Russia has been licking its chops, waiting for the U.S. to elect someone like B.O. with soft foreign policies. Appeasing and apologizing, false bluster and weak spines in his State department are going to set us back decades by the end of his first term.
The President of Kyrgyzstan opted to ally with Putin; and the demise of our base there is practically a foregone conclusion unless level-headed Kyrgies (don't know if that's a real word) oppose the plan. Now, one who had taken the American side has suffered his own demise. Read the story. This is no coincidence.
Many have feared that the extended War on Terror would open the door for un-opposed Russian and/or Chinese expansion of military power and influence on needy countries.
Russia is reaching its military tentacles into Latin America. China is starting to flex its naval muscles (in the water--not in the abdomen). And, as we all know, the sitch is getting worse in Mexico.
What does this have to do with hope during a depression? I'll explain next time. Right now the Mrs. is kicking me off so she can look up something equally as important on foodtv.com or hgtv.com.