Thursday, April 24, 2014
Obama warns Putin: "I won't draw my saber, but I'm going to rattle it a lot for show."
So Obama is sending 600 US troops into four countries thought to be nervous about Putin's intentions: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. That's 150 troops doing rotational deployments in each country for the foreseeable future, to do what exactly? Ostensibly they're there to conduct combat exercises, but the real reason is to intimidate Putin into softening his aggression toward the Ukraine.
Putin knows this and doesn't care. The war-horses have already left the Obama barn, there's no intimidating our enemies now. They know we don't have the resolve, much less the desire, to fight them. Does anybody think Putin will be scared of the mighty US military with Obama in charge of it? Who left on Earth is intimidated by the kinder, gentler US military?