Opinion – Putin’s shortsighted military play | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

Putin's face

Putin’s face (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama, 2.7m x 2.4m (2010)

Barack Obama, 2.7m x 2.4m (2010) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin at Putin's dacha...

Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin at Putin’s dacha 2009-07-07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to Dr Alf’s question is, I observe that President Obama seems to think he can circumvent Congress and the War Powers Act and do what he wants with impunity.

His vacillation, derangement of the American military and inability to do the job are dangerous because it makes his behavior highly unpredictable.

Putin and the Russians always test people to see what they will do by creating provocations and probes.

This makes their responses predictable to the extent that if a power vacuum exists they will fill it at lightning speed.

President Obama has shown an unwillingness to deal effectively with ISIS. This is because he does not want to “put boots on the ground” and is intent on appeasing Turkey and the financial backers of ISIS on the Arabian Peninsula. It is almost as if he wants to let ISIS rampage so that we end up having to take on the Global Caliphate in a full scale World War.

This is a dangerous miscalculation on his part and that makes him a danger to every one of us and particularly to the American military who will have the task of dealing with the mess he is creating and the young American and Western fighting men who will be sacrificed in this future conflagration.

Putin is less of a danger than this, even though he is eyeing up disputed islands that the old Soviet Union and Japan fought over in World War II.

Soon I think we will need Putin’s help and firepower to deal with ISIS and the other affiliated jihadis across the globe.

John Gelmini

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