It certainly gets harder to be an Obama cheerleader anymore ….
Not that some aren’t still trying their hardest to pull it off. Face it, his has been one of the most dismal presidencies in history and it isn’t getting any better. However, reading through the headlines about the Ukraine, I came across an Orwellian piece that declares, “No, American weakness didn’t encourage Putin to invade the Ukraine“. Instead, it’s all about how the US has, in fact, broadened it’s power, expanding east, that encouraged Putin’s invasion.
No. Really. That’s the case that the author of the piece is trying to convey. We’re not weaker, we’re not in retreat, in fact, we’re more powerful than ever.
Gee, how about that. In the anarchy that is world politics, we now have the weak trying to counter the strong by invading another country instead of the more inuitive and usual reaction to a power vacuum caused by the retreat of a once great power. The author claims that the expansion of NATO threatened Russia. Wait, isn’t that 20th century thinking? Aren’t we being chided for dropping back on those old cold war theories?
Well, not when you’re tying to defend “The One” and you haven’t much to work with in a particular case.
The fact remains that Putin did what he did because he knew he could and he knew the reaction would be loud, but the response would be tepid. And, of course, when you look at a map of the pipelines that flow from Russia through the Ukraine and into Europe you know that any attempted sanctions will likely be met with counter sanctions by limiting fuel and, in the end, imposing a much higher cost on Europe than Russia.
Putin is a 20th century cold warrior and he knows how to play this game, even in the 21st century. Our leaders? They’re in denial.
Putin knows when he’s faced by a weak willed, “can’t we all just get along” Western leadership. He learned that with Georgia and Syria. Why in the world would he fret about the West’s reaction to Ukraine?
But the apologists want you to know that it isn’t Barry’s fault. He may have be weak willed and prefer “leadership from the rear”, but it realty the Ukraine was invaded beause we’re so strong and powerful. And black is white, up is down and right is wrong. The only 20th century date you can apply to this piece is “1984”.