The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

When I was a kid, the Russians were the Bad Guys that all the movies and TV shows warned us about. This was especially true concerning Republicans and conservatives, who proclaimed that the Rooskies were out to destroy our way of life any way they could.

Well, the Russians learned. The way to win is a lot more subtle than blatant warfare. Now they use other means. They infiltrate other governments and influence them through the media. They plant their people in key positions, bribe them to favor their ways, and otherwise make sure they win to promote their radically conservative philosophy.putin tru,pAnd they have won. Look at Brexit, where Russia made sure stupid Brits voted out of fear. They tried again in France but lost. But, of course, they won the big one with Trump, a man who has many Russian connections and who has insulted every single person and group except the Russians.

And where are the conservatives and Republicans now? You guessed it. Russia is their best friend. Many conservative leaders admire Putin, the strong-arm leader who doesn’t care about democracy or anyone who disagrees with him. I’ll bet they wish they had his power to just kill those damned journalists who question him.

If the Republicans of my childhood could see what their party has become, I’m sure they’d think it was “fake news.”

In any event, the special prosecutor will start handing down indictments soon concerning Russian influence. Republicans who spent years trying to find anything on the Clintons and coming up empty-handed will claim this is a “witch hunt” and otherwise will try to pretend there’s nothing there, because that’s what evil stooges do.

And the Russians will be laughing at us the whole way.

Editorial cartoon: Clone war

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So what do we do about Putin?

Clearly, we must do something, but what?

Many political pundits are screaming that Obama is not acting strong enough but, as I said weeks ago, no one is making any real suggestions as to what should be done.   (I’m not counting Sarah Palin’s suggestion to use nukes;  I’m talking about real suggestions from rational people.)  Vladimir-Putin-as-Dobby-90100

Most military commentators who aren’t just political mouthpieces admit that this would have happened no matter who was in the White House (pointing out properly that Putin invaded Georgia while Bush was President).  Still, there are many Americans seem to think that everything in the world is about us.  Ask any foreigner and they will tell you that they do not make decisions based on what America thinks any more than we do based on what they think.

Putin is clearly the bad guy here, and simply sending in 007 won’t work this time.  (Since whenever I look at Putin, I see Dobby, maybe instead we should send in Harry Potter.)

Economic sanctions are already working on Russia;  military action may backfire tremendously (especially since it appears that a majority of those in Crimera actually support Russia in this).

So we’re back to the first question:  What should we do?

Fox reacts to Putin’s invasion predictably

“Well, obviously it’s beyond our control. The Russians are advancing. There is nothing that will stop them. We are not going to go to war over it.” — Charles Krauthammer

“There’s really no danger the United States or Europe will get in involved in what is really a civil war.” — Jeff Birnbaum  FoxNews

“We simply don’t have the ground forces to do it.  And confronting the Russians in the air would lead to major hostilities that the USA cannot afford right now.” — Bill O’Reilly

Not one blamed the President for the invasion or implied that Putin did this because the President was “weak.”

Oh, wait!  My bad!  Sorry, these are quotes from Fox News after Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was President.  You remember Bush, who said that he looked into Putin’s soul and saw a good man.

I don’t really have to post what these exact same people are saying about Obama now, do I?  I mean, it’s so predictable, you could write it yourself.



Whatever Obama does, it will be wrong

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.

Remember, if you are a Republican, the bottom line is this: No matter what Obama does, it’s always the wrong thing.Obama-Putin

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.

Editorial cartoon of the day

Editorial cartoon of the day