April 3, 2014
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
Obama's Quiet Offensive (Samuel Charap & Lee Feinstein, 4/03/14, Project Syndicate)
The most significant outcome of US President Barack Obama's visit to Europe last week was his announcement that the United States and its European allies would establish a "regular NATO presence" in the Eastern and Central European NATO member countries. The move - a response to these countries' call for concrete reassurance from the US following Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea - sends a powerful message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. [...]Obama's announcement of America's intention to bolster US allies' security is significant and builds on the process of enhancing strategic cooperation that Obama has pursued throughout his presidency.While Europeans' perceptions of neglect matter, America's actions matter more. And, over the last six years, the US administration has quietly built an infrastructure for NATO that enabled the bold steps that Obama has just announced.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 3, 2014 6:53 PM