by: the Common Constitutionalist
Vladimir Putin has decided to take the role of leading man in the Middle East. With each passing week Vlad continues to displace Barack “The Shrinking Violet” Obama as the Big Man on Campus amongst Arab nations. And so far, it’s been easy. All he has to do is show up and say, “Hey, Barack won’t take the lead – I’ll do it,” and the nations of the Middle East begin to fall in line.
Arab nations are scared and discouraged. It appears they are willing to accept help from anyone who can aid them against the growing threat of ISIS and other radicals in the region. They must be looking at our weak and feckless Commander in Chief and his “Lead from Behind” strategy with disdain.
How does one lead from behind anyway? Is that not an oxymoron – like honest democrat?
Putin already had Iran and Syria locked up. They’ve been allies of Russia since the Soviet days. Yet this time around Putin’s new pro-Soviet pact may end up with a lot more members than it had during the Cold War era. Thanks to pitiful American leadership, he may lock up so many Middle Eastern nations that he may not only end up as the new Supreme Soviet, but also the Caliph.
After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the obvious superpowers. Those were the good old days – when the United States was both respected and feared as an actual superpower.