Before Obama’s trip to Estonia a famous English sovietologist Edward Lucas published in the American magazine Politico an article, in which he writes that Obama lacks firmness and determination in relation to Russian.
Mr. Lucas recalls the journey of American President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin in 1961, when the Berlin was threatened by Russian enemy.
Then Kennedy said in German: “Ich bin Berliner! (I am a Berliner!)”, and thus made it clear to Russian aggressor that Berlin is above it’s bend, and World War III will start in case of the slightest pretensions.
The same should be said in Tallinn by Obama:
– Eestlane olen ja eestlaseks jään (I am and will remain an Estonian – the chorus of a popular Estonian patriotic song).
Mr. Lucas says that the protection of the Baltic States in the event of an invasion of the age-old Russian enemy is practically impossible. Russia is able to take the three countries in three hours.
The Baltic States are at the forefront of NATO. They can only rely on deterrence – Russia is too big and too close.
Defending the Baltics is like defending West Berlin during the Cold War: You have to be willing to threaten a global confrontation, or else you give up and go home.
Not having their aircraft and tanks Baltic countries, which are home to 7 million people, as any other state of NATO depends on their friends. From a military point of view, the territory of the Baltic states is a nightmare for the defense and a dream for the aggressor.