Rarely have the consequences of President Obama’s disinterest in American national security been so evident as in Ukraine’s ongoing crisis.
After essentially ignoring Ukraine for five years, Obama now faces armed hostilities in a large Central European country, with important U.S. interests at stake and no idea what to do. In fact, it may be too late for us to prevent tragedy.
It didn’t have to be this way.
Obama has begged both President Victor Yanukovich’s authoritarian government and the opposition protesters to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully. The Europeans have only imitated Obama’s posturing, proposing embarrassingly weak economic sanctions.