Maybe Russia will be satisfied with annexing Crimea and will have no further imperial ambitions. Maybe China is just kidding about going to war with Japan. Maybe the Islamic terrorists have done their worst and will turn to peaceable pursuits.
Then again, maybe not. The world continues to be a dangerous place, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reminds us. The timing of President Obama’s announced intention to drastically downsize the U.S. armed forces could hardly be worse. But that downsizing is just one manifestation of Obama’s overarching desire to retreat from the world, to make the United States weaker, and to concentrate on “transforming” America. As Michael Ramirez puts it, Obama wants to beat our swords into food stamps. Click to enlarge file size: