Sunday, March 2, 2014
Dear President Obama: How's That Russian Reset Doing?
Dear Mr. President: “How’s That Russian Reset Doing?” You know, you reset our relations with Russia because it was just President George Bush’s obstinacy and Cold War mentality that was cooling relations with Russia. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember Air Force General Philip Breedlove? You should, you nominated General Breedlove last year to be NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. He said to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters last Thursday that neither NATO nor the United States had drawn up contingency plans if Russia intervened in the Crimea, thereby giving President Vladimir Putin the green light to seize the Crimea. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember the red line in the sand you drew with Syria. You recall, of course, that President Putin talked you out of taking military action when Syria’s President Assad crossed the line. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember Benghazi and the four dead Americans? Of course not, it was politically inconvenient. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember proposing substantial cuts in the United States military just before Russia seized the Crimea? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember Governor Sarah Palin’s warnings six years ago on Russia and the Ukraine? You do remember Governor Palin. She’s the one your acolytes trashed as poorly educated and stupid. She said after Russia invaded Georgia: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalency, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.” How could the University of Idaho graduate see it coming, but not the President of the Harvard Law Review? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember President Reagan's famous "Bear in the Woods" ad of 1964? "There is a bear in the woods. For some people, the bear is easy to see. Others don't see it at all. Some people say the bear is tame. Others say it is vicious and dangerous. Since no one can really be sure who's right, isn't it smart to be as strong as the bear? If there is a bear." Dear Mr. President, Do you remember canceling the missile defense agreements in 2009 with the Czech Republic and Poland in 2009 as a sign of goodwill to Putin? How has that worked out, and what did we get in return? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember the December 5, 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurance? The United States, United Kingdom, and Russia guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine in exchange for the Ukraine giving up and destroying its nuclear arms. How has that worked out? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember your 2012 statement to Russian Premier Medvedev: “This is my last election. After my reelection, I have more flexibility.” Dear Mr. President, Do you remember in your 2 1/2 hours of telephone calls with President Putin the fundamental premise of Russian negotiations? What's mine is mine; what's yours we negotiate. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember Edward Snowden? Did the Russians ever give him or his stolen information back? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember Neda and the Iranian people, who you failed to support after the stolen 2009 election? Do you remember why you want the Mullahs to obtain the Bomb? Dear Mr. President, Do you remember the Arab Spring? How has that worked out? Dear Mr. President, do you remember the Churchill Bust? One of your first acts as President of the United States was to send it back to the British Embassy, signifying the end to the special relationship between Great Britain the United States. Of course you don’t remember. Your staff said it never happened. Dear Mr. President: Do you remember your Nobel Peace Prize? Peace should never be confused with appeasement or weakness. Dear Mr. President, Do you remember President Theodore Roosevelt's sage advice: "Speak softly, but carry a big stick?" Dear Mr. President, Do you understand that predators sense weakness? Dear President Obama, Do you remember Israel?