The story of a missing Malaysian jet has been dominating the news for almost two weeks. Reporting has gone from chasing shifting, conflicting facts to covering full throttled, cockeyed speculation. We’ve moved from learning about stolen passports to theories claiming an alien abduction.
Putin signs bills completing the annexation of Crimea. With the sweep of a pen, a major world power effortlessly invaded and conquered a portion of another country.
Meanwhile, half a world away, Vladimir Putin has defied the U.N., European Union, NATO, and President Obama, by taking a piece of Ukraine, and affixing it to his Mother Russia. With so much attention focused on the tragic, lost airliner, the worldwide negative impact of Obama’s tragic, lost foreign policy has been grossly, and perhaps happily under-reported.
In a different time the disappearance of an enormous plane carrying 239 people would be worthy of the kind of endless coverage it’s receiving now. But, the dark clouds gathering over Eastern Europe today will have consequences of exponentially greater long term historical significance than the mystery surrounding Flight 370. While reporters continue to explore even the tiniest, soon to be irrelevant bit of information on the Boeing 777, a budding Eastern European calamity, gets short shrift.
Media time spent spreading bogus info from unreliable, some would say dishonest, Malaysian authorities, would be much better spent informing viewers/readers on the similarities between today’s dangerous geopolitical events and those precedingWorld Wars I and II.
But that kind of in-depth storyline is virtually non existent. Why? We could assume media decision makers fear losing audience, except they’ve previously demonstrated that doesn’t matter so long as certain uninteresting stories conform to their points of view. A more likely scenario is, many fear presenting a forthright, contextually historic review of the current crisis would hurt Barack Obama. Those “suits” would be correct, because an authentic, retrospective will underscore the extreme risks in ignoring parallels between the current Ukraine confrontation and the 20th Century’s deadliest, catastrophic conflicts. The analysis would inevitably call attention to miserably short sighted, failed leaders from the past, and by extension highlight the horribly failed leadership of our current president.
Substituting all those lead stories about the missing “triple seven” with comprehensive examination of Russia’s actions in Crimea could eventually move the public’s attention to Barack Obama’s foreign policy. It’s a compilation of disasters, including, but not limited to: the “Russian reset button”, “Arab Spring”, Benghazi, Iranian nuclear development, successful North Korean missile launches, and the mythical “red line” drawn in Syria. Each of these defeats can be traced to decisions made by a Commander in Chief who seems seems either woefully incompetent or sublimely disinterested in crucial, far reaching, international events.
As the combative former KGB Colonel Putin challenges the sovereignty of neighboring nations President Obama: proclaims 5 PM Friday “happy hour” in D.C., does an internet comedy schtick, takes a golfing weekend in Margarita-Ville, and fills out his college hoops brackets. While this kind of frivolous behavior, in face of a major European crisis, escapes much needed scrutiny here, it doesn’t go unnoticed by Putin and other global bad actors.
With world history no match for whatever is trending in social media, it’s not a surprise the critical importance of what’s happening overseas isn’t receiving proper consideration in the U.S. And, while Obama and his media peeps probably hope the president’s flaws remain buried, Vladimir Putin has exposed them for all the wrong people to see.
However it ends, missing Flight 370 will be a footnote in history compared to the worldwide chaos likely to be unleashed if President Obama doesn’t take the time and energy to change direction on his tragic, lost foreign policy. That is, of course, if it’s not too much of a bother.