President Obama was caught by a live microphone in March 2012 telling President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia he would have “more flexibility” on Russian issues after the election. He continued, “this is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Who could have imagined that Obama’s “flexibility” meant America being spanked all over the world, twisting, turning and as flexible as a piñata getting hit every which way spinning with no direction? That is foreign policy in the Obama era.
Putin continues to outmaneuver Obama in the area of foreign policy -- including sheltering spy Edward Snowden, protecting Syria, and ensuring Iran will not give up their nuclear capabilities. America continues to be weaker in the world. Did flexibility mean getting run over when Obama told Russia he would have more flexibility?
Today, only Obama, Kerry and Hagel are surprised that Russian parliament unanimously granted Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine. Already, Russians have taken over two Ukrainian airports, and the Associated Press reported a convoy of nine Russian armored personnel carriers and a truck on a road between Sevastopol and the regional capital, Simferopol. This is consistent with Putin’s aggression. It is not surprising that Russia granted shelter to Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yanukovych and is protecting him.
The Obama Administration and their friends in the media mocked the Romney campaign for referring to Russia as “our number one geopolitical foe.” A New York Times editorial in March 2013 said Romney’s assertions regarding Russia represented either “a shocking lack of knowledge about international affairs or just craven politics.” Obama mocked Romney saying in a debate, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Would he dare to say that now, or is Russia’s handling of the Ukraine situation the way allies treat one another?
Obama has shown how flexible he is time and time again. Putin has repeatedly capitalized upon Obama’s political weakness. As Putin wrote in his September 2013 New York Times op-ed, he described an “alarming” pattern of intervening in the internal conflicts of foreign countries. It appears to be more of the same now with the Ukraine, and comes at the expense of American pride and honor –because Obama is weak.
As Republican Senator James Inhofe said some months ago, “Putin was lecturing to the United States, and I could hear [Ronald] Reagan turning over in his grave as this was going on.” Over the last few days, gunmen wearing unmarked camouflage uniforms erected a sign reading “Crimea is Russia” in the provincial capital and Ukraine’s interim prime minister declared the Black Sea territory “has been and will be a part of Ukraine.”
With this news, what is next? Will Obama issue a memorandum that there is now a “super-duper” red line which Putin better not cross? Will he threaten detention and double probation for Putin the bully? It’s laughable that Obama proclaims there is a “new line” that Russia must not "step over" unless it wants consequences. Surely, one doesn’t expect that the cagey KBG veteran Putin is trembling from the smallest American military in many years, led by a President who is incapable of keeping his word.
Obama is the only world leader who fears American power today.
Who can forget Bengahzi, or the “red lines” Obama drew for Syria? Surely, Putin veteran is drinking vodka and playing chess and laughing at Obama’s threats.
Obama has recently spoken of "resetting" our relationship with Russia. Does that mean that the American people should start learning Russian?
Obama promised a new America, and we got it. There has never been a time when American has been less respected by the world.
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