Update III: We write in one of our rare tweets on Twitter #Ukraine Olympics results: #Putin get gold, #Obama loser does not even get bronze. #Russia has determined leader #US has “managed decline”.
We thought we had heard every possible degradation of the English language from Obama. But the latest abuse beggars description. Did you know Russia is not invading Ukraine? No the U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”. It’s a variation of “you can’t rape the willing”.
Russian military planes and armored personnel carriers are entering Ukraine. “Just lean back baby. There’s nothing you can do so you might as well enjoy it” – words uttered by armies from time immemorial.
It was Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of America that inspired the Russian bear to come out of hibernation. The Russian Putin bear is back and all we bereft Americans have is a babe in the woods full of malevolence.
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”
The highbrow mockers didn’t see what was obvious. As we noted in our first update “U.S. intelligence” up to Thursday night had not a clue. Mama Grizzly knew exactly what the Russian Grizzly Bear was up to.
Update II: A good summary of today’s events can be found at this Open thread: Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 4:45. Obama has spoken and to say the least, words failed him, again.
We wrote in our penultimate paragraph below, “Expect Barack Obama, via Kerry, to draw a red line which will induce gut busting laughter from Vladimir Putin.” That prediction came true today in the form of new terminology. As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”. The line is not Syrian red but Obama-Kerry-Carney call it an “intervention” line. Putin must literally be be rolling on the floor laughing his ass off.
The “intervention” line for clowns must surely involve thirteen Russian aircraft loaded with thousands of Russian troops. Putin might just go for the Ukrainian throat and simply invade just to make sure everyone understands his very credible red line. Or will Putin be like the arrogant boyfriend who first brings in a backpack, then slowly some shopping bags full of clothes, then his electronics, and before you know it he has moved in, invasion accomplished.
Whatever. Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of the United States is now in full flower. Many are reviewing this video:
Update: The assessment by what is called “U.S. intelligence” was a big “don’t worry, Russia is not going to invade Ukraine”. This morning that Panglossian foolishness was contradicted by Video: Armed men seize two Crimea airports.
The roads to the airports are blockaded, helicopters fly in and out, as Russian flags fly overhead. The original invaders have been replaced by men in camouflage uniforms.
This is the type of instability and militarism that rises when the world knows the White House occupant is a boob.
This 2013 Superbowl commercial by Hyundai should inform American policy makers:
The skinny kid determined to get back his football, without a whine, understands fearless executive authority and the value of teamwork. The chubby kid grappling the bear should be in the Pentagon or State Department in charge of our response to the Russian grizzly and assorted nogoodniks. The black kid carries at least five times his own weight and is a hero to be valued in any effort. The hefty redhead isn’t hoisting donuts to his mouth – he’s getting ready to fight.
Here’s a variation of the commercial we like so much:
Barack Obama does not understand that Hyundai commercial. Obama prefers the delusional world of Panglossian HOPE to be embraced by children but not adults embroiled as leaders in a hostile world.
Earlier this week, via Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama announced to Russia that the United States won’t stand in his way. The United States, or rather Barack Obama – let’s not confuse the two – declared the American army will be reduced in size to pre World War II levels. It was brilliant timing if the intent was to signal weakness to Russia at a critical tipping point in the Ukraine and world-wide.
Already Barack Obama rolled over for Russia/Putin in Syria. Syria was a collapse of “red line” credibility. After the Obama “red line” surrender whenever Barack Obama declares this or that to be a “red line” world leaders will see a yellow streak. Back in April of 2009 we noted that world leaders consider Barack Obama a sucker ready, willing, and desirous of rolling over for them. The only difference between then and now is that, as reflected in polls, Americans now understand Barack Obama is a weak and indecisive creature.
That intelligent Pentagon cuts and costly programs designed only to keep congressional backers bringing bacon to their districts should and must be cut is not the issue. The issue is Barack Obama’s attack on America in the form of “managed decline”. Those two words are missing in the post Hagel surrender speech analysis.
Back in 2011 when we thought Republicans would mount a serious presidential challenge in 2012 we thought for sure that Marco Rubio would be on the ticket. One of the reasons, among many, for having the Tea Party Marco Rubio (not the immigration amnesty Rubio) on the Republican ticket we wrote was because a debate was sorely needed about Barack Obama’s policy of “managed decline”.
“The weathervanes of conventional wisdom are engaged in another round of angst about America in decline. New theories, old slogans: Imperial overstretch. The Asian awakening. The post-American world. Inexorable forces beyond our control bringing the inevitable humbling of the world hegemon. [snip]
The question of whether America is in decline cannot be answered yes or no. There is no yes or no. Both answers are wrong, because the assumption that somehow there exists some predetermined inevitable trajectory, the result of uncontrollable external forces, is wrong. Nothing is inevitable. Nothing is written. For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice. Two decades into the unipolar world that came about with the fall of the Soviet Union, America is in the position of deciding whether to abdicate or retain its dominance. Decline–or continued ascendancy–is in our hands.“
We wrote then that Krauthammer’s article “is essential reading” to understand the road to ruin Barack Obama wants to force march the nation onto. It wasn’t conservative Krauthammer however that prompted our ruminations on managed decline years ago. The unintentional never-the-less acid critique came from a fortress of liberal politics, The New Yorker. Yes, The New Yorker.
