Consider what the rest of the educated world sees through non-partisan eyes:
On Sunday Senator Lindsey Graham went on CNN’s “State of the Union”, and claimed President Obama is “weak and indecisive”. Not to be outdone Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News Sunday “I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. It’s not even close.” And no Putin love fest would be complete without former one-half-term Governor Palin who bulldozed ‘em all with her own stupid narrative.
“Look, the perception of Obama, of him and his potency across the world is one of such weakness,” Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”
Seriously? This is Sarah Palin we’re talking about. The FOX verbal flashcards she was using ere laughable.
for the GOP to claim President Obama invited Putin into invading Crimea has everything to do with GOP political spin, and nothing to do with realistic authenticity.
When you reflect on Imperial Russia referring to Ukraine as “Little Russia”, and taking steps to eradicate Ukrainian culture through which involved, in part, outlawing the Ukrainian’s own language it’s pretty plain to see this conflict has jack shit to do with President Obama, the United States, or anyone other than Ukraine and Russia.
And none of this takes into consideration the 1917 – 1921 Ukrainian War of Independence, millions of deaths during the “Holodomor”, the man-made famine, thanks to Soviet Collectivization, the Declaration of Ukrainian Independence, 1941, Nikita Khrushchev’s “gift” of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, and the Chernobyl disaster. I could list more examples but entire books have been written, national movements formed, and revolutions started over the issue of Ukraine’s Independence. But given the fact that 37% of Americans can’t even locate AMERICA ON A WORLD MAP, the chance that at least 50% of all Republican voters can even spell “Rusha” correctly is minimal at best.
In addition, there has been very little in the way of substantive reporting put forth from the American mainstream media which comes as no surprise to me. Everything focuses on what the US is or isn’t doing, which is not only a simplistic and narcissistic way of looking at the world, but is the notion that countries move only with our blessing, or let go of centuries long tensions because our mainstream media can’t deliver anything beyond a shallow, black-and-white, two dimensional analysis is ridiculously delusional.
The crux of this crisis is governed by the fact that the US has no practical military options and Russia does. We know it; Putin knows it. Everybody but narcissistic American GOP operatives know it. It is difficult to overstate the ease with which Russia can take possession of the Crimean Peninsula since, in effect, it already has possession. It’s the home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. And, of course, the GOP doesn’t even attempt to offer what those “strong, decisive” actions they comport would be.
Maybe a land war with Russia in the Ukraine would satisfy the hawks in the GOP? Is that really what the GOP wants when we couldn’t even decide how to take down Iraq during Bush’s entire presidency. Does anyone think our drones would be effective against Russia on their home field?
The vaunted military might of America, with it’s with thousands of unwanted tanks sitting in huge parking lots and unwanted fighter jets the Pentagon didn’t want, did nothing to prevent some Saudis from hijacking jetliners and flying them into the Towers during a GOP’s presidential watch now did it?
Face it; our massive nuclear arsenal is one helluva deterrent, but they do nothing for offensive maneuvers.
Here’s what objective overseas onlookers see from the erratic, science-deniers in the GOP:
- Inane GOP saber-rattling about Russia’s invading Crimea when they know damn well there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.
- GOP loves Putin, no, they hate Putin, no, wait, they love his shirtless, saggy attempt at impersonating Matthew McConaughey.
- The GOP’s blatant hypocrisy centering around Russia invading a sovereign Crimea on trumped-up bullshit reasons, but the U.S. invading Iraq on trumped-up, bullshit reasons is just hunky-dory?
- They see the GOP’s self-inflicted wounds, like shutting down the government to the tune 0f $24 billion just to prove they can, while moaning about burdening “our children with our debts”.
- They see the GOP threatening not to pay our bills like the deadbeat dads they appeal to.
- They see GOP denials regarding proven science; like the age of Earth—not to mention the solar system—because they feel like their Christian mythology will be seen for the same ridiculousness that Greek, Egyptian, and countless other mythologies.
- They see the GOP’s obsession with Benghazi because they simply have nothing else to peddle to their mindless, racist minions.
Granted, Americans love to think we run the world. We certainly have the biggest stick thanks to our bloated, runaway defense budget courtesy of the Military Industrial Complex. That stick gives other nations a lot of pause, but it doesn’t make us an invincible leader. Nations don’t tremble, and kingdoms don’t shake before us—more likely they laugh at the 50% of our population that willingly votes against its self-interest– regardless of whether George W. Bush or Barack Obama is behind the wheel, and our long-term memory that my now-dead weimeraner scoffed at.
And back to the GOP blaming Obama’s weakness for the Crimean-Ukrania-Russian conflict. The plain fact is that the crisis in Ukraine has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama, or any perceived weakness on his part. In terms of cold-blooded daring, President Obama is one of our more successful Presidents. Just ask Osama bin Laden, or Muammar Gaddafi.
Hell, revealing to the rest of the world that the head of a major terrorist network was right under Pakistan’s nose through-out the Bush/Cheney dictatorship, but when Obama took over he took him out, is pretty damned audacious.
But like a honky tonk “house band”, the GOP only knows one or two tired ass songs and just couldn’t wait to declare the whole damn thing President Obama’s fault.
While it’s a fantasy that GOP political partisanship ends at “the water’s edge” when it comes to foreign policy, the vitriol and naked opportunism shown by the GOP in criticizing the President is revolting. If Sen. Graham wants to know who is making America appear to be “weak and indecisive” it isn’t President Obama. The knee-jerk stupidity, whether contrived or genuine, shown by Republican leaders, and the mainstream media, makes the US look like a narrow-minded, self-important, “super-power” suffering from severe dementia.
The United States might very well be the last remaining super power, but if we want to be anything beyond a steroidal bully with a big ass brickbat, we need leaders in the House of Representatives who aren’t sucking off the oligarchical tit, and a mainstream media with the balls to critically think before shooting off their mouths.
We need serious people, not boneheads. We need scholars not redneck TED Unintelli (NU)gents. We need anything but what we’re currently getting from the GOP, and their mainstream media facilitators.
Harvey A. Gold