Allen B. West

Obama: Ukrainians don’t have to choose between East and West

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Often referred to as a Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” seems to have been delivered upon us all.

In the long list of President Obama’s ignorant and naïve foreign policy statements, this will certainly rank near the top. On his latest swing through Europe, Obama told a Dutch newspaper “The Ukrainian people do not have to choose between East and West. On the contrary, it’s important that Ukraine have good relations with the United States, Russia, and Europe. As I’ve said, the future of Ukraine ought to be decided by the people of Ukraine.”

Therein lies the problem with Barack Obama in his misconception of the world and global events. He sees and defines the world in his own fantasy as he wishes it to be, not by the reality that exists.

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Mr. President, in case you forget, Europe has been a battleground between East and West ever since Charles Martel had to defeat an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732 AD. Europe endured the Battle of Constantinople in 1453, the naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571, and the Battle of Vienna in 1683. These were historic conflagrations between East and West over Europe, not to mention the invasive raids of Genghis and Kublai Khan as well as Attila the Hun.

According Fox News on Sunday, NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, warned that Russia had built up a “very, very sizeable and very, very ready” force on its border with Ukraine. Breedlove added that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be considering moving against another region with a large ethnic Russian population: Transdniestria, in the former Soviet republic of Moldova. Reuters reported that the speaker of Transdniestria’s parliament has urged Russia to annex the region, as it did in Crimea.

But Obama says the United States does not see the ongoing crisis in Crimea and Ukraine as a “zero-sum game” between Washington and Moscow as pro-Russian forces are overrunning a third Ukrainian military base in the Black Sea peninsula.

In Obama’s interview with de Volkskrant, Obama said, “The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West…That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.”

Did he somehow miss that there was a rather formidable wall built after the WWII liberation of Europe from the stranglehold of Nazism and fascism? That wall represented a separation between East and West, between communist-socialist rule and individual freedom. I remember crossing through Checkpoint Charlie from West Berlin to East Berlin as young Lieutenant. I can tell you there was a difference — for those on the east side of the wall, it was a “zero-sum” game.

The Ukrainians have chosen, Mr. President. They chose freedom. They chose liberty. And now, Vladimir Putin is choosing to reconstruct the wall between East and West and plans to put the people of Ukraine behind it once again.

Mr. President, I know you believe everything is relative and we can have a foreign policy based on “kumbaya” but that is simply not reality. In the real world, a former KGB Colonel does not flinch at sanctions from a community organizer.

And so it continues, as our times become ever more “interesting.”

In his new book, Not Cool, Greg Gutfeld explains how being cool has subverted the nation. Rather than elect a war hero or a hugely successful businessman, America elected “cool” — twice. But “cool” doesn’t differentiate between good or evil, freedom or tyranny, because that wouldn’t be “cool.”

Often attributed to Sir Edmund Burke are the words, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I would like to update that. In these “interesting times,” the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for unwitting men and women to vote “cool.”

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