More than 90 percent of Crimeans vote to rejoin Russia, and Russia gets ready to annex Crimea. The West protests the legal status of the referendum with threats of sanctions. Here in the U.S., we have short memories, having forgotten how Texas, New Mexico and California were “annexed” from Mexico.
Then, we didn’t even wait for a vote.
Republican war drums are rolling as they accuse the president of not getting tough on Russia. Statements by former Secretary of State Condi Rice suggest that she is ready to be in the front rank as we march on to the Kremlin. After all, Napoleon and HItler demonstrated how simple it is to attack Russia.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has also blown his trumpet in stating, regarding Ukraine, that we have a “weak and indecisive president” who “invites aggression.”
He must know that there is nothing militarily that any American president could or would have done to deter Putin in this situation. President Eisenhower stood by during the Russian invasion of Hungary in 1956. So did President Johnson during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
In 1962, Republicans and senior military leaders wanted to challenge Russia with an invasion of Cuba during that missile crisis. Fortunately, a cooler headed President