Despite the fact that the Ukraine has been all over the news the last few weeks, a survey found that 64% of U.S. students still couldn't Ukraine on the map. Said Putin, "Soon nobody will." Seth Myers
- Last September, I wrote a popular piece entitled, "Obama: A Bully Domestically, Spineless, Weak + Aimless Internationally." At the time, we watched as Pres. Obama drew that infamous "red line" against Syria and then quickly erased it. We also observed the administration's hyper-incompetence in dealing with Egypt, Iran, and now Russia. Prior too and since, we've also witnessed the attacks by this administration on faith based institutions, on conservative institutions (by the IRS) and on all Americans with the NSA. We've also seen millions of Americans lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.
- In other words, as shown in a recent political cartoon, the Obama administration's red lines have been effective in crossing out American jobs, American healthcare, American prestige, American strength (the proposal to cut back on our military forces---great timing Mr. President), American security and American influence.
- Believe me, I take no pleasure in reporting---as many others have---that Putin's been eating our president's lunch. Putin, the former KGB agent, is a damn despot. In just the last two weeks, we've threatened Putin with a variety of actions, yet he continues to rattle his sabre. As I wrote yesterday, even perceived weakness by our government, the UN and the EU---invites thugs like Putin to do whatever he wants to do. He appears strong because the West appears weak. He still went into Crimea and his troops locked down Ukrainian military barracks and high profile buildings. His tactics are reminiscent of what most dictators do. They use tactics to buy time. He did that when he reinforced Assad in Syria. We know now what that outcome was.
- And one can only imagine what many other of the former Eastern Block nations like Poland must now be thinking considering they too share a border with Russia.
- Negotiations among nations during crises like these are good. Perhaps even trying to isolate Russia in the global community, especially financially, would work. But, if I were Pres. Obama, I would hold military exercises with NATO countries like Poland and the Czech Republic. It's time to show our military strength. It's time for the United States to look strong again against the weak. Right now, it's the other way around.