Speaking of which, there have been a fair amount of idiotic policy approaches and comments coming out of the White House and those who are working for Obama over these last 4 plus years. Take for instance the recent comment during the latest Putin adventures (Ukraine) that ‘global events are not a chess game.' Really?! Add to this the willing suspension of disbelief Secretary Kerry would like us to exhibit, as he suggested we should not interpret recent events, like the Russians going on a field trip to Crimea, as a return to the Cold War. Of course not! Just because Putin repeatedly has lamented the decline of Russia as the Soviet Union fell, and has made no secret about trying to position his nation to global preeminence at all cost, why on earth should we be concerned about his latest military camping trip into a sovereign country?!
Several years ago one of my first articles for FSM addressed the Global Chess Game, describing how Putin is still winning. During that time Russia invaded Georgia.
And over the years I warned, and have been proven right time and time again, that Putin is not a man to be underestimated. He is not a shoe pounding oaf like his predecessors. He is a well educated, accomplished, and dangerous man, committed to restoring the Russian Federation (RF) to Cold War status as one of the primary global powers. The loss of Soviet prominence at the hands of Ronald Reagan and the United States is an insult he has pledged to remedy, and avenge. He thinks strategically. The world is his chess board, and a game is being played for every arena - energy, money, territory, natural resources, influence and power. Against whom? The United States. And Putin is playing it very well. Not that he has to. Against Obama, Vladimir Putin could send in his "B Team" understudy.
China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other competitor nations think long term, unlike Obama, and much of the United States which think in terms of quarterly reports, ratings, opinion polls, sound bites, and our latest paychecks, forgetting that the size of our income, our safety here and abroad, and the likelihood of our children enjoying a better life than we do, are all intertwined with world affairs, and how well our leaders address the complexity of a global economy.
China and Russia put a target on our back - attacking our economy - currency, trade, debt, innovation, using cyber and patent attacks, as well as undermining our global interests and spheres of influence. It is indeed a global game of chess, and we are playing it badly.
The latest gauntlet Putin has thrown is the Ukraine. And apparently the only folks shocked, and stunned were the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and the sycophants on POTUS' payroll. It reminds me of a scene in the film ARGO where the Iranians, who have just taken over the US embassy in Tehran (under another Presidential failure in foreign policy - Jimmy Carter), claimed the facility was a den of espionage. Upon hearing that, the President's Chief of Staff opines (I'm paraphrasing a bit) - "den of espionage, an intelligence gathering center? The CIA has 3 agents, and no one sees the revolution coming? I call that something other than a den of intelligence!" Not picking on the CIA - an enterprise I have great respect for, since we must remember Jimmy Carter imposed Stansfield Turner upon that venerable spy agency. It was an organization he hated, and did a great job of degrading its capabilities. Obviously, not only did the Iranian Revolution occur, but Russia invaded Afghanistan on Carter's government watch. Fast forward to 2014 - no one in the US saw the Ukraine incursion coming? Russia rising and no one notices? Seriously?! Can someone please send a map to the President and his team?
And why shouldn't people approach Putin Inc? No option is ever off the table with him. Ever. And that includes military as well as diplomacy, in addition to using brute force or gentle persuasion. Do I admire his tactics? No. Do I admire his resolve to position his nation as Number 1? Absolutely. It is refreshing. I keep wondering who our President is working for? The Shiites during the Arab Spring? The Muslim Brotherhood? The Palestinians? The North Koreans? The welfare industrial complex? George Soros? The weather underground?
And what does President Obama do to send Putin quaking in his boots? Warn there will be consequences if Russia goes into the Ukraine. What consequences? Talk therapy? President Obama is only tough on Republicans. Anyone else, he talks a good fight - but that's about it.
On the wild assumption that Obama would actually back up his threat, more than merely saying "stop that Mr. Putin" - something to act tough to his followers who are still trying to get the rest of us to believe he is a strong leader on the world stage (stop laughing...they actually believe it), I looked at the domains in terms of what can the US under Obama's leadership actually do?