Kincaid: Obama a Puppet of Putin

There are two views on the right about Vladimir Putin. There’s the “OMG he’s trying to reestablish the Soviet Union” crowd, and there’s the “he hates gays like we do and he’s just so manly that he makes us swoon” crowd. Cliff Kincaid is firmly in the first camp, arguing that since Obama won’t actually go to war over Ukraine he is Putin’s “puppet.”

Gordon Chang pointed out on CNN that President Obama’s statement in Estonia that there is no military solution in Ukraine means that Vladimir Putin has a green light to continue his aggression there. No “military solution,” from Obama’s point of view, means that the U.S. will not support the freedom fighters in Ukraine.

“The West has refused pleas from Kiev [Ukraine] for heavier weaponry to repel Russian armor,” The Wall Street Journal points out in its Wednesday edition.

In effect, Obama has turned his back on the millions of young men and women in Ukraine who dared to dream of freedom and independence for their country. Obama and his Western allies, including Angela Merkel of Germany, are letting Russia carry out a slaughter.

Yes, just like not sending the military to Syria is letting a slaughter take place. And in Libya. And in China. And in Somalia. And in much of the rest of the globe as well. We can’t start a war or send weapons to every place on the planet where bad things are happening.

Obama, Merkel and the rest of these Western “leaders” have refused to support the Ukrainian struggle for independence from Moscow.

At the same time, Obama plays into Putin’s hands by refusing to even describe the invasion of Ukraine as an invasion. Our media go along with the facade, playing into Obama’s (and Putin’s) hands.

It’s almost as if Obama is a puppet of Putin.

Oh, of course. You know who really do act like puppets of Putin? Your fellow Christian righters who have criticized Obama for even putting sanctions on Russia, claiming that he’s really motivated by Putin’s anti-gay policies, which is all part of his conspiracy to destroy God and civilization and grandmas and apple pie. Make up your mind, people.

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  • matty1

    Maybe Obama just likes doing without a nuclear winter, or does Kincaid not realise what the risks are from a war between the US and Russia?

  • Larry

    What is it about American soldiers that the RWNJs hate so much that they’re always looking for new ways to have them killed or maimed?

  • Michael Heath

    Cliff Kincaid asserts:

    . . . Obama plays into Putin’s hands by refusing to even describe the invasion of Ukraine as an invasion.

    The president two days ago in a press conference:

    Fifth, our Alliance [NATO] is fully united in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity . . .

    With respect to the cease-fire agreement, obviously we are hopeful, but based on past experience also skeptical that, in fact, the separatists will follow through and the Russians will stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    [Heath bolded]

  • Michael Heath

    Obama’s speech in Estonia:

    . . . we gather here today, we know that this vision is threatened by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It is a brazen assault on the territorial integrity of Ukraine — a sovereign and independent European nation.

  • raven

    There’s the “OMG he’s trying to reestablish the Soviet Union” crowd,

    Which is what it looks like.

    1. Rather foolish IMO. The USSR collapsed because it didn’t work. Empires are expensive.

    2. I wonder if we could interest him in some real estate in the Middle East. Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria would work well. We should start a conflict with Russia over those places are promptly “lose”.

  • raven

    1. AFAIK, Putin is just using his invasions as part of a tribalism strategy. Rally the Russian people around him by inventing new enemies and starting new wars.

    2. I and probably millions of others are pretty dismayed by this. We grew up during the duck and cover drills and fallout shelter days of the cold war. As kids, we never knew if we were going to make it to adults before a nuclear war happened.

    3. Putin hasn’t done anything with the places he conquered. They saved the South Ossetians from the Georgians. And then forgot about them. Today that place is cut off from their natural trading area, Georgia and a poverty stricken backwater going nowhere.

    Actually integrating South Ossetia with Russia costs money and they didn’t bother to spend it.

  • matty1

    That makes a certain sense Raven, certainly more sense than thinking Putin wants to spend significant money on integrating relatively minor areas (compared to the size of Russia) into the Russian economic and political system. Crimea I think is an exception being already socially and economically linked to Russia due to the large numbers of serving and retired Russian military so only needs political integration.

  • dhall

    Historically, the Russians have wanted to take over Crimea and keep it to have guaranteed ice-free sea ports, which they could get with access to the Black Sea. Peter the Great began the process of taking on the Ottoman Turks to conquer the region late in the 17th century, but the armies of Catherine the Great finished the job in the 18th century. So, the Russian connection to that peninsula predates the USSR by quite a bit, and probably also explains why there are so many ethnic Russians not just there, but also in eastern Ukraine.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    We can’t start a war or send weapons to every place on the planet where bad things are happening.

    What happened to “Hope and Change”, you Liberals? What happened to your socialist rallying cry, “Yes we can!”

    Come on, we can do this! “Yes we can! Yes we can!”

     

    Michael Heath “Cliff Kincaid asserts: ‘…Obama plays into Putin’s hands by refusing to even describe the invasion of Ukraine as an invasion.’ …The president two days ago in a press conference: …’and the Russians will stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.'”

    Ah, but Obama refuses to say “invasion”! And if he says it, then he refuses to say something else that means something similar! Checkmate, thesaurus!

  • donkensler

    C’mon Ed, how can they make up their minds when they have none to begin with?

  • matty1

    Good points 8, a further check suggests that it is the connection of Crimea to Ukraine that is less historical being the result of administrative shuffling in 1954.

  • whheydt

    Of course Putin doesn’t want to re-create the Soviet Union. He wants to re-create the Russian Empire…with himself as Tsar.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    matty1 @1

    Maybe Obama just likes doing without a nuclear winter, or does Kincaid not realise what the risks are from a war between the US and Russia?

    It’s just like gun nuts: The “good guy” with the weapon, be it a pistol or a multi-megaton nuclear arsenal l, always wins! Since America is now, has been, and forever will be good…

    Besides, all that nuclear winter stuff was made up by evil, commie-loving, hippies who wanted us to unilaterally disarm so their damn Ruskie buddies could nuke us without retaliation! These are the same liberals who believe in global warming too! I mean come on! Global warming, nuclear winter, will you pinkos make up your minds?

  • lpetrich

    Here’s another weird opinion from a certified right-winger: that Russia is justified in invading Ukraine in response to the US-supported “neo-Nazi junta”. He got into a heated argument with another right-winger, who was rather truculently hawkish about this issue.

    How has the Left been handling this issue? I can imagine a certain sort of far left defending Russia as legitimately responding to “US imperialism”.