This Christmas, Santa Claus delivered what is likely the biggest lump of foreign policy coal that any U.S. president has ever received in his stocking: Barack Obama's "reset" policy with Russia collapsed almost as spectacularly as did the USSR.
Where to begin, where to begin? Perhaps with the threats of World War III?
In the week leading up to Christmas, Russia threatened to break off diplomatic relations (Russian-language link) with the United States and launch unilateral attacks on U.S. warships sailing through international waters in the Black Sea.
These bloodthirsty statements from high-ranking officials in the Russian government came in response to further efforts by the U.S. to bolster its missile defense shield in Eastern Europe and to the enactment of the so-called Magnitsky Act, which sanctions Russian government officials who participate in the abuse of basic human rights.
Sergei Magnitsky was a crusading anti-corruption attorney who was arrested and tortured to death in the dungeons of Vladimir Putin, apparently because his investigations were getting too close to Putin's inner circle. Russia responded to the passage of the Magnitsky Act in shockingly neo-Soviet fashion: by having its parliament approve a law denying American parents access to Russian orphans. When a petition was circulated on the White House website calling for Russian legislators who voted against their own country's orphans to be added to the Magnitsky blacklist, the Russian parliament called for escalation in the form of severing diplomatic relations. The poll has already collected fifty thousand signatures, more than twice the number that forces Obama to respond.
Tellingly, a different kind of petition is circulating in Russia and has generated similar support: one to rename the city of Volgograd after Josef Stalin, one of history's worst mass-murderers.
Seemingly just for spite, the Kremlin dropped all charges (Russian-language link) against the sole remaining suspect being investigated in connection with Magnitsky's murder. In a press conference, Putin denied that Magnitsky was tortured at all and venomously attacked the U.S. as being guilty of far worse transgressions of human rights.
And there was more to the Kremlin's anti-adoption law than was widely reported. It also contains draconian new restrictions on U.S.-funded NGOs, making it a crime for any organization that receives U.S. funding to participate in any Russian political activities. It even imposed radical changes on the rights of Russian-U.S. dual citizens, barring them from any form of political leadership in NGOs.
Russia continues to provide aid and comfort to the vicious dictatorship in Syria, spurning the united worldwide efforts to pressure Russia's last ally in the region, Bashar al-Assad, to surrender power. It continues to seek common cause with China, essentially in hopes of establishing a neo-Soviet Warsaw Pact. All around the world, from Cuba and Venezuela to North Korea, Russia actively seeks to frustrate American interests whenever and wherever it can.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one making the rounds on Twitter summed up the situation best: a Russian calendar put out on the KGB (now known as the FS showed the KGB's seal landing on that of the CIA, causing the latter to shatter and burst into flames.
As I have mentioned before, in 1961 my mother told me that there would be a WWIII and it would take place in the Middle East. If you were to read Revelation in the Bible this is predicted and it will be the force from the North coming down on the the nation of the Jewish people, that being Israel. This will automatically bring in the Western allies to aid Israel against the Russians and if this is to be the case, it will be interesting as that would pit the Arab Nations against the Western allies and they would be on the side of Russia.
I certainly hope that my mother was wrong in this prediction, but a few of her other's have come true already.
My question is where exactly is Obama taking us in this? Why is he and his administration stirring up the pot with Russia? I thought that he met with a Russian representative and said that once he was re-elected he would have more lattitude or whatever he called it. So what is the game he is playing now?
And if he is allied with Russia, what are they doing? What game are they playing?
I do know that there is one thing that the Russians desire and need more than anything else and that is a water way that allows them to get their ships moving all year long. They have problems during the winter due to freezing around their ports. So you can see how victory in a war in this area would benefit them.
Well if anyone had been paying attention they would have noticed that Russia has been probing our defenses on both coasts, have regular flights of bombers off the East Coast in particular, and have been playing footsie with Hugo Baby in Venezuela along with Iran. Of course we know they have been helping Iran with its nukes and stirring up trouble in Eastern Europe as well as upgrading their nuke and military capabilities so there never was a "reset button" unless the "reset" was to go back to the Cold War mentality.
John, as much or more present along the West Coast. Remember how close they are to Alaska. They are in Puget Sound with their subs quite often but the Kitsap Sub base keeps good control of that and they don't get as far down as Seattle very often. They patrol along the West Coast all the time, as well as Hawaii. Nothing has changed and we are fools if we think it has.
This Russian situation sounds like a vengeance situation? Why, all of a sudden are they denying thousands of babies that need good homes, the opportunity to find them? Perhaps, that OPEN MIC deal has blown over and "O" hasn't responded as he'd agreed to so Putin says, OK, be that way, We'll fix you. And on and on it goes.
Does anyone think that PUTIN can be trusted on his world anymore than "O" can be trusted on his?
I do not like the sounds of this whole situation at all.
Good Luck to all of you and us in the New Year.
You go, girl!!
Elizabeth, I am impressed, really impressed. Will see what I can do.
aw shucks . ain't nuthin.