There used to be a USA that required strength of its leaders because the people were strong and would not be governed by weaklings.
There now is a USA where, it seems that only the weak and the mediocre can be elected.
The cascade of recent events around the globe and especially in the sphere of Russian ambition is becoming a show case for the failure of the USA.
Simply observing the fiasco surrounding the Mediterranean and the Middle East should be enough to convince even a moderately engaged person that there is an utter inability and serious lack of will on the part of the current government to take a leadership role on the world stage.
In fact, what has happened since the ascension of the Democrats in Washington is the the US has abdicated any useful influence anywhere in the world.
Domestic matters are no better managed but the GOP has every bit as much to answer for in its own failings.
A sad state of affairs.
Particularly, the civil breakdown of Ukraine under the malicious influence of Russia's de facto dictator Putin.
As the world is distracted by the politicized coup counting of the Olympic games in Sochi Russia, the hapless Ukraine is being picked apart by the bought and paid for stooge Viktor Yanukovych. The elected president hoped to buy political security by promising uninterrupted supply of natural gas to heat the homes and power the lights across Ukraine. In the process he helped to bring the nation to near bankruptcy and under absolute indebtedness to Putin. Putin has already started turning the screws by forcing his puppet to reject an overture of economic ties to the EU.
Now the people of Ukraine and the political opposition in what just months ago might have been seen as a healthy but troubled democracy are being shot in the streets of the capitol city Kiev. There is a growing chance that they will also soon see troops and probably tanks on the streets in what is looking more and more like a replay of Poland or Hungary or Czechoslovakia.
And, just like in those episodes of Russian thuggery in the last century, we can expect the rest of the world to do nothing. Just watch as the POTUS hands this off to Putin and tries to wash his hands.
Putin is playing to win and knows how to get it done while Obama is either playing to loose or trying to walk away without a clue as to what it all means.
Labels: Clowns in Politics, Consequences