January 22, 2022

Obama, Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War

On March 1, 2014, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. The day before, the Russian Parliament had granted the Russian dictator complete authority to use military force in response to the impeachment of the pro-Russian President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine and the turmoil that ensued. The ousted President Yanukovych had refused to sign an expected free trade and political agreements with the European Union. Russia opposed the agreements with the European Union and instead wanted Ukraine to become part of Russia’s customs union. The refusal of President Viktor F. Yanukovych to sign the agreements with the European Union and his desire to establish a closer relation with Russia were strongly opposed by the pro-Western Ukrainian people. After three months of rioting in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev and other cities and the death of approximately 100 people, on February 22, 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to impeach and dismissed President Yanukovych, who then fled to Russia.

The Russian troops with masks covering their faces and without using any identifying insignia, but using military vehicles with Russian license plates, closed the airport, surrounded the Ukrainian Navy and Army bases, and took over government buildings and roads throughout Crimea. The naked aggression by Russia reminds this writer of the events prior to World War II when Adolph Hitler began annexing parts of nations and then entire nations while England and France conducted a failed appeasement policy. Weakness always invites aggression by ruthless dictators like Hitler and Putin.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ignored President Barack Obama’s warning of not  intervening militarily in Ukraine. Obama stated the following: “Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: the Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future… We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine… It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people… The United States will stand with international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”

The Russian dictator disregarded Obama’s threats and invaded Crimea. Barack Obama condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine on March 1, 2014, calling it a “clear violation and a breach of international law.” President Obama held a 90-minute telephone conversation with the Russian dictator, who refused to withdraw Russian forces from Crimea. Ukraine has 130,000 soldiers in its Armed Forces and reserves of approximately 1,000,000. However, it is no match for the Russian Armed Forces. Russia has an army of 285,000 soldiers. Ukraine has eight ships in its Navy while Russia has 50 ships. Ukraine has 230 fighter aircraft and Russia has over 1,500 aircraft. However, Ukraine is not similar to the small and defenseless country of Georgia. If war were to break out between the two countries, Russia would have a difficult time defeating Ukraine. Russia will suffer enormous casualties. Ukrainians will fight hard as they remember the millions who were starved to death by orders of Josef Stalin during the 1930s.

The approximately 2,000,000 people who live in Crimea are primarily of Russian descent and many, but not all of them, welcomed the Russian invasion. Crimea has approximately 15% Tartar as well as many Ukrainian-speaking and Russian-speaking individuals who do not want to live under the boot of Russia. Crimea had a great deal of autonomy under Ukraine. Crimea serves as the headquarters of the Russian Navy Black Sea fleet. Russia had a long-term lease to this naval base that was signed with Ukraine.

PUTIN AND OBAMA TALKThe Russian dictator, like all tyrants who invade other countries, gave the excuse that the Russian intervention was conducted only to protect the Russian-speaking citizens. This was a blatant lie since at no time the Russian speakers were threatened. As Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron stated “there can be no excuse for outside military intervention” in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, ordered the Armed Forces to be in full readiness and more security at nuclear power plants, airports, and all strategic places. Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk stated that he was sure that Russia would not intervene militarily in eastern Ukraine since it would mean war and the end of all relations with Russia.

In August 2008, the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia and annexed half of its territory. As in Crimea, two areas of Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, had a majority of ethnic Russians. President George W. Bush and Republican candidate for president Senator John McCain strongly condemned this naked aggression to this small nation. Senator Obama, who was vacationing in Hawaii, did not condemn the Russian intervention and said that the two nations needed to start a dialogue and negotiations. What was there to negotiate after Georgia was completely devastated?

President Bush ordered Navy ships to move into the region and sent humanitarian aid on military aircraft to Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. President Bush also suspended a pending civilian nuclear agreement with Russia and requested that NATO to suspend all military contacts with Russia. After the cease-fire, Russia was supposed to evacuate its military personnel, but it refused to do so.

Vladimir Putin perceives Obama to be indecisive and weak

After Obama came to power in January 2009, the isolation of Russia ended quickly. Obama tried to improve relations with Russia and NATO resumed military contacts with that nation in 2009. A superpower cannot impose short-lived costs and quickly end the isolation quickly of a large nation that invades and commits aggression to a small nation. Russia understood that its aggression to Georgia went unpunished by our nation. Putin stated that the disintegration of the Soviet Union was the worst thing that happen during the 20th century. His dream and goal are to bring back under Russian control the former parts of the Soviet Union that became independent nations. Barack Obama never understood Russia’s intention. This is why an editorial by the Washington Post stated that Barack Obama’s foreign policy is a “fantasy.”

