With Obama not doing anything this will be easy for Putin.
Check it out:
UK Daily Mail Online, a guy named Edward Lucas, writes, “I hope I’m wrong, but historians may look back and say that this was the start of World War III.” He’s talking about Putin striking at Ukraine and Crimea and the tanks. (Drudge’s headline is “World War III.”) His point is that Putin is striking at the heart of the West, just because they’re going at Ukraine.
Remember, the West promised to defend Ukraine. It would be well worth your while to remember that Ukraine disarmed and demilitarized on that promise. There was a treaty that originated in the Clinton years, and it was reaffirmed in 2009, signed again by Obama. So Ukraine disarmed. They’re sitting ducks. They got rid of their military; they got rid of weapons.
They did it in exchange for a promise from us and the UK and the Western democracies to protect them should something like this happen, except we’re not. We’re threatening sanctions. We’re huffing and puffing. But basically what we’re doing is taking over the Census to jury-rig the uninsured numbers. We’re making speeches out to college campi. We’re getting all hopped up on who the next late night comedian is gonna be.
Meanwhile, Putin is marching.
As Mr. Lucas writes, “We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states … Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions.” And those imperial ambitions are to reassemble, to reconstitute the Soviet Union. That is what Putin wants to do. He is former KGB. That has always been his long-term desire.
He says, “If we do choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying military escalation, which I do not think it an exaggeration to say could bring us to the brink of nuclear war.” Now, that, I think, is something written to grab attention readers of the newspaper, but that is the logical progression if things get out of hand. His point is: What do we do here?