Putin dares, Obama dithers | The Economist

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According to this hard-hitting lead article from the Economist to hear Vladimir Putin, Russia has become the leader of a new global war on terrorism. More importantly, it continues that by contrast Barack Obama seems wearier by the day with the wars in the Muslim world that America has been fighting for more than a decade.

Source: Putin dares, Obama dithers | The Economist

The headline says it all, ‘Putin dares, Obama dithers’.

Obama’s foreign policy disasters will take decades to unfold but surely history will not be kind Obama? He will probably remembered  as a disaster. He’s too weak to take effective executive decisions. Perhaps, history will remember Obama as the ditherer?

If Obama was the Prime Minister of the UK, the knives would have been out long ago and he would have been hounded from office.

Perhaps, Obama can be encouraged to leave office early?


One response

  1. Putin speaks for himself and decides for himself, but Obama and his entourage have to consult and are told what to do by others who are slow to deliberate and even slower to let Obama act.

    This creates gaps, which as Dr Alf knows, can and are being exploited by Vladimir Putin, and by the Chinese who can see exactly what the West is really trying to do.

    Sun Tzu said 2,500 years ago that invulnerability could not be replicated, but that to prevail the military leader needed to have no gaps.

    In the case of the West, there are many gaps and these exceed those held by others, despite all the rhetoric that says or would seek to persuade us otherwise.

    The West wants Assad gone, Syria dismembered, the Lebanon taken down, Iran destroyed, the continuation of the “Arc of Crisis” and Russia and China’s leadership replaced. It cannot say so openly, but the PNAC website does say so as does Paul Wolfowitz in private.

    Obama is a failure because he is not up to the job of playing geopolitical chess with either Putin or Xi and should go back to practicing law which he is better suited to.

    In the end, Donald Trump has a point when he says that no-one particularly likes America and that under Obama she isn’t respected either.

    Under Ronald Reagan, a man criticised for taking naps and being a B-movie actor, America was respected and even feared, so to change the present position there needs to be:
    2)Nuanced appeals to youth who represent the future
    3)The development of more high-tech weaponry by America so that no-one would dare to challenge her

    On all 3 counts, America is failing to engage and in President Obama has the wrong man in supposed charge.

    This can change but for now Vladimir Putin is still making the running and has called the West’s bluff.

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