Popular media reports none of this. Its worth paying attention to. We do have a war waged over there. Right now.
Recent open source reports and unverified images of Russian equipment in Syria indicate that the Kremlin may slowly be ramping up its presence in the war-torn country in support of the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.
I’m not saying that we need to throw open our boarders and save all the refugees. Far from it. But some foreign policy activity and direction would be appropriate. We have none.
From the Telegraph:
Russia banned lots of foreign imports last year in retaliation for sanctions applied towards Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
They hope to spur domestic production, or some such thing. We are blessed here in the US. We export more food than we import. We pay farmers to not produce, for a verity of reasons. Russia, on the other hand, has to import.
Applying my dusty ol’ poly-sci edumuckation, its more likely he’s trying to spur some nationalist sentiment. Note the ban does not cover alcohol….. Of course, just because a county imports nearly 40% of its food, as I heard in this case, does not mean that it needs to.
The ban covers fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, fish, and most meat. Exemptions from the ban include alcoholic beverages, cured meats and cereal products. Food brought in by individuals for their personal use is also exempt.
So, this Ukrainian conflict, can we expect it, and the sanctions applied against Russia, to continue?
I’m guessing, Yes.
And yet another issue ignored by popular media here.
Over at old NFO.
Interesting. NATO raised an alarm two years ago on budget reductions. What, you were not possibly worried about Putin and he would of course never annex part of Ukraine, and cause Western Europe serious heartburn, right? That Putin would never wage war in East Ukraine, and no-one would do anything about it? That no Western media outlet would report about it, as a serious problem?
Nothing to see here. Move along.
Where’s my Obama phone… .
I wrote this about a month ago and held it as I did not want to be too political here. I may have been short-sighted, and just felt that the piece needed more work. It does. I do feel though that ISIS, Ukraine, Gaza/Israel, and much more is on the back burner with this Administration. More to the point, Obama is completely occupied with his own agenda to effectively address current events. Read, Foreign Policy. I don’t think he has the intellect, or ability. He does not have a policy. So, I throw this mess out there for discussion. I remain convinced that yes, we are held in one spot, ham strung, by Obama.
And he admitted it too:
Seeing the destruction, the disorganization, and the death from that debacle really bothered me this evening though. Modern technology really brought all of that right to our faces. Even if we did not want to see it. We have seen civ airlines shot down before, many times – mostly known only in history by my memory.
Obama and his weak diplomacy are to blame. Directly so, I would argue. Obama can be blamed for this Malaysian shoot-down. We have had other shoot-downs of the sort in the past, for one reason or another, and the US has shot down private US carriers too, sadly.
Why would we care about some far-away terrible thing? Because I think the US would have had much more influence over that Ukraine problem far away with a stronger foreign policy? For sure. Because Putin, for all that the left-wing media would poo-poo the issue, is a problem.
I will say it again – Obama is to blame for the Malasian airline shoot-down over Ukraine. He has no foreign policy. None. What has John Kerry said during the last 24 hours? Little to nothing. Obama himself was late to the game. But it is a game he does not know. Is this part of some strategy on the part of the current admin? Not so far as I can see. As has been said in popular media – which is worth little, though the consensus is as such – where is our president? Golfing. Fundraising. This Malaysian tragedy is just a glimpse.
Specifically though, I see this:
If Obama had a set, he would have put Putin in his place along time ago – totally cutting Russia off from all our credit markets five months ago would have been a start. Then, throw all Russian nationals out of the country. That would have been a message right out of the gate.
Obama does not and will not have the balls to do any of that. Anyway, to continue;
Fully implement a plan to develop pipelines/energy in Europe, and see out contracts with others that are with us. Subsidize pipelines and energy storage in Poland, Germany, France, England, etc. Do the same domestically – build that pipeline from Alaska to Louisanna. Russia will once again go away. They would. Obama, the current administration, they will not play that card.
Executive orders up the wazoo – not for central american immigration, but for foreign energy infrastructure ( our own too ), for getting that up – make these allies pay for it; the Canadians, Brits, French, even the Mexicans, and most of western europe would be with us on this. Full support to Ukraine from the outset on energy supply – they need nat gas from Russia, well, the Americans can provide it: full on and through western Europe, not Russia. You need nat gas, you got it. Get it to them. We could do it, and make money doing it too.
Tell Putin we will do this and can. And do it. Let him know that if he does not back down, we will go forward, and do all we can to ruin him and his cronies. Remind him we are Americans. Does he think we can’t get him on these markets? That we cannot get Europe to go with us on energy issues, that they will just sit back? China, a wild-card, always an issue, but they are due for their collapse.
This type of planning, good or bad, right or wrong, does not exist with the current Administration. Not that I see.
Thank God for the next election. Not sorry to say it. NSA be dammed.