Under Obama’s watch, our relationships with many nations have deteriorated. Driven not by pragmatism, but leftist arrogance, the president has tried to pursue his naive globalist vision and reshape the international order to fit it. Unequivocally, his foreign policy has been a colossal failure.
One nation that has taken advantage of Obama’s fecklessness has been Russia. While under Bush, relations between our two nations improved considerably, Obama has encouraged Russian aggression by his impressive displays of weakness.
Now, due to his 8 years of negligence, the US is sending 3,500 troops to Poland, to counter increasing Russian aggression in the region. Russia annexed eastern Ukraine (Crimea) in 2014, and has amassed 50,000 troops there. This move by the US is a signal for the Soviets to knock it off.
As reported at ABC News, NATO allies are very pleased with the development.
Michal Baranowski, director of the German Marshall Fund think tank in Warsaw, said, “This is the fulfilment of a dream. And this is not just a symbolic presence but one with a real capability.”
Upon arrival in Poland, American troops were warmly greeted with waves and American flag waving by the locals. The Poles and Baltic states have become increasingly nervous about Russia’s slow advancement in Eastern Europe, as well as their deployment of nuclear capable missiles in Kaliningrad, territory in Russia that lies between Poland and Lithuania. There is no doubt they are happy with the presence of US troops.
The Russians are obviously upset about the news, claiming that if anyone is being threatened, it’s them. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, “These actions threaten our interests, our security. Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s not even a European state.”
While this move is a welcome one, one cannot help but wonder if it would have been necessary if Obama had not failed so spectacularly in dealing with the Russians in previous years. With Trump coming into office, we can hope for a more positive relationship with the Soviets, which is key considering we are the most powerful nations on Earth. We do not have to be friends, but at the present moment, there is no reason to be enemies. With war-mongering Clinton out of the picture, a new detente can be reached and tension deescalated. We have serious problems at home to address, so the sooner fences can be mended with Russia, the better.
Source: Independent Journal Review