From the New York Times:
The Russian government said Wednesday that it would not renew a hugely successful 20-year partnership with the United States to safeguard and dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union when the program expires next spring, a potentially grave setback in the already fraying relationship between the former cold war enemies.
Gee! What happened? Wasn’t our Nobel Peace Prize winning president going to calm the seas and bring peace to the world by putting an end to America’s long-standing policy of “Peace Through Strength” and replacing it with a kinder gentler and appeasing America? Barack Obama was convinced that he understood something that no previous US president understood. He and he alone knew that many of the problems and tensions in the world were due to the arrogance of the United States which it had demonstrated over the years around the world because its “Super Power” status had gone to its head. Barack Obama understood that the United States was just one nation in a world of equal nations.
Shortly after taking office, Obama made his famous apology tour to Cairo. There would be a new era of friendly and supportive relations between America and the Muslim nations. Soon he set his State Department to training young Arabs to organize protests against their governments. He decided that strong men leaders that the US had supported either directly or tacitly for decades had to go and make way for Islamic style democracy in the region. Mubarak in Egypt and Gaddafi in Libya had to go. That turned out real well for the Muslim Brotherhood and various al Qaeda militia groups. It didn’t turn out so well for our Ambassador to Libya and three off his staff. But, North Africa and the Middle East were only part of Obama’s plan to calm the seas.
The other part of Obama’s plan was to improve relations with our old “cold war” nemesis, Russia. On matters of missile defense and nuclear arms, Obama proposed his “Reset” plan for negotiating with Russia. The US would drop its plans for an East European missile defense system and when Russia asked for information on the British missile defenses, Obama obliged against the wishes of our strongest ally. And, who can forget the “hot mike” words that Barack Obama spoke to Putin’s stand-in Russian President Medvedev? Our President explained to his Russian colleague that this was his last election and after the election he would be “more flexible”. Medvedev said he understood and would pass that message to Mr.Putin. Well, by yesterday’s announcement, it appears that Vladimir Putin is not betting on Obama to have a chance to be “more flexible”.
Friends, this humble observer is worried. I want to put you on alert. Mitt Romney has, of late, caught a lot of flak over his statement that Russia is our greatest enemy or some such words. He is not wrong! In my opinion, Vladimir Putin and Russia are about to become a very big and very dangerous thorn in the side of the United States thanks to the ineptitude of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Pay very close attention to what is going on in Syria.
I want you to think back and recall the words that Hillary Clinton spoke repeatedly. She said that President Assad of Syria was not like his father, that we (The United States) could work with him; that he was a reformer. You heard Paul Ryan mention this last night in the debate. But, after the Arab Spring reached Syria and began burning out of control and the killings of tens of thousands of Syrians began, Madam Secretary changed her tune and it is important that we all pay very close attention to her new message. This administration has drawn a “red line” around the supposed chemical weapons that the Assad regime has. The potential is very real for a real or false flag announcement that either Assad or some radical rebel group is about to put those chemical weapons to use. That would mean that the UN, NATO, and the US would have to step in to secure those chemical weapons.
Here is what everyone needs to understand. Syria IS NOT Libya or Egypt. Syria is strategic for many reasons. You know that Syria is strategic to Iran for very bad reasons. What you may not know is that Syria is very strategic to Russia and to plans that Putin has to transport his country’s oil through Turkey and Syria to the deep water ports that Syria allows Russia to use. Syria and Russia are allies. Those ports are very important to Russia. Russia has many troops (military advisors?) in Syria and a large part of their navy is in the Mediterranean. Putin (Russia) needs a stable Syria that only a strongman like Assad can provide. If the UN, NATO, and the US intervene in Syria, be it a real or false flag, Putin and Russia will not stand idly by.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have created a powder keg in North Africa and the Middle East. They put the match to the fuse. If it blows up it will not be some small regional war. It has the potential to become something much worse. There is time to put out the fuse if cool heads prevail. That is a very big “if”.
Pay very close attention to Syria, my friends. And, pay very close attention to words used by our “leaders”. A misstep could be devastating.
Well, now you know what I know. What are your thoughts?