PUTIN, KEQIANG, AND KHAMENEI UPSTAGE OBAMA
Eight years of Obama’s abandonment of the American empire has led to a disintegration of key defenses essential to domestic security. Obama’s disgraceful record includes unilateral withdrawal of his red line in Syria; appeasement of Iran in a disastrous deal that assures a dedicated enemy of the United States a nuclear weapon; failure to defend the Ukraine or restore tactical nuclear weapons to NATO in Poland and along other Russian border states; and failure to employ devastating force to destroy ISIS. Through these and other acts of appeasement, unilateral withdrawal, and weakness, President Obama has caused the United States to retreat from defense of its vital interests, has invited our enemies to replace the United States, and has made the United States more vulnerable than ever before to new and more profound acts of terror.
Into the power vacuum created by Obama’s six plus years of retreat and economic decline has come Russia with Putin engineering alliances with Iran’s Khamenei and China’s Keqiang, forming a new axis of power in place of the United States. The Chinese military has grown enormously in the past eight years and Russia, too, has grown its military. Intervening in the Crimea and expanding its control over much of the Ukraine, uniting with Iran, China, and Syria to intervene on the ground in Syria and prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and aligning itself with radical Islamists throughout the region in opposition to the United States, Russia has moved to replace the United States as the key force to be reckoned with in the Middle East.
Putin’s tete-a-tete with Obama at the United Nations had the predictable effect of encouraging, not dissuading, Russia from expanding its involvement in Syria. Just two days after the meeting, Russia issued a demarche via a three star Russian general to the United States via its embassy in Iraq, ordering an immediate cessation of U.S. airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria. Simultaneously, the Russian parliament voted in favor of giving Putin authority to deploy more Russian soldiers to Syria. Russian air forces are now bombarding the opposition to Assad.
In short, Putin is seizing the opportunity to exploit Obama’s weakness, indecision, and withdrawal by expanding Russian involvement at every turn throughout the Middle East. Wherever the United States has failed to act or has acted ineffectively, Putin intends to prove Russia more decisive and effective, forcing a realignment of power in the region through a reassertion of former Soviet hegemony. By so doing, Putin not only intends to make himself a singular force to be reckoned with and to ensure Russian bidding is done by affected states but also to prove definitively that the United States is no longer willing or able to defend its allies or its own interests.
The effect of Russia filling the power vacuum created by Obama is devastating to freedom and stability throughout the world. A dedicated enemy of the United States, Putin’s Russia has already forged close ties with Iranian terror supporters to ensure expansion of Iran’s power base against the United States. That will translate into more state supported acts of terror against Israel, Europe, and the United States. Likewise, by propping up Asad’s regime, Russia will enable a dedicated enemy of the United States to become a base for the development of more initiatives against the West.
The most long lasting legacy of the Obama Administration will undoubtedly be his actions and inactions that have enabled the growth and proliferation of terror and the expansion of power by America’s most ardent and dedicated enemies. Only after Obama is gone, and only if a President dedicated to restoration of the American empire takes office, will we be able to reverse this self-destructive course. Even then, we may be too late to avoid a fundamental shift in global power alliances in favor of our enemies and also too late to prevent major acts of terror on American soil.
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The effect of Russia filling the power vacuum created by Obama is devastating to freedom and stability throughout the world. A dedicated enemy of the United States, Putin’s Russia has already forged close ties with Iranian terror supporters to ensure expansion of Iran’s power base against the United States.