By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Today, US Army paratroopers arrive in Poland. They are the first wave of a contingent of American soldiers dispersed to four nations across Europe to support America’s Eastern European allies from the Russian menace. Only 600 soldiers will initially land, which seems to be merely a token move on Obama’s part.
Approximately 150 soldiers will arrive in Poland. The others will be spread out among Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All are countries that Russia would love to welcome back into the USSR fold. The US will have to do a lot better than 600 troops as a show of deterrence and I believe Obama knows that. He is playing both sides of the game here and is far from serious about stopping Russia. Anyone foolish enough to believe the faux agreement struck between the US and Russia last week means anything at all, needs to have their head examined. NATO and the US seem to be playing a very dangerous game, but Russia is holding a winning hand and is not put off one bit by this weak show of bravado. I hear that the US may send as many as 10,000 troops to Poland, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. Obama has also authorized the deployment of NATO anti-missile defenses, including the USS Cole, an Aegis-equipped missile warship, near Crimea. Once again, I do not see this as a solid show of strength. It is window dressing. Russia has 40,000 troops on the Ukraine border, so repelling any Russian advance is laughable at this point with what little we have put into play.
Russia, in the mean time, is becoming a bigger and bigger threat. Just a few days ago, two nuclear armed bombers circled the US territory of Guam before being intercepted by our jets. As Bill Gertz says, this was a dry run for a nuclear attack on the United States. It’s the third one by the way:
Russia has also buzzed our Naval ships as well. In an act seen as “provocative,” a Russian Sukhoi-24 fighter jet repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook as low as 500 feet over a 90-minute period on April 12th, as the US warship trolled the Black Sea in international waters near Crimea. Russia is not afraid of us – they are making fun of us and toying with us before the kill.
We are in a classic military trap between Russia and China. One moment, Obama says we must build up our might in Asia… then Russia invades Crimea and Obama says we have to pivot back to Europe. Our troops and military assets are being spread so thin, they can’t win in either theater and Obama knows it. Our strategy appears fickle and indecisive. It screams weakness to our enemies.
While we dither from one side of the planet to the other, China is beefing up their military even more, which I contend is now the largest in the world.
Photographer: STR/AFP via Getty Images — A soldier jumps over a ring of fire during a tactical training mission in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on March 5, 2014.
President Obama will go on an Asian tour this week, but he won’t even bother with China. Of course, his wife and family just vacationed there, so all must be good. Commies of a feather. China is also daydreaming of taking down the US. Supposedly, Obama is going to try and assure four Asian nations that we will protect them from the threat of a militarized China, while dining on $300 Sushi in Tokyo. How laughable. In reality, Obama is covertly supporting the Chinese and Russians. I’m convinced of it.
Pivoting back to Russia and speaking of laughable… Biden warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week’s international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Once again, its an agreement that means nothing and the Russians are still snickering over it, I am sure. Biden is soft in the head and the spine and is nothing more than a bad joke with hair plugs to our enemies. Biden says time is short — well, at least he got that part right, but not for the Russians. And on the US’ comedy tour of Europe, here comes John Kerry — what a buffoon. He is claiming this conflict is much harder than the Cold War. You know, the Cold War that never ended, but shifted. The Cold War where our guys fought and died to free the world of Communism, just so some day (now), Progressives in our own government could hand the world back to the Communists. And you thought time travel was confusing.
While Obama has been disarming the US, Russia and China have been strengthening their military ranks with more soldiers and more weapons. Russia now has the world’s third largest defense budget at 70 billion. I know this will surprise you, but as Obama was coming into power in 2008 and starting his systematic neutering of our military might, Russia started modernizing every weapon and every soldier they had. So did China. All of this started with Obama. Think about that.
We are giving lip service and a token military presence to the Ukraine that will in no way stop the Russian bear. The US has now pledged 25 million in funds to help the Ukraine defend themselves. We have given them packaged food, blankets, sleeping bags, helmets and generators — but not weapons. That should make them a little more comfortable before the Russians charge in and take them to the gulags.
Meanwhile, Russia is growing tired of playing with its food:
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.
