would not attack him on his exposed Western Front. He was not wrong.
John F. Kennedy was unprepared for his 1961 Summit in Vienna with Soviet dictator, Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy would later tell his advisers that Khrushchev “beat the hell out of me.” Khrushchev moved quickly to erect the Berlin Wall and he secretly put Soviet missiles in Cuba.
Kennedy recovered from his early missteps—but only because he had the overwhelming force of the U.S. Navy behind him in placing a quarantine on Cuba in 1962. Still, President Kennedy took us to “the brink” of nuclear war because he had allowed Khrushchev to form such a negative impression of him.
With a Churchill at the helm, war-torn Britain could “punch above her weight.” That is, Britain was perceived to be stronger than she actually was.
With Ronald Reagan, even our adversaries took note. When he fired the Air Traffic Controllers in 1981, the whole world was watching. Reagan did not back down. In Moscow, even the KGB was impressed. They said: “With Reagan, words are deeds.”
With President Obama, with Prime Minister Cameron, deeds are words. They actually think that by saying “Bring Back Our Girls” they might accomplish something. Well, they are accomplishing something. They are convincing the most ruthless people on earth that their words are meaningless. And that is no laughing matter. That's why there was Danger at the Summit.
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