Ancient History and Cold War Thinking

If you read these sorts of blogs you are aware that Ukraine is having some civil instability at the moment.  Russia has put troops into the Crimea – an Ukraine province that is heavily ethnic Russian.  The rationale that the Russians have used to justify this are a 1994 agreement that allows the government to request Russian intervention for civil disturbances such as a coup d’etat, and the need to protect the large population of ethnic Russians in Crimea.

Back in 2008, Sarah Palin pondered aloud that then-Senator Obama would have no idea how to handle a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.  In 2012, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney argued that Russia was still our largest geopolitical foe and would remain so for the foreseeable future for which he was ridiculed as being stuck in Cold War thinking.  Funny, yes?

What’s not funny is that Russian troops now have full control of the Crimea and have set a deadline of tonight for the Ukraine forces surrounded on the Ukrainian military bases in the Crimea to withdraw or surrender.

We have a Secretary of State that thinks this is 19th century military strategy, a President that hesitated when that 3AM phone call came (AGAIN mind you… Remember Benghazi), and a citizenry that has not looked Russian aggression in the eye since 1989 when the Berlin Wall was toppled.

How the hell is this different from the Sudetenland again?

And they want to draw down the military to the smallest size since the end of World War 2… the war that came soon after Adolf Hitler and the German War Machine occupied the Sudetenland of Czechslovakia in order to protect ethnic Germans.

History folks… it is repeating.

This must be stopped now.  NATO needs to grow some balls or we will be facing a revitalized Red Bear or worse.

I have no confidence that President Obama will have the mental or character fortitude to stare down Vladimir Putin and end this aggression here and now.  Angela Merkel, Steven Harper, and David Cameron will need to take the lead… because after all, this is an European issue…. not a global one…. at least, not yet.

 

 

 

 

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