Repeatedly I’ve argued against escalating the crisis in Ukraine, but the West should act. The United States should work within the framework of NATO to beef up both NATO’s training and weapons systems. Revisiting discussions on NATO’s most vulnerable eastern countries defense against Russian aggression, to include the scrapped missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, should have already been high-profile. President Obama taking a military option off the table from the start gave Putin a clear message that the West won’t act, setting a dangerous precedent and weakness is more provocative than a show of strength. A show of strength gives adversaries some second thoughts on using more force, because they know there might be a high cost to further action. Here are some ideas worth considering, in this USA Today piece, “Ukraine’s military unprepared to hurt Russia”. They say a picture paints a thousand words and if the best this administration’s collective brain trust can muster is Jen Psaki holding a placard announcing US “support” of Ukraine…… a lame selfie worthy of a 12 year-old on facebook, then we’re in deep, deep trouble! The world is laughing at us, not with us.
It’s time to get serious and put some real options into play. Now is not the time for sweeping cuts to our military, with both China and Russia asserting themselves beyond their borders and so many smaller countries falling into disarray. Iran going nuclear will fuel an entirely more dangerous nuclear weapons proliferation rush, as other Arab states decide that acquiring nuclear capability is in their national defense interests now. President Obama facilitated Iran going nuclear. Instability looks to be the trend for the foreseeable future and we’re stuck with this inept clown leading us from behind until 2016, which is a long, long time.
The United States, as I’ve said before, needs to get serious about breaking free of our domestic malaise. Please, President Obama, let the force of the American entrepreneurial engine roar back to life! Remove the heavy foot of government from the US energy sector and let it breath again. Sign the Keystone pipeline deal. And frack, frack, frack!