A continued weak economy, disgruntled electorate, on-going flat-footed foreign policy, and now Putin flexes his muscles in the Ukraine. All these indicators suggest that President Obama is reaping in his second term the mistakes sowed from his first four years in office, creating misdirection and a void in leadership. Obama’s inexperience and inattention has provided the perfect opportunity for Vladimir Putin to strut and regain the advantage on the world stage as a real player. Let’s makes it abundantly clear, Putin would love to rule over all the Russias and regain a large chunk, if not all, of the former U.S.S.R. This is just the first salvo in doing that, even his cooperation in providing intelligence to the U.S. on Chechnyan terrorists, benefits his attempt to rid that region o f dissidents. The testing of U.S. resolve as an influential leader in our hemisphere by the docking of a Russian warship in Cuba (reminiscent the intervention by the U.S.S.R. in 1962), goes unanswered. Plus let us not forget the Putin spin, portrayal, and support of Assad of Syria as a bulwark against fundamental jihadists/terrorists, a political nightmare for the U.S. and a humanitarian catastrophe borne out of a failure to act quickly and decisively. And now President Putin has the backing of China, who obviously see Putin gaining strength and influence, perhaps hoping that Russia will back its’ play against Japan for the Senkaku Islands.
In the 21st century, the U.S. needs to develop a new vision in foreign affairs that not only recognizes emerging nations, but is more comprehensive than putting out individual diplomatic fires. Time and strategy must be given to developing an international policy that meets the U.S. role and goals of this new century. Our philosophy need not embrace the lofty ideal of “pay any price” in the name of peace and freedom, but it should not ignore and sink into isolation either. Nonetheless, we urgently need to define our goals internationally that reflect both our interests and our democratic values and that requires a well thought out doctrine or we will continuously be caught flat-footed as we were in the Arab Spring, or going from one crisis to the next as we are now.
But As For Me..
.At the beginning of his presidency, Obama pushed the Reset Button on foreign affairs and relations with Russia and others; however, he forgot to note that the button was still colored RED.
Op-Ed by Reformed Liberal
Posted on Tuesday, March 4th 2014