Barack Obama Fumbles His 3:00 am Call on Russia
By: Jim Byrd
There are friends and then there are acquaintances. A friend is an attachment of mutual affection, support, and can be counted on in trying times. An acquaintance does not have the attachment of emotions, but an affiliation of knowledge of each other, and perhaps a symbiotic relationship supported solely by the each party benefiting. Russia, contrary to what Bush believes, is not America’s friend. Never has been, and probably never will be.
America has had a relationship with Russia of varying degrees, but friends would be an aggrandized postulation. The world has not, and will not, change into a one-world, all for one utopia, that Obama and the liberal left believe is transpiring. Since the beginning of recorded history, there has been good vs. evil in this world–especially in regard to countries vs. countries. The world hasn’t changed, only the advancement and speed of infliction has changed. The world we live in does not mirror the fantasy world that Obama and liberals believe exists.
The gulf between McCain and Obama concerning foreign policy, national security, and a true understanding of the intricacies of international affairs, has exponentially expanded with Russia’s military invasion of Georgia, our ally. Obama’s first opportunity with the 3:00 am phone call, that he has adamantly proclaimed to be prepared for, was nothing but a carefully worded production avoiding condemnation of Russia for the invasion, but rather a condemnation of the violence in Georgia. Perhaps Obama, being a citizen of the world, was concerned with his Citizen of the World passport being revoked if he rebuked a nation of the world.
Obama’s original–3:00 am–ingenuous statement concerning Russia’s invasion of Georgia:
I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.
This is the disposition of an invertebrate, an isolationist, a citizen of the world, and a kum-ba-ya simpleton, who is so ill prepared, even with a self professed assembly of 300 foreign policy advisers at his side, still cannot breach the confines of illiteracy about the world we live in.
McCain came out strong with condemnation of Russia, but this wasn’t the debut of his harsh rhetoric for Russia. In 2007, after meeting Putin, McCain told the Republican Jewish Coalition that, “I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes and I saw three things – a K and a G and a B.” He did not see the buddy that George Bush wanted America to believe existed, but McCain saw a still active device left over from the Cold War in operational mode. McCain, as opposed to Obama, actually understands the situation and its far reaching implications in regard to other former USSR break away countries that operate under a democratic system in the region–especially Ukraine, and are allies to the West.
It was McCain who fired the first salvos against Russia of any significance–not Bush– who came out with a show of timidity before gaining a more caustic inflection. Perhaps it was because Putin is his friend. And all the while Obama was stumbling around in a vacillating stupor. McCain gave a laundry list of actions to protect our allies in the region and understood the attack on Georgia for what it was:
Russia’s aggression against Georgia is both a matter of urgent moral and strategic importance to the United States. The implications go beyond their threat to a democratic Georgia. Russia is using violence against Georgia, in part, to intimidate other neighbors such as Ukraine, for choosing to associate with the West.
It took Barack Obama three attempts to come up with a plausible position, even with the use of his 300 foreign policy advisers at his disposal. But how credible is his statement after three attempts during a crisis? A crisis does not suffer this type of irresoluteness and timidity–not at the level of Commander in Chief. After witnessing the train leave the station, Obama tried to bolster his stance against Russia and harshened his rhetoric:
I condemn Russia’s aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire. Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, under the Bush administration, John Bolton, commented with a strong rebuke for Bush and Obama, “What is interesting about the US response is that you have the McCain campaign in one corner immediately understanding the significance of Russia’s aggression and in the opposite you have the Bush administration standing with the Obama campaign taking a much more diluted stance.”
Perhaps McCain sees the invasion of Georgia as something other than just pure imperialism to bring the break-away countries back into the fold, or at least displace the current President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, with a Russian puppet. Russia, being a large oil exporter, has acquired great wealth from the inflated price of oil. Oil being the only mechanism that is propping up Russia’s fragile economy. During the invasion of Georgia, Russia tried, unsuccessfully, to bomb the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and a large natural gas line used for exporting. The pipeline bombing attempt was obviously to maintain the current inflated price of oil, or increase it for their continued economic prosperity. It is extremely doubtful that Obama or his cronies in the Congress would have even a rudimentary concept of the myriad ramifications of Russia’s military aggression in the region.
The world is what it is. There always has been, and always will be unadulterated evil and good, and they will perpetually be on a collision course. Evil cannot be reasoned with. Diplomacy without consequences is benign. Barack Obama drones on and on about diplomacy, but doesn’t understand diplomacy’s full range. He is a vessel of vacuity in the sphere of diplomacy. To have nil working knowledge of diplomacy, and to be assuredly illiterate on the situation in Georgia and its ramifications in the region, Obama has proved, once again, the leadership skills this country can look forward to if he is elected President.
What Obama and liberals cannot grasp is that the leaders of these rogue nations are more intelligent, more savvy, more astute, and more shrewd than Obama. They will see him for what he is, an empty vessel with nothing to offer but talk, and certainly not a threat to their anti-democratic and imperialistic designs. They are too resolute in their goals to be diplomatically transformed by the likes of Barack Obama.
Liberals are inherently weak. The liberal left and Obama want to neuter America’s military and dismantle our missile defense shield, which sat on ice with the last Democrat President, while Russia and China, the two most powerful antidemocratic governments on the earth, are acquiring enormous wealth and ever growing military might. Without an equal or stronger military, diplomacy does not exist with rogue nations. This concept is beyond the cognitive capacity of liberals.
Russia is not our friend, but we do have a relationship with them, albeit historically contemptuous. They have been a poor and inconsistent quasi ally to the United States. It is necessary to continue to have a working relationship with Russia, but there should always be lines drawn in the sand when there is a threat to our security or allies. Diplomacy is a wonderful tool for resolution. But there is a time for diplomacy, a time for talk, a time for restraint, and a time for action, not necessarily military, but action. The comparison between the two candidates with Russia’s invasion of Georgia, has served to emphasize the strength of McCain’s experience as opposed to Obama’s lack of any credible experience.
Jim Byrd's website is A Skewed View.