Why Won’t President Obama Let the Pentagon Stand Up to Russia and China?

Top Pentagon officials are deeply concerned about the increasingly provocative behavior of Russia and China. They say these Asian giants will soon instigate great power battles unless the United States takes bold action in standing up to them. But the Obama administration disagrees with this assessment, and prevents the Pentagon from taking such action.

At the Reagan National Defense Forum on November 7, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said: “We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake; the United States will defend our interests, our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all.”

But President Barack Obama’s track record shows that he neither agrees with Carter’s assessment nor supports the kind of resolute action Carter is calling for.

There’s no shortage of examples showing the division between the Pentagon’s desire to take action and the Obama administration’s prevention or hindering of it.

Carter has pushed to send lethal arms to Ukraine in order to stop the Russian invasion. The White House repeatedly overruled those attempts.

The uss Lassen wasn’t allowed to turn on its fire control radars. It wasn’t allowed to fly its shipborne helicopters. It wasn’t allowed to take any actions that would have made clear that the U.S. was conducting a freedom of navigation operation. Many analysts in China and the U.S. thought it was not a freedom of navigation exercise at all, but a far less confrontational naval action called “innocent passage.”

But China and Russia are receiving a different message from America loudly and clearly.

It’s a message saying that for as long as President Obama is in power, they can act out with impunity. As long as he occupies the Oval Office, they can do as they please with little or no consequences. It’s a message saying that the most the Obama administration will do is to gingerly chide them for aggressive acts, and then look the other way.

Another particularly worrying aspect of this is that the Chinese and Russian leadership believe that after President Obama leaves office in January 2017, then the situation could drastically change. They imagine that if someone like Donald Trump becomes the next U.S. president, then their season of license would come to an end.

They know they have 14 months until that might happen. That may well mean that in these next 14 months, we could see more and larger pushes from China and Russia against global stability.

For more, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

Full article: Why Won’t President Obama Let the Pentagon Stand Up to Russia and China? (The Trumpet)

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