Russia Flexes Muscles, Obama Snubs NATO Chief

There is no better time for adversaries to advance than while the USA is leaderless:

Obama reportedly will not meet with NATO’s new secretary general when he is in Washington this week, despite requests from the alliance chief’s staff for a get-together. …

Stoltenberg is scheduled to be in Washington through Thursday, primarily so he can attend a strategic brainstorming session involving military officials and experts from the U.S and NATO. …

The report of Obama’s snub comes amid Russia’s growing willingness to test NATO’s military readiness. On Tuesday, NATO jets were scrambled after four Russian military planes were spotted flying over the Baltic Sea with their transponders turned off. Over the weekend, a Danish newspaper published remarks by the Russian ambassador to Denmark in which he hinted that Russian missiles could target Danish warships if Copenhagen joins NATO’s missile defense system.

But the most far-reaching example of Russian belligerence came Tuesday, when Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that Moscow was preparing to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina in exchange for shipments of beef and wheat. The report comes after a round of rhetoric from Russian officials questioning Britain’s claim to the Falkland Islands.

In a 2013 referendum, 99.8% of Falklands inhabitants voted to remain part of Britain. But Third-World Argentina still wants to seize the islands from our historical closest ally. Guess who Obama sides with?

But if the West remains leaderless for much longer as Putin grows stronger, we will have bigger problems than a reprise of the 1982 Falklands War.

What “costs”? You can’t blame Putin for laughing.

On a tip from Mr. Mentalo. Graphic via Free Republic. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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