The United States under President Obama entered into an agreement with Russia to reduce the nuclear arsenal of both nations. Obama stated that he wanted to abolish eventually all nuclear weapons in the United States. This statement was perceived by both China and Russia as extreme weakness. Moreover, the enormous reduction of the budget of the Pentagon under President Obama has emboldened both China and Russia. While the U.S. is reducing the size of its Armed Forces, both China and Russia are increasing their defense spending, increasing the size of their Armed Forces, and modernizing their weapons. Obama’s disarmament has seriously endangered our national security. This writer has been pointing this out for the last two years in a series of articles and in his most recent book, America in Decline (2014).

President Obama, soon after being sworn into office, gave in to Russia’s pressure to remove the antimissile missiles that President Bush had negotiated with the Czech Republic and Poland. Both Eastern European countries felt betrayed. Even worse, Obama did not ask for a “quid pro quo” or something in return. This was a major mistake since a superpower never gives up an advantage over a potential enemy without asking for something in return. In essence, Obama abandoned all of Eastern Europe to Russia. The Russian dictator realized he could get away with pushing around the former republics of the Soviet Union and that the United States would do nothing to protect them.

Herszenhorn wrote an article entitled “Russia Putting a Strong Arm of Neighbors” in The New York Times on October 23, 2013. The reporter explained that Russia is bullying some of the countries that were formerly included in the Soviet Union in an effort to force them to join Russia’s customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus. In November 2013, the European Union planned to offer political and trade accords to several ex-Soviet republics. To prevent that from happening, Russia is putting strong pressure on its neighboring countries. Dmitry O. Rogozin, the deputy prime minister of Russia, warned Moldova, a landlocked nation of 3.6 million people between Romania and Ukraine and the poorest country in Europe, that it would be a “great mistake” to seek closer ties with Europe. At the conclusion of a visit to Moldova, Rogozin said, “We hope that you will not freeze.” Moldova, like most of the European countries, depend on Russian gas for heat.

The reporter pointed out that the strong pressure being placed on the former Soviet republics is not directed at Moldova alone. In August 2013, Russia suddenly stopped all Ukrainian imports at the border for closer customs inspections. A Russian official said that import restrictions from this country could become permanent if Ukraine, as expected, signs agreements with the European Union. The Russian official said that such a move would be “suicidal.”

The immense pressure put on Armenia by Russia was effective. In September 2013, Armenia declared that it would join Russia’s customs union, even though it had worked for years toward various agreements with the European Union.  Russia is also putting pressure on Lithuania, a country that had already joined the European Union. In October 2013, Russia banned milk and other dairy imports from this small Baltic country. A couple of years ago, Russia stopped sending gas for a few days in the middle of the winter to Ukraine and other European countries in an effort to show its power over all of Europe.

Recently, the Russian Duma, or legislature, approved a budget to increase spending on nuclear weapons by 50% over the next three years. Russia is also increasing the size of its armed forces and improving and modernizing its weapons. The Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who has stated that the worst thing that happened in the 20th century was the disintegration of the Soviet Union, has been trying to bring back the former Soviet republics into its fold.

On August 1, 2013, Russia defied the United States and granted asylum to Edward Snowden, the NSA´s leaker and spy. Putin ignored Obama´s repeated requests to return Snowden to our nation to stand trial for stealing many important secrets, which has damaged our national security, as explained by present and retired government officials. Many U.S. allies have been incensed about the spying by NSA of their nations and even the telephone calls of the head of states in Europe and Latin America. Some of them are working with the United Nations to stop the NSA’s spying on their nations.

As explained earlier, Obama’s request to Dmitry Medvedev, while meeting with him in South Korea, to ask Putin to give him “flexibility” and “space” until reelected was most troubling. After his reelection, the president announced that he would enter into an unconstitutional informal agreement with Russia to further cut our nuclear arsenal. Obama desires to completely eliminate our nuclear arsenal while reducing drastically the Pentagon’s budget. His own former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, stated several times that those severe cuts would endanger our national security. Before he retired, Panetta stated “that the United States would be left with a force that suffers low morale, poor readiness and is unable to keep with potential adversaries. It would invite aggression.” Panetta was right. Russia and China believe that we are unable or unwilling to stand up to potential adversaries. Our allies are terrified of the lack of resolve that they see in Barack Obama and so are many patriots in our nation.

