If you had any foresight at all you knew this day was coming. The Syrian debacle featuring our Incompetent-in-Chief’s non-existent “Red Line” was merely a warmup and it was closely watched by both friend and foe throughout the world.
Add the Benghazi security bungled security profile and the following attempted coverup of the ineptitude of the Obama administration to react to any threat to our diplomatic and/or operational personnel, the IRS scandal, the miserable effort at the implementing of ObamaCare, the continuing dismantling of our military, plus multiple other screwups both big and small …. well, there were some adversaries out there just licking their chops.
Enter, stage left, Vladimir Putin, who has had Obama’s number for the last five years and has patiently waited for America’s leadership role in the world to deteriorate, her allies to become disillusioned and the few friends she has left to understand that they are now on their own. Putin pounces and his dreams of a new Soviet Republic have been unveiled with the Russian invasion of Crimea.
“In return for giving up its nuclear weapons, Ukraine, the United States of America, Russia, and the United Kingdom signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity” (source; Wikipedia), a pledge that has been arguably broken by Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. Putin has obviously not only reneged on this agreement, but is showing disdain for the resolve of the other signing partners.
Why, you might ask? Because he thinks that he can do so without interference – and he most likely is right.
The U.S. and the United Kingdom are certainly unable to deal with a resurgent Russia from a military standpoint even if they were so disposed, which they are not. America’s military might has been deliberately reduced to a point of weakness in regard to global security, while Russia (and China) are expanding their forces in all respects. The U.K. is in no position to act unilaterally.
As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia has veto power and can block the U.N.’s most powerful body from adopting any resolution criticizing or sanctioning Moscow. So much for any diplomatic approach, even if we had anything resembling a competent Secretary of State. Which of course with John Kerry we do not. Kerry insisted “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,” while being interviewed on the CBS program “Face the Nation” naively ignoring the many instances of exactly that over the past decade or so – indeed in some cases the timeless barbarism that was exhibited in places like Rwanda and Kosovo.
And as far as economic sanctions are concerned, Russia has gained strategic power through expanding its energy resources to coincide with European needs for oil and natural gas to the point where a reduction in Russian supply of these commodities could have a severe impact on the economies of a number of European nations who will therefore hesitate to attempt to apply economic sanctions against Moscow. Putin has already indicated that he would consider seizing U.K. and American assets located within Russia as retaliation should those countries attempt to apply economic pressure.
In short, Putin is in a favorable position to begin implementing a Russian resurgence as a world power. He is obviously counting upon what he perceives as weakness on the part of Western powers, centering around Obama-induced American departure from the world stage and the abdication of its international leadership role.
In short, there is little to stand in the way of Soviet expansion and it is likely that the situation in the Ukraine is only the beginning of a period of international turmoil unseen since the end of the cold war. Obama and the Progressive Democrats have squandered the legacy left for our country and the world through the strength and courage shown by a succession of Presidents who stood up to Communist aggression.
Our current leadership is not up to this new challenge and world peace is even further from being a reachable goal under Obama and his collection of court jesters.