Special to WorldTribune.com
For more than two years Russian President Vladimir Putin has initiated an aggressive series of policy decisions aimed at advancing Russian interests and undermining the West, but recent events demonstrate the extent of Russian hostility.
During separate visits to Europe, UK and Italian senior officials asked a visiting Geo-strategy-Direct editor last month to explain U.S. President Barack Obama’s reticence to confront Russia in most policy areas.
The clear message was that perceived U.S. weakness was undermining the alliance.
After the March 2014 annexation of Crimea, deployment of Russian air assets to Syria, numerous provocative military actions such as close passes by Russian aircraft over U.S. and British naval assets, and the apparent hacking into the data bases of the U.S. Democratic Party, Russia has left little doubt about its foreign policy goals.
“The negative pivot by Russia is palpable,” according to Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
The Obama administration has reacted to these with practiced timidity, usually offering little more than words of regret and disappointment.