The Naked Emperor In the White House
Bill Quick

The Corner | National Review Online

But what if the Western powers no longer have the will to contain, weaken, and defeat those who seek conquest over commerce? What if Putin is reading an entirely different playbook, one that tells him there’s no way France and Great Britain (among others) have the will or capability they once had to thwart Russian imperial ambitions? He of course believes the United States will not respond meaningfully.

Putin knows that power is not exclusively contained in economic potential, that human will matters, and right now he looks at a West that seems — to all outside appearances — to be completely flummoxed by a military power that utterly disregards the international “norms” they’ve so carefully cultivated yet have neither the intent nor power to enforce.

And who can blame him?  He sees a Europe that will take the knee to anybody who keeps their energy supplies coming.  He sees an America that would rather turn itself into a police/security state rather than destroy the regimes that are the source of the Islamic terrorists that plague it.

He sees an American President who believes the role of his country and himself should be to take a back seat to the consensus wishes of the world, rather than assert any national interests or concerns.

In short, he sees a bunch of naked emperors, and sees that he has nothing to fear from them.


Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


The Naked Emperor In the White House — 2 Comments

  1. Rumor has it that Obama has threatened to retroactively boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics. That will show those pesky Russians.

    Hey Obama, the Seventies called and they want their worst decade evah designation back. Imagine, it only took him five years to exceed the levels of suckiness that LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter had to work fifteen years to bring about. What a pResident.