Today, April 7, 2014, President Barack Obama, through White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, stated, "We saw groups of pro-Russian demonstrators take over government buildings in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk. There is strong evidence suggesting some of these demonstrators were paid and were not local residents. We call on President Putin and his government to cease all efforts to destabilize Ukraine and we caution against further military intervention." Yet the Obama administration has been caught covertly paying protesters to demonstrate - even busing them in.
The United States and specifically Barack Obama has a long history of intervening "overtly and covertly" attempting to destabilize other countries. Most recently we saw the Obama administration create a Twitter-style workaround for Cuban citizens from 2010 through 2012. Economist Arturo Levy said of the project, "It's unfortunate that the Obama administration didn't calculate the harm that they can do to America's soft power."
President Obama is not satisfied that over 90% of Crimeans wanted the country of Crimea to rejoin Russia as it had for over 200 years before. Even though the official vote total nearly mirrored independent exit polling, Obama is not accepting the vote as valid. Interestingly, the Obama administration itself is reportedly guilty of manipulating 2011 Taiwan elections.
The United States government asserts itself, either overtly or covertly, into the business of nearly every country on Earth, yet displays arrogance, such as with today's comments, when others attempt to do the same. Venezuela, Russia, Israel, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Taiwan, Syria, China, North Korea to name just a few. This is not the foreign policy of a free society and contributes to a growing number of enemies around the globe.
Libertarians would prefer to see a foreign policy based on free trade and mutual respect rather than create enemies by means of inequality, subversive tactics and threatening language. President Obama continues to escalate threatening talk against Russia which will likely create a formidable enemy rather than a friendly trade partner.