To The Daily Sun,
Who knows what President Obama really meant by his message to Putin, "After my election I have more flexibility?" But Putin's actions suggest what he heard.
Putin apparently heard that despite his blustering, President Obama won't do anything to stand in the way of Putin's efforts to re-establish the Russian/Soviet empire. Putin believes that President Obama is a weak leader committed to weakening our country, economically and militarily, to reduce our influence in the world.
After more than five years it is clear that President Obama can't or won't pursue policies that promote creating jobs for our unemployed or underemployed workers or put our nation's finances back in order.
President Obama's reckless spending and enormous deficits (even worse than Bush's), and his economy depressing policies have made our country economically vulnerable.
Our economic weakness enticed Russia to propose teaming with China to destroy our dollar, but China wasn't quite ready to act. Both nations would gain significantly from destroying our dollar. That would hurt our country and cause enormous pain for the American people.
Our military leaders complain that our economic weakness is a major national security problem.
President Obama claims success in Iraq and Afghanistan by withdrawing our forces, but both are more unstable than under President Bush and are likely to become bases for terrorists.
Our military might is declining. Lost equipment isn't replaced. Key new programs are being canceled or delayed, and the president announced plans to reduce the size of our military.
Weakness encourages aggression. Without American power stabilizing the world, less-benevolent nations are encouraged. Is it a coincidence that Russia moved into the Crimea shortly after President Obama announced significant military cuts? The world's weak response just encourages Putin and other aggressors.
American progressives have long praised the Soviet Union and communism anywhere it exists (no matter how many people it murders or keeps in terror and poverty). So, it wouldn't be too surprising if President Obama intended to tell Putin that he would not interfere with Putin's aggression.
Putin, and other nations know, that the U.S. is weak economically and militarily, and has a weak leader. Putin's aggression in the Crimea is probably just the beginning. China, North Korea, Iran, etc., are also making aggressive threats and claims.
The immediate threat is to the freedom and safety of others. But, treaties commit us to defending many countries against aggression.
President Obama's personal weaknesses and the economic and military weakness he is creating for our country could drag us into war. I doubt that is President Obama's intent, but it is the likely result of his weakness, bad policies, and naivety.