Charles Krauthammer: Obama vs. Putin, the mismatch
SHOULD A LOVELY sentiment. As lovely as what Obama said five years ago to the United Nations: "No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation."
That's the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy.
Good God. Putin hasn't transcended the Russian revolution. Did no one give Obama a copy of Putin's speech last week upon the annexation of Crimea? Putin railed not only at Russia's loss of empire in the 1990s. He went back to the 1920s: "After the revolution, the Bolsheviks . may God judge them, added large sections of the historical South of Russia to the Republic of Ukraine." Putin was referring not to Crimea (which came two sentences later) but to his next potential target: Kharkiv and Donetsk and the rest of southeastern Ukraine.
For seven decades since the Japanese surrender, our role under 11 Presidents had been as offshore balancer protecting smaller allies from potential regional hegemons.
The Gulf states are near panic as they see America playacting nuclear negotiations with Iran that, at best, will leave their mortal Shiite enemy just weeks away from the bomb.
Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for The Washington Post.
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