Editor’s note: BarbWire would like to suggest that political leadership is critical when it comes to garnering public support for the right foreign policies. When elected leaders are silent, Americans focus on private and domestic concerns. Here is Stratfor’s George Friedman writing at Geopolitical Weekly:
Last week, several events took place that were important to their respective regions and potentially to the world. Russian government officials suggested turning Ukraine into a federation, following weeks of renewed demonstrations in Kiev. The Venezuelan government was confronted with violent and deadly protests. Kazakhstan experienced a financial crisis that could have destabilized the economies of Central Asia. Russia and Egypt inked a significant arms deal. Right-wing groups in Europe continued their political gains.
Any of these events had the potential to affect the United States. At different times, lesser events have transfixed Americans. This week, Americans seemed to be indifferent to all of them. […]
Americans might not be interested in the world, but the world is interested in Americans. Until this luxury comes to an end, the United States has ample assistant secretaries to give the impression that it cares. The United States will adjust to this period more easily than other governments, which expect the United States to be committed to undertaking any burden. That may come in the future. It won’t come now. But history and the world go on, even overseas.
Read more: Stratfor.com.
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