The White House’s Handling of the Ukranian Crisis

From a national security perspective, the current Ukranian crisis serves as an unparalleled means to highlight the way in which the White House deals with a global crisis.


As has been shown over the past decades of White House administrations, Standard Operating Procedures pertaining to issues of National Security, mobilizing troops, and dissecting and/or reacting to global crisis is not something politicians or high ranking military and federal officials forward think.

While the old school “Cold War” war books rot on the DOD shelves, administrations and executives have veered further and further away from sticking to pre-planned policies and procedures and instead choose to “make it up as they go along” when dealing with National Security crisis. This way of doing business has hit an all-time high during the past six years as wars are ended without any conclusion, missions are spun up for political gain, and Top Secret information is broadcasted by politicians without regard for safety or mission compromise.


Now, after setting Russia up as the primary decision maker in Syria, the US has little credibility on the world stage in regards to ensuring the freedoms of countries such as Ukraine.  The world simply does not listen to the US any longer due to a clear display of incompetency and amateur tactics by US executives.

Add to this a declining morale of former and active veterans, reduced numbers of troops, incompetency in the high ranks of DOD and intelligence community, and we end up with talk that cannot be backed up when the crisis spins up very quickly, as it has with the current situation in Ukraine.


Professional warriors know that they cannot wait until a fast moving issue arises to recruit, train, evaluate, and plan. These are things that must be done in secret, long before the issues occur, so that contingency plans can be drafted and operations can be set up for success.

National Security and global crisis present eery similarities for an unprepared Federal Government and a criminal that is running a ponzi scheme when investors want their money.  Both situations result in a scramble to find rhetoric that covers up the lack of preparedness, and busy work to make it look like things are being worked out successfully behind the scenes.  Often in both circumstances displays of power and grander will convince the uneducated followers that everything is under control.  In the end, this will only last as long as a real crisis doesn’t arise.  When that happens, the burden falls on the back of the investors and in the case of an unprepared US Government, the backs of the military veterans and civilian pockets.

Having professionals in the correct places, instead of politicians and criminals, will get positive results on the world stage and in a country’s coffers.

Unfortunately, the current Ukrainian crisis appears to be the same script of talk, meetings, and rhetoric, while the much of the world spins madly out of control.

Jonathan Gilliam, Guest Author
Center for Policy & Research

Jonathan Gilliam is a noted national security expert and frequent contributor on Fox News. Jonathan has over 15 years of service as a Police Officer, Navy SEAL, Federal Air Marshal, Private Security Contractor, and FBI Special Agent. He has extensive experience as a small unit leader, on-scene commander, and special events/crisis management coordinator. He currently leads United States Continued Service, a platform for US Military veterans and former civilian government employees to provide their expert skills to public and private sector clients in need of consulting, training, and specialized personal services.  

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