Whenever things heat up somewhere in the world or in the country, Barack Obama generally goes golfing somewhere far from the hotbed. Where will he be if Russia does invade the Baltics after Putin is done with Kiev? Most likely, he will be golfing or watching sports as he was when an American journalist was beheaded by ISIS and when France held a freedom march through the streets of Paris respectively.
At best, he is disengaged, detached and delusional. At worst, he is deliberately destructive.
The crisis in Yemen was predictable and he ignored it as he is ignoring the growing crisis in Ukraine.
Putin responds to strong leadership the way we want him to respond. He also takes advantage of weakness. He is behaving normally and predictably according to his beliefs. Barack Obama is not.
PUTIN SAYS HE WILL INVADE THE BALTICS
In September, the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the European Commission that Putin made the threat to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states in a private conversation.
“If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeutsche Zeitung, the German newspaper.
If true, it would be the first time Putin verbalized the threat.
Mr Putin’s alleged threat bears similarities to remarks he made to Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, in which he warned: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks”.
Mr Putin also warned Mr Poroshenko not to put too much faith in the EU, saying that Russia could exert its influence and bring about a “blocking minority” among member states.
If Russia invades the Baltics, once he is done with Ukraine, will this foreseeable catastrophe be explained away as not Barack Obama’s fault? How can they blame Bush I wonder?
The key port city of Mariupol in Ukraine is currently under siege by separatists [Russian forces or Russian sympathizers/spies within Ukraine]. The separatists blamed Kiev but the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who rushed to the scene shortly afterwards, concluded that the attack had been launched from the east and northeast of the city – territory controlled by the separatists.
Donetsk and Crimea are obviously gone. Russia is gradually invading Ukraine with a slice-and-dice approach, one important port city at a time. They will starve them and then walk into Kiev.
BRZEZINSKI WANTS US TO DO SOMETHING
Last Wednesday, Zbigniew Brzezinski, a left-wing foreign policy expert who served under president Jimmy Carter, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States and its allies should deploy troops to Baltic states to deter Russia from staging a possible incursion in those countries.
He said he feared Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to take control over Baltic countries in a lightning move that could take NATO by surprise, according to USA Today.
A nightmare scenario could be that “one day — and I literally mean one day — he just seizes Riga and Tallinn … That would literally take him one day. There’s no way they could resist,” Brzezinski said.
“And then we’ll say how horrible, how shocking, how outrageous. But, of course, we can’t do anything about it,” he said, without risking a potential nuclear conflict.
What he didn’t say is we have a do-nothing president who has opened the floodgates to rampaging totalitarians around the globe who are exploiting his weakness and naiveté as a leader.
“I think deterrence has to have meaning. It has to have teeth in it. And it has to create a situation in which someone planning an action like that has no choice but to anticipate what kind of resistance will lie in counter,” Brzezinski said.
“I do recommend pre-positioning of some forces,” in those countries, he said, but in a way that was not provocative.
“An American company (of troops) in Estonia is not going to invade Russia,” he said.
Putin would understand that, “but he will know that if he invades Estonia, he will encounter some American forces on the ground. And better still, some Germans, some French. And some Brits, of course,” he said.
Brzezinski is referring to a significant presence, not the 200 we have so far sent.
Brzezinski also said that Western governments should provide “defensive” weapons to Ukraine to make Moscow’s intervention more costly, while also sending a signal Ukraine would not be given membership in the NATO alliance.
Congress has been pleading in Obama’s deaf ears to supply significant arms to Ukraine.
Estonians fear an invasion and Russian forces are operating within the country to stir up Russian nationals. Citizens are flocking to the National Guard to prepare.
Neighboring countries are also witnessing huge jumps in their paramilitary enlistments – the Riflemen’s Union in Lithuania as well as Latvia’s and Poland’s reserve home guards.
“Ukraine has boosted the will to join,” says Kaitseliit commander Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili. “We Estonians are very peaceful, even pacifists, but we are going through a trying time and people are starting to ask, ‘what can I do for my country?'”
