After the Nuclear Security Summit yesterday, Obama intends to address Europeans from Brussels on Wednesday and present yet another speech to make a public case for unity in Europe. He will meet with European and NATO officials earlier.
With Russia’s occupation and annexation of Crimea and its deployment along the borders of Eastern Ukraine, Europe and its leaders are fearful of Cold War revival. Tougher sanctions from Europeans and the U.S. will damage an already fragile European economy. While Obama is offering U.S. power as leverage, he has taken military action off the table.
Europeans are weary of of Obama’s promises, with all the red lines crossed in the past on Syria and Iran his resolve is questionable. Early into his presidency, Barrack Obama canceled the missile defense system for Poland and the Czech Republic without consulting his allies. Of course we can never forget the famous Hillary Clinton reset button.
Putin perceives Obama’s weakness and has been emboldened to act. Just three weeks ago, Putin assured Obama that he had no intention of annexing Crimea, yet he just did. Another Obama speech won’t assure anyone in Europe or North America that the US has their back. Putin is playing chess, while Obama plays marbles. Putin is undeterred.
Obama assured NATO countries that the US would fulfill it’s treaty obligations, but non NATO states cannot count on more than words.
Is Russia the number one geopolitical threat to the U.S.
During the 2012 election campaign, Mitt Romney stated that Russia was the number one geopolitical threat to the United States. Romney was chastised for his comments during this debate by both President Obama and the compliant cheering section of the main stream media. During questions after his remarks to the Nuclear Security Summit yesterday, President Obama claimed that Russia is not a geopolitical threat, but a regional threat and that he was more concerned about a nuclear bomb falling on Manhattan.
On the heel of the the Nuclear Security Summit yesterday, Obama intends to address Europeans from Brussels on Wednesday and present yet another speech to make a public case for unity in Europe.
The president is an excellent orator and will make yet another speech. His assurances after all the red lines, are meaningless. When he is unable to make inroads with his solutions with lawmakers, his approach is to go public. Unfortunately his phone and pen won’t be of any use in Europe. His comments about a leaner military are not exactly something that instils confidence in the United States.