The only thing worse than an Arm Chair Quarterback is a Wheelchair Warrior. And I’m not talking about US military personnel wounded in battle and left disabled. The preeminent Wheelchair Warrior is Charles Krauthammer. He was on Bret Baier’s Special Report tonight and illustrated with his diatribe on Ukraine why he is both foolish and dangerous. Here’s the full panel discussion:
Charles is not alone. He is in bed with McCain on this. He wants to send arms to the Ukrainians who oppose the Russians.
Then what? Let’s assume we send those weapons. No training? Just assault rifles, should fired rockets and bullets? He’s an idiot. If Russia goes in to Ukraine, and I believe they will, they are going with armored troops and tanks. The type of weapons Krauthammer is proposing are worthless against that kind of firepower. All we end up doing is reinforcing the Russian view that we are intent on challenging them militarily. This is more than a slippery slope, this is the kind of stupid decision that leads to escalation.
Are you ready to send your son or daughter to the Ukraine to fight Russians? I am not. I am not willing to send anyone’s son or daughter.
Fox and the Republican hardcore are busy trying to portray this move by Putin as the equivalent of Hitler invading Austria. Unlike Hitler, however, Putin is not the author of Mein Kampf and does not harbor a secret dream of conquering the world. His view is far more sane. He is defending his nation’s border.
Imagine how we would react if Mexico descended into civil war over the issue of whether or not to move closer to Moscow vice Washington. If we saw Russian intelligence officers in Mexico (like CIA Director Brennan, who spent this past weekend in Kiev) and had an intercept of Russia’s Foreign Minister talking to Russia’s Ambassador in Mexico about who Russia wanted in charge of running things, what do you think we would do?
Unlike the United States, who has had relatively secure borders in terms of not facing invading armies, Russia has hundreds of years of experience fending off foreign interference. The Crimea War was sparked by British and French meddling. And World War II devastated with the Soviet Union with more than 19 million soldiers and civilians. That kind of experience leaves a mark and creates a justifiable sense of paranoia.
Obama’s policy in this matter is an unmitigated disaster. He’s too busy posturing for a domestic political audience and not acting in the full national interest of the United States. The amateur hour was on full display last weekend by sending John Brennan, CIA Director to Kiev. WTF!!
CIA operations and activities are supposed to be clandestine. Out of sight and deniable. Sending Brennan has accomplished nothing other than inflame the situation and convince the Russians that we were behind the coup that ousted the elected President of Ukraine. It is one thing to covert arm and back an insurgency like we did in Afghanistan against the Soviets. It is an entirely different matter to try that kind of meddling on the border of Russia with Ukrainian forces.
The Russians and the Americans have a common cause in confronting radical Islam and quelling that threat. But no. What are we doing? Arming radical Islamists in Syria to overthrow a secular leader. Would you trust us if you were the Russians? They watched us try to fabricate a cause to attack Syria. A plot that might have gone forward had it not been for the refusal of the US military to do the deed. From the Russian perspective, the United States is surrendering its national security interests to the likes of the Saudis and the Turks. This does not inspire confidence.
As a veteran of the Cold War and proud of our efforts to bring down the Soviet Union, I now find myself in the odd position of supporting the Russians over my own Government. We do not need a war in the Ukraine or in Russia.