LITHUANIA’S MANUAL IN CASE OF INVASION
A new 98-page emergency response manual has been distributed by the Lithuanian Defense Ministry to prepare their citizens for an invasion, occupation and/or armed conflict. They don’t mention Russia but of course that is who they mean. It offers advice on how to respond in a “hybrid war” situation involving armed soldiers with no insignia or any evident government affiliation.
The manual is entitled, “How to Act in Extreme Situations or Instances of War.”
It has been distributed to libraries and army personnel.
If they were invaded, they’d have no way of fighting off the Russians.
While the U.S. has a weak president, there is nothing and no one to stand in Russia’ way.
Lithuanians were occupied by Russia from 1940 to 1991 but has since been protected by the EU and NATO as a NATO member..
“When Russia started its aggression in Ukraine, our citizens here in Lithuania understood that our neighbor is not friendly,” said Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas in an interview with Reuters.
The examples of Georgia and Ukraine—which have both lost parts of their territory in wars with Russia or pro-Russian separatists—”show us that we cannot rule out a similar kind of situation here,” added Olekas, who noted in the manual’s introduction that he had received “frequent questions about our homeland defense from ordinary Lithuanian citizens.”
The manual offers advice from converting cellars to shelter and knowing how to react when enemy soldiers show up at family homes. They urge passive resistance such as doing your job “worse than usual.”
It includes instructions to follow for civil disobedience such as strikes, blockades, disinformation, and cyber-attacks.
People are told to watch out for “unknown and unidentified armed groups operating in their neighborhood or elsewhere.”
They also have a plan for evacuate to other countries.
Russia is putting pressure on Lithuania and is now threatening to prosecute 1500 Lithuanians who deserted military service under the Soviet Union.
Lithuania has supported the Kiev government.
The Baltics are suffering over the sanctions against Russia because they still rely on business with them. Lithuanian diaries are in dire straights.
Poland is the real issue when it comes to defending NATO’s exposed Eastern frontier from Russian aggression. Only Poland, which occupies the Alliance’s central front, has the military power to seriously blunt any Russian moves westward.
INVADING SOVEREIGN TERRITORY BY LAND AND SEA
In addition to action in Ukraine, Moscow has committed repeated violations of military air space and maritime intrusion in the Nordic and Baltic sea regions.
Russia naval and air force activity around the Baltic Sea over the last year was unprecedented.
In November, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told US, German and Estonian troops assembled at Estonia’s Ämari Airbase that Baltic air police have conducted some 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year – twice as many as in 2013.
Not seen since Cold War times, “it’s risky and unjustified,” Stoltenberg said. While Baltic countries have asked for a permanent NATO presence on their soil and bigger defense budgets, ordinary citizens of all stripes have been offering themselves up for the country.
“Western European nations have lived in peace and security for so long that younger people take security for granted; it just exists, and you start forgetting about the values of democracy, peace and security,” says Martin Hurt of the International Center for Defense Studies, a Tallinn-based think tank on defense issues in the Baltic and Eastern European regions. “In the Baltic states and Poland, people do not see security and defense as a given, and they want to contribute themselves.”
Russia has been menacing all NATO allies and especially the Baltic States by flying through their naval and air space, mostly through international lines. They have also been seen around Cuba, waters off Florida, and have flown near or in Alaskan and Canadian airspace.
Our do-nothing appeaser in the White House golfs, visits shrines, bows to kings, sends guitar players to France, and gives speeches filled with lies. He’s all talk and lots of play.
Mr. Obama was very sympathetic when Putin invaded Crimea, after-all, many of the inhabitants speak Russian. Brighton Beach and Sitka should be turned over to Russia given this nonsensical measure.
Reagan was the president who tore down that wall, will Obama be the president who helped Russia build a wall while building none on our own borders? Barack Obama meets every potential crisis with hot air.