Not Ukraine the country, Ukraine the Obama foreign policy failure. Seriously – Progs, Obots and other Democrats are banding together across the internet and the airwaves to mount an all-out defense of a political fiasco. They are throwing everything including the kitchen sink into this effort.
So far in the past 2-3 days I have seen the following defenses offered by Democrats (in no particular order):
1. Crisis? What Crisis?
2. Obama is on top of it.
3. No one could have seen this coming.
4. Putin’s decision to invade was irrational and impulsive.
5. There is nothing we could have done anyway.
6. Bush did it too. (in Georgia)
7. The Ukrainians started it.
8. The Republicans are just using this as an excuse to attack Obama.
9. Look! Squirrel!!
10. The kitchen sink
The one thing I have yet to see anyone on the left say is “Wow, Obama and Kerry sure fucked up this time.”
Who was it that said truth is the first casualty of war?
By itself, the Russian invasion of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine is not a major world crisis. NATO and the Obama administration aren’t going to do anything except squawk and impose some symbolic but basically meaningless “sanctions.”
The real danger is that Obama is now fully exposed as a weak and vacillating paper tiger. Putin knows he has nearly three years in which to reassert Russian control over Eastern Europe. Poland and the Baltic states beware!
Even worse, Iran now can be assured they have nothing to fear except Israel when it comes to their nuclear program. President Assad can crush the rebellion in Syria with impunity. A number of authoritarian regimes around the world will be emboldened to align themselves with Russia to oppose us. China may get frisky too.
Basically, the Cold War is back and we aren’t ready for it. Ronald Reagan must be spinning in his grave.