Separately, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement demanding that Ukraine pull its armed forces out of the crisis-ridden region. Russia, meanwhile, has tens of thousands of troops stationed in areas near the Ukrainian border.
As Putin seems to be walking in the footsteps of Hitler and the Jews once again are beginning to fear death camps, one can’t help but see the comparison between the two. Putin is persecuting homosexuals and there are tales of executions. He has always been an uber nationalist, feeling that Russians are superior to others. Although Putin is reminiscent of Hitler pre-1939, it wouldn’t take much to jump that line as history repeats itself over and over. Only this time, the US is no longer in a position to come to the rescue and neither are the Western allies.
The head of a think tank associated with Vladimir Putin wrote the following in response to critics who liken the Russian president to Adolf Hitler and what he did so long ago: “One must distinguish between Hitler before 1939 and Hitler after 1939. The thing is that Hitler collected [German] lands. If he had become famous only for uniting without a drop of blood Germany with Austria, Sudetenland and Memel, in fact completing what Bismarck failed to do, and if he had stopped there, then he would have remained a politician of the highest class.”
Migranyan’s comment, published in a Russian newspaper, has received quite a bit of attention, both because of his position and for its chilling content. There is no doubt that Hitler crossed a line in September 1939 when he invaded Poland, finally forcing Britain and France to go to war. (Maybe Migranyan remembers that the Soviet Union also invaded Poland.) Up to then, Hitler had mostly satisfied himself with collecting the lands of German-speaking peoples — Austria, the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, etc. — although Poland also had a substantial German minority.
If something like this is what Putin has in mind — gathering Russian-speaking people under his rule — then Migranyan seems to be saying: What’s the big deal? What he does not mention, though, is that by 1939 Hitler was already engaged in killing Jews, dissidents, communists, homosexuals and, that year, the mentally and physically feeble. Kristallnacht, a government-sanctioned pogrom, occurred in 1938; the Nuremberg laws, depriving Jews of their civil rights, were promulgated in 1935; and Germany was rapidly re-arming, in violation of its treaty obligations. It was, way before 1939, an outlaw state vigorously engaged in murder.
Putin is a murderous thug. He pretends to be a Christian when it suits him. He relies on useful idiots in the West to muddy the waters for him and give him cover to push forward a global agenda of conquest and power. He is simply evil.
So, tell me again why we are playing at war with Russia? They are even holding one of our journalists hostage and not a peep from Obama. Russia is now war gaming the Ukraine, while the UK just chased off two Russian jets. This is not a game to millions of people and as Putin covets Eastern Ukraine and beyond, a weakened West lays a buffet for Communists to feed on. The question is, who’s next on the menu?
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Nice article! Will tweet it once I post this comment.
Actually, I see Putin operating a bit differently,FWIW. I don’t think he wants to own Ukraine as much as to control it and neutralize it. The big prize was always Crimea, because the strategic Russian naval base at Sebastapol is there, and with that he controls the Black Sea and Russia’s naval access to the Middle East. Without it, that all goes away.
I don’t Putin wants Ukraine at this point because the country is an economic basket case. Back when his puppet had been elected president, Putin promised Ukraine $15 billion in aid, but because of the coup, only $3 million got paid out. So Putin saved $12 billion right there. By pretending to move into east Ukraine, everyone is concentrating on that rather than on Crimea..and then, of course, he ‘ordered’ the pro-Russian militia men to stand down while making sure to threaten that anyone acting against them would be treated as attacking Russia itself. So their staying in place, Putin retains Crimea as also maintains a degree of de facto control over East Ukraine…classic rope-a-dope- or classic Go if you like.
I think it was a good idea to send a skeleton contingent of U.S. troops to Poland, but I doubt Putin is interested in Poland or the Baltics at this time. they are NATO members, and the last thing Putin wants is an actual military confrontation with the US if any of those countries cited Article Six of the NATO charter..unless of course Obama chose to ignore that, which means no more NATO. With President Obama, who knows????
Again, really good article.
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Thanks Rob! As you said, who knows, but I do believe Putin is a power freak and wants to get the old USSR back together again. Once you’ve conquered, it’s never enough. 😉
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