For those of you who once were 12 year old girls and for those, like me, who have played the father role for a 12 year old, the following headline will send chills up your spine:
Oh SNAP you bitches. Really? This is what foreign relations have become–world leaders acting like a gaggle of early adolescents with raging hormones pitching a bitch fit at the other girl they decided they do not like. Honestly, Putin must be laughing his ass off.
Per the NY Times:
President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country.
In a joint statement after a two-hour, closed-door meeting of the four largest economies in Europe, along with Japan and Canada, the leaders of the seven nations announced that a summit meeting planned for Sochi, Russia, in June will now be held in Brussels — without Russia’s participation.
“This group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them,” the statement said. “Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit. We will suspend our participation in the G-8 until Russia changes course.”
News flash you bunch of drama queens. Putin ain’t changing course. He’s acting in the interest of the Russian people; at least as far as he perceives the what is in the interest of Russia. What could that be? Having a friendly country on his western borders. A country that is not likely to pose a military threat or side with those nations that could pose a military threat.
That’s not crazy. That’s a totally rational, sane policy position.
The hypocrisy of the West, particularly America, when it comes to National Security matters is galling. For years, we have tolerated the blatant sponsor of terrorists by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia–Islamic radicals who have attacked and killed thousands of Americans. And our response? We protect them and send them billions of dollar.
The Russians are no dummies. They have watched us for years turn a blind eye to aggression and terrorism when it suits our interest. At least they have recognized us for acting pragmatically, even in violation of international law, when it is something we declared as a national security interest.
As I noted in an earlier piece, we are dependent on the Russians to get to the Space Station for starters. And, despite our status as the world’s reserve currency, our burgeoning debt is making us weaker. We are not playing poker with an unlimited source of cash. That means we can play a hand badly and hurt ourselves significantly.
I fear that the CIA, and the other intelligence analysts, are not telling Obama the full truth about our weak position. Instead, realizing that the White House wants only good news, they are pandering to boost Obama’s ego that he is a tough guy. He’s not. Let’s see if Germany’s Angela Merkel forces him to come to his senses.
UPDATE–Having just watched the press conference from Brussels, the detachment and delusion of Obama is stunning. Like a shrill 12 year old drama queen, he resorts to name-calling as his primary policy swipe at Russia. Labeling them a “regional” power while touting the United States as the only “super power” is akin to a short man bragging about being the tallest in a class of children.
Do not misinterpret my stance on Obama. It does not mean that I endorse or support the Republican Cold Warriors who insist that Russia is our “greatest” strategic threat. Nonsense.