Since sequestration became effective at the beginning of March 2013, $55 billion was cut from the Pentagon annually for the next 10 years. This massive cut represents 10% of the entire Pentagon´s budget. The U.S. Navy would be reduced from 286 to 230 ships, leaving our Navy the size it was in 1915! The U.S. Army would be reduced from 569,000 to 420,000 soldiers, the size it was in 1939. The 1,990 fighter aircraft of the U.S. Air Force would be reduced to 1,512. The size of U.S. Marine Corps would also be cut. Millions would lose their employment in defense-related industries and this will increase unemployment in the nation. In February 2014, additional cuts were proposed by the Obama administration to the Pentagon, again sending a message of weakness to Russia, China, and other enemy nations. Our enemies are delighted with how Obama is chopping to pieces our Armed Forces!  Additionally, President Obama has lowered the morale of our military by declaring war against religion and Christianity in violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees the freedom of religion

Obama has conducted a purge at the Pentagon

The following senior officers were fired and thus weakling our Armed Forces :

General John R. Allen- U.S. Marines

Major General Ralph Baker- U.S. Army Commander

Major General Michael Carey- U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Colonel James Christmas- U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

Major General Peter Fuller- U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)

Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus- U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)

General Carter F. Ham- U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)

Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon, Jr.- U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point , NY (2013)

Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan- U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)

General James Mattis- U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
Colonel Daren Margolin- U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
General Stanley McChrystal- U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)

General David D. McKiernan- U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)

General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)

Brigadier General Bryan Roberts- U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant- U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)

Colonel Eric Tilley- U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
Brigadier General Bryan Wampler- U.S. Army Commanding Genera

Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette- U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)

Vice Admiral Tim Giardina (3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)- U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the purge of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. Dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’ ? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t cooperate out of the way?

Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely stated the following: “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged” Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady said “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him”. Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin: Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause. Retired Navy Captain Joseph John said ” I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.”

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if youwant to keep your job just keep your mouth shut. Now this trend appears to be accelerating.

General Vallely stated the following ; “Absolutely every communist regime on the planet did this as soon as they got in power.  I am surprised this communist traitor with his feet up on our furniture in the white house hasn’t done this until now!”

Obama has also allowed the purging of any criticism of Islam from the training manuals used by the military. Moreover, he has appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to review the manuals used by our armed forces, the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security. All of these actions taken by the president put at risk our national security by not allowing government officials to describe clearly the threat that the United States faces from the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic terrorist organizations at home and around the world. The president has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to impose information suppression on many agencies in his government, which is their first step to conquer our nation. Again, Obama sends another message of weakness with his refusal to act firmly with the danger that the Muslim Brotherhood represents.

Governor Mitt Romney stated during his presidential campaign that he was planning to increase defense spending by $150 billion a year in order to make our armed forces stronger and more capable of protecting us from our enemies. China and Russia are drastically increasing their defense spending and modernizing their armed forces. Iran continues to enrich uranium in order to build nuclear bombs. North Korea continues to build nuclear weapons and improve its missiles. Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups continue to get stronger. Obviously, this is not the time to cut the Pentagon’s budget and disarm unilaterally.

Governor Mitt Romney stated during his presidential campaign that he was planning to increase defense spending by $150 billion a year in order to make our armed forces stronger and more capable of protecting us from our enemies. China and Russia are drastically increasing their defense spending and modernizing their armed forces, Iran continues to enrich uranium in order to build nuclear bombs, North Korea continues to build nuclear weapons and improve its missiles, and al-Qaida and other terrorist groups continue to get stronger, obviously, this is not the time to cut the Pentagon’s budget and disarm unilaterally

