A lack of leadership

Obama's reaction to Ukraine crisis shows appalling inertia

The Russian bear has returned to Cold War form, invading the Crimean Peninsula and eyeing potential military action elsewhere in the Ukraine.

Stunned by the act of open aggression that puts the very freedom of Eastern Europe in question, the world looks to the United States for leadership.

We wished there was more leadership for them to see.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration foreign-policy track record has ranged from nonexistent to mostly abysmal. Even the president’s most ardent supporters in the media say he’s living in a “fantasy” world.

“President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality,” the editorial board of The Washington Post said in a scathing commentary, adding that the administration thinks it exists in a world where “invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances” are things of the past.

When The Washington Post accuses the president of being feckless, you know there is a problem.

It’s not as if everyone in Washington was blindsided by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent goal of Soviet-era reunification. His excursion into Georgia revealed his intentions as early as 2008.

This was a juggernaut building momentum that the Obama administration and its complicit media allies not only refused to acknowledge it but openly mocked those who voiced concern of the growing Russian threat.

Mitt Romney warned of such hostilities during the 2012 elections. Sarah Palin did one better by actually predicting the invasion of Ukraine six years ago.

Both the GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates were roundly ridiculed for their warnings about Russia – warnings that have proven ominously prescient in light of Russia’s incursion into the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Apologies are in order.

Palin especially was eviscerated by the press and liberal intelligentsia for commenting on Obama’s then-lukewarm response to the Georgia invasion during the 2008 campaign.

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Sen. 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,” she said.

Foreign Policy magazine called Palin’s prediction “strange” and an “extremely far-fetched scenario.”

Romney was laughed at by President Obama himself during the 2012 debates for saying that Russia was “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

The lecturer-in-chief’s smug response was a tailor-made sound bite for the lapdog media.

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” he said.

Romney didn’t back down, asserting he had “clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin.”

The Obama campaign followed up with an attack ad portraying Romney as an out-of-touch Cold Warrior.

We don’t expect any mea culpas from liberal mouthpieces – that’s not their style. We’ll apologize on their behalf.

While we’re at it, we think former President George W. Bush, another favorite target of the Obama administration and mainstream media, deserves an apology.

Obama’s pledge to cancel a missile defense system promised by Bush has left Europe less secure and America’s deterrent less credible. It also has strained relationships with traditional democratic allies Germany, the United Kingdom and much of Eastern Europe.

There is little doubt the president’s toothless foreign policy has emboldened our old adversary’s return to the Soviet bad-old-days.

“I warned this day was coming, and it is here,” said U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “President Obama’s attempt to seek peace through apologetic diplomacy while defunding and dismantling our military has failed. Today, our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.”

Putin is not a former community organizer like our chief executive. He’s a former KGB colonel. Putin’s Russia will not be moved by Obama’s stern lectures and meaningless ultimatums, such as the chemical weapons “red line” crossed by Syria in its civil war.

The president now finds himself dealing with a scenario he laughed off nearly two years ago. We can only hope his administration is taking it seriously.

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