“The next leader of the free world must be able to powerfully project and defend America’s interests internationally,” Heritage Foundation experts Nile Gardiner and James Carafano point out in National Review.
President Obama’s mantra of leading from behind isn’t cutting it when it come to such a shrewd adversary as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gardiner and Carafano explain:
[It] is simply not good enough when it comes to challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime. In the last year, Russia has grown more aggressive, annexing Crimea and fighting a proxy war in support of ethnic Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
And leading from behind doesn’t exactly lend itself to anticipating–and countering–Putin’s next moves. Looking forward, there are the two major components our new president needs to focus on:
- America must project military strength in Europe. We can do this by “establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in the Baltic region, expanding joint training exercises with military allies in Eastern Europe, and providing arms to help the Ukrainian government resist the Russian invasion.”
- European countries need to become economically independent from Russia’s energy supplies. Furthermore, “the next U.S. president must act to lift barriers to natural-gas exports and end the ban on crude-oil exports.”
What do you think? Should the next president follow President Obama’s Russia policy?