President Obama, after he was sworn into office in January 2009, could have worked closely with our European allies and incorporated into NATO both Georgia and Ukraine, as well as other independent nations that were once a part of the old Soviet Union. If that had happened, Vladimir Putin would not have dared to invade the Crimean Peninsula since that would have meant a state of war with the United States and the NATO members. He had five years to do that but he failed to act for fear of annoying Russia.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Governor Sarah Palin stated that Russia someday might invade Ukraine. Four years later, Governor Mitt Romney, during the 2012 presidential campaign, stated that Russia is a geopolitical enemy of the United States. President Barack Obama, demonstrating his incompetence and lack of understanding of national security, made fun of Mitt Romney’s remark and ridiculed him, following the tactics of his extreme radical spiritual mentor Saul Alinsky. Obama said we were no longer in a Cold War. The pro-Obama established media also made fun of the 2012 Republican Party candidate for president. Both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were correct and Obama was wrong.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin considers Barack Obama to be very weak, especially when Obama sent him a message from South Korea asking for space and promising flexibility  after his reelection. Putin was delighted that Barack Obama was reelected president in 2012 as was the Communist Party in the United States.

Both Russia and China have noticed that Barack Obama has never complained about the large Cuban Occupation Army in Venezuela. He has not asked for sanctions against Cuba for giving MiG planes and other weapons to North Korea in violation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution of an arm embargo against North Korea. These two nations have also noticed that even though Cuba holds a U.S. citizen hostage and has increased oppression and violence against peaceful members of the opposition, Obama reduced travel sanctions and tolerated more trips to Cuba. Moreover, Obama wants to reestablish relations with Cuba and end the embargo. The bloody dictator of Cuba, Raúl Castro, realized that he has a free hand in Venezuela and that Cuban thugs can shoot students and tortured them in Venezuela without impunity.

Russia has now sent a spy ship to Cuba and is negotiating military and naval bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Obviously, Russia feels that the United States has become under Obama a superpower in rapid retreat. Will Obama allow Putin to build military and naval bases in Cuba? Most likely, yes!

Both Russia and China have noticed that Barack Obama has never complained about the large Cuban Occupation Army in Venezuela. He has not asked for sanctions against Cuba for giving MiGs planes and other weapons to North Korea in violation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution of an arm embargo against North Korea. These two nations have also noticed that even though Cuba holds a U.S. citizen hostage and has increased oppression and violence against peaceful members of the opposition, Obama reduced travel sanctions and tolerated more trips to Cuba. Moreover, Obama wants to reestablish relations with Cuba and end the embargo. The bloody dictator of Cuba Raúl Castro realized that he has a free hand in Venezuela and that Cuban thugs can shoot students and tortured them in Venezuela without impunity.

As this writer has written in articles and in his latest book, America in Decline (2014), a world superpower needs to be respected by its allies and feared by its enemies. Sadly, we are neither. It is no accident that both Russia and China are exercising imperialism against their neighbors. Our allies are terrified of the weakness coming from the White House which has emboldened China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea.

Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, says Vladimir Putin has no respect for Barack Obama

On March 4, 2014, Senator John McCain, former Republican presidential candidate in 2008, told Greta Van Susteren on “On the Record” television program in Fox News channel that Obama “totally misread” Vladimir Putin. Senator McCain stated the following: “President Barack Obama said 20 years ago the Cold War ended and later told former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, tell Vladimir when I am reelected I will be more flexible. A gross misreading of the nature and the ambitions of Vladimir Putin and we are paying a very, very heavy price for it.” The senator from Arizona also said that Barack Obama has underestimated the Russian dictator’s Cold War-like tactics.

Senator McCain said that unless we understand that Vladimir Putin is an old KGB coronel apparatchik who wants to restore the Russian Empire, we are in trouble. He criticized Obama for ridiculing Mitt Romney  in their debate when Romney said that Russia was a mayor geopolitical foe. Senator McCain stated the following: “You saw the picture of those two (Obama and Putin) sitting next to each other, you have seen the attitude that Putin have towards the president of the United States. He doesn’t respect him.”

The United States and six other allied nations respond to Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine

On March 2, 2014, Russia sent 16,000 troops to the Crimean Peninsula. There is great fear that Russia would seize more Ukrainian territory on the east where large concentration of ethnic Russians live. The United States, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s “clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The seven nations stated that they would not attend the G-8 summit scheduled in June 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

The Russian occupation of Crimea has challenged President Obama as no other foreign-policy crisis during the five years that he has been in office. The world is looking at President Obama and wondering whether he is sufficiently strong to deal with the former KGB director in the Kremlin. Obama’s foreign policy debacle in Syria made the Russian dictator the strongman in the Middle East and terrified our allies in that part of the world.

