In a blistering op-ed piece in the New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the upper hand in this chess game over Syria. He seized the moment to speak directly to the American people about the Syrian conflict. He made the case against military action by the United States and without making any overt threats, you could read the underlying message; don’t even think about it.
Putin is flexing his muscles, (that we all know he has from numerous photographs and videos). He is making it very clear that he wants to be considered the voice of reason in this situation and it is making Obama look like a 3-year-old kid being scolded.
Putin waited until the last paragraph to really stick it in America’s eye with these last thoughts:
I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
With those words he parroted what Obama has been saying for years, only now the American people were hearing it from one of our biggest enemies.
I was stunned to see the reaction from the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bob Menendez and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They came out and condemned the words of Putin when it has been obvious for years that they believe every word he said! They have stood behind Obama every time he tried to drag the American people down with his attacks on the rich, the inequality of wealth, and his constant apologies for the injustices done by this country.
Where is Obama any different than Putin? They both have the same Socialist –redistributionist ideas and goals. The only difference is that one shows leadership and the other is running around like he is in a Keystone Cops movie! Putin knows he can play Obama like a puppet, pulling his strings whenever he wants. He is doing it and will continue to do so knowing that the United States will do nothing in retaliation. Heck, Obama told everyone exactly what we won’t do!
I really wonder what Ronald Reagan would have said in rebuttal to this NY Times op-ed piece? First of all, I doubt that Gorbachev would have had the disrespect to do it, and secondly, Reagan would have taken to the airwaves immediately with a swift defense of the United States. He would have schooled the Soviet Union and its leadership on just how and why America is the most exceptional country on earth and shown the world that not only are we exceptional, but strong.
Reagan would have sternly answered this attack with the explanation that America is exceptional not because we feel that we are better or superior than anyone else; that is not the case. We are exceptional because we believe in freedom and liberty.
We are a beacon of light in this world that millions of people run towards, but I am afraid that at the end of Barak Obamas reign, that light will have dimmed considerably. When Vladimir Putin starts to shape America’s foreign policy, we are in big trouble.