Obama Panics Eastern Europe
In yet another display of his awesome commitment ot democratic values an human rights, U.S. President Barack Obama’s stomach-churning inconsistency and weakness in Moscow recently has driven our Eastern European allies into a frenzy of panic. Nearly two dozen prominent leaders including Poland’s Lech Walesa and the Czech Republic’s Vaclav Havel have written an open letter to Obama imploring him not to send signals to the Russians which could lead them to believe they are free to gobble up their former Soviet slave states in the region. The Polish government itself has specifically endorsed the appeal.
As we’ve already said quite clearly, Obama’s performance in Moscow was an outrage. He complimented Vladimir Putin publicly, yet didn’t say anything openly in personal support of any of the opposition leaders he met with. He talked about Georgian territorial integrity in an offhand way, but so far he’s done nothing to show personal support for the Georgian government. And worst of all, he’s given the Russians reason to think he’ll back away from the missile defense system the U.S. has proposed for Eastern Europe, which to the Russians implies he’ll back away from protecting them entirely. So naturally, the Eastern Europeans are panicking.
This is what happens when you elect a president with no foreign policy experience and no exectutive experience: a disaster. Obama is stumbling, and stumbling badly. Recent polls show his approval slipping below 50% on key issues like healthcare and the deficit, and his weakness and inconsistency on foreign policy is obvious to everyone.
To Obama’s credit, he has at least dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Ukraine and Georgia right on the heels of his visit to Moscow, and the U.S. has recently held joint military manoevers with Georgia. But this only means that, at best, he’s sending mixed messages to the Russians, something they can only interpret as weakness and an invitation to engage in further aggression towards Ukraine and Georgia, to say nothing of Russian civil society at home.
In just a few short months in office, Obama has sold out American values in the name of being “reasonable” and “resetting” the arrogance of the Bush administration. Just like Jimmy Carter before him, whose pathetic weakness invited the USSR into Afghanistan, Obama is creating a situation in which a massive loss of liberty could occur in post-Soviet space. The leaders of Eastern Europe are right to be worried, and its time for those who believe in American values to step forward and pressure Obama to abandone his crazy “new” ideas before irreversible harm is done. John McCain should be ashamed of his silence, and must now step forward to lead the loyal opposition.