Dominating the media the last few days has been the escalating situation in the Ukraine. This is a very tense situation that requires delicate politicking, something the current GOP is clearly incapable of doing. Since neo-cons have never met a war they don’t want others to fight for them, they and their Republican allies have been saber rattling the last few days, savoring the opportunity to revive their Cold War fantasies. Well, Rachel Maddow recently doused the rabble-rousing chickenhawks with a much needed bucket of cold water during her discussion with Andrea Mitchell. Maddow said,
“When you think about the American range of options. I mean there’s all of this sort of chatter in Washington about what how President Obama has to look whether or no he seems muscular or tough, or whether or not he seems weak. Well, that’s all sort of esoteric stuff when you start comparing it to the actual range of options that the United States has.”
Obviously, there’s no boots on the ground option here. Even the Ukrainian government is not saying that there is any military option in response to what Russia has done right now.
What else can we do? Well, we can give money to Moldova, and we can give money to Georgia, and we can give money to Ukraine. Part of what turned Ukraine around from its sort of pro-European drift back to Russia was a fifteen billion dollar bribe from Vladamir Putin. If the West, EU, and the U.S. want to start matching that kind of money, it may sort of lead them back in a direction where most of their population wants anyway.
The options that we have can be punitive, but almost nobody believes they are military.
Not exactly what the neo-cons want to hear, but they won’t listen to other opinions, anyway. It’s interesting to note that after speaking with Putin in person on Sunday, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told President Obama by phone that she wasn’t sure if Putin was, “in touch with reality” and it was like he was, “in another world.” One has to wonder what Putin thinks he or Russia stands to gain by this. Of course, this sort of tactical empathy is beyond the chicken-hawks, who want the chance to relive their “Cold War” glory days and pretend like they’re Reagan fighting the “evil empire.”