Useless Guarantees and Promises

Don't worry, be happy. Obama has told Russia he is "deeply concerned."

Ronn Torossian

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America has never been weaker in the eyes of the world...
Perhaps Americans should not worry about Russian lawmakers unanimously approving a request by President Vladimir Putin to send armed forces to Ukraine to protect ethnic Russians there and secure the Black Sea fleet and other military installations in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Do not worry that Russian  legislators recommended that the Kremlin recall the Russian Ambassador to the United States in the light of Obama’s warnings that he is “deeply concerned” by the reported Russian military maneuvers in Crimea, or for his threatening Russia with “consequences” for the Kremlin should it interfere in Ukraine’s political crisis. 

After all, remember that Obama claimed during an election debate with Mitt Romney, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” 

Maybe this is what President Barack Obama meant when he assured outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" to deal with issues with Russia. 

Fret not about the issues that divide America and Russia, like the sheltering of Syria’s leader Assad, protection by Russia of Iran, sheltering of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, or the current Ukraine issue.

As Obama said a few weeks ago, this is not “some Cold War chessboard” and he also said “I don’t think this is a competition between the United States and Russia.” In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russia’s Foreign Minister with a gift: “a red plastic button on a black base with a Russian word “peregruzka” on it. The word “peregruzka” was the wrong word – but was meant to say the Russian word for “reset”, and intended to signify a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations. 

America under Obama has been right in at least one aspect. There was a reset – Russia has gained tremendous power and America has never been less well-respected worldwide.

Against this backdrop, Netanyahu and Obama met on Monday and Netanyahu spoke at AIPAC on Tuesday. Netanyahu said of the people of Israel: “What they want is peace. What we all want fervently is peace. Not a piece a paper –- although that, too — but a real peace;” and even a piece of paper is useless – as the Ukraine has discovered.

With the Obama Administration having harmed so many allies of America during his term of office, Prime Minister Netanyahu just needs to say no. Obama’s guarantees and promises are useless. America has never been weaker in the eyes of the world, and Netanyahu must continue to simply stand up and say “Obama: Hands off Israel.”

Israel's decisions must be governed by what is best for the Jewish state, and Israel wants peace, the Arabs seek to destroy Israel piece by piece.

Let Obama solve the problems in Ukraine, Egypt, Iran, and all other corners of the Earth – till then Israel can do just fine on its own.

P.S.: My wife, Zhanna Torossian, is a Russian-Jewish immigrant from Ukraine, and our kids speak Russian.  How many more Americans will need to learn Russian if this foreign policy continues?

New York based, Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts.