by ALAN KORNMAN:
Vladimir Putin is projecting Russian power across the world stage exactly as the former KGB operative was trained to do. The Cold War never ended, just the tactics and technology have changed as we roll into 2014 and beyond.
The United States military led by President Ronald Reagan won round 1 of the U.S. / Russian cold war. Today, Communist Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently had six significant victories every American must be aware of.
This is the sad story of the KGB Operative chess player versus our ill equipped community organizer — and the chickens are coming home to roost.
Communist Russia’s Objective
The Russians are expanding their presence in the high seas and upgrading their naval nuclear capabilities with the objective of controlling naval bases outside of their shorelines. Russia currently has naval bases in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopal in the Black Sea. According to Russia Today, June 26, 2013, the Syrian port of Tartus in the Mediterranean Sea is still an active Russian naval facility. There are recent intelligence reports the Russians have vacated the Port of Tartus but is by no means a permanent situation.
“The future overseas naval bases, like the one is Sevastopal, are not being referred to as “naval bases” by Russian officials, but by other terms. Moscow is calling them “supply points” or “bases for naval logistics” to make them sound far less threatening. The nomenclature does not really matter. The functions of these naval facilities, however, are for Putin’s strategic military purposes.
Vladimir Putin is shifting the Russian naval fleet into a nuclear capable offensive attack force which should be fully operational by 2020. The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Karakayev, said that Russia’s inter-continental ballistic missiles would become “invisible” in the near future. ‘Invisible’ means submarines with nuclear warhead delivery capabilities.
Russian President Putin’s Victories
President Obama made a historical tactical error ordering the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in favor of the International terrorist group, The Muslim Brotherhood, and its leader Mohammad Morsi as ordered by Hillary Clinton.
On October 6, 1981, Gamaa al-Islamiyya, a franchise of The Muslim Brotherhood, assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Hosni Mubarak, a declared and proven friend of America went after The Muslim Brotherhood terrorists with an iron fist.
President Obama backed the same Muslim Brotherhood terrorists who murdered Anwar Sadat back in 1981. Putin has not forgotten that Anwar Sadat was the Egyptian leader who canceled the Soviet’s Navy right to use Egyptian ports over 50 years ago in favor of the USA.
As a result of President Obama’s foreign policy blunders in Egypt, the Russian Navy will likely again have a ‘supply station’ in Egypt’s warm water ports. The current Egyptian government is very public against President Obama and running to the side of Vladimir Putin.
The President of Syria, Bashar Assad, had been an important partner of the United States for decades. President Obama’s sparked a Sunni / Shia Muslim civil war and publicly called for Bashar Assad to step down or face the consequences if he overstepped his famous red line.
Bashar Assad dismissed Mr. Obama’s empty threats and chose to fight Al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Shariah, and the Muslim Brotherhood rebels who had Obama’s support.
President Obama laid down the red line saying American forces will attack Assad if he used chemical weapons. Chemical weapons were used, Mr. Obama starts the countdown to attack and embroiling the US into another Middle East Conflict. President Obama put himself into a position where his words of war caught up with him and he desperately needed a way out and not have to bomb Damascus.
In comes KGB statecraft expert Vladimir Putin to save our community organizer President Obama at his weakest moment. Putin packaged a deal to defuse the situation and broker a chemical weapon free zone deal between the United States and Syria. Mr. Obama hands Putin a unprecedented public relations victory as peacemaker. Putin’s regional influence grows as President Obama again shames America with another failure of world diplomacy that may well take decades to recover from, if ever.
The view from 30,000 feet is that Putin established Russia’s foreign policy influence on the world stage for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. President Obama has woken up a hungry Russian sleeping bear that is feeding on his failures and missteps. Analysts have described this situation as Vladimir Putin playing chess while Mr. Obama plays checkers.
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