Mike Huckabee I thought long and hard to try and think of a movie that would illustrate the astonishing events of the past week. Fail Safe, the great classic with Henry Fonda wouldn’t work because that was about a very serious President who painfully understood the consequences of making mistakes with world power. Neither would the Kevin Costner film “13 Days” because it depicted how a Democratic President used the strength of the United States to cause the Soviets to back down from the brink of war; And I certainly couldn’t use the Harrison Ford thriller “Air Force One” about a President who personally fought off a plane full of terrorists to save his family and the world. No, none of the great films abut Presidents, real or fictional, were fitting to frame the events of this week and the way that President Obama and his team handled the crisis in Syria. I had to reach deep into the vault to find a classic movie that worked to illustrate the kind of leadership we’ve seen from the White House. The President pre-empted re-runs of Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo and Pawn Stars so that he could tell Americans that he wanted Congress to approve a plan to attack Syria that he had decided against doing anyway. Moreover, he pretended that the rhetorical bluff tossed out off the cuff by Secretary of State John Kerry in London about the Syrians turning over chemical weapons was in fact his master plan that he had discussed weeks earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And if you believed that, I was the one who urged President Kennedy to boldly declare we’d put a man on the moon within the decade—even though I was only 5 years old at the time. Also like a scene from the Twilight Zone was John Kerry saying that if we took military action in Syria it would be unbelievably small. Gee, I was wishing my late father had held that view of discipline when I was a kid. I would have appreciated some unbelievably small rear blisterings instead of the ones I got. My father practiced old-fashioned patriotism—he laid on the stripes and I saw stars. If the Dr. Strangelove quality of our own government’s inept bungling of foreign policy wasn’t bizarre enough, we had the op-ed published in the NY Times on Thursday by the Russian President. I guess the NY Times ran out of old commies to write editorials, so they enlisted the services of the Reverend Vladimir Putin, Pastor of the great church of the Holy Imposter, who preached the gospel of brotherhood and equality by first admonishing Americans to get over our heresy of exceptionalism and accept being as mediocre as our current President seems to think we are. And to invoke his most holy exhortation, he appealed to our spiritual souls by closing his homily with these words: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. “ Well, Praise the Lord and pass the vodka—the old KGB commie has done got a real large dose of religion and now sheds the atheistic foundation of his past to declare that all nations are equal and to ask the Lord’s blessings. Well, Reverend Putin, I’m afraid I won’t be able to sing the Hallelujah Chorus in your Sanctuary this weekend, because I’m one of those apostates that don’t accept all nations as the same. The ones that murder its own citizens with gas or even bullets and bombs or those who call for the annihilation of all Jews or Christians aren’t equal for those who at least attempt to function as a nation of laws. Forgive me, Reverend Putin, but I’ll keep believing America is an exceptional country and refuse to accept that it’s dangerous to believe that. I think we’ve learned this week that the danger is when we stop believing that we are exceptional and think we have to call on Russia to rescue us.