Update: Obama took a few minutes off from threatening Israel today to lazily fling platitudes from his comfy chair. Obama to Putin: You’re on the wrong side of history, buddy. Wow, that’s telling them. Nothing at all like what we recommend should be done if we had an American president with strong belief in American and Western values. As we ask at the end will any 2016 wannabee president take up the real world challenge?
If we had an American president with belief in American values and willing to fight for those values, instead of a president only concerned with his stinking “brand”, the Ukraine crisis could be easily turned into a Churchillian moment in Western history. The occupant of the White House is at best a man-child naïf or, as we increasingly believe, a malevolent subversive whose every action is designed to weaken the west and destroy American leadership. This vulgar instrument of destruction is protected by a Big Media establishment and deluded “liberal” elites that seek to rationalize as wise every stupidity or malevolent act inflicted by Barack Obama.
As we noted in our previous article, as the danger escalated in Ukraine Barack Obama golfed for three days then followed that bit of insouciance with an announcement that the American army was to be squeezed back to pre-World War II size. Over the weekend Barack Obama sent the signal to Putin of his real level of concern by skipping a national security briefing on Ukraine. This week Barack Obama is focused on screaming more threats in his meeting today with Prime Minister Netanyahu against the only democracy in the middle east, Israel.
When American allies are in trouble Barack Obama will scream and shout for their removal such as in Egypt with Mubarak. Barack Obama deposed of American ally Mubarak in order to birth the Muslim Brotherhood control of Egypt. When the Muslim Brotherhood proved to be worse than Mubarak Obama remained silent and protected the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood. In Venezuela, the people rise up against an American enemy – Barack Obama remains silent. In Ukraine the Evil Empire blueprints for return are put into action and from Obama the usual usual.
What can be done in Ukraine? The United States has a mighty nuclear arsenal, a still powerful armed force, an economy that dwarfs the former Soviets. Military action? No, Ukraine is not an American vital national interest so no military action is warranted. But the attack on Ukraine by the former Evil Empire must be beaten back. Barack Obama sycophants at the New York Times, Big Media, wan foreign policy elites, and DailyKook hangouts would have us all believe that nothing can be done because we should not use military force and that is the end of that. We disagree.
What would an American president with deep belief in American values do?
For those who are so cynical as to believe that listing the actions that should be taken by an American president who believes in American values are a waste of time we reply that because such an American president does not at this moment exist there is still the opportunity for someone else to rise up and place on her shoulders the mantle of leadership. Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, someone who wants to lead America and the free world can and should do as we suggest. It’s the challenge of leadership.
An American president at this time who believes in American values and the values of the Christian West would leap to action. The first symbolic action of such a president would be to recall the ejected bust of Winston Churchill and place it back in a place of honor on the desk in the Oval Office.
Next, such an American president would, alongside Mitt Romney fly to the German capital of Berlin and with Lech Walensa at his side address the peoples of Europe, the West, and the world. To a candid world, in words of brutal truth, such a president would place the attack on Ukraine in historic context. “Ich bin ein Ukrainer” would echo from JFK. “Mr. Putin we forced Mr. Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall'” and Reagan could for a second be remembered. But more than that, an American president with American values would place the crisis in Ukraine in the context of the West and the long fight for freedom and self-determination of nations.
An American president with granite belief in American values would remind the world that people and nations run TO the west and FROM totalitarian regimes.
An American president with American values would remind the world that the crime of the Ukraine in the eyes of the Evil Empire redux is the preference for the values and freedom and economic hope provided by the West. An American president with American values would remind the world that there was a time when half a continent was called the “captive nations”. An American president with American values would remind the world that evil will not live forever and that even though the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Evil Empire, tens of thousands killed, freedom came to Hungary and it is free today after a long twilight struggle between the West and the totalitarians.
An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa at his side, remind the world that the workers of Poland defied the totalitarian ideology that hid behind slogans such as “workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” An American president with American values would rejoice in public that the workers of Poland united and did lose their chains. The Evil Empire threatened to snuff Walensa and his Solidarity movement but instead it was the solidarity of the West that snuffed out the Evil Empire.
An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa, Mitt Romney, and freedom fighters who united to defeat the Evil Empire, go from European capital to European capital to denounce totalitarianism and defend the values of the West. An American president with American values would not only denounce the totalitarian evil of the former Soviet being reborn in the new Russia but such a president would also denounce the totalitarian theocracies of the Muslim world. An American president with American values would defend the West and the value of the West in Spain, England, France, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and yes even in Lithuania and the other Baltic states.
At the Academy Awards on Sunday, it was Jared Leto, an actor, who took on his shoulders the responsibilities of what ordinarily would be the job of an American president if such president treasured American values. Leto expressed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and Ukraine:
“To all of the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, ‘we are here,’” he said. “As you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”
There are many who believe that America should say nothing or do nothing about the attack on Ukraine by the revanchist Russian imperialists. But that is uneducated foolishness. It was the United States that led Ukraine to surrender in good faith its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of American/British protection in the Budapest Accords signed by President Bill Clinton. If Ukraine is allowed to be slaughtered by the West this will send a message to totalitarians in Tehran and elsewhere to get nuclear weapons and not surrender them under any circumstance. Indeed this would lead to a real domino effect as Gulf oil regimes will also go nuclear in response to Tehran’s atomic achievements – which would lead to more and more proliferation of nuclear weaponry. Eventually, like a schoolhouse of children given matches, a nuclear fire would eventually ignite. Add an American president who rejects American values and the West in preference to attacks on Israel and the danger ratchets up.
