I told you so! It was only yesterday. (See Ukraine II.)
Both the President and the Secretary of State made threatening speeches today toward Mr Putin.
As a result, six or seven Russian plutocrats changed their vacation plans from Florida to Cyprus. (The weather is less certain there but the food is better. And, it’s a shorter flight.)
And, I almost forgot, the president promised to send $66 to each Ukrainian, man, woman, and child. That’s over time, of course. (Correction 3/7/14 : That’s just $66 in loan guarantees.)
3/7/14: Plus President Obama is sending six (6) jet fighters to the Baltic; N. S. !
I still don’t think we should risk war over either Crimea or over the intimidation of a neighbor by a bully. What I would like for President Obama to do very much, that is within his power, is to unleash a flood of fossil fuels unto the world. That would stiffen a bit what is left of Western Europe’s backbone. (Eastern Europe has plenty of backbones but it does not make the decisions.) It might even ruin the Russian oleo-tyranny for good.
President Obama won’t do it because he is a prisoner of his rhetoric and of his past actions. You are not able to act decisively in that area if you really believe that there is really human-caused weather warming that is really global and really fast enough and really large enough to pose an imminent danger to people. Why you would believe something like this is another issue I deal with in several other postings . (All have the words “global waring” in title or they are tagged to the same words.)
We are a declining power for all to see. Our weakness brings strife and military adventurism to the world. I wouldn’t mind American decline if someone palatable stood ready to take over the task of “world policeman.” There is no one. Denmark, for example has not volunteered for the job. Too bad; no one would object; I am not even the only American who suspects that Danes have, by and large, a superior moral fiber.
NO PAX AMERICANA AND NO PAX DANICA MEANS STRIFE, FEAR AND DEATH TO THE WEAK.