While Hillary’s media obsess over an 11 year old Trumpian off-mic comment, the off-mic comment that matters went down in 2012 when Barack Obama pleaded to then-Russian President Medvedev to be patient, that “after my election I have more flexibility.”
Apparently “more flexibility” meant “leading from behind” which has been Obama’s foreign policy doctrine. A synonym for that is capitulation. But nothing good ever comes from capitulating to a predator.
The 500,000 or so dead civilians in Syria are a testament to that fact.
While America has slept, Putin has been gobbling up vast swathes of foreign policy terrain ceded by the Obama administration. While shoring up the Assad regime in Syria, Russia has expanded their military footprint there, cramming massive amounts of air power, naval assets, SAMs, special forces and ground troops into that tiny country.
Prior to the Obama-Hillary tag team, Russian military forces had been effectively ejected from the Middle East, dating back to the 1970s.
But when Obama’s big talk about red-lines turned up empty, Putin saw a green light.
Russia’s expansive combat power in Syria means they get to call the shots, allowing Assad, the biggest butcher of the 21st Century, to consolidate power atop the bodies of countless Syrian women and children. Secretary of State Kerry is left to mumble something about war crimes.
I really doubt if ex-KGB Colonel Vladimir Putin is too worried.
Next door, Putin has closed ranks with Turkish President Erdogan, a Muslim Brotherhood despot who has been busily eliminating all political opposition, likely to make way for something with a Sharia law-esque.
That nexus is bad news for NATO, which of course is precisely Putin’s intention.
Russia has also encroached against NATO’s eastern borders, conducting numerous “snap exercises” with forces exceeding 130,000 combat troops.
That isn't a reconnaissance unit folks.
By the way, Russian combat forces are upgrading; they’ve been rolling out a brand new family of 21st Century Armata combat vehicles; tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery, etc.
To compliment all those tanks riding herd in Eastern Europe, Russia also just deployed a bevy of upgraded Iskander missiles into their outpost in Kaliningrad.
They’re nuclear capable by the way. Did you know that for Russia, the decision to launch tactical nukes rests with the military commander on the ground? Hmmm.
In the Motherland, Russian state-controlled media is busy instructing citizens to be prepared for war, to learn where the closest fallout shelter is located. Meanwhile our Democratic Party-controlled media can’t stop obsessing over Donald Trump’s latest Tweet.
Oh, and the DNC keeps poking Russia about the Wikileaks revelations, despite any evidence they were involved.
This has not made Russia happy. In fact, they’re rather angry.
Right when our bilateral relations are already at their lowest point since the Cold War, when we both had about 20,000 nukes pointed at each other.
But hey, screw foreign relations as long as we elect Hillary, right?
It might not be so bad except that our military combat readiness levels are dangerously and irresponsibly low. Our equipment is falling apart; accident rates, particularly in aviation units, are way up.
Force levels are as low as they’ve been since World War II, and military morale is somber.
Don’t blame the troops. It’s the commander in chief's responsibility to ensure our forces have the assets they need to keep us safe, but it’s getting ugly folks.
And frankly, Republicans in Congress don’t seem too concerned about it either.
But hey, military surgeons are now performing gender reassignment surgery by order of the Obama administration. In your face, Putin!
No wonder Poland, Estonia, and Latvia — NATO members all, are more than a little nervous. They look East and see a very determined, disciplined, and well-armed Kremlin carrying out a well-crafted strategic plan.
They look West and see a military-averse community organizer who tossed them under the bus when he pulled out missile defense systems at Russia’s insistence. Sir, yes sir, Mr. Putin, sir! And after reelection, I’ll have even more flexibility!
We elected this guy how many times?
So much for Secretary of State Hillary’s highly touted “reset” with Russia. This was her first and biggest mission as America’s senior diplomat.
How did that work out for us? About as good as Benghazi, one would guess.
The bottom line is that after almost eight years of Obama/Hillary the situation with Russia is highly volatile. Putin has made no secret of wanting to get the old Soviet band back together. If he wanted to push the envelope, say against a debilitated NATO in order to get their Eastern-Europe cushion back, the ideal time to do it would be when a divided, grumpy America is in the throes of a post-election transition of power.
Particularly if Obama gets a third term with Hillary.
Talk about more flexibility — for Putin.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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