Vlad the Impaler, Russian Style
Remember when shortly before he left on his August vacation, Barack Obama commented about Russian President Vladimir Putin, “he looks like the bored kid you’d find at the back of the classroom.” Mr. Putin must be remembering that comment as he enjoys his “take that!” moment. His smackdown of Barack Obama and his latest foreign policy debacle, Syria, continued this morning in his New York Times op-ed editorial, “A Plea for Caution from Russia.”
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.
In response to the op-ed, the White House tried to deflect the damage, by declaring that Putin “owns ” the Syria chemical weapons strategy.
“He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver.”
So much for the President’s reset button with his good buddy, Vladimir. And let’s not forget, as President Obama pursues his alternative universe, somewhere over the rainbow strategy for the new world order, he’s setting up the United States for another 9/11. Our Middle East policy is a shambles replete with gross miscalculations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and now Syria. Meanwhile, China is getting frisky with India warning them not to set up new military posts on their disputed border; what really is happening with North Korea — or don’t we care anymore; and Iran lurks in the shadows as it watches Obama and Kerry play their version of “who’s on first”, while building its nuclear weapons capability.
As the President blunders and blusters his way through this latest crisis, dragging the US into the mud with him, what of our Republican and conservative leaders. There’s a void here, folks, and it’s about time someone with some Reaganesque cajones starts speaking out. Another 40 months of Obama policies and we’ll be compared not to the Roman Empire that was, but to a banana republic.