The Russians just called President Obama and left a message: “Your foreign policy is a disaster and Mitt Romney is smarter than you.”
Okay, they didn’t do that, but you couldn’t blame them if they did, considering that they’re rolling roughshod over Ukraine and all the White House can do is blubber about not crossing “lines” that have already been crossed.
“We are watching to see … whether or not Russia is doing anything that might be crossing the line in any way,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday. “We made clear that the U.S. supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the sovereignty of Ukraine. We have made clear to Russia that we believe it would be a grave mistake to intervene in any way.
Indeed, the White House is “watching.” That is why Vladimir Putin is laughing.
For those with a short memory, it was only a couple of years ago when President Obama mocked Mitt Romney during a presidential debate regarding his growing concern over the threat Russia posed to U.S. interests around the globe.
“Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida,” Obama said. “You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.”
What president Obama doesn’t get is that just because he says something is over, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Whether it’s in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or anywhere else, the world’s worst actors are always seeking to gain and exert influence.
While the president makes silly “Let’s Move” videos in the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, guys like Vladimir Putin are plotting and planning ways to regain a place of prominence on the world’s stage.
The president’s clueless nature as it pertains to foreign affairs is exacerbated by media-types who a.) laugh along with jokes like “the 80s called and want its foreign policy back,” and b) are just as lost as the president.
Take CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, who told Wolf Blitzer there was no way the Russians would move in on the Ukraine…just before they did just that.
Some are concerned we might be on the eve of another Cold War,” Blitzer fretted. “What, if anything, would stop Vladimir Putin from getting involved?”
“There doesn’t seem to be any notion that he is actually going to do so,” Amanpour insisted.
“The U.S. right now says it only sees Russia’s military exercises ‘within the normal range,’” she continued. “It does not see any of the kind of massive planning that Russia would have to do in terms of planning, and logistics, and securing air, and land, and rail, and road corridors to incur into Ukraine.”
She noted that a 1990s-era treaty signed by both Russia and Western nations guarantees Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Russian armored personnel carriers are on their way to Crimea, and Ukrainian officials are calling it a “military invasion and occupation.”
A convoy of nine Russian armored personnel carriers and a truck on a road between the port city of Sevastopol and the regional capital, Sinferopol, the Associated Press reported.
“I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation,” Ukraine’s newly named interior minister, Arsen Avakov, wrote in an online statement.
Meanwhile, Russians armed with rifles and wearing military uniforms stormed into Crimea’s main airport and took up positions on Friday. Agence France-Presse confirmed that 2,000 armed Russian were airlifted into the area.
Russia has flexed it’s muscles in Syria. Russia has flexed its muscled in Iran. Russia has flexed its muscles in the Ukraine. It is sending spy ships to Havana, Cuba. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is jogging in circles around the Oval Office with Joe Biden.
The next time the president tries to ridicule his political opponents, take a moment to remember what a joke Vladimir Putin is making of America’s commander-in-chief.