Plainly, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the measure of President Obama and found him to be no obstacle to re-creation of the Russian empire. Former assistant secretary of state Brian Hook observes: “Putin’s aggression is a direct challenge to the post-Cold War security order in Europe that America largely created. The President doesn’t seem to fully appreciate this, which is both strange and troubling.” But it’s not unexpected, given his track record. Of course, the concern goes beyond Ukraine or even the other former (soon to be current Russian territories?) Soviet states. “Don’t forget that how we handle Ukraine has repercussions outside of Ukraine,” warns Hook. “What conclusion do you think China is drawing as they watch Russia easily outmaneuver the West?” Probably the same one Iran, Syria and other bad actors have come to.
There is no better example of the ruinous Obama foreign policy than Ukraine. The president has issued empty threats, diminished sanctions and refused to allow Ukraine to protect itself. If you are the leader of a Baltic state, you’re probably and justifiably panicked. The president will no doubt issue more empty threats. But that doesn’t do Ukraine any good, and it surely won’t protect other potential victims. Hillary Clinton‘s reset policy, it seems, has been a complete failure. Or is she going to blame others for this one as well?