Pence on Obama’s Abandonment of American Allies

Something I missed yesterday — an official statement released by Congressman Mike Pence with regard to Barack Obama’s decision to pull the plug on the missile defense system promised to Poland and the Czech Republic by his predecessor:

Only a year since Russia invaded Georgia, and 70 years to the day since the Soviet Union invaded Poland, the Obama administration is continuing its policy of appeasing adversaries at the expense of our allies.

History teaches us that weakness and appeasement invite aggression against peaceful nations. In advance of direct talks with an Iran that has publicly ruled out discussions over its nuclear program, the administration now seems to be appeasing Russia, a country with deep ties to that dangerous regime.

The first nine months of the Obama administration have emboldened rogue dictators across the globe, and now an increasingly antagonistic Russia has been rewarded for bullying and threatening its neighbors. Not since the Carter administration has America looked so weak on the international stage.

I weighed in on it yesterday morning, but Pence did it better, and in far less words. Each day, I’m liking him more and more.

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  1. Rix says:

    As I said about a year ago – am I actually reading AR for *that* long?! – whoever believes that Russia initiated the war against Georgia is grossly misinformed. It was Georgia, whose "democratic" leader was under false impression of having full backing-up of Bush administration, that started the conflict. As for the regions that Russia allegedly "conquered", it needs them about as much as we do Guam and Puerto Rico. So please, do not trust everything you see or hear on TV – even if it's FoxNews.

    Now, to more important issues. The Republican straw poll will be run this weekend, and a regular bunch of contenders is not inspiring much confidence. Romney, Jindal and Pawlenty do not strike me as pols capable to inspire anything but a yawning bout, Huckabee is a bane of independent non-Christian voters, Paul is sort of a misfit in his own party, and Palin carries too much fresh baggage to run in 2012. That leaves us with Mike Pense as the only viable candidate represented in the poll. He is impeccably conservative, photogenic and not involved in any national-scale scandals. The only thing he lacks, due to him not being a Senator or a Governor, is national exposure but he works hard lately to catch up. And while I'd still love to see Jim deMint running, Mike Pence strikes me as a reasonable alternative.

  2. Gail B says:

    I second Rix's motion for DeMint. What about Pence as the VP candidate?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Rix: Could you fill us in a little more on the Georgia-Russia conflict? I would love to here a more detailed take from you, and would also like to know your sources of info.

    I like Mike Pence, too. I am from Indiana, and my bro in law knows him very well. He did, many years ago, have some sort of embarrassing campaign funds scandal. I can't remember the details. Apparently, Indiana has forgiven him, I don't think it was a huge deal, but you know WHO will MAKE it a huge deal…that's right. The statist media!

    I say Jim DeMint all the way. But I wouldn't oppose Pence if he was the only option.

    Lisa in TX

  4. Rix says:

    Lisa:

    Georgia was saddled with its rather unpopular but "democratically elected" leader, Michael Saakashvili, as a result of neocon doctrine of destroying Russia's influence in the region by supporting pro-Western movements in East Europe. A huge amount of American money was pumped into rigging elections, which usually guarantees a win in notoriously corrupt post-Soviet space.

    The movements representing minority-populated enclaves in Abkhasia and South Ossetia, both traditionally pro-Russian, decided that "enough is enough" and declared their desire to split off. In response, Georgian army bombarded Ossetian capital and essentially wiped it off the map, killing a few thousand civilians in the process; an assault on Abkhasian cities was repelled by local militias. A distress call went to "our Russian brothers" who, eager to improve their political cred and regain some of its former glory, reacted quickly and with surprising – for many who already wrote The Bear off – efficiency.

    From the very beginning of the conflict, Putin made multiple declarations stressing that they are interested in neither annexing the enclaves nor changing political regime in Georgia, despite the Ossetians and the Abkhasians practically begging to merge Russia. In fact, neither enclave has much of resource, industrial or military value, and the political price of annexation would be immense. None of Putin's declarations, however, made it into American news: in the era of media wars, information access is the key to victory. In fact, many Russians see rooted to depose Saakashvili (but not to occupy Georgia, which they see as "brother nation") and were dismayed that Putin refused to do so.