Peter Baker wrote an article entitled “Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein in Russia,” which was published in the New York Times on March 2, 2014. The reporter wrote that R. Nicholas Burns, former Undersecretary of State in the George W. Bush administration, stated the following: “It is the most important, most difficult foreign policy test of his presidency. The stakes are very high for the president because he is the NATO leader. There is no one in Europe who can approach him in power. He is going to have to lead.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that the United States needs to create “a democratic noose around Putin’s Russia.” Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida suggested to “revisit the missile defense shield”. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, who is the chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, recommended to “cancel Sochi.” Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois recommended that Russia be expelled from the G-8 group.

The United States sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Kiev on March 3, 2014 to show support for Ukraine. Fox News reported that a senior U.S. official, who came with Secretary Kerry, said “we still have a very real concern that the Russians had other plans in the Ukraine; they may be planning other moves.” Officials are aware that Russian fighter aircraft are trespassing Ukrainian airspace and that Ukrainian jets are scrambling to repel them.

The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the United Nations Security Council on March 2, 2014 that “it is a fact” that Russian jets entered Ukrainian airspace. U.S. officials are concerned that a Ukrainian and Russian forces have each been moving on opposite sides of the isthmus that connect Ukraine to Crimea, a development that “raises the prospect” that the Kremlin may be preparing to extend its invasion to the mainland.

The Obama White House has already rejected a great idea proposed by Republicans, the installation of the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. It is most unfortunate because this would really punish Russia. Secretary Kerry announced in Kiev a $1 billion loan guarantee for the new government and separate financial deal with the International Monetary Fund.

The day before the United States began to prepare sanctions on high-level Russian officials who were involved in the invasion of Crimea. It would also freeze assets of selected Russian officials as well as state-run financial institutions. The crisis brought down the price of the Russian ruble and drove up energy prices.

Some European countries resisted placing strong economic sanctions against Russia, demonstrating the lack of support that Obama has with our allies in Europe. Obviously, without European support, the United States economic sanctions would not carry enough weight to pursue the Russian dictator to withdraw from the Crimean Peninsula.

The United States needs to respond strongly to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

While no one is recommending a United States military intervention in Ukraine, there are many things that our nation can do to respond to Russia’s naked aggression in Ukraine. This writer recommends the following:

  • Freeze assets of selected Russian officials as well as state-run financial institutions.
  • Sent U.S. and NATO troops to Poland and move them close to the border with Russia.
  • Sent quickly military weapons and supplies as well as economic aid to Ukraine.
  • Imposed severe economic sanctions including banking sanctions against Russia.
  • Suspend entry visas to the United States of members of the Russian oligarchy which supports Putin.
  • Explain to Russia’s business people that they will not be allowed to do business with the United States and cease all Americans investment in that country.
  • Install the missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland.
  • Increase significantly the budget of the Pentagon.
  • Impose severe economic sanctions to the Venezuelan government, including suspension of entry visas to our nation to government officials and a reduction in the import of oil from that nation.
  • Support the students and other members of the opposition to bring down the bloody dictator Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
  • Impose severe sanctions to the Cuban government for its violation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution by sending weapons to North Korea.
  • Denounce Cuba’s intervention in Venezuela and suspend travel to Cuba and remittances from the United States until that country withdrawals every single soldier from Venezuela.
  • Stop any negotiations to lift the embargo or recognizing Cuba diplomatically.
  • Approve immediately the Keystone oil pipe and open our oceans and federal lands for gas and oil drilling in order to make the United States energy independent as soon as possible.
  • Isolate economically and diplomatically Russia indefinitely until it withdraw its soldiers from Crimea.

Unless President Obama changes his course quickly and start being stronger with our enemies with more assertive foreign and national security policy, our country will continue to be a world superpower in retreat. We could expect more aggression from Russia, China, and other enemy nations over the three year left of the disastrous presidency of Barack Obama. When aggression is not challenged with firmness, it invite more aggression. Just look at how the appeasement policy of France and Great Britain invited more aggression from Nazi Germany and led to World War II. How sad that our beloved country does not have a Reagan-like president in the White House!


Colonel Harry Riley, U.S. Army (Ret.) Calls for a march to Washington on May 16