THE PAPER LION: Obama’s failure to curtail the aggression of the Russian Federation
Today it is painfully clear that Barack Obama has failed to protect American and western interests on the international stage. Today, it has become clear that the “reset” of the Obama administration is a colossal failure. Today, it has become clear to the world that Obama is a paper lion. Ukraine has, despite the language being used by the Russian Federation, been invaded. With 150,000 soldiers amassed on the border, and an unknown number of soldiers already within the borders of the sovereign state – as many as 15,000 – it is clear that the United States has failed. As of present, the Russian Federation is conducting a political and militaristic move that leads one to believe that they intend to annex the territory of Ukraine.
Despite the diplomatic pledge signed by both the United States and Russia, the Budapest Memorandum has been ignored. The pledge that swears to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine has been violated by Russian forces and, even worse, swept under the carpet by the United States. Today, as it stands, the United States has all but effectively endorsed the action by Moscow. A day after pledging “serious consequences,” President Obama has done nothing more than withdrawn from the G-8 talks in Sochi, Russia. As Ukraine readies her military and petitions the United Nations, it is becoming increasingly clear that the already bleak record the current administration has on the international stage has become overshadowed by the events of this black day.
The American intelligence community is reportedly blindsided by the ongoing situation that has been rapidly developing for the past three days. And, only late in afternoon yesterday did the mainstream media and the White House finally admit that a military intervention was well underway. With that information in hand, with transport planes already flying into the two occupied airports in southern Ukraine, the President went before the American people and told them that in the event of a Russian intervention – one that had already begun – the United States would retort in some undefined way. It is no surprise that Russia continued with their operation, and it is no surprise that the President and the United States has been caught in such a precarious situation. Our name and word on the international stage is a joke – and it is clear that the President does not have the political will or backbone to seriously pressure Russia into respecting the territory of Ukraine.
As of current, the United States has not recognized either government of Ukraine. The State Department yesterday said that the United States’ government no longer recognizes the government of ousted President Yanukovych. With that said, the State Department does not recognize any government of Ukraine at this time. By not recognizing either government in Ukraine, the United States has no way to effectively declare their stance on the issue. By not recognizing a government we are telling the world that Ukraine does not matter, by pretending that there was not a revolution, by pretending that the Ukrainian people have not spoken is telling the world that the United States is ignorant of the situation and un-interested.
As of today, the United States has not retaliated in any way. As of today, the United States has not done anything to pressure Russia into recalling their invasion force. As a token, President Obama has pulled out of the upcoming July G-8 meetings. There have been no economic sanctions, there have been no moves taken to target the personal accounts of Russia’s elites. As of today, that status quo stands; the Russian people and the government in Moscow are free to continue to push their weight around without regard for the consequences.
The word of the United States is dirt because of the actions NOT taken by the United States. Today, the revolutionaries in Kiev have pressed their government to abandon the east in pursuit of the freedom represented by the west for nothing. The blood spilled in the squares and upon the cobbled streets of Ukraine’s mighty cities has been spilled in vain. President Obama has told the people of Ukraine, you are too small you are too naïve, you are too pathetic for the full support and might of the people of the United States. Today, I am ashamed of the way our government has abandoned our friends in Ukraine. Today, I am ashamed that the likes of Putin have the liberty to bully the free without fear of political and economic recourse. Today I am ashamed that the once respected, feared, and revered word of the Office of the Presidency is nothing more than an international punch line.
As the President insists upon cutting the military budget the power of the United States will continue to recede. As the President continues to conduct foreign policy like a bull in a China shop, throwing empty phrases and sound bites into the global airwaves without any spine or spirit to back those filthy words, our country will continue to lose the clout and trust built up in the last one hundred years. The President of the United States is a paper lion, and the storm clouds are overhead. God help us all in the event those dark clouds of oppression break releasing a torrent of rain that will be unable to wash away the blood lost in the chaos of a world without American leadership.