Obama: Ukrainians don’t have to choose between East and West

Often referred to as a Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” seems to have been delivered upon us all.

In the long list of President Obama’s ignorant and naïve foreign policy statements, this will certainly rank near the top. On his latest swing through Europe, Obama told a Dutch newspaper “The Ukrainian people do not have to choose between East and West. On the contrary, it’s important that Ukraine have good relations with the United States, Russia, and Europe. As I’ve said, the future of Ukraine ought to be decided by the people of Ukraine.”

Therein lies the problem with Barack Obama in his misconception of the world and global events. He sees and defines the world in his own fantasy as he wishes it to be, not by the reality that exists.

Mr. President, in case you forget, Europe has been a battleground between East and West ever since Charles Martel had to defeat an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732 AD. Europe endured the Battle of Constantinople in 1453, the naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571, and the Battle of Vienna in 1683. These were historic conflagrations between East and West over Europe, not to mention the invasive raids of Genghis and Kublai Khan as well as Attila the Hun.

According Fox News on Sunday, NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, warned that Russia had built up a “very, very sizeable and very, very ready” force on its border with Ukraine. Breedlove added that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be considering moving against another region with a large ethnic Russian population: Transdniestria, in the former Soviet republic of Moldova. Reuters reported that the speaker of Transdniestria’s parliament has urged Russia to annex the region, as it did in Crimea.

But Obama says the United States does not see the ongoing crisis in Crimea and Ukraine as a “zero-sum game” between Washington and Moscow as pro-Russian forces are overrunning a third Ukrainian military base in the Black Sea peninsula.

In Obama’s interview with de Volkskrant, Obama said, “The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West…That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.”

Did he somehow miss that there was a rather formidable wall built after the WWII liberation of Europe from the stranglehold of Nazism and fascism? That wall represented a separation between East and West, between communist-socialist rule and individual freedom. I remember crossing through Checkpoint Charlie from West Berlin to East Berlin as young Lieutenant. I can tell you there was a difference — for those on the east side of the wall, it was a “zero-sum” game.

The Ukrainians have chosen, Mr. President. They chose freedom. They chose liberty. And now, Vladimir Putin is choosing to reconstruct the wall between East and West and plans to put the people of Ukraine behind it once again.

Mr. President, I know you believe everything is relative and we can have a foreign policy based on “kumbaya” but that is simply not reality. In the real world, a former KGB Colonel does not flinch at sanctions from a community organizer.

And so it continues, as our times become ever more “interesting.”

In his new book, Not Cool, Greg Gutfeld explains how being cool has subverted the nation. Rather than elect a war hero or a hugely successful businessman, America elected “cool” — twice. But “cool” doesn’t differentiate between good or evil, freedom or tyranny, because that wouldn’t be “cool.”

Often attributed to Sir Edmund Burke are the words, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I would like to update that. In these “interesting times,” the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for unwitting men and women to vote “cool.”

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Alex
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Well said, Allen. President Obama has rewritten Patrick Henry’s proclamation. It is now “Give me liberty or give me kumbaya.” Obama has chosen kumbaya. Not cool.

habuy
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Please redesign your web page. The right side of the text of your articles is covered by ads.

Marie
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Obama, “As I’ve said the future of Ukraine ought to be decided be he people of Ukraine.. Practice what you preach.

James2nd
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You are assuming that Barrack Hussein Obama Bin Laden studied history to know the relevant facts regarding the various wars that were fought in Europe over East v. West ideologies. The only history this failed President has studied was about the Marxist influence that his handlers have force fed him to learn.

rangerbanger
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Colonel, your analysis is right on target–however you have to make one correction–the word as used by the oword voters is co-uhl, two syllables, not cool as formerly pronounced–it was co-uhl to elect a dimwit on the basis of the race of his father–they tend to forget that–sadly he, through his incompetence, has made this world a far less safe place while appearing co-uhl to his sycophantic acolytes Obviously race should not have been an issue but has become so, not by those who see his shortcomings but by those who seek to dismiss criticisms on the basis of being… Read more »
Larry
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Again why is it the United States job to step into foreign problems when we have enough of our own. Since world war 2 we haven’t helped anyone, including ourselves by going to war over someone else’s problems. And if you think it’s as simple as us sending some troops over to Ukraine to stop Russia you’re out of luck and congratulations! You’ve officially started world war 3! And have wasted money (that we don’t have, driving us further into debt to countries like china) while getting thousands more of our soldiers killed or hurt over another countries problem. And… Read more »
The_Patriot
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Larry, It is only because we signed agreements with NATO and with the UN to keep Ukraine free.
barry wants WW3 and he wants to drive us further into debt. Why you ask? because he wants to destroy the US as we know it. He wants the dollar to crash and form the “New Caliphate” as well as the “New World Order” The only way those Orders can happen is if the US is goner forever. and barry means to do just that

