“Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally”

 

The Sudetenland in 1938.
In at least two senses, not far from the Crimea in 2013.
(Click to enlarge.)

 

It’s pretty apparent that, at least as things stand now, Mr. Putin is planning to annex the Crimea.

 

Mr. Obama, in response, has said some fairly strong things today.

 

Hillary Clinton, our presumptive next president, also had some strong things to say.  Yesterday or the day before.

 

That’s not sufficient, but it’s not bad.

 

The overall situation, however, is bad:

 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303369904579421171476596640?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303369904579421171476596640.html

 

 

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  • dangerdad

    My only disagreement is with the phrase “planning to”. Welcome back USSR, we really didn’t miss you.

    • DanielPeterson

      I meant formally, of course.

      De facto, it’s already done.

  • peredehuit

    Judging from the article sounds like Putin is up on his US military doctrine. Pentagon planning used a two front war as a measuring stick for planning and budgeting. I wouldn’t be surprised if he used North Korea as a distraction while pursuing objectives on multiple fronts. Amateurs have a difficult time sorting through the noise to see what is important.

    I’m sure he sees us a fat, weak and lazy. He’s banking on the fact that we’ll get “foreign policy weary” and cave in so we can go back to our cell phones, video games etc. He doesn’t have the resources to go toe to toe with the world right now, but given time. He could.

  • Scott W. Clark

    We are hearing that the only channels they now get in the Crimea are Russian. The Russian channels have been spouting propaganda in all of this.
    There is also some information coming out of there that the Russians have begun marking the homes of Crimean Tatars and have bulldozed those Tartar habitations for which the owners do not have the proper documentation. If this is true, then the analogy to the Sudetenland and Hitler is becoming much more apt. It also raises the question, what does the West do if they are singling out the Tatars for special treatment? And doesn’t it raise the likelihood that someone’s going to get pulled into this thing that we might have some commitments to we can’t back out of all that easily, if it is true?
    It does make some perverse sense. They are the group that most threatens the joyous and glorious advance of the Fatherland there.
    It is a pity for the Russian people. There are a lot of good ones there including many members.(Some of the members though, including friends of ours, have gotten caught up in the propaganda.) They have been imposed upon by these thugs themselves. A new poll suggests that 70% of the Russian people are against the invasion. That says something.
    We have gone through two revolutions since I’ve been here and now this. Makes the PC things that tend to dominate the discussions of Americans and American church members seem kind of petty and small.
    Cheers.

    • DanielPeterson

      Thanks for your on-the-scene reports, It’s good to hear from somebody who’s there.

  • Louis Midgley

    RT News (aka Russia Today), which I have recently been watching regularly, has been trumpeting the Putin line. Then RT, which is a Russian owned propaganda agency busy spouting stuff on American TV, had major public defections from key staff members who were no longer willing to parade in public the Putin line of lies. Though it did not change the world, this pleased me a bit.


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