[April 6, 2022] Eight years ago, just before I retired, I wrote that “Russia will not intervene in Ukraine.” That was according to the U.S. State Department (as noted in Time Magazine) and President Obama. Today, we see the folly of that prediction/headline.
I wrote about violence in the streets two days before this article and said that since the U.S. had no strategy, policy, or leadership on the Ukraine, that a zone of gray is developing on what we allow to be acceptable [read violent] behavior.
What I did not realize at the time was that then-Vice President Joe Biden was, in fact, put in charge of U.S. policy on Ukraine, and I did not know he made several threats to withhold funds for that nation.
I predicted more violence and more deaths. Now that Russian troops have invaded the Ukraine and both our State Department, Time Magazine, as well as our intelligence community have been caught flat-footed on something anyone could see coming, we are left with a budding democracy crushed.
When America fails to provide leadership or allows corruption within the State Department and other agencies, and when the U.S. President is not using his leadership properly to stand up to tyranny, this is the result. Not just in Ukraine but in other areas across the world.
Just a few years back we saw a similar uprising of people to seek freedom in Iran and then a heavy-handed crackdown by the socialist Islamic regime there. The U.S. lack of leadership failed the citizens of Iran as it is failing the people of the Ukraine now. Why? Because there is no strategy, and when we lack strategy, we lack both the vision and the will to do the right thing.
Anything can happen when a leader fails to look to the future and provides no vision.
We don’t see the future because we wear “rose-colored glasses” of an ideology that says if we are just nice to people, they will like us.
That “reset” button that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided didn’t work out as she intended. President Obama also failed to either guide her, or he simply didn’t care.
Please read my new book, “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” on Amazon (link here).