If you missed my friend Ralph Peters yesterday in the New York Post, be sure to go back and read “America The Weak.” Peters laments what an Obama presidency would inspire from bad actors around the world, and he wrote it well before Joe Biden spoke yesterday saying aggressors would test Obama within the first six months. (Speaking of Joe Biden, he has no appearances today, even with Obama off the trail in Hawaii. Can you guess why?)
Here’s just a sample of what Ralph sees ahead.
* Russia. Got Ukraine? Not for long, slabiye Amerikantsi. Russia’s new czar, Vladimir Putin, intends to gobble Ukraine next year, assured that NATO will be divided and the US can be derided. Aided by the treasonous Kiev politico Yulia Timoshenko – a patriot when it suited her ambition, but now a Russian collaborator – the Kremlin is set to reclaim the most important state it still regards as its property. Overall, 2009 may see the starkest repression of freedom since Stalin seized Eastern Europe.
* Georgia. Our Georgian allies should dust off their Russian dictionaries.
* Venezuela. Hugo Chavez will intensify the rape of his country’s hemorrhaging democracy and, despite any drop in oil revenue, he’ll do all he can to export his megalomaniacal version of gun-barrel socialism. He’ll seek a hug-for-the-cameras meet with President Obama as early as possible.
* Bolivia. Chavez client President Evo Morales could order his military to seize control of his country’s dissident eastern provinces, whose citizens resist his repression, extortion and semi-literate Leninism. President Obama would do nothing as yet another democracy toppled and bled.
Those who will surely scoff in comments should keep Ralph’s piece as a country-by-country scorecard to be revisited 12 months after the inauguration, should Obama be elected.
I’ll make you a deal: I’ll do it for you.