The conservative response to President Obama's handling of the Ukraine crisis is a perfect example of what some Americans need to learn about how the world around them works now.
In the weeks following Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion — and that's what it is, no matter what he or any of his political buddies say — and the country's acceptance of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea as a new Russian state, Republican lawmakers and figure heads have been anything but short in their criticism of the Obama administration for failing to flex American muscle — and oddly full of praise for Putin's supposed qualities of leadership.
They seem to think that there are more things we can do in the face of such aggression against what many had hoped would be a big steal in Ukraine by bringing them over to the European Union and, who knows, NATO. Even with the strict sanctions, which include travel bans and asset freezes of top Russian politicians and, more crucially, an embargo on a major Russian bank that prevents them from dealing in the dollar, it seems the GOP is prepared for another war, one that makes even less sense than Iraq did.
Because that worked out so well the first time around.
The sooner we realize where we actually stand in this changing world, the better.
We have to admit it: America is not the beacon of the free world that it once was. Our diplomatic weight is not as strong. Our military might is, but the ability to use it in this new world is more restricted.
And before your mind gets into a tizzy, no, this is not because of Obama's policies. This was going to happen no matter who was in charge.
That's because the America we once knew — the Cold War America that went toe-to-toe with the Soviets — is not necessarily getting weaker, but the rest of the world is catching up. Suddenly China has more influence, Europe is a united front that can pull it's weight in NATO.