The disintegration of the relatively peaceful world living under the cloak of American hegemony continues apace. The forces of evil continue to prod and test the response of democratic nations. Any weakness will be taken full advantage of.
This is what my book addresses (written with Robert Spencer). If you haven't ordered it, why not? The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America.
The increasingly islamicized Muslim country of Turkey appears to have dreams of another Ottoman empire.
Back in late 2008, after Obama was elected, Victor Davis Hanson made these remarks explaining why Obama's worldview was dangerous, naive and wrong:
It seems to me that what we're all worried about is what does Barack Obama think about the world at large—when he says that Iran is a small threat, and then he corrects himself and says it's a large threat—when Georgia is invaded by Russia and he tells us first that each side is of equal blame and then he suggests Georgia prompted the entire crisis and then suggests the UN should adjudicate it and then he suggests that when an authoritarian country like Russia tries to destroy a democracy its because of the precedent of an American democracy trying to destroy an authoritarian regime in Iraq.
It's hard to make sense of all this. All I can make sense of is, he has a very different view of the world. This view is anti-platonic. And I say that, not to be condescending, but Plato said that the natural order of the world was chaos, it was war—peace was a parenthesis, it had to be achieved and worked at. I think in the Obama view that men like him that are charismatic, articulate, they can change the world because it's naturally a peaceful thing until people like George Bush rush in and through their stubbornness—"smoke 'em out dead or alive" vernacular—destroys it, but the fact of the matter is the only reason there is any semblance of peace and tranquility in the world today is because in places as diverse as the Aegean, planes over-flying in Greek airspace daily, where there's near fighting on Cypress, or whether we are talking about the Korean Sea and the Philippines and Taiwan and South Korean democracies not going nuclear because the United States is there, or whether Russian ships keep out of Norway every hour—all of that is predicated on the presence of the United States.
To be frank, or to put it a different way, Vladimir Putin doesn't give a damn that Barack Obama is African American. And the Chinese autocrats do not hear very well "hope" and "change"—it doesn't translate to Chinese very well—and the Europeans don't care if he has a nifty jump shot. All they want to know is half the world are vying to try to take advantage of regional opportunities if the United States is not there to stop mold, and to stop rust, which is the natural organic order of the world. They take advantage of it and our friends are there waiting to see which side to join. All of our friends in Europe know that, and Australia and South America. They don't have deities. Nations don't have deities like Barack Obama, they have interests. And their interests are predicated on who is going to win and who is going to lose. Into that void comes Barack Obama.
Look at this (hat tip her royal whyness):
Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space on February 9 2010
Greek daily Kathimeriny reported on February 10.Reportedly, this was the first such trespassing of sovereign air space at the Aegean Sea perpetrated by the Turks since the turn of the new year, the report said quoting Greek defence officials.
The violation, as on previous occasions, was conducted by four F-16s and four Phantoms F-4s which penetrated Greek airspace at the south-eastern island of Samos, a touching distance from mainland Turkey.
Kathimerini said that the Phantoms peeled off from the initial formation and conducted a low flight over the islet of Farmakonisi. Greek fighter jets chased off the Turkish planes, the report said.
The Greek embassy in Ankara lodged an official complaint.