Rodney DeShong
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Obama needs to hang for the traitor he is

Rafael X
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Right-wing media working themselves into a seizure trying to convince themselves or someone that the Russian invasion has to do with Obama. Putin knows he lost Ukraine so he went all-in to salvage Crimea which is the Russian elites Las-Vegas. Putin flexes abroad because he is weak at home. Sanctions don’t work overnight, wait and see.

Jeff Nagata
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Did sanctions stop North Korea from building a nuke? And yes, Obama’s inability to lead with decisiveness like his red line in Syria, his backing of the Muslim Brotherhood, the cutting of our military deterrents, his dividing Americans , his dislike for Europe and him spending like he has an open credit card . For a guy that says he thinks for himself, you sure don’t don’t know a lot about history.

Jastin Bieltz
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You seem to have all the answers yet your at home typing on this page… I wonder why the gov hasn’t hired you for your insight on what a kgb col. And president is really doing. You call him weak yet he doesn’t have to ask mom and dad (congress) for permission.

Rafael X
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I don’t have any answers I’m just at home behind my keyboard speculating just like everybody else. Including this author.

gary foxley
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You have Crimea…a navel base province. Confused with Sochi

Jastin Bieltz
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He watched a few events in the Olympics. Hes now an expert on all things Russia… just like all liberals.

The_Patriot
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Sorry, but you are wrong, you will see in the coming months that he will take back the countries to remake the USSR. Putin is banking on the fact that NATO, the UN, and the US will do nothing to stop him from reforming what Putin feels is rightfully his. barry has all but told him publicly and probably has privately to go ahead and annex all the territories back into the USSR

The_Patriot
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barry clearly is full of useless pansy rhetoric. He is essentially giving Putin the go ahead to remake the USSR. After all, who were we to make Russia give up the USSR and “tear down the wall” barry is up to his usual no good, and correcting history that The US did to further democracy throughout the world.

Michael L Clark
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I spent 2 years In Berlin (feb 82 to feb 84).and I have been to east Berlin with the wall up.I have been through East Germany and the sight was not that good. Russian soldiers every where. The people looked, well, like they were oppressed, poor and just like emotionless drones. The wall came down in 89. This president is wiling for communist to pick up where they left off. taking over piece by piece. Good Job Obama, just like letting Al Qaeda move into Iraq. Not sure about POTUS, but question where the TU went.

Reddkl
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Tell you what Mr. Allen – You want to go over and start shooting? Feel free and pay for it yourself. I’m sick of republican wars that cost me money while you “war-mongering” conservatives can’t wait to get into another war on credit card and then you scream about social security.

Chop Doc
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Once again liberal fallacies running rampant. Those who are conservative dont scream about social security. People earned that. Conservatives scream about welfare to those who believe they are entitled and want a life style paid for by those who actually work and earn a living.
You claim all the wars are from the warmongering right, but lets look at this falsehood of yours. Bush was responsible for the war on terrorim which included Iraq and Afghanistan, yet Clinton had us in Kosovo and Yugoslavia. President Johnson, another democrat involved us in Vietnam.
Seems all liberals can do is lie.

Reddkl
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Do a little research. The first president to put military personnel in Vietnam was Eisenhower. Look up Halliburton while you’re at it, as it truly explains the “conservative republican” need for war.
The republicans in congress spent a good portion of their time discussing cutting social security and calling it an “entitlement” program. They increased the costs on Medicare as well. Then they want to up the date for retirement as if working 50 years under the program isn’t enough.

Chop Doc
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Reddki, step away from the koolaid, your past dellusional and gullable.
Social security is an entitlement. The people paid into it and are entitled to it, get it? The Democrats increased the cost of madicare while cutting funding for it to help pay for obamacare. Stop watching MSNBC and get your news from a reliable source instead of liars. The Democrats also cut vetern benefits so they could give more to welfare recipients and illegals.
Halliburton, really. Thats a dead give away that your an MSNBC lemming.

Matt McCormick
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I hope you don’t mean FOX “news”… I really don’t.

Reddkl
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Stop with the immature name calling please. Address the issues and stop pretending you know anything about me because you don’t.

