Mike Huckabee News
Mar 05 2014
As Russia sent troops into Crimea over the weekend, President Obama warned Russian President Putin that there will be costs. But if Putin shivered, it was probably just because he was going shirtless… Vladimir Putin is making it clear that Obama’s threats won’t deter him at all from cracking down in Ukraine. And why should they? This is an administration that issues warnings but never does anything about them. The red line in Syria, we’re gonna get control of Benghazi, we will not tolerate Iran building nukes. It all means nothing. And Putin knows it. When Obama threatens to “push the button,” it means that silly giant prop button that illustrated how we were going to “reset” our Russian policy to be nicer. You don’t disarm aggressors by smiling at them, especially when you’re toothless. I’m not saying we should intervene militarily, but making empty threats just diminishes our power and standing in the world even further. It’s like the parent who keeps warning, “Don’t make me come up there!,” when the kid knows they’ve never come up there, and they never will.
We’re supposedly the super power, yet Russia is acting like the super power because they know nobody’s going to stop them. Obama already ceded leadership to Putin when he backed down from his “red line” threat in Syria and let Putin swoop in and take control. He did it again when he stood idly by as Egyptians overthrew Mohammed Morsi, convincing Egypt that America was an unreliable ally so they cut an oil deal with Russia.
To be fair, it’s easy to criticize, but harder to suggest what Obama SHOULD do. The problem is that there’s very little he can do, because he’s spent five years creating this situation. It’s one of the great ironies of all time, but one most leaders have understood for millennia: to preserve peace, you must prepare for war. Your potential enemies have to know that you’ll respond to any challenges with an iron fist, not a limp wrist. Instead, all around the world, we’ve abdicated our role as a world leader, made threats we haven’t backed up, allowed chaos to reign without consequence, refused to take sides when citizens risked their lives to stand up to tyrants, and now, we’re issuing vague threats to Russia in the same week that Chuck Hagel is announcing to the whole world that we’re slashing our troops back to pre-World War II levels. It’s no surprise that Putin isn’t intimated by Obama’s threats. The only surprise is why he still bothers to pretend to listen when his agenda is so packed with planning the next invasion.
By the way, from the same administration that gave us such creative new euphemisms as “man-caused disaster” for “terrorist attack” and “kinetic military action” for “war,” comes this great new one. Russian troops aren’t “invading” Ukraine. They’re staging an “uncontested arrival.” It’s sad that comedian George Carlin has died, but at least someone at the State Department is carrying on his life’s work.
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