When will this president learn that rhetoric and diplomacy don’t always work and that you can’t talk big game unless you can back it up? Not only has this president continued to downsize the military as we now have an active fleet of naval vessels that number less than what we had prior to WW II, he has lessened our influence throughout the world.  I am all for avoiding getting involved in the business of other countries when we can, but we must remain vigilant and strong should any other country pose a direct threat to us.  
As the media cycle goes so has gone the supposed threat that Russia once posed against the United States.  Roughly a month ago we were constantly hearing reports of how Russia was interfering with Ukraine’s sovereignty.  Obama opened his huge mouth and began issuing “threats” to Putin which consisted of economic sanctions. Putin simply scoffed at Obama knowing full well that our president does not have the means to back up anything he says.  
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stands nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko greeted each other with a handshake at the start of talks in Belarus on Tuesday on the Ukraine crisis, the first time the two presidents have met since June
Fast forward some four weeks and we are now hearing from Putin that Russia does indeed possess the where with all to utilize nuclear weaponry to defend itself.  The current rhetoric we are hearing out of Russia is that they will only use this if they are threatened.  This rhetoric we are hearing from Putin is just that and we must all consider the fact that Russia will indeed use these weapons for other means or even sell them on the black market. We will see some interesting events unfold over the next few weeks as Obama is set to attend the upcoming NATO summit in Wales and he is also making plans to visit Estonia, a neighbor of Russia. 

According to the Christain Post,
“At the summit, Obama is expected to underline the alliance’s Article 5 commitment to the common defense of each member.”
“Russia, don’t even think about messing around in Estonia or in any of the Baltic areas in the same way that you have been messing around in Ukraine,” Charles Kupchan, the senior White House director for European affairs, was quoted as saying.
So not only is Obama issuing threats he can’t back up, his own senior White House director for European affairs is as well.  What does it take for this president to wake up and understand that he needs to stop issuing threats that the United States can no longer back up because of his actions to destroy the military strength of this nation?  Before long he is going to write a check the United States can’t cash and we are all going to suffer the consequences.
Young Conservative

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