Sunday, March 2, 2014

Kreskin Has Nothing on These Two

The "Amazing Kreskin" first came to fame in America in the 1970's as a modern day sage, seer and mentalist extraordinaire.  In fact, outlets like the Huffington Post and Fox News still occasionally have him as a guest.  He even supposedly predicted (for the 3rd straight time) the winner of the Super Bowl.  Hmmmm......I wonder where he was during the run-up to the elections of 2008 & 2012?

During the election cycle of 2008, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Vice-Presidential running mate to John McCain, issued the following warning concerning the potential international risks of an Obama Presidency:

“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,”

This comment, made in a speech to Foreign Policy [subscription required] in 2008, was widely criticized at the time.  It was paired along with her misquoted comment that she could "see Russia from my home" as an indication of her ridiculous incompetence.  Mysteriously, Foreign Policy's reporting of the current situation in the Ukraine omits any mention of their earlier derision of Governor Palin's comment.

In a flashback to the Presidential debates between Mitt Romney and President Obama in October of 2012, Brett Baier, on his show on Fox News played a clip from the foreign policy debate in which President Obama ridiculed Mitt Romney for classifying Russia as one of the "greatest geo-political threats facing America".  Said President Obama:

“You said Russia. Not Al Qaida. You said Russia....The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the cold war’s been over for 20 years.”

Maybe we should have heeded that call?  While the left was all in a panic over the foreign policy of President Ronald Reagan, claiming that his hard line against the Russians was a direct threat to peace and would lead to World War III, nothing of the sort happened.  In fact, the Reagan policy of "peace through strength" is widely credited with the downfall of the old Soviet regime and the freeing of many of the former satellite republics.  It's a certainty that none of the bad actors currently agitating the world would be conducting themselves in the same manner if there were a President the stature of Reagan currently in the White House.

Mitt Romney's response was unequivocal:

“Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe…and I said in the same paragraph I said and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin…”

Rose colored glasses?  I'd say it's more likely that Obama is wearing blinders.  He absolutely refuses to see what is obvious to many of the rest of us and will not admit his error even when presented with the results of his mistaken foreign policy decisions.

It goes beyond this.  During Benghazi, Obama was infamously absent and his whereabouts unaccounted for for a period of 7 hours.  As Commander-In-Chief, his place was in the Situation Room with his National Security team and military advisers.  During this most recent crisis in the Ukraine, with Russian troops invading the Crimea region, Russian warships converging on the Crimea peninsula, and this morning there are reports of Russian troops and equipment surrounding a Ukrainian military base and preventing Ukrainian military personnel from entering or leaving the compound.  What does Obama do?  He skips the meeting of his National Security Team!  Instead of attending a crucial meeting in person, where he could get information first hand and presumably ask clarifying questions and get immediate feedback, he sends Susan Rice instead.  You remember her?  She was the spokesperson the administration trotted out during the Benghazi crisis to label the attack as a "spontaneous response to a video" and not an organized terrorist action.

Taken from

There also was a high-level meeting at the White House Saturday after Russia’s parliament gave Putin the military go-ahead to protect Russian interests in neighboring Ukraine, the AP said.
Participants in the meeting included Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the AP said.

No mention of the President attending this meeting.

So.  Sarah Palin warned of the potential of just such a crisis as far back as 2008, and Mitt Romney repeated the warning of an increasingly aggressive, even belligerent, Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin.  Each of these people were ridiculed and vilified in the national media as crackpots and dangerously uninformed, while the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were praised for the "reset" of U.S., Russian international relations and  for their enlightened foreign policy agenda of reaching out towards our former enemies (while our oldest allies seemingly got the back of our hand).

We are now faced with unarguable violations of international law by Russia and Putin.  It's clear that he seeks to reassemble the old USSR and return Russia to what he sees as it's rightful place of dominance in the eastern hemisphere.  What is our President and his administration doing about it?  They're working on plans to reduce and weaken our military below the levels prior to WWII.  We are/will be unable to respond militarily to aggressive actions taken by not only the Putin regime in the Ukraine; we will be unable to respond to China's aggressive actions in the South Pacific and towards Japan and Taiwan; we will be unable to respond to the belligerence of Iran and their provocation of sending "warships" towards our territorial waters.  Hell, we'll even be unable to respond to a pipsqueak like Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  Outside of any military response, Obama's weakness on foreign policy has seriously reduced the North American profile and presence on the world stage.  When America talks, few listen; fewer still take our pronouncements seriously.

Our enemies no longer fear or respect us, while our allies increasingly fear they can no longer trust us to honor our obligations to mutual defense and protection according to long standing treaties.

Both Governor Palin and Governor Romney warned of the consequences of electing someone as blatantly unqualified as Obama to lead the world's last remaining superpower and erstwhile beacon of freedom and liberty.

If only people had given them the credit they give to a stage act like Kreskin.

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