The crisis in Ukraine underscores the fact that Pres. Obama and the Democrats are victims of their own successes. It was President Obama’s goal since his campaign leading up to the 2008 election that the United States should be reduced in stature around the world. Democrats believed since the Soviet Union fell that the world was destabilized with United States as the loan world superpower. It was the goal of both Democrats and Barack Obama to reduce the influence and power of the United States by deconstructing its superpower status. Their goal was to eliminate American leadership on the world stage so that it was no more influential in the world than any other country.
The means for minimizing the United States required shrinking the size and strength of America’s economy, and in turn weakening its military. These two elements of national power are critical to creating the power vacuum, which enabled Putin’s invasion in Ukraine.
As evidenced by the crisis in Ukraine it’s clear that they succeeded. What remains to be seen is how far Russia will go? Once Putin has Ukraine, will he go beyond it into other countries that used to make up the Soviet Block? If the US responds with military forces to bolster the defenses of its allies, like Poland, it will stretch to a breaking point. Will this embolden China on the other side of the Earth to take the Shikoku Islands? Stern warnings don’t intimidate tyrants. Strong warnings, backed up by overwhelming capabilities and credibility do. Sadly, President Obama and the Democrats gravely reduced America’s military and economic capabilities, and squandered the credibility of response bought by blood and treasure. The power vacuum that they created is in the process of getting filled.