|(Obama's Cairo Speech, January, 2009)|
We have looked at some key characteristics of the integral leader:
Today I want to add one more quality of the integral leader - the ability to plant "seeds of possibility" and the patience to wait for what may emerge.
That's what Obama did in Cairo, in January 2009: he planted "seeds of possibility" that are beginning to grow and bear fruit. Let me give some highlights, which will include other "seed planting" fruit growing; in other words, Obama planted seeds in many places, not only in Cairo:
In some ways, Obama's work in the international domain doesn't fit quite as neatly into the Deep Currents, Surface Storms metaphor and analysis. But key elements are there. And for certain, the media is essentially blind to the deep currents beyond our borders. They are endlessly distracted by our distractions. I will close this piece by saying I feel the world is becoming a safer place: the big, powerful countries are less and less likely to go to war with each other; and weapons of mass destruction have a reasonable to good chance of being curbed in the coming year.
One more note from the past and pointer towards a possible future: have you noticed that the Global War on Terror is over - we have specific adversaries but no existential threat; and what would you say if Israel and the Palestinians made peace before 2016?
Hopeful - that's the stance I am taking in the world. And much of the source of it for me is the extraordinary integral leadership our President is offering us. Bravo, Sir. And our gratitude.