Bring Back The 'Madman'
On February 28th, Obama issued one of his usual empty threats towards Russia saying "there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine"...the next day, Russia annexed Crimea. (x) Everything the West does in an attempt to contain Russia is met with Putin laughing in the faces of NATO leaders and doing the opposite. Arms buildups. Weapons Transfers. You name it.
Hell, it's gotten so bad that even The Onion ran an article "written by" Putin entitled, "Thanks For Being So Cool About Everything" which included this beautiful piece of satire:
To be honest, I was really dreading a whole big fight over this thing. When you first condemned the seizure of Crimea as patently illegal and in breach of the Ukrainian constitution—which it absolutely was, by the way—I feared for the worst. But then everybody stopped short of doing anything to actually prevent what was essentially a state-sponsored landgrab, and I just thought, “Wow, these guys are a pretty laid-back and easygoing bunch!” It really was a huge load off when you let everything slide like that.But all kidding aside, it's clear that if Russia really is the enemy and needs to be stopped, empty threats from Obama and NATO leaders or faux pivot attempts with no tangible backing are not the way to deter further aggression. A new strategy is needed.
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