While in Panama recently, President Obama said the “cold war was over.” He made this assertion right before he unilaterally decided to drop Cuba from the U.S.’s terror list.
Three years earlier during the 2012 presidential debate Obama and Mitt Romney were asked what they believed the greatest geopolitical threat to the world to be. Romney responded ‘Russia,’ while Obama quipped, “the 1980s are calling, they want their foreign policy back.”
But we now know how wrong Obama is thanks to Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe. Since taking over command last year, Hodges has found himself on the front line of an increasingly nervous stand-off with Russia.
“It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Hodges told the UK Telegraph. “You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”
But the threat isn’t limited to the European continent only.
The Soviet Union may have been defeated but the thing known as the ‘Cold War’ has never really gone away. Russia’s Vladimir Putin clearly articulated his sentiments when he called the defeat of the CCCP one of the tragic moments of the 20th century.
And don’t forget, it was Obama who canceled the missile defense shield for Eastern European — a sign of weakness that Putin has exploited. Think about it — Russia now plans to sell the S-300 ground to air missile system to Iran with its range of 185 miles and the Obama Administration is doing nothing to stop it.
“I will tell you this is actually a sale that was slated to happen in 2009,” Obama during at a White House news conference with the Italian Prime Minister. “When I first met with then-Prime Minister Putin, they actually stopped the sale, paused or suspended the sale at our request. And I’m, frankly, surprised that it held this long, given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons.
Obama added, “When I say I’m not surprised — given some of the deterioration in the relationship between Russia and the United States, and the fact that their economy is under strain and this was a substantial sale.”
Reminder: Cuba is still only 90-miles away from the U.S. and Obama is no JFK.