What happens when your nation’s “Leader”…
- Moves overtly to offend and alienate your allies,
- Starts Nationalizing your public companies,
- Acts decisively to tank your economy into debt and inflation for well beyond the foreseeable future,
- Announces his intention to precipitously withdraw your military from successfully prosecuted conflicts abroad,
- Announces his plan to pile more debt on-top-of debt for his plan to take your country away from the economic system that has made it a world power for two centuries – and toward the historically-proven failure that is Socialism,
- Discards common-sense stances concerning your country’s approach to people who call for both your death and that of your allies.
- And demonstrates a heretofore unseen level of incompetence at even the most basic tasks of his office
... all the while making bold, radical moves to undermine any sense of trust between the nation’s government and its military?
Well – what else?
When someone demonstrates an inability to lead – and as spectacularly as this – someone else is ALWAYS going to step in and exploit that weakness.
To expect something different to happen now, well – the “Definition of Insanity” leaps to mind.
…and, right on cue…
Medvedev orders large-scale Russian rearmament
"President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday announced a "large-scale" rearmament and renewal of Russia's nuclear arsenal, accusing NATO of pushing ahead with expansion near Russian borders.
Meeting defence chiefs in Moscow, Medvedev said he was determined to implement reforms to streamline Russia's bloated military and stressed Moscow continued to face several security threats needing robust defense capacity.
"From 2011, a large-scale rearmament of the army and navy will begin," Medvedev said.
He called for a renewal of Russia's nuclear weapons arsenal and added that NATO was pursuing a drive to expand the alliance's physical presence near Russia's borders.
...and, while we're at it...
At G20, Kremlin to Pitch New Currency
The Kremlin published its priorities Monday for an upcoming meeting of the G20, calling for the creation of a supranational reserve currency to be issued by international institutions as part of a reform of the global financial system.(until now, no doubt, with the dollar circling the drain)
The International Monetary Fund should investigate the possible creation of a new reserve currency, widening the list of reserve currencies or using its already existing Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, as a "superreserve currency accepted by the whole of the international community," the Kremlin said in a statement issued on its web site.
The Kremlin has persistently criticized the dollar's status as the dominant global reserve currency and has lowered its own dollar holdings in the last few years. Both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have repeatedly called for the ruble to be used as a regional reserve currency, although the idea has received little support outside of Russia.
Welcome back to the Cold War – looks like we’ve been away too long.
… did we ever really understand how tenuous that victory was – how vigilant we needed to be in order to keep it?
Looks like we do now – thanks for that, President Obama.
(Yeah, I know – “You Won”)