Stephen F. Hayes explains (in the Weekly Standard) how screwed we really are with the Democrats running our foreign policy.
On February 23, five days before Russia invaded Ukraine, National Security Adviser Susan Rice appeared on Meet the Press and shrugged off suggestions that Russia was preparing any kind of military intervention: “It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence returned and the situation escalate.” A return to a “Cold War construct” isn’t necessary, Rice insisted, because such thinking “is long out of date” and “doesn’t reflect the realities of the 21st century.” Even if Vladimir Putin sees the world this way, Rice argued, it is “not in the United States’ interests” to do so.
Wow, I’m shocked that the Youtube video caused Benghazi liar didn’t see the invasion of Ukraine coming.
But it’s not just her:
On February 28, Russian troops poured into Ukraine. As they did, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart. Kerry briefed reporters after their talk, plainly unaware of the developments on the ground. Kerry said that Russia wants to help Ukraine with its economic problems. Lavrov had told him “that they are prepared to be engaged and be involved in helping to deal with the economic transition that needs to take place at this point.”
Hours later, television screens across the world displayed images of Russian soldiers infiltrating Crimea and Russian artillery rolling through Sevastopol. Obama administration officials told CNN’s Barbara Starr that the incursion was not “an invasion” but an “uncontested arrival” and that this distinction was “key” to understanding the new developments.
Oh yes! Just like Hitler was helping out Poland with their economic problems.
Why is this happening? Well, a better question would be, why didn’t it happen sooner:
For five years, the Obama administration has chosen to see the world as they wish it to be, not as it is. In this fantasy world, the attack in Fort Hood is “workplace violence.” The Christmas Day bomber is an “isolated extremist.” The attempted bombing in Times Square is a “one-off” attack. The attacks in Benghazi are a “spontaneous” reaction to a YouTube video. Al Qaeda is on the run. Bashar al-Assad is a “reformer.” The Iranian regime can be sweet-talked out of its nuclear weapons program. And Vladimir Putin is a new, post-Cold War Russian leader.
This foreign policy failure didn’t come from nowhere. There’s a whole list of failures that made Putin believe that the Democrats are weak on foreign policy.
- Scrapping the Bush missile defense plan
- Skip national security meetings on Russia
- Skip Presidential daily briefings (PDBs)
- Making deal to allow Iran’s nuclear program to continue
- Leaking details of Israel’s strike plan against Iran
- Favoring terrorist rights over national security
- Cutting production of the F-22 Raptor
- Cutting the military budget in 2009
- Cutting the Pentagon budget in 2012
- Cutting the military budget in 2014
- Prosecutions of counter-terrorism experts
- Lying about a Youtube video to cover-up Benghazi
- Mocking Romney for thinking that Russia is our enemy
- Promising Russian president Medvedev he would be more “flexible” after his re-election
Let me be clear. When Obama halted the scheduled missile defense shield in Europe, that was the end of Ukrainian sovereignty. We have to understand that Democrats are not just totally inept at fiscal policy and on social issues. They are also horrible at foreign policy. How many screw-ups must we witness before we understand that these people are not serious, and we shouldn’t be electing them?