Jewish World Review July 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774
Putin, and Blaming Others: Back-n the USSR
By Ron Hart
JewishWorldReview.com | Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, bent on getting the old USSR band back together, shot down a Malaysian airliner. Rivaled only by Obama, Putin is adept at blaming others. He did so in this case, but since he shot down a plane full of Europeans, he might have angered more than Americans.
The reason the U.S. does not need to get involved in conflicts around the world – Syria, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya and, now, Ukraine – is that we do not have a direct security interest in them. But mostly these conflicts are harder to understand than a Joseph A. Bank clothing sale. You go in, get confused, spend a lot of money and then realize you got nothing of value.
One could argue that Putin’s aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine was provoked by Obama’s perceived weakness. Obama is not a military president. All he knows is how to run attack ads in Iowa, instruct his mainstream media to engage in politics of personal destruction and have the IRS audit his enemies or sic Attorney General Eric Holder on them.
None of these tactics would deter the cold-blooded Putin in the Ukraine. The only time Putin pulls back is when his mom or daughters try to hug him.
Clearly, Putin will have his way with this ex-Soviet territory, via his proxy goons. Even Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko ran scared. He left, citing his desire to spend more time not getting murdered. He was raised in the old USSR and then, after his boxing success, moved to Los Angeles to raise his family. When he moved back to Ukraine from California, it marked the second time Klitschko fled communism.
Obama, haplessly, is doing the right thing here for our war-weary country. He admires Putin’s disregard for the rule of law, his use of executive orders and his totalitarianism, but if it does not involve race, gay marriage, contraception, unions, golf, fundraising or dishing out entitlements, it bores Obama. He offered $1 billion to Ukraine. Nothing is more magnanimous than us borrowing more from China to lend to Ukraine.
Although it’s the best news broadcast on TV, I do not like Fox News’ neocons and hosts always trying to goad us into war. It’s easy to spew bluster and bravado from those opinion chairs, saying we should do something all the time and calling Obama weak. They remind me of a drunken “Jersey Shore” girl with her boyfriend in a bar and always trying to get him into a fight. “Hey, Paulie, did you see the way Tony looked at me? You just going to let him do that? Fight, you wussie!”
This mindset of “do something, even if it is wrong” to assert our manhood has got to end. In goading Obama into war, John McCain said the Russian aggression “is the most shameful thing he’s ever seen as a senator.” (This from a man who witnessed pre-Civil War slavery.) We get it, Sen. McCain. George W. Bush probably would have dealt with this Russian problem by invading Iceland.
The U.S. has to be careful. Putin armed the separatists, and it was one of his surface-to-air missiles that shot down the plane. Our government knows that about half the weapons around the world have fallen into nefarious hands, because we have the receipts.
Putin controls the Ukranian economy by supplying it with natural gas and, due to its lingering Soviet mindset, Ukraine’s lack of a free-market system. This is why the country’s move toward the European Union sparked Russian aggression. Ukraine’s leaders admire the EU’s system of six weeks of vacation and two-hour lunches. All the EU has to do is open trade, sit back and continue to let hardworking Americans invent everything and bring it to them.
For now, our economy is our strength – assuming Obama does not continue to drive corporations offshore with regulations and the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Remember, the USSR, North Korea, Cuba and other socialist countries could always produce war, guns and national health care “equally for their people.” Their systems just could not provide their peoples with breakfast, lunch or supper.
To remain an economic power, we cannot continue spending trillions of dollars on wars of choice and angering the world. We should trade – not fight – with the world. Marlboro cigarettes and Levi’s jeans brought down the Berlin Wall. When goods cross borders, troops don’t. Let’s focus on free markets, which inevitably will free people.
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