There was a book I owned once, “The Tiny Elephant and the Enormous Mouse”. Good title for what’s going on now.
Obama, as he took office, had handed to him an experienced military with proven leaders, weapons and reputation. A recently strong economy, which his friends crashed to help him get elected, that could be repaired and restored. But since that would entail re-hiring the white, male workforce that he disapproved of, that didn’t happen. Still hasn’t happened. And of course the legacy of George Bush in the international arena, a clear blueprint of how to deal with all the players. Obama scrapped that of course in favor of a “reset” and apology tour that is unique in my knowledge of history.
After WWII the US had strong bases and forces in the SE Asia theater, land handed over by the vanquished for the most part, but it put us in a commanding position. We used that to protect the Free World from an expansionist USSR.
After the end of the war in Iraq, we could have established bases, Air and Sea, and commanded the area. Syria would not have happened, at least not the way it went. Iran would have been in our sights, constantly. A obvious move, expected by all parties, treaties drawn up and ready to be signed. Iraqi leaders bought new pens so as to be ready when called on. But Obama walked away. Walked away from the years of blood, money, and effort. As through it was 2006 and he was in the Democratic jeering section of the Senate and still opposing George Bush.
The number of Obama’s walk backs from taking strong positions defending democracy and western civilization are too numerous to count. He is the Tiny Elephant. Putin acts today in sure knowledge, his only opponent the Ukrainian people themselves. Putin is the Enormous Mouse, the Russian population is crashing, the economy is weak except for oil and gas, but Putin is willing to use the resources he has effectively. As the British SAS slogan says,”He who dare, Wins”.
Barak Obama is a traitor, he could not be doing more harm to the USA if he tried.