Only in the Obama Administration do they avoid calling a spade a spade. When Major Hassan, who had been communicating with Anwar al Awlaki, an American jihadist operating out of Yemen, barged into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, at For Hood in November, 2009, TX, shouting, “Allah akbar,”shooting 13 dead and wounding 30 more, did they call it “workforce violence,” rather than what it was, a terrorist act, later citing a technical reason relating to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Now, Obama calls a streaming of Russian tanks and other armored vehicles and other heavy weapons into southeastern Ukraine a mere “continuation of what’s been taking place for months,” rather than what it is, an invasion of a sovereign country. Forget that the ‘Separatists’ have been encouraged, supplied and assisted by Russian operatives, be they military or former KGB agents, when the adjacent country rolls columns of tanks and other heavy armor over a border, it’s an invasion. is this the worst of Obama’s faults in dealing with foreign affairs? No, but, when one can’t/doesn’t acknowledge the enemy as the enemy, it is impossible to defeat it. Does he want to? Seemingly not, although it calls into question whether he cares about the security of the US, the primary duty or the government, of which the President, as Commander in Chief, has primary responsibility.
At the upcoming NATO meeting this week, where discussions will invariably focus on more sanctions, none of which has influenced Putin a ‘smidgeon’ to alter his aggression, much less withdraw his forces. There seems no chance that Obama will either recommend military push-back or support it, although, without it, there seems no chance Putin will change course. Ukraine today, one of more of the Baltics tomorrow, or, perhaps Moldova in between. We’ve seen it before; a replay 80 years later seems more and more likely. It’s called War! Obama’s only use for the word is to end them, ala Neville Chamberlainism, not win them.