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Ukraine as 21st-Century Sudetenland

Posted on | February 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Ukraine as 21st-Century Sudetenland

Excuse me if the headline is a bit too Godwin’s Law, but the analogy — an invasion launched on the pretext of supporting regional separatists — seems justified, and I don’t mean to do a cheap “Putin is the New Hitler” thing, because obviously the “New Hitler” will be whoever Republicans nominate for president in 2024. Anyway . . .

Putin Invades Ukraine Just One Month
After Biden Gave Him Permission to Mount
a “Minor Incursion” Into That Country

Ace’s headline fairly well summarizes the situation. I’ll resist the temptation to compare Biden to Neville Chamberlain, which would be an insult to the memory of Chamberlain, who wasn’t nearly as bad as Biden. Besides which, it must be admitted that what Chamberlain was facing in 1938 was a historical novelty — nothing like the Nazi regime had ever previously existed — whereas Biden has no such excuse; the Russian threat is familiar, and we have more than 80 years of historical example to teach us why weakness and appeasement don’t work.

The profound irony, of course, is that Biden (and Democrats and the media generally) spent so much time trying to paint Trump as a Russian stooge, and claiming that Biden would “get tough” with Putin — well, where’s the evidence that this alleged “toughness” deterred Putin?

Recall what Biden told the world on January 19:

The White House tried quickly to clarify Biden’s suggestion that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would come with a lower cost than a full-scale invasion.
Biden predicted during his nearly two-hour news conference that Russia would pay a steep price if it invades Ukraine. But he also suggested the level of punishment would depend on what an invasion might look like.
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do,” he said.

Obviously what happened was that administration officials had been discussing various scenarios — including the “minor incursion” scenario — and that Biden accidentally “said the quiet part out loud.” In other words, the brain-addled fool disclosed strategic plans of the U.S. and its allies and, in doing so, signaled to Putin that he effectively had a green light, that the West would regard a takeover in eastern Ukraine as a “minor incursion.” And the only response is economic sanctions, a policy that has always failed to deter aggressors ever since the League of Nations tried it against Mussolini during the Abyssinian crisis.

Our Commander-in-Chief is a clown. No one respects him, and the fact that Americans elected this idiot means that no one respects us. Nor should they. America has become a decidedly unserious country.



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