I do think Obama’s foreign policy vagueness and lack of real resolution has probably weakened the U.S. position in a quickly changing world.
This statement particularly struck me:
“We are not just considering … it is likely we will put [sanctions] in place” without some sign of Russian retreat, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We are preparing options and we are likely moving down that path.”
More vagueness. RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE. You are “likely to put sanctions in place without signs of a Russian retreat”? What about sanctions for what Russia already did?
Of course U.S. allies aren’t being helpful either. Germany and Italy and Spain are opposed to kicking Russia out of the G-8.
And the UK has an addendum (they tried to hide) to financial sanctions which would exempt the City of London! That’s ridiculous!
It shows Russia’s ultimate strength here. They have oil and resources needed by regional countries. And great economic strength now too.
This could be the tipping point where the U.S. starts its retreat as a world power. On the one hand, maybe that’s good? Still, I would feel uneasy living in a world where all the rules are written by China and Russia.