Americans should be alarmed over the Ukraine civil war, because what is taking place half-a-world-away in Kiev, Ukraine sends a clear signal around the globe that America no longer is the force for good; the power to stand against evil; the influence to start and direct meaningful negotiations we were known for at one time.  America is in retreat across the globe and our allies know this, and our enemies really know this and no longer even listen when Obama speaks!

Russian leader Putin has accurately profiled Obama and crew, and finds them to be Class-A Wuss; although, they do have that Chicago thuggery going for them.  Obama pulled the rug out from under American close allies Poland and Romania when he scrapped the forward-based missile radar and defense systems that were meant to protect these allies, and Putin watched closely.

Then the infamous Obama “Red Line” speech, as in don’t cross or I will take decisive action in Syria.  Remember…Obama lectures Syrian leadership not to use chemical weapons on its own people or he, Obama, would really get mad and step in, and make everything alright.  Thirteen times after the puffing one’s chest-out “Red Line” speech by Obama chemical weapons were used, and nothing – no action, no consequences, no going in to help the people as promised.  Putin watched closely.

Ukraine for 200-years was the crown jewel of Old Russia.  When it broke with the Old Soviet Union much of the motivation came from former President Ronald Reagan’s strong, clear, decisive, and steady stand against all things shouting tyranny and Marxism; all things Communist.  The Ukrainian People responded, they believed President Reagan and they wanted freedom!  It is noteworthy that the poorest people in the Ukraine are the very ones fighting government forces today.

The Ukrainian government is attempting to return to the fold of Russia, but the Ukrainian People see themselves more European than Russian.  Complicating matters is the huge and growing economic debt incurred by Ukraine with no help coming from the European Union who has its own very serious economic woes.

So in steps Putin (the wise old former KGB fox) with a dangling carrot offering to reduce the interest payments, provide additional loans to help ease immediate needs, like food, fuel, heating oil.  Putin would gain access to a very large portion of his former country rich in Russian culture and strategic sea ports.  Ukraine would also be able to begin oil production (fracking) which would be most helpful for Russia.

As the world watches, the United States is abdicating its’ leadership role – a role that maintained a real measure of stability against nations who only understand the use of power against their tyrannical ways.  Many Americans do not realize how Obama’s out-of-control union giveaways (Stimulus Packages) and social spending has stripped the military of funds needed for critical supplies, equipment, training, and overall readiness to combat an aggressive set of nations determined to defeat America.

Americans have not come to terms with living in an America no longer feared and respected; an America with a weak president, still ignorant about world affairs, seen as a liar and not trust worthy, staunch leftist ideologue who disdains American values, and whose main interest (besides golf and vacations) is to focus on transforming America, all the while the world is transforming into a more hostile atmosphere with realigned priorities which do not include the United States of America.

Putin is savvy, tough as nails, mean, and  an experienced fighter who knows how to dispatch an adversary who is preoccupied, especially one like Obama who is obsessed with the destruction of America as a neutralizing force for good; the destruction of our founding documents and beliefs, our heritage and values, and even our culture.

Obama came into the highest office in our Nation with no real world experience, no understanding of global politics and thorny issues.  He came into office with only a communist ideology he planned on weaving into the very fabric of our Nation.  The jury is still out as to whether or not his agenda will succeed domestically…even in spite of the severe damage and havoc already created by him and his crew.  But while we wait to see how much, if anything, there is to pick-up and start anew the countries of the world continue to be subjected to all sorts of assaults from ruthless dictators.  America is quickly fading into the sunset as a spent and no longer capable Sheriff that can keep the peace and protect the innocent.

As our standing erodes, a day is quickly coming when we will surely be at the mercy of foreign capitols who disdain us as equally as our current leadership.  When that day arrives, and it is very quickly coming if not right at our doorstep now, Americans will be forced to take notice and interrupt their daily jaunts to Star Bucks, etc..  By then the flames now present in Kiev, Ukraine will have spread to other countries very possibly to those who historically have been our allies.  And we will stand alone.

LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D. is a Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Specialist and private-sector Intelligence Analyst. He has provided Intelligence Briefings to selected members of the Arizona State Legislature on Border Security and related threats to State sovereignty since June, 2010. He provides intelligence analysis to elected officials and law enforcement across the Nation.

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