The Pax Americana which defined and stabilized the post-Soviet world has been discarded by Obama and the Democrat party.
Under the focus-tested phrase “smart power” the Obama Democrats have embraced the inertia of nothingness as foreign policy.
Putin watched as Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, thereby betraying Israel and the Egyptian people; Putin grinned as Obama played Chamberlain to the nuclear Mullahs of Iran. And Putin laughed as Obama erased his Syrian red line, thereby allowing Putin to control the Syrian situation and rescue Assad’s machinery of slaughter. And how Putin must have danced a Hitlerian jig when Chuck Hagel announced that the American military is being eviscerated—in order to make it, um, stronger.
Vladimir, an old and ruthless KGB hand, no doubt recognized the duplicity of Hagel’s Soviet Newspeak.
Putin took the measure of Obama, and correctly concluded that America is willfully making itself over as a power averse, Western European welfare state.
Putin no longer has to worry about a geopolitical leadership that will put limits on his use of military power. There was a time when American presidents projected strength and leadership with the threat of force as a credible deterrent. But Obama’s “leading from behind” is code for surrender, a ghastly punch line for late night television. There is zero chance that Obama will use military force. As for sanctions, well, Putin will run rings around the hapless EU and the equally ineffectual community organizer.
Putin is a predatory wolf. Obama, a slice of meat.
And you better believe that the Chinese are watching Obama carefully.
They say that history repeats itself. This is not true. People repeat themselves. And Obama’s history of appeasement is about to play itself out once again.
In the meantime, the Jews of the Ukraine are under grave threat from all factions.