Liberal Ryan Lizza let the pig out of the poke:
“One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is reviled in many parts of the world. Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength. “It’s so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world,” the adviser said. “But it’s necessary for shepherding us through this phase.”
What to Liberal Lizza is “balance” to world leaders is surrender. Grinning Barack Obama is leading America down the garden path to decline like sheep to the slaughter.
Back in 2011, or was it 2009, many Obama critics believed that the American “shining city on a hill” would wave the flag of surrender to the Forbidden City. But we were all of us deceived. The surrender is to the successors of those we vanquished in the Cold War.
Liberal Richard Cohen at the Washington Post misses a great deal in his discussion of Susan Rice and her recent performance of scripted lies. But it appears, optimistically speaking, that Cohen is a few years away from understanding that what he is describing is part of a greater arc that we call “managed decline with lies”:
“Susan Rice and the retreat of American power [snip]
Rice’s was a splendid performance, characteristic of an administration that values the sound of policy over its implementation. But it bore directly on another urgent foreign policy problem confronting Washington and the world: Ukraine. Of course the revolution in that country was discussed, and Rice warned Russia not to resort to force, saying that would be “a grave mistake.” She declared the United States on the side of the Ukrainian people, an airy but prudent generalization. This will have to do for the moment.
But matters may soon get out of hand. Russia may not permit the major nation on its southwestern border to align itself with Europe. It’s not likely that tanks will roll, but it is not all that unlikely that the Russian-speaking east of the country may turn to Moscow for support.
Ukraine on its own would be a formidable challenge. But it is not alone. [snip]
In the Middle East, Syria is flying apart, a Kurdistan is gestating, Iraq will never be the same. And in the Far East, Japan and China, feeling their nationalistic oats, bicker over a collection of rocks.
An increasingly messy world is looking for guidance. But not only does the United States refuse to be its policeman, it won’t even be its hall monitor. The utterly false choice in Syria articulated by Rice — America can do nothing because it won’t do everything — is noticed by the rest of the world. Obama threatened “consequences” if someone stepped “over the line” in Ukraine. Ah, another line. Is it red?
Economically the world grows closer together. Simultaneously, the world fragments and empires crumble. Believe it or not, these were the conditions that preceded World War I when nationalism burst all constraints. Four empires — the Russian, the German, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman — collapsed and the world hurtled toward an Armageddon that ended only with Hitler putting a pistol to his head and the Enola Gay obliterating Hiroshima.”
Cohen is concerned about “the retreat of American power”. Cohen is late to consciousness, again. Years ago the warning was made by us and by others. Tea Party Marco Rubio was one of those, who in his maiden speech to the United States Senate, warned a warning against managed decline:
“One of my favorite speeches is one that talks about our role in the world. It was the speech President Kennedy was set to give, had he lived just one more day. It would have closed with these words:
“We in this country, in this generation, are- by destiny rather than by choice- the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
Almost half a century later America is still the only watchman on that wall of world freedom. And there is still no one else to take our place.
What will the world look like if America declines? Well, today all over the world, people are being forced to accept a familiar lie, that the price for their security is their liberty.
If America declines, who will serve as living proof that liberty, security and prosperity are all possible together? Today, radical political Islam abuses and oppresses women, has no tolerance for other faiths and seeks to impose its views on the whole world. If America declines, who will lead the fight to confront and defeat them?
Today, children are used as soldiers and trafficked as slaves. Dissidents are routinely imprisoned without trial, and subjected to torture, forced confessions and forced labor.
If America declines, who will take these causes as their own? What will the world look like if America declines? Well, who will create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers?
If America declines, who will do all this, and ask for nothing in return?
Motivated solely by the desire to make the world a better place?
The answer is no one will. There is still no nation or institution in the world willing or able to do what we have done.
Ronald Reagan described America as a shining city on a hill. Now, some say that we can no longer afford the price we must pay to keep America’s light shining. Others say that there are new shining cities that will soon replace us. I say they are both wrong. Yes, the price we will pay to keep America’s light shining is high, but the price we will pay if it stops shining will be even higher.
Yes, there are new nations now emerging with prosperity and influence. And that is what we always wanted. America never wanted to be the only shining city. We wanted our example to inspire the people of the world to build one of their own. You see, these nations, these new shining cities, they can join us, but they can never replace us. Because the light coming from them is but a reflection of our own. It is the light of an American century that now spreads throughout the world. A world that still needs America. A world that still needs our light. A world that still needs another American century.”
Today Russian ships, seeing no JFK in the White House, possibly in preparation to intervene in the people power rebellion in Venezuela which so mimics the Ukraine rebellion, secretly dock in Havana harbor. In the Ukraine’s Crimea, where the Russian Black Sea fleet is headquartered, the parliament building has been occupied by armed men hoisting the Russian flag over the legislature. Expect Barack Obama, via Kerry, to draw a red line which will induce gut busting laughter from Vladimir Putin. The ousted leader of Ukraine, sheltered by Russia, can expect Russian troop movements to bolster his claims to power or at least force Moscow’s way onto the Ukrainian populace. Russian military jets are already on the job sending a message of their own, real, red line.
Russia, China, tin pot dictators, rogue regimes, Islamic theocracy thugs are all on the move and ready to rise. Barack Obama is forcing America on a death march of managed decline – which leaves him all that time to golf and make celebrity appearances on TV.