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Top Five Consequences of Obama’s Weakness on Crimea Crisis

Posted: March 18, 2014 at 10:55 am   /   by

Putin Roars, Obama Retreats

While Vladimir Putin celebrated the squeaker of an election that gave him 97 per cent approval for the annexation of Crimea, Barack Obama stumbled and mumbled his way to more empty threats in response to Russia’s naked aggression.

Appearing in the White House pressroom, Obama announced sanctions against eleven Russian leaders. Putin was not among them.

It was a typical Obama performance in response to an international crisis – long on talk and short on action. It was a bloodless performance. The president read the statement with the enthusiasm of a detached bystander. It is as if he says what he thinks a president is supposed to say. However, it is all empty rhetoric.

This is serious business. The world is watching the Russian president with anxious anticipation of his next move. The feckless response from Obama and the European Union is a signal to every national leader. Friends of the West know that they are on their own; foes of freedom and national sovereignty see opportunity for aggression.

Joel Pollak of Breitbart News reminds readers of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s famous “reset” with the Russians five years ago. Now, Pollak writes, Putin has pushed the reset button. He lists five of the most likely consequences:

1. China Advances Claims Over Territory and Airspace. 

An aggressively nationalist China was already moving to broaden its air defenses and its claims to the Senkaku Islands, despite U.S. plans to “pivot” from the Middle East to the western Pacific. It will now be even more assertive, knowing there are few consequences.

2. Al Qaeda Steps Up Its Attempts to Create an Islamic Caliphate.

The Obama administration, having dispatched Osama bin Laden, has left Al Qaeda to expand across Africa and the Middle East. Those hoping to establish an Islamic state in the ruins of Syria and Iraq will be encouraged by the failure of the west to defend the sovereignty of Ukraine, because the artificial borders of the Middle East seem even more vulnerable now.

3. Israel Plans for Completely Unilateral Action on Iran.

It is clearer than ever before that the Obama administration has no ability to enforce its own “red lines” and no will to risk armed conflict. Israel will likely set aside the task of obtaining U.S. approval for a pre-emptive strike on Iran and will make independent plans–perhaps in coordination with Saudi Arabia, which has likewise learned that Obama is not to be trusted.

4. Europe Gets Serious About Fracking.

As my colleague James Delingpole of Breitbart London observes, one of the positive side-effects of the Crimea crisis is that the EU has realized that energy independence is vital to its security. It will start to reject pseudo-scientific “green” arguments in favor of oil and gas development.

5. Russia Continues to Challenge U.S. Allies and Create Crises.

The Crimea crisis is hardly over, and may reach other parts of Ukraine, as well as NATO allies in Eastern Europe, as Putin tries the same trick again. He is also expanding Russian influence into Latin America. He will only stop when the U.S. stops retreating from any possible confrontation, and commits military resources to stopping his advance. That point is still very far away.

These consequences are not confined to Eastern Europe or U.S. allies in NATO. As Pollak points out, they are geopolitical in nature, reaching around the world.

Ukraine has begged the United States for help. The country’s interim prime minister traveled to Washington last week to meet with Obama and members of Congress. His country desperately needs money. But Ukraine also could make good use of weapons to show Putin that it will resist further Russian aggression, regardless of the cost.

Now the people and leaders of Ukraine know that Obama will give them rhetoric and little else. One of the president’s main points in response to Putin’s power grab was his announcement that Vice President Biden will be dispatched to Europe for consultation with U.S. allies. More talk, no action.

John Walker

John Walker

Team Writer at Western Free Press
John Walker is a long time observer of American politics with experience in journalism, government, and public affairs.

During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.

Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
John Walker


  1. BillMcdonald says:

    Putin acted now, knowing that after Nov. barry will be emasculated.

    1. Enkidu420 says:

      BillMcdonald So what’s your solution to this situation?  Bomb Russia. Yeah, that sounds like a great idea.

      1. BillMcdonald says:

        Enkidu420 BillMcdonald  Typical liberal.. putting words in other’s mouths… How about a real program of sanctions against Russia.. Seize/freeze ALL of their US based banking… Refuse to conduct ANY international trade with them…Seize ALL Russian owned investments here in the US.. Instead?  O sanctions 11 Russian citizens, very few that have any investments in the US.  And Putin isn’t included!   Ya freaking twit!

        1. Enkidu420 says:

          BillMcdonald Enkidu420 Sounds great on paper. The only problem is that much of the world depends on Russia for energy and raw materials.  So stopping trade isn’t as easy as that.  If we froze assets and seized their holdings, they would need to respond.  The response would likely be cutting off western Europe from oil and natural gas. Then we would have to respond to that with a bold step.  These are are big steps that would ultimately lead to war.  And last time I read a history book, attacking Russia is a really bad idea.

        2. BillMcdonald says:

          Enkidu420 BillMcdonald  Ya new at this thinking thing?.. All of NATO know’s what’s coming down the road if left unchecked.  1.  Opening up the US to drilling and more fracking will allevaiate every bit of the 30% of the resources the whole of Europe gets from Russia.  If Russia faces even a 20% drop in revenues from it’s exports of energy, they cease to function… Plus… the monies Russia is spending TODAY is based upon deliveries a year or more down the road.. .it’s called the futures market.  The US in the 40’s lived under a mandate of rationing… Europe WISHED they had that capability but were under the heel of Germany.. and followed by that with the heels of USSR… I’m pretty sure they’d put up with tightening their belts a bit rather than face the results of the USSR being once again a behemoth.. Or another wacko like Adolf coming to power.. .
          Open your freaking mind and THINK!

        3. Enkidu420 says:

          BillMcdonald Enkidu420It sounds like you are suggesting that we tighten the screws on Russia to the point of having no other choice to go to war.  Because that’s Russia would do. They wouldn’t give in.

        4. BillMcdonald says:

          Enkidu420 BillMcdonald  MAD worked pretty well for over 40 years… Get some lessons in economics and world history before ya play with the big boys.

  2. Enkidu420 says:

    What do you suggest the president do? Invade Crimea?  Unfortunately, there is very little to be done other than what’s already been done.  If we go blazing into Crimea with our military or even launch airstrikes, we’re looking at starting WWIII. Remember MAD? (Mutually Assured Destruction)  Do you really want that on America’s resume?

    1. Enkidu420 As far as I know, no one has deleted any comments from this thread. In fact, we tend NOT to delete comments unless they are exceptionally profane. We are, in fact, quite “conservative” when choosing what to delete; IOW, we delete almost nothing.

    2. BillMcdonald says:

      Enkidu420  Enk.. ya get your tail kicked and tuck tail betwix your legs and scurry off into the underbrush.  It’s true that comments tend to disappear for a visit or two.. .(One of mine did that set you straight) but the next visit it was there!  Boo Hoo… grow up and let those cajones drop!

Top Five Consequences of Obama's Weakness on Crimea Crisis