Additional consideration for those that want no strong American/Western response to the Russian attack on Ukraine is the historical fact that appeasement and in Bob Dylan’s “blowing in the wind” phraseology, pretending not to see, only leads to further acts of evil. The Russian bear will not stop at devouring Crimea as it already has. The Russian bear will extend it’s claws against all of Ukraine. The Baltic states will later be swallowed whole or intimidated into a latter day Soviet style union. Europe, with its great reliance on Russian fossil fuels will be blackmailed into subservience. The bear won’t stop eating after taking a small bite of a toe. Bears and totalitarians want it all.
Those that think Barack Obama is not a malevolent subversive but only a failure brim full of naivite now include the Washington Post. WaPo: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”:
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.” [snip]
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power. [snip]
The White House often responds by accusing critics of being warmongers who want American “boots on the ground” all over the world and have yet to learn the lessons of Iraq. So let’s stipulate: We don’t want U.S. troops in Syria, and we don’t want U.S. troops in Crimea. A great power can become overextended, and if its economy falters, so will its ability to lead. None of this is simple.
But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.
As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.”
An American president with belief in American values would thunder Churchillian rage against the rape of Ukraine. After reminding the West of its values and the need to be resolute there are other steps to be taken:
“Kick Russia out of the G-8”; isolate Russia from “Western banking and finance networks”; and:
“3) Void the visas
As Putin looks inward, the country’s elite is looking outward. They have become significant players on the world stage, making high-profile investments, including in professional sports franchises in the United States and England. Their children attend U.S. and European universities.
Unlike being evicted from the G-8, a travel ban would impact Putin’s wealthiest supporters who have grown used to open access to the West.
“A lot of Russians are used to traveling in the West, having investments in the West, sending their kids to school in the West,” Talbott said. “Insofar as Putin is creating not just the impression, but the fact, that he’s taking Russian behavior back to the pattern of the Soviet Union, that is going to make a lot of Russians very, very uneasy,” Talbott said.”
Senator Marco Rubio has eight additional steps to implement of which we disagree strongly with the Sixth one:
First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion. The Obama administration must publicly acknowledge that its “reset” with Russia is dead. The president must now accept that the only way to deal with tyrants like Vladimir Putin is with a clear understanding that they can’t be trusted and that only decisive action will deter their provocative moves.
Second, President Obama should dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Kiev to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s transitional government, and urge our allies in the European Union and NATO to send representatives there as well. [snip]
Third, the United States should rally our allies to boycott this June’s G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia. And if Russian troops do not leave Ukraine immediately, Russia should be expelled from this group altogether.
Fourth, any and all discussions and negotiations with Moscow on any issue unrelated to this crisis, including trade and other matters, should be immediately suspended.
Fifth, the U.S. and our allies should put forward a condemnatory resolution in the United Nations Security Council. A Russian or Chinese veto would make clear to the world the hypocrisy of these governments, since they say they oppose foreign intervention into the affairs of sovereign countries—unless of course they are the ones intervening.
Sixth, we should renew a push for eventual membership in NATO by the Republic of Georgia and aim to provide the country with some of the defensive capabilities the Georgians have requested ever since they were invaded by Russia in 2008.
Seventh, the Obama administration should immediately add more Russian officials to the Magnitsky list, which places travel bans and other sanctions on them – something President Obama failed to do in December. [snip]
Finally, in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid should immediately halt his effort to force a Senate vote on Rose Gottemoeller next week to be under secretary of state for arms control and international security. As I, Sens. John Cornyn and Jim Risch said yesterday, we shouldn’t even be thinking about arms-control negotiations with Russia anytime soon. And especially not negotiations led by a State Department official, such as Ms. Gottemoeller, who has tried to play down and potentially kept information from Congress and our allies about Russian violations of arms-control agreements.
This is a critical moment in world history. The credibility of the alliances and security assurances that have preserved the international order is at stake. If Putin’s illegal actions are allowed to stand unpunished, it will usher in a dark and dangerous era in world affairs.
We strongly urge Senator Rubio to do all the above that an American president with American values would do. Senator Rubio won’t get as much attention as an American president but it would demonstrate leadership and presidential potential. Likewise, we urge Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to do the same. We urge Mitt Romney, whom we praised when he met with Lech Walensa, to do the same. Governor Christie and Governor Walker can bolster their foreign policy credentials by do the same. Former Governor Jeb Bush should do likewise. Hillary Clinton could demonstrate her greater than Obama influence by doing the same.
It is time for all of these wannabee presidents to demonstrate that they are up to the job with more than resumes and words. Maybe someday one of them can enter the White House and be an American president with strong belief in American values.