Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anybody Remember the Monroe Doctrine?

So, the Russians are going to base long range strategic bombers with multiple cruise missile capability in Cuba and Venezuela. Since the Venezuelan Constitution is whatever Hugo Chavez says it is, I think that one can safely dispense with this notion of “temporary” bases.

We await Obama's response. It's likely to be a long, long wait.

The Russians already got a good laugh out of his willingness to throw Eastern Europe under the bus when he tried to buy their support against Iran by offering to drop missle defense.

One of the first tenets of “realist” foreign policy is that it's better to be feared than loved. “Soft” power is completely worthless without “ hard” power. Teddy summed this up in the “speak softly, but carry a big stick”. The difference with Teddy Roosevelt is that most foreign leaders knew that if Teddy was provoked enough, he'd use the stick.

Unfortunately, the Obama believes the opposite. He might as well, since he's certainly never going to be feared by any foreign leader. Until he gives them a reason to think he'll use the stick.

Sad to say, that's how the world operates.