Barack just got his foot stuck in his mouth
On March 25, 2014 US President Barack Obama described Russia as no more than a "regional power" whose actions in Ukraine are an expression of weakness rather than strength.
But hold it....less than two years later, on February 18, 2016, Obama conceded that “Russia is a major military” and that “obviously a bunch of rebels are not going to be able to compete with the hardware of the second-most powerful military in the world," at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in California.
So, just how is it that Russia went from "regional power" to "the second most powerful military in the world" in less then two years? And this is stated just when many are predicting that it is only a matter of the time before Russia collapses? This statement must come as big disappointment to many "professional Russophobes" in the West.
Is it only Russia’s intervention in Syria, which has made Obama reassess Russia’s military might, or did Obama purposely stigmatize Russia as a regional power in order to publicly humiliate Russia after Crimea's return to the motherland? Or is it that even a deeply delusional president like Obama can no longer deny obvious facts about Russia's increasing global power?
Perhaps it is possible to be at the same time regional (political power) and the second most powerful military in the world.
No. By its sheer size and having the largest total nuclear arsenal, no matter how politically and economically weak at certain moments, Russia cannot be merely a regional power. Or in the words of Russia’s ambassador to the United States: “If you consider Russia ‘a regional power,’” he said, “look at our region — it is from Europe to Asia.”
So, the "region" Russia belongs to is actually entire northern hemisphere so from that point of view, he is not far from the truth.
And how come a mere regional power is the greatest threat to US national security? One would assume it would take a global threat to be at the top of the American list of the of biggest security menaces, not just being some regional misbehaving pariah state.
It sounds like Obama is drumming up for more support for even greater military expenditure. The Pentagon budget for European defense in 2017 has already quadrupled in light of "Russian aggression".
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