Vladimir Putin’s takeover in Crimea remains in the forefront of the news. That is, unless commentary about illegal butt-enhancing injections or belly-aching about FLOTUS and her daughters’ media-blackout Red China vacation (er…I mean “official visit to expand Sino-American relations”) takes the spotlight.
The Crimean takeover and consequent highlighting of America’s geopolitical limpness under the feckless hand of The Lyin’ King is, to be sure, of critical importance. More so because of Putin’s growing brashness in digging a solid foothold in other, strategic spots of the world. According to The Hill, Putin is already taking aggressive strides toward establishing bases in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
Vladimir Putin has not been shy about announcing his intention to reassemble the Soviet Union’s empire. The subject has been much discussed of late. Russia’s assumption of control of oil-rich Crimea makes the subject less of a speculation and more of a conviction. Nearby, potential future targets for Russia’s attentions, such as Georgia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Moldova, are of immediate, strategic importance to Russia.
What is also vital to Russia, however, in any plan to reclaim her former glory, would be a tactical, geographical presence in places where she currently isn’t. Force isn’t necessary to inject an official, Russian influence in such locales. The push by Russia may not be widely reported but it is happening. Right now.
America’s Quarterly reported last week: “Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on February 26 that his country is planning to expand its long-standing military presence in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, possibly bringing the U.S. and Russia’s icy diplomatic standoff into the Western Hemisphere.” Translation: Depositing the Russian thug into America’s sandbox.
The Quarterly continued: “Shoigu mentioned that Russia would also boost its armed presence in Vietnam, Singapore, the Seychelles and several other countries…‘The talks are under way, and we are close to signing the relevant documents,’ Shoigu said in a press conference in Moscow. ‘We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,’ he explained.”
The Hill reported on Friday that such military meetings had taken place as recently as last week. Activity in Crimea didn’t slow Putin down one bit. He isn’t interested in using a hybrid to get where he wants to go; Putin is driving a souped-up muscle car…and he doesn’t care if he’s in the bike lane.
The Hill reported that the activity, while underreported, was not entirely unnoticed. Even by Congressional Democrats: “They’re on the march,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.” Contrary to Senator Donnelly’s statement it isn’t that we “can’t” work in those scenes; it is that our current leadership won’t.
The Hill’s report added significant observations by the United States military: “Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a ‘noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel’ in Latin America. ‘It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence…’”
While The Lyin’ King mewls about not showing Russia (or anyone else that is truly a threat to America) military strength, Vladimir Putin is not hampered by such niceties. While Putin expands his power. Our Imperial President was caught on camera and audio a year ago, blustering to outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that reelection in November would give him the ‘flexibility’ to decrease America’s missile defenses. He has done everything in his power to make good.
On February 25 The Washington Free Beacon reported: “… Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016…The defense cuts, to be announced formally in the president’s budget proposal next month, would reduce U.S. ground forces to their lowest level since World War II at a time when world threats are increasing.” Any rational individual, able to connect the dots, would question why The Pretender in Chief is so desperate to get rid of America’s defenses. Why, when daily confronted by violent intimidation from powers impervious to the Kumbaya view of the world he is so desperately hawking, is this being done?
The Lyin’ King, with typical disregard for truth, claims that Putin’s annexation of Crimea shows that Putin is acting “out of weakness” and the United States conversely, by demonstrating a mounting inability to muster her strength, is “strong.”
The president is not only standing back to let Russia take a dominant role on the world stage, he is, quite deliberately, ushering Russia forward while he holds Putin’s coat.