There are those in the Libertarian Camp who feel that the United States should not become embroiled in overseas adventurism. It's where I part company with many Libertarians because the world is a dangerous place. To surrender international options or our place at the table is to deny ourselves a key advantage we maintain worldwide. I'm not going to belabor the point because no, I don't think we should be the world's policeman, but yes, there are times when we need to kick ass to keep our own ass from being kicked.
Moving right along.
The Russians had major concerns about the ballistic missile defense system we were putting into place in Eastern Europe. They knew it meant their options of shooting ballistic missiles in a western direction was severely limited because our systems work and the Russians know they work.
Yesterday, Sunday, September 20, Dear Leader LIED (again). He insisted when pressed, that the US decision to cancel our plans to deploy the Ballistic Missile Defense system (BMD) in Eastern Europe had nothing to do with the Russians - and that it was only a bonus if "Russia's leaders are a little less paranoid." "My task here was not to negotiate with the Russians. The Russians don't make determinations about what our defense posture is." It's a blatant LIE.
While I do consider Dear Leader to be vastly inexperienced, his Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates is not. Gates is a competent SecDef and he was a competent Director of Central Intelligence before that.
Why didn't Dear Leader simply tell it the way it is? We want Russia's vote in the UN on October 1 to put sanctions in place against Iran. To obtain that we sold out our Eastern European allies.
- UN Sanctions almost never work.
- Iran doesn't (really) care about the sanctions because they will push ahead with plans to build nuclear weapons, irrespective of sanctions.
- Iran is willing to accept their continuing position as an international pariah if it puts them in the nuclear power club.
My analysis: To get sanctions, which won't work, we sold our Eastern European Allies out to the Russians.
I know Dear Leader councils that blogs are highly inaccurate and little weight should be attributed to them. However, with the mainstream media under almost total control of the State, who is left to say YOU LIE! when our Dear Leader lies to us?