(/sites/default/files/uploads/2014/03/watch-putin.jpg)The current Ukraine situation has led to tense foreign relations between America and Russia, the worst dispute since the end of the Cold War. Even for the conservatives amongst us, it presents a difficult situation, for few of us wish for America to send troops to the region, and there is little that the Obama administration can do against another strong world power that doesn’t involve foreign intervention.
That said, foreign relations and politics is often about trust and posturing – and this President has done a great job of letting everyone know that America is weak.
Simply, America is in this situation today because the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, knew he could get away with it. Putin is a smart man – no raving lunatic like previous adversaries Qaddafi or others – and a strongman.
As legendary journalist Bob Woodward noted last year, Obama has no personal relationships with political leaders. Obama is ineffectual and not likable, and so Putin knew he could take action and get away with it. Obama, who embarked on an apology tour upon taking office, has taken America to an all-time low in foreign relations. The left ignores the fact that America is in a worse place than during the days of their arch-villain, George W. Bush (even amongst traditional close allies – as we learned from UK media, “The special relationship is over”).
Obama has spent a lot of time lecturing nations on how to act – and succeeded at improving relations with none. In addition to awful political skills, the man has been insulting and disrespectful to numerous foreign leaders, and possesses awful interpersonal skills. As an article last year detailed, Obama fails miserably at personal relationships. The article said:
“The tensions between Mr. Obama and the Gulf states, both American and Arab diplomats say, derive from an Obama character trait: he has not built many personal relationships with foreign leaders. ‘He’s not good with personal relationships; that’s not what interests him,’ said one United States diplomat.”
He is ineffectual and not likeable – and so Putin knew he could get away with his aggressive behavior. No foreign allies would put their own necks out on the line for someone they don’t respect and don’t like. This President talks too much and does nothing, and Obama shall leave behind a legacy of disaster.
Last month, Obama claimed that Putin’s “tough-guy schtick” is usually only done in play to impress the Russians. Oh, really Mr. President? At least Obama was right on the plan to “reset” relations with Russia – they have indeed been reset. Russia has the upper hand now on foreign relations. Amazingly, only a few weeks ago, Obama, the fool-in-chief, said the Russian president’s “bored, tough guy ‘schtick’ [is] aimed at [an] internal audience.” (He didn’t mention that “internal” stretched beyond Russia’s borders at that time.)
Embarrassingly, Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction list, and tweeted insults, asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” had come up with the embargo list. He then tweeted again to “Comrade @BarackObama” and asked “what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn’t think about it?” Russian senior politicians openly mocking America. Awful.
The 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials who were hit with American sanctions as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum knew this was coming for weeks. And they couldn’t care less, as it’s ineffectual and means nothing. As another Russian, Vladislav Surkov, told a Russian newspaper, “It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”
Obama’s sheltered experience has been evident during his administration. He doesn’t mind his own business, doesn’t understand the importance of keeping one’s word, and thinks he is still in his Ivy League world. In Realpolitik, strength breeds peace. American power and strength could allow Putin to step back with victory in Crimea, and call it a day. Let us hope that’s a possibility and Obama will not bungle the situation any further.
President Obama is a simple laughingstock. He promised change – the change will be that the world will be a much different place after two Obama terms. Much less stable, and powerful for Western interests.
Obama will go down as the worst American President in history.
Comrade Obama is the world’s laughingstock.
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