Chop Doc
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I know you spout the liberal lines, which is really all I need to know. Halliburton, really? LOL
I bet your also against the Koch brothers yet are unaware that what they donated doesnt even compare to what the Soros’s donated. You dont know the facts, only the party lies.

Reddkl
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It appears any line that isn’t right behind yours is labelled as liberal. Fine.

Chop Doc
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In other word, you have nothing. Have a good day then.

gary foxley
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You don’t have any problems paying for abortions. So that’s not a war on fetus’s.
Was ww2 a conservative war? Was Vietnam a conservative war?
Also I never heard Mr West scream. Please send tape

Reddkl
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1) I don’t pay for abortions – idiotic comment
2) WW2 doesn’t even count because it involved MANY countries.
3) Now, let’s talk about the conservative wars. Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and I’ll not waste another minute of my time listing our other unnecessary military actions all for the military complex.
4) Mr. West had plenty to say about social security in his BRIEF stint in congress.
Like I said, if he wants war, let him go to it and pay for it himself.

disqus_mo8ewPYVck
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You don’t pay for abortions? Wanna bet?

gary foxley
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So…you don’t pay for abortions…so your part of the gimmie..gimmie crowd who don’t pay taxes. Congrats on your food stamps..housing subsidy and continued vote for socialist goodies.
Or maybe you work for planned abortion parents…and think your tax dollars don’t pay for murder

Reddkl
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Simply because I don’t agree with Mr. Allen doesn’t make me either a liberal or taker. Get over yourself and accusations with no factual support. For all I know you are a welfare recipient.

Jastin Bieltz
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Maybe you should re-read the article. All its saying is that different actions are needed against someone like putin. I didnt see or read that we need to take military action…. im tired liberal people always thinking that conservatives want to go to war. Also im neither. I just think both sides need to grow up and stop acting like children. War isn’t the answer right now for there are many other options to handle this. But of we handle this lightly like ww2 then all thats going to happen is we are going to ignore him, start sanctions on… Read more »
Jastin Bieltz
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It would be nice if people could actually read. Like I thought reading comprehension was a huge deal in school? I mean am I right? Seriously this is a place to inform you of what’s going on, not a place to start ranting and raving liberal this and conservative that. Also it sad to see all these adults that wanna tell people to grow up. Seriously? You preach accept responsibility to your actions yet when you get called out you start getting mad and name calling. Its pathetic that its losers and morons that are running the country right now… Read more »
Gordon Waite
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Every day I am sickend by something new this spineless Kenyan, communist, scum says or does.

marylou
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What a very stupid man!

Philanthropussy
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West, you do know Europe is pretty much peaceful. I was there two years ago and I didn’t see any trenches or bunkers. There is crime, but US has crime too. Crime can’t be stopped. Also, I don’t understand why you people think Obama is handling the Putin situation so badly. He’s using di[diplomacy, that’s better than bombing and putting Americans in harms way. Reps say Obama isn’t doing enough, but never say what they would do different. I don’t feel he’s going to get too far with sanctions or continually get support from Europe. Europe has more to lose,… Read more »
Matt McCormick
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You miss the point man… rep. Or dem. you cannot deny that the one thing this country does best is wage war. We are a war machine that has been without a major conflict for 60 years. To not seek out major conflict would require a complete overhaul of our entire financial infrastructure. The people who would be the ones doing this overhaul, however, are far too interested in covering the asses of their constituents and legeslating the individual morality of the people they “represent”.

Philanthropussy
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God bless Anerica.

Bull_Snake
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What going on with Russia and the Ukraine? Yanukovich decided that it was in the best interest of the Ukraine to accept Putin’s offer of aid rather than accept an associate position within the EU Putin’s offer included immediate debt relief along with possible employment in near future as Russia rebuilds its Black Sea fleet EU offer was only the 1st step in becoming part of the union. There would be future changes required before full membership would occur. This action upset three different groups His political opposition a large minority basically Catholic Christians roughly 30 – 35 percent of… Read more »
efakinpelu
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Obama might be wrong, but so are you this once. US EU has done more to disrupt a political process than to stabilize it. Parliament does not remove an elected official without due process even in the face of tumult (what was Yanukovich convicted of, was there a fair trial, were the opposition more interested in resolving the issue Ukraine or more in having the EU alliance) and it is a frustration of democracy for US/EU to give legitimacy to street installed government however temporal An unelected President of Ukraine committing the nation to EU was even more nauseating, even… Read more »
cvxxx
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You are correct!