Much has been written about Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin’s relationship, and it’s been mostly wrong.
This is because political commentators confuse Barack Obama with a man who loves the United States, and loves freedom and democracy.
He does not, as can be shown quite easily by listening to the man’s own words (“You didn’t build that” is a neo-Soviet classic) and by his many actions since he began his occupation. The sooner people understand this, the sooner they can understand mr. Obama’s actions on the world stage (and in the USA).
This week Putin will take another step in reassembling the old Soviet Union, which Ronald Reagan broke into dozens of pieces, thus freeing hundreds of millions of people. He has moved an invading army to the border of Ukraine and clearly intends to attack his neighboring country.
Predictably, Barack Hussein Obama appears impotent and out-to-lunch on the issue. Check out John McCain’s take on Obama’s response, and remember that McCain agrees with Obama on many things and is no enemy of the administration (source):
When Putin sees the President of the United States say, ‘We are going to act if they cross a red line’ and they don’t, and when he sees the President of the United States say ,’tell Vladimir that when I’m reelected I’m going to be more flexible,’ when we were pushing the ‘reset button,’ — I think that Vladimir Putin, being the old KGB apparatchik that he is, does not believe that the penalty for this behavior will be very severe.
McCain is right when he essentially argues that Obama’s weakness in previous interactions in fact invites the kind of imperialist aggression we are seeing by Putin in recent years and in recent days.
Putin, if anything, admires Barack Obama.
The following image from one of my earlier essays explains it best, and I believe that Putin actually has these thoughts:
I don’t mean this to be funny, and in fact I wish it all were a joke. But Barack Obama really is the president, and he really does hate the West and our anglo-saxon heritage. He really is contemptuous of America’s attempts to promote democracy around the world, and instead of defending American foreign policy, he has chosen instead — again and again — to join our enemies in blaming America.
Does this willful rejection of the American moral high ground have consequences?
You bet it does — just listen to this quote from a Russian senator, Nikolai Ryzhkov, in which he describes Western powers and their intentions (source):
They ruined Yugoslavia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, all in the name of western democracy. It’s not even double standards, it’s political cynicism.
This quote speaks directly to the consequences of Barack Obama going over to the other side.
It really does embolden the enemies of freedom, not that mr. Obama cares so much.