Over the course of five years, on and off, I taught graduate MBA courses to students in the Ukraine. Our university campus international branch was located in Luhansk, formerly Voroshilovgrad under the Soviets, in the easternmost province of the country, on the border with Russia. I taught online courses, but had the pleasure of visiting my students nine years ago, and I loved everything about them and their long history. The Ukrainian people are friendly, their students are excellent, their food is delicious, and their culture is fascinating.
Now, since the Russians under Vladimir Putin have moved into Ukraine, I feel a sense of personal sadness. My students shared many heart-wrenching stories with me, and I was left with a feeling of pride in my country, since the United States represented HOPE for that region of the world.
I am now ashamed that America has gone from “Don’t Tread on Me” to an apology tour and rhetoric like “grave concern” and “There will be costs” over the course of a single Presidential Administration. Believe what you like, but Obama said the same thing about Egypt, Syria, Iran, China, North Korea, Pakistan, and Libya. He is only tough on our allies, particularly Israel. I am very much anti-unnecessary conflict, but equally high on American strength. We are not facing these foreign policy difficulties for any reason other than the fact that Putin is eating Obama’s lunch.
Yesterday, I read a news story about a convicted terrorist serving as an Obamacare navigator. Despite a long criminal record, she was apparently missed by the government, since there is no background check required for Obamacare navigators. I remember “Cash for Clunkers” and Solyndra. I know we have a $17 trillion deficit. Like most Americans, I am concerned about wealth re-distribution, Cap and Trade, TARP, more stimulus packages, and increased taxes. I am learning that our fearful leader fares no better in foreign affairs than he has demonstrated in his disastrous domestic policies.
I am a concerned American. As a political Independent, I do not comment due to party affiliation or political ideology, but my mind does wander – a little:
Since 1945, there has been a cry of “Never again” over human indignities perpetrated by the Nazi regime. Yet, the world, absent a strong leader, sits back and watches while maleficent forces march on their brethren throughout Europe and Asia. We are victims of the United Nations, much in the same manner my grandfather’s generation witnessed the failing League of Nations contribute to the rise of totalitarianism overseas. Like Hitler marched into Czechoslovakia and Poland, Putin is marching on the Ukraine.
Perhaps our President should acquire a new list of friends and take some definitive, positive action on behalf of the nation as a whole, unless he is pushing for a second Nobel Peace Prize. He won’t find one on the path he is traveling. I think even Mother Teresa would not tolerate the recent Russian invasion. However, she earned her prize.
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