    Those who tend to believe the "official" version of the conflict should recall the war in Yugoslavia, which had a reversely-identical scenario (except for the stained blue dress, of course). Pro-Russian Serbian government suppressed separatist movements in Croatia, Bosnia and later Kosovo, and America – whose interests, I must note, were not even remotely affected – pledged its full military might to protect "oppressed national minorities". One of those "minorities", by the way, happens to be Muslim and is now a well-known European center of extortion, women trafficking and drug dealership.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Let me register a minority opinion. Bush's proposal for defense of Eastern and Central Europe actually came a lot closer to being "abandonment" than BO's is. What this administration is proposing to put in place are Aegis and THAAD, which are in production, tested, and deployable. What Bush originally wanted to install was far more complicated, projected to be far more expensive, permanently restricted to fixed sites, and has never actually been built. What BO is saying to the Poles and Czechs is "Yes, what we are offering is less sophisticated than what was originally proposed, but you can have it soon (as compared to maybe never), it can be moved in response to changing situations, and we know it works." That's not abandonment, that's recalibration — and the Wall Street Journal, which is not usually derided as MSM, has already commended Obama for saving money by the change in strategy.

    graypanther

  6. Anonymous says:

    how joe biden and obama can claim they dont think iran poses a thret without a proper and pubished conference is so ridiculous, imo, that i am at a loss for words. IRAN? even if you gave your best guess; who trusts IRAN?

    not to mention breaking promises to TWO countries. if there is a case to be made for IMPROVED way of doing things then why not make thoseimprovements in the countries to which we have already given our word? THIS IS VERY DISTURBING. does obama realize what he has done? i keep asking myself that.

    how did he allow his discontent with Bush spill over in such a major mistake? what other nation is about to trust us on any deal? these countries made good to the U.S. in many ways in light of Bush's decision and fighting with us in Afgh. is only one of them.

    these are the times i pray he is declared a usurper which would allow us to re-do much of his misdoing. i'm convinced obama is trying to do as much damage as possible because he knows impeachment for bad behavior, ACORN, etc, or being declared a usurper is a certainty.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rix Pence is not a bad choice however i strongly disagreewith you that "Palin carries too much fresh baggage to run in 2012."

    Palin is just the person America cant wait to back. the media would want us to think otherwise, but Palin is a unique gift. She has a keen and unique way of staying under the radar while making a definite difference, and she has a fire in her belly to show us that we really dont have to SETTLE FOR OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. palin will be a definite difference and i am anxious to see this country ran through the eyes of a woman.

    Men have been doing a great job but just like when a woman shows up in the mechanic shop and suggests you do whatever for no other reason than it looks like it should make sense and comes up with the solution, we need to let her try her hand at this if she decides to make a run for it. She's not only exciting, she's intelligent and brings so much vision to the table.

    how many times have you come home with a problem that seemed almost impossible to solve until you discuss it with your wife, and wow you might use her very idea but at the very least she expands your vision of the solution. Give her the ball. Let her make a run for it… Let's see what the woman can do. :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    graypanther, the bigger picture is obama has dismanteled promises we made to TWO countries and he didnt have to do it.

    i dont know if you grasp the enormity of that but it is huge. Obama could have presented the same change in his plans and do what he considers improvements from both countries. OBAMA HAS DONE DAMAGE IT TOOK DECADES TO EVEN ACCOMPLISH WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO NO LONGER BELIEVE IN COMMUNISM.

  9. Rix says:

    Anonymous@5:15 PM:

    Let me make it clear: I'd *love* Palin to become a President in 2012 – better, make it 2010. I just believe it impossible. Palin's image among independents was successfully assassinated by leftist media and McCain's campaign, zeroed in on "losing graciously", did nothing to protect it. The reason she is perceived as widely popular by many is because we live in a very politically polarized world and mostly stay in touch with people of similar political affiliation, which creates the illusion of "majority".

  10. Anonymous says:

    Rix: Thanks. Do Obkhasia and South Ossetia not prefer democracy? What do they not like about Saakashvili? You will have to excuse my ignorance, but I have just not taken the time to research the real story. If you don't want to "hold my hand", maybe you could give me some news sources from which you garner your perspective. :)

    Lisa in TX

  11. Rix says:

    Lisa in TX:

    Any research that you can conduct using only American news will be incomplete; I have access to Russian sources, both official and personal. You may also be surprised by how many countries – including Afghanistan and Iraq – do not prefer democracy. :)

    Saakashvili is not popular for the same reason as many other pro-Western East European leaders, with exception of Poland (they were pro-Western even under the Soviets): they came to power with massive financial support from the USA and and quickly became addicted to it. They enjoy unchecked power and lavish lifestyle that many feel they don't deserve. To give you an example – don't you just love Obama family savoring $400/lb Kobe steaks on your dime?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I agree. I am liking him more everyday as well. His speech on 9/12 was excellent. I hope he becomes a real presidential contender over the next two years. I would love to hear more from him.

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