According to the Foundry, now that our dictator-whoring president has thrown our loyal, freedom-loving partners in Eastern and Central Europe over for their more sexy former jailers in Russia, “Young Leaders” from Poland and the Czech Republic are reluctantly considering alternative alliances with the European Union and even China.
The discussion, which took place at last weeks’ Young Leaders Dialogue with America conference in Prague, was another sorry by-product of the Obama administration’s curious and disturbing antagonism toward our freedom-loving allies and boot-licking supplication to their would-be jailers.
Of course, every devotee of Ronaldus Magnus, like myself, has watched with horror as America serves divorce papers in stages to those battle-scarred former slaves of the Soviet Union – praying for an intervention as we progress closer and closer to the moment when Obama places their broken chains at the feet of his new Russian mistress with apologies.
And yet, through a series of actions and omissions, this plays out; starting with the withdrawal of missile defense systems in Eastern Europe – something that still confounds me. Why would any country with peaceful, non-expansionist, non-threatening aspirations care what their neighbors do to protect themselves from external threats? Not surprisingly, Obama’s capitulation to Russia’s revealing and disturbing hissy-fit about Eastern Europe missile defense was – among other things – a hot topic at the conference. The Foundry:
Many believe that the withdrawal of the missile defense capabilities was part of the U.S. effort to reset relations with Russia and a sign that the new Administration cares little about the sentiments of CEE allies. Unfortunately, little can be said in defense of the Administration’s actions. Not only did the missile defense debacle call into question America’s loyalty, but other policies, such as the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program, have excelled at a snail’s pace. The White House also committed a series of public diplomacy blunders when Obama failed to appropriately acknowledge several critical World War II anniversary dates as well as the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. These missteps have not passed without notice.
Nile Gardner wrote this a year ago, when it became clear that America under Obama had become unfaithful to our partners in Eastern Europe.
This is bad news for all who care about the US commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the defence of Europe as well as the United States. It represents the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency. A deal with the Russians to cancel missile defence installations sends a clear message that even Washington can be intimidated by the Russian bear.
What signal does this send to Ukraine, Georgia and a host of other former Soviet satellites who look to America and NATO for protection from their powerful neighbour? The impending cancellation of Third Site is a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.
There is a piece of the Berlin Wall at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. I can only speculate what kind of artifacts could possibly adorn the Obama Library – the scale model of a new, revitalized Iron Curtain?