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British Empire Declares: The Wimp Obama Must Wage War

May 2, 2014 (EIRNS)—With a cover story titled: "What Would America Fight For?—The Question Haunting Its Allies," the British Empire’s mouthpiece The Economist denounces Obama for selling out the Empire in Syria and now in Ukraine by not following British orders to wage war.

The editorial takes note of Obama’s hysterical response to a question in the Philippines about his failed foreign policy, in which he turned his Cheneyac imperial war and assassination policy on its head, claiming to be using diplomacy rather than war. As if this were true, The Economist writes: "But when America’s president speaks of due caution, the world hears reluctance—especially when it comes to the most basic issue for any superpower, its willingness to fight." They could have added: "On behalf of the Empire."

Obama’s failures, according to his imperial masters: "First, he has broken the cardinal rule of superpower deterrence: you must keep your word. In Syria he drew a red line: he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons. The Syrian dictator did, and Mr. Obama did nothing. In response to Russia’s aggression, he threatened fierce sanctions, only to unveil underwhelming ones. ... The cumulative message is weakness."

The enemy here is, of course, Russia and China: "Mr. Obama has had to reassure Japan that it can count on America if China seizes the disputed Senkaku islands. ... After his tepid backing (!) for intervention in Libya and Mali and his Syrian climbdown, Israel, Saudi Arabia and a string of Gulf emirates wonder whether America will police the Middle East. As Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, disrupts Ukraine, eastern Europeans fret that they are next. ... The Baltic countries remember the red lines crossed in Syria. Arab princes and Chinese ambassadors count the Republican senators embracing isolationism. Together, these retreats plant a nagging suspicion among friends and foes that on the big day America simply might not turn up."

Ah, for that "big day," says The Economist, like the good old days back in 1991, when "George Bush senior’s pounding of Saddam Hussein vanquished talk of America’s Vietnam syndrome. But there will be no vanquishing as long as the West is so careless of what it is losing."