1) Bret Stephens, “President Biden’s Finest Hour,” New York Times, October 17, 2023;
2) The White House, “Remarks by President Biden on the Terrorist Attacks in Israel,” October 10, 2023;
COMMENT on Bret Steven’s article:
Let’s not get carried sway with overly facile references to Winston Churchill.
On June 18, 1940, after Dunkirk and the capitulation of France, looking forward to the immense challenges facing Britain including the possibility of a German invasion, Churchill closed his famous speech to the House of Commons with the following words:
“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth[e] last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.'”
There is nothing remotely comparable between Biden’s actions and Churchill’s.
We can hope that Biden becomes more Churchillian, standing up not only to Hamas but also to Russia in Ukraine, but let’s be measured in our praise.
That said, Biden’s counsel to Israel of restraint, and his travel to Israel tomorrow, do suggest the possibility of stronger leadership by him in the future than we have seen in the past.