Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Costs of Barack Obama’s Weakness Scottie Hughes

When George Mallory was asked in 1924 why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he snapped, “Because it is there.” Fourteen years later, Adolf Hitler might well have given the same answer if asked why he wanted to annex the Sudetenland. And nearly a century later, Vladimir Putin is swallowing up Crimea for the same reason: Because it is there for taking. Putin knows when it comes to invading and annexing Crimea, no one is going to stop him.
Consider the three candidates you might think at first glance would stand in Vladimir Putin’s path. First, there’s Ukraine. But its military is no match for Moscow.
Second, there’s the European Union. But Western Europe’s anemic military budgets have taken a back seat to welfare spending in once-great nations that have said since World War II, “We’ll sit this one out; we gave at the office between 1939 and 1945.”
Third, there’s the United States. But it is led by the weakest, most feckless, least intimidating President in the history of the republic. As Russian dissident Garry Kasparov recently said, “Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill.” Putin knows that Crimea is there for the taking because he knows Barack Obama would rather collect Nobel Peace Prizes than stand up for American allies and interests and values.      View Full Article

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