Posted by Jack
The Russian parliament has approved Vladimir Putin‘s request to use military force in Ukraine (ominously, not just Crimea which Russian forces already control). Ukraine’s weak interim government has ordered mobilization. European heads of state have scheduled meetings for Monday (I guess they don’t want to spoil their weekends), and President Obama has warned Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity or else “there will be consequences.”
Putin’s open call for Russian military forces on Ukrainian territory departs from his tried-and-true script of masked Russian forces or proxy fighters. With the fugitive “legitimate” president of Ukraine at his side, Putin can claim that he is using Russian force to “protect” eastern and southern Ukraine from the illegitimate Nazis, skinheads, and rabid nationalists of Maidan square, backed by John Kerry and the CIA. Obama may be naïve enough to think that Putin will be deterred by international opprobrium. Nonsense. The constellation of forces – a political vacuum in Ukraine, a weak and indecisive U.S. president, and a European herd of cats — are aligned for him to get away with the annexation – formal or de facto – of a prized portion of Ukraine.
Putin counts among the world’s most predictable heads of state. If we listen to his words and watch his actions, we know exactly how he will behave in any specific situation. We know that Putin will not let the Assad regime fail, will continue to protect Iran’s nuclear ambitions, will pose a constant threat to democratic Georgia, and he will support any regime that bucks U.S. interests. We know that he will not accept the results of Ukraine’s Maidan revolution. He will play a maximalist game – the de facto partition of Ukraine – if he anticipates no real pushback from Europe and the United States. Crimea is gone to Russia for all practical purposes. Putin is now eying his next morsels.
Dang, CNN headline
BRINK OF DISASTER
Ukraine mobilizes troops after Russia’s ‘declaration of war’
Well boys I reckon this is it….nuclear combat toe to toe with the rooskies…
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On March 3, 2014 at 8:08 am,
See y’all on the other side.
So, Mr. O, how’s that “I’ve got a telephone and a pen” thing working out?
American weakness will (has) result in a lot of destruction and human loss in the world without winning freedom for anyone.
The Weekly Standard
Sarah Palin predicted in 2008 that Putin would invade Ukraine if Obama was elected:
Romney, in a debate with Obama was also clear about Putin’s intention:
Obama’s response as he spoke was that snide superior smile…which has cost the world greatly.
It’s a good thing all of you held Bush’s feet to the fire when Russia invaded Georgia back in 2008. I’m sure you also blamed Bush’s weak foreign policy for that one. You wouldn’t want to be accused of being inconsistent.
2008…wasn’t that the year that the left thought Bush should just get lost early and let them take over because they do such a better job?
Three months to the election and a couple more to the turnover of the Presidency to the next leader…hmmm, good time or bad time to involve ourselves?
A brief reminder:
Oh yeah…now I remember.
The point is that no one on the left blamed Bush for Russia invading Georgia. That would be stupid. Just as stupid as people on the right blaming Obama for Russia invading the Ukraine. America is not the center of the universe, and it’s arrogant to believe that this would have been prevented if we just had a stronger foreign policy.
Who is blaming Obama for Russia invading Ukraine?
It was stupid to scrap the Bush missile defense plan.
Even left leaning papers report on Obama’s failed foreign policy which has included turning his back on our allies.
You’re wrong about the importance of having a strong foreign policy and about the attitude that is behind the support of strong American presence in the world. It’s about standing tall for the basic God given rights we Americans value and believe should be honored by governments around the world. We don’t seek to impose these values but we do stand in support of those who want freedom. This isn’t arrogance.
Arrogance is thinking that the sheer force of ones personality will cause nations and terrorists to fall at your feet in obeisance to your superior intellect…the Obama speech in Cairo:
Withering analysis continues from a seasoned foreign policy ambassador.
Obama was not prepared for the position to which he aspired and was promoted. It is somewhat useless to place the blame on him. The radicals of the Democrat Party are the true culprits. Not that their alternative would have been any better.