Acting on his long-held belief that Obama is a pussy, and before we get a next president who may not be, Vladimir Putin is indulging in this gluttonous land grab in Ukraine that brings to mind the run-up to World War II.
In fact, Ukraine’s prime minister has already said Russia wants to start WWIII.
On the other hand, it’s not hard to see where Putin is coming from. Why not do some conquering while you know the world will do nothing but whine about it?
So Putin seizes Crimea, and the U.S. imposes economic sanctions that amount to sending Putin and his best friends to bed without supper.
Putin masses tens of thousands of troops on the eastern Ukraine border, and the U.S. says it’s grounding Putin for the weekend.
Putin’s troops enter Ukraine and start occupying government buildings (while he lies and denies it), and the U.S. threatens to take away his car keys for a week.
Now Ukraine has responded to the imminent threat by sending its own troops into the fray and people are getting killed, and what does Obama say?
That the U.S. has “teed up” even more sanctions.
Now what? Taking away Putin’s video games?
Putin is steadily devouring a country that THOUGHT it had friends in the west, and Obama’s response is a golf reference.
It’s like when George Bush initially called the fanatics who carried out 9/11 “folks.”
One can only laugh at Putin’s excuse that he’s protecting Russians within Ukraine’s borders because that government is picking on them. The fact is, he’s just butt-hurt that Kiev likes the EU and U.S. more than it does him.
Bottom line is that Putin is behaving like a bully, thumbing his nose at the world and daring the U.S. or EU to stop him. He’s obviously forgotten Hitler and Saddam Hussein, who both made the fatal mistake of underestimating how much the world hates a bully.
Putin may think he’s being slick now, “reclaiming” the Russian empire and restoring it to its “former glory,” but he’s just teeing himself up to become someone who needs killing.
Since Obama apparently thinks a putter to the shin will do the job, Europe will probably have to step up this time. In the ultimate face-off with Putin, this kitty’s money is on Angela Merkel.