The electric power has been out all morning and I am behind on everything I need to do today, so I am posting an article written by Ed a friend of mine. This is his take on the situation in the Ukraine and i agree with it. Tomorrow we should be back to normal.
Pardon the Soapbox. I do this only rarely, so indulge a Curmudgeon his rant moment.
The Russia-Ukraine situation is more dangerous in the long run for the US than the other internet doomsayer possible calamities heard every day. Our President lives in a cloud of his own words and foolishly believes that his rhetoric actually represents reality. Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, spent his formative years on the tip of the spear in the Cold War, as an officer of the KGB. Not a politician, he is a ruthless authoritarian who lives comfortably in the world of power in which he works every day for Mother Russia, just like every successful and competent super power leader has always done.
We in the US like to think that “God is on our side” and that we were on the “right” side of good against evil whenever we took military action. That arrogance has made us a lot of enemies, even among some supposed allies. Whether we were right or wrong at the time does not matter in the end. Europe benefited when the US got involved, spread its influence to gain power and keep the Bolshevik bullies in check behind their Iron Curtain. We (narrowly) avoided global nuclear war, brought down the old Soviet Union and the Berlin wall and spending of US blood and treasure enabled the Eurozone to develop itself industrial and economically, rather than militarily, thus creating the modern European welfare capitalist states as a beneficiary of the American Peace Dividend.
The current “bullies on the block” (China and Russia) have since the wall came down rebuilt their skill set. They are the “mixed martial arts fighters in the ring” when it comes to their economies, political houses, and their militaries, which are rapidly being modernized with updated training, equipment, and tactical concepts which they all learned from the US. America is like the retired boxing champion content to sit in the crowd, wearing his fancy clothes, smoking big cigars and watching the goings on. While Modern Russia stands in the ring pointing at us taunting us saying “I’m the number one! You are simply a loud mouthed, has-been jackass, if you don’t like how I fight, then step up here in the ring, I’ll cram your big cigar up your arrogant Yankee ass, you fat, out of shape prick!.”
During the Cold War the Soviets were genuinely scared of us, but we didn’t know it at the time. We built our military to be better, bigger, faster and stronger, the best in the world. Now we have a naive, gutless President, the Paper Tiger Pontificator. Putin’s Russians now think they are stronger than us. Whether they are or not is beside the fact, because they are the bully on the block now. All we have is an incompetent egotist, community activist in the White House who is clearly neither a fighter nor the most powerful man in the world. Obama is a puppet of the monied leftist establishment, who has never held a real job or served in the military. He lacks a warrior’s heart. Conflict is not in his blood. In two terms of office he has emasculated the US, until we are another gutless Euro player.
Down-sizing the US military to pay for growing a dependent welfare class will surely bankrupt our country and place the security of both Europe and America at risk in the world scheme. Those who love freedom must be vigilant, because Obama’s leftist agenda will continue to play out in years to come unless Americans elect leaders having the balls to undo the worst of the damage. A weaker America makes the world more dangerous for everyone. This is because the countries who have sat safely under the US military umbrella since WW2 will now have to weather out the storms on their own, without benefit of American boots on the ground backing, or support ships and global heavy airlift or tactical air superiority. Bullies can be belligerent, without fear of Uncle Sam and a neutered NATO.
The next time there is an earthquake or tsunami somewhere, the victims can now only cry out “help!” in Russian or Chinese and hope that somebody comes.
Socialism puts every country in a position of weakness, even if the day to day lives of its citizens seem care free while they suck blindly on the government teat.
Beware of your bath water fellow frogs. Jump out of the pan and run for your lives, because for you are about to be scalded and stewed to be the meat in the Socialist soup.