- Posted February 28, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Another Toothless Threat?
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
It is horrific that Russia is apparently invading Ukraine.
So far, thankfully, no blood has been spilled.
But how long before troops on the ground, on orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin, begin to not just take control of Crimea, a semi-autonomous region which is majority ethnic Russian, but to forcibly mount a campaign for the entire country to reclaim it as part of a new Russian empire?
Late today President Barack Obama took to the press room at the White House to warn Russia not to send troops into Ukraine or "there will be costs".
But what costs?
Watching Russian helicopters flying over Crimea and unknown armed, but clearly organized militarily, men taking control of a Crimean airport and surrounding a television station, the threat from the President rings hollow.
Did not the President warn Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad to not use chemical weapons on his own people because this would cross a "red line" which would invite dire consequences?
When the Syrian regime ignored the "red line", what happened?
Yes, al Assad agreed to get rid of his chemical arsenal, but he has already breached and continues to breach that agreement.
From the US Administration silence - no consequences.
Why would Putin believe that President Obama's warning is anything more than a toothless threat?
Putin may be emboldened further when the former President George W. Bush, in the waning days of his Administration, in August, 2008, stood by when Russia launched a war on neighboring Georgia, which lasted five days.
Yes, Ukraine could appeal for help from NATO.
If the Ukrainian government does, what then?
Will this President allow action or will he, as in the past, once more come out and say he is still studying his options while Ukraine is grasped in the clutches of a new Russian empire?
From the Cornfield, I am not advocating we send in American troops.
What I am saying is that the President has lost all credibility of threat on the world stage. His warning sounds more Chicken Little than a big stick with the resolve to use it.
For the moment, the best we can do is to pray for the people of Ukraine. Relying on the Administration to take foreceful action is relying on air.
Sadly I am afraid now that the President has given his warning, the prestige of US strength and might has been set up to once more be given a black eye.