- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Bravo for Tony Blankley’s insightful take on Winston Churchill’s leadership qualities and dissent from British government policies in the 1930s (“Winston Churchill still instructs,” Commentary, Tuesday).

Mr. Blankley encourages pundits to use critique to encourage better government policies - and while his thinking is correct, one must realize that mere political criticism alone will not affect the cause of bad governance. Churchill came to power as the “last hope” through sheer desperation. After Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement fiasco and the refusal of Lord Halifax to take the reigns of government, Churchill was granted the thankless and desperate job of prime minister. Churchill’s modus operandi was not flawless, but was mostly apolitical and operated much of the time “outside the box.”

What Winston Churchill teaches us is that in order to do the job in times of great crisis, one must not think politically. Churchill lost his job once the war was over and “politics as usual” took precedence.

RICHARD C. GESCHKE

Bristol, Conn.

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