While vast amounts of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihoods, and while war veterans are denied care, Barack Obama has unloaded more cash to continue wrecking havoc around the world. No matter how poor people are at home. Abroad, the United States will always have a well-financed genocidal military machine standing by and ready to bomb and destroy whomever does not conform and obey.
President Barack Obama unveiled in Poland a new initiative to strengthen military aid to the countries of the eastern flank of NATO, concerned about the actions of Vladimir Putin in Russia.
“I have come here,” Obama said in a press conference, “to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Poland’s security. Any new Russian provocations will have a new price,” he added, referring to the sanctions that the U.S. and the European Union have imposed on Russia since the crisis erupted in February in Ukraine. However, the price that is important is not that of the sanctions, but the price tag that Americans will have to pay on this and future military spending that the country simply cannot afford, but that finances through indebtedness.
The initiative, which would force the U.S. Congress to provide up to one billion dollars, attempts to “show support for allies who have contributed to the strong and brave Alliance (NATO) operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere and are now deeply concerned about the Russian occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimea, and other provocative actions in Ukraine, ” read a statement from the White House, as it referred to the democratic referendum held in Crimea.
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is the first leg of a tour that will take Obama to Brussels and France, and mark the return Europe to the list of U.S. major concerns, after years of alleged disinterest. The so-called pivot to Asian has not been so, according to Washington. After the actions of Russian President Putin in Ukraine the Old Continent seemed to have turned into America’s center of priorities.
In a brief statement after landing in the Polish capital, Obama said that security in Europe is “the foundation” of U.S. security, and it is “sacrosanct. It is a particularly important commitment at this time,” he added .
Obama met in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The U.S. initiative is “a good and important response for the region and not only for Poland,” Komorowski said at the press conference. The Polish President announced a parallel proposal to increase the defense budget of the country.
In the same press conference, Obama urged Western countries to increase NATO defense budgets. “We have seen a decline in spending,” he said. “This has to change.”
Obama will participate on a Tuesday evening summit with heads of State and Government of the countries of the region. On Wednesday, he plans to meet with Petro Poroshenko, the newly elected American puppet in Ukraine. The visit coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first partially democratic elections in Poland which gave victory to the Solidarity Movement and accelerated the end of Soviet rule in Central and Eastern Europe.
While Obama parades around Poland, at home, his image is still tied to two new scandals: the one taking place at the Veterans Affairs and the one linked to the prisoner exchange that his administration negotiated with the Taliban, a group Obama himself called terrorists in the past.
Obama ‘s military initiative in Europe envisages an increase in military exercises, training, equipment and the presence of Americans in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, a policy that extends American occupation of sovereign nations. It also reinforces the presence of the U.S. Navy in the Black and Baltic seas. It also includes the promise of greater cooperation and a commitment to help improve the defense of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, countries that do not belong to NATO and that Moscow considers in its sphere of influence.
In fact, Obama announced in Warsaw the supposed strengthening of U.S. measures already taken in recent months in response to instability in Ukraine. But the promises of the U.S. president in Warsaw were intended as a strong gesture, a message to European allies who feel threatened by Putin. To that Obama seems to be saying something like: the mightiest military in the world power is at your service.
The measures, however, fail to mention a direct military aid to the armed forces of Ukraine, one of the requests of the Government of this country. Although not publicly admitted, the U.S. government has already sent CIA commandos and military aid to Ukraine. Those commandos and that military equipment has been widely used to murder Ukrainian citizens in the Donetsk and Slavyansk regions.
The White House believes there is room for hope in Ukraine. The U.S. president accepted that Russia has withdrawn troops deployed near the border with Ukraine. Now, he continued, Putin should “exert influence” on pro-Russian militias in southern and eastern Ukraine to cease violence, recognize the outcome of the Ukrainian elections and dialogue with the government of Kiev.” Whatever happens, “it’s fair to say that it will require time to rebuild trust,” Obama said.
As per Obama’s speech, him and the U.S. government still believe that the United States hold some kind of royal position in the world which allows them to dictate to others what they must do. The world has changed, but American politicians seemed not to have noticed.
Obama ‘s relations with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have been complicated. After the close alliance that led to the Iraq war between U.S. and the “new Europe”, Obama chose a more detached attitude. Announced a reset in the relations with Russia and renounced the missile shield project in this region, a plan that Bush had urged. But now, Obama has retaken the same path carved by his predecessor, except it is worse. He has transferred to NATO the military might of the United States so that it can be used to isolate Russia and occupy countries that are not members of NATO.
The crisis in Ukraine has changed everything, it seems. The idea that, over two decades after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. could ignore Europe to focus on the Middle East and Asia, has been archived, mostly because the United States lost all wars waged against Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Libya. Now, Obama has returned to Europe, and Poland is a key country in the U.S. mind to begin redrawing military strategy to contain Putin.
Meanwhile back at home, U.S. war veterans, the middle class and the least fortunate people are still waiting for Obama to ‘show-up’ the same way he has done in Europe. They are still expecting their own president to unload the cash, to help them get back on their feet, to recover their homes, their jobs and their dignity.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.