If Obama tries to solve the Ukraine situation with diplomacy: He’s weak and ineffectual.
If Obama takes military action: He’s rash and careless with our troops’ lives.
This “Obama is always wrong” attitude must really hurt them, because in their hearts they can’t really believe it, can they? I recall when bin Laden was killed, and you could see it in their faces. They wanted so much to cheer and celebrate like the rest of us, but they had to find some fault with Obama. It was just impossible for them to give him credit. Then they had to deal with Gaddafi. Had George W. Bush gotten rid of him, the praises would never end. But Obama doing it? It’s terrible.
They are now blaming Obama for the Ukraine/Russia situation because, of course, the world reacts to the United States and never does anything on its own. In all seriousness, the situation in the Ukraine has nothing to do with Obama. This protest would have happened no matter who was President, and Putin would have taken action no matter what. You know that’s true.
But some conservatives are pointing to Sarah Palin and giving her credit (I am not making this up) for predicting that Putin would attack the Ukraine if Obama was President. Why Putin waited six years until Ukraine rebelled against him with no encouragement or backing from Obama, she hasn’t explained yet. (Palin also predicted that Obama would invade Pakistan, too.)
The Ukraine uprising is a good thing. It is a move towards modernization and away from the repressive Russian government. We should be encouraging this completely.
Ironically, many of the conservatives who are criticizing Putin had just months ago praised him and called him “The Leader of the Free World” for his cracking down on gays. Seriously, because when you think of “free world” you immediately think of throwing people in jail because you’re a bigot.
So let’s revisit this post in a bit and see if I am correct. No matter what decision Obama makes, the right will criticize it. And I predict this as well: Someone on the right will have said beforehand what they would do in his place — and then when Obama does that, they will back down and claim that it is a bad idea. Wait and see.