Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ugly American: Obama Throws Tantrum over Ukraine


There was once a time when I thought that the prospects of a Sarah Palin presidency were the blood thirsty old bastard McCain to have kicked the bucket had he beaten Barack Obama in 2008 would be the end of the world as we know it. But in now watching this current reckless administration careening around I have to admit that I was likely wrong. Palin was an abject moron but it is precisely that quality which would have limited the amount of damage that she would do in that she would have been kept a good distance from the nuclear launch codes and relegated to a purely figurehead role while the adults actually ran the show. Hell, if George W. Bush didn’t manage to blow up the planet in eight years we could have muddled through under the brief tenure of the ‘Killa from Wasilla’ until a suitable replacement was put into office. Now I fear that with the actions of the inexperienced, incompetent narcissist Obama who has been locked in an ugly feud with Russia’s Vladimir Putin - that began with the granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and then boiled over with his intervening to stop the Obama-Kerry attack on Syria –it is Obama himself that is the greatest threat to this country that exists today.
Real leaders don’t throw tantrums as Obama is doing with his overreaction to Putin sending his military into Crimea after the western backed coup d’etat in Kiev dislodged the democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in favor of a western puppet. Obama has denounced Putin and dispatched Secretary of Skull and Bones John Kerry to Ukraine to shore up U.S. support for the illicit government that was put into power after gangs of violent fascist thugs including neo-Nazis turned the streets of Kiev into a fire illuminated bonfire of anarchy. Pissed off over years of obstruction and warfare with a corrupt GOP that is desperate to wrest controls of the corporate spoils system away, humiliated by the unconstitutional rampage of his NSA Stasi that Snowden revealed, saddled with an economy that only can function with the ongoing anal raping of the American taxpayer to funnel  tens of billions of dollars a month into a failed system of Wall Street gambling and surrounded by lackeys and sycophants Barry is going berserk over being once again punked by Putin. 
El Presidente  just cancelled "trade and investment" talks with Russia and his Secretary of State has been threatening to oust Russia from the G8 entirely, the Pentagon has also suspended military ties and they are just getting warmed up. Obama can't be happy this morning after once again being used as a foot-stool by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and like the drunken bully who takes it out by drop-kicking the poor dog or smacking the wife and kids around after a bad day at work is hellbent on doing the same to Putin. The problem though is that when it comes to experience and actual leadership Barry is strictly in the bush leagues when it comes to playing ball against a seasoned veteran. Putin will take the early 'rope a dope' flurry of blows delivered by the petulant head of a rapidly impotent global bully and will ultimately turn the tables therefore inflicting yet more embarrassment and indignity upon The Homeland. He is already upping the ante by rightfully stating that Yanukovych was taken out by an "unconstitutional coup" and referencing that place where the corrupt western media will not go - that the putsch was assisted by fascist hooligans and neo-Nazi thugs: “I agree with Maidan’s demand for cardinal change in power … but there is the danger that a fascist element will come to the fore, and some anti-semite will come to power” - according to The Guardian.
Oh, and he is threatening to cut off gas exports. In a thinly veiled threat against the prospective members of Obama's  'coalition of the willing' to punish Putin with economic sanctions Gazprom made it known that Europe would find itself increasingly dependent on Russian gas in the years to come.  We will soon see just who has the stomach to indulge Obama's latest outbreak of childishness. 
The old warhorse himself Pat Buchanan (whom I don’t always agree with) calls a spade a spade with his latest column on the Obama hissy fit enabled by the neocon embeds within state institutions such as the media. The piece is entitled “Tune Out the War Party!” from which I excerpt:
With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here.
Barack Obama should tune them out, and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow.
When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech.
When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash Solidarity, Ronald Reagan refused to put Warsaw in default.
These presidents saw no vital U.S. interest imperiled in these Soviet actions, however brutal. They sensed that time was on our side in the Cold War. And history has proven them right.
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The Washington Post calls Putin’s move a “naked act of armed aggression in the center of Europe.” The Crimea is in the center of Europe? We are paying a price for our failure to teach geography.
The Post also urges an ultimatum to Putin: Get out of Crimea, or we impose sanctions that could “sink the Russian financial system.”
While we and the EU could cripple Russia’s economy and bring down her banks, is this wise? What if Moscow responds by cutting off credits to Ukraine, calling in Kiev’s debts, refusing to buy her goods and raising the price of oil and gas?
This would leave the EU and us with responsibility for a basket-case nation the size of France and four times as populous as Greece. Are Angela Merkel and the EU ready to take on that load, after bailing out the PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain?
If we push Russia out of the tent, to whom do we think Putin will turn, if not China?
This is not a call to ignore what is going on, but to understand it and act in the long-term interests of the United States.
Many things can be said about Buchanan, both good and bad but what cannot be denied is that he has been there before when it comes to geopolitics particularly as a crucial member of the Nixon administration and accompanied Tricky Dick to China back when Obama had barely grown out of wearing diapers.  His advice should be heeded as that of any rational person when it comes to this rapidly escalating and thoroughly unnecessary pissing contest between Obama and Putin.
I don't have much confidence in the adults intervening in time to prevent Barry from soiling himself once again on the world stage.

(Image: patdollard.com)