Mao Zedong said of the United States, “In appearance it is very powerful, but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe that is nothing but a paper tiger.”
Osama bin Laden said, “We have religion, we have Islam. The American soldier may have the best weapons in the world, but on the inside, he is spiritually empty – a paper tiger.”
Both were wrong. Mao found out by being held in check, and bin Laden found out by being ventilated by Navy SEALs. But, thanks to the fecklessness of President Obama, neither of those quotes are inaccurate anymore.
The United States has the strongest, most advanced military the world has ever seen. Just don’t blink, because the president is actively seeking to shrink it. In the same month Russia sent troops into Ukraine, the president proposed shrinking troop size to World War II levels under the guise of conventional warfare being a thing of the past. Well, the past is calling…
During the 2012 campaign President Obama famously joked that after Mitt Romney said Russia was our No.1 geopolitical foe, “The 80’s called. They want their foreign policy back.” Hilarious.
How we could use that foreign policy now.
Upon learning of Russian troops’ invasion of Ukraine, the president went to the White House briefing room and read a prepared statement condemning the action. He quickly fled without answering questions. One might forgive that hasty exit at the time because, you’d assume, the president was headed to the Situation Room to be kept abreast of the latest developments and speak to other world leaders. Not Barack Obama.
President Obama, who has never shown an interest in, nor an aptitude for, world affairs, hopped in the presidential limo and went to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. While Russia was making its move, the president was making a joke. He told the crowd, “Well, it’s Friday. It’s after 5. So this is officially happy hour with the Democratic Party.” That was 30 minutes after his condemnation of Russia’s invasion.
Since then, the president has skipped National Security Council meetings, gone golfing several times, called in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to talk about his “mom jeans” and, when he could squeeze it in, spoke to Russian President Putin on the phone.