There was a time, a long time ago, when modern liberals understood there were enemies abroad as well as enemies overseas. My political heroes in my teens and twenties were men like Democratic senators Sam Nunn and Joe
Leibowitz Leiberman and New Republic editor Marty Peretz, men who understood that freedom abroad and freedom at home went hand in hand.
The idea of a robust foreign policy has gone the way of the “Blue Dog” Democrat, and with it, so has the Democrat’s commitment to defending the freedom of our allies and expanding our influence in a global economy.
Does the United States have an economic or military stake in Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine? Probably not. Does the United States have an economic or military stake in making sure that Russia’s influence in Europe is checked and countries like Poland and the Czech Republic don’t fall under Russia’s influence once again? You betcha.
Obama declined to place a ballistic missile shield over eastern Europe because of Russia’s objections. He relied on Russia to get him out of a sticky situation with Syria’s weapons of mass destruction that is a spectacular failure. He sent Hillary to literally and figuratively “press the reset button” and start a new era of trust between Russia and the United States.
The problem is, Putin has a reset button as well, and he wants to reset the clock back to 1956, but the Obama administration is fixated on abolishing Fox News, spying on American citizens and abolishing conservative political groups. If and when the administration talks about foreign policy, it’s to declare that a war isn’t really a war or announce that global warming is just another word for nuclear bomb.
There was a time when Democrats understood that the world is a dangerous place, and that the oath to fight “all enemies, foreign or domestic” listed those enemies in that order for a reason. The fact remains that if Obama battled Putin with the same energy he battles Republicans, this crisis would never have happened.
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March 2nd, 2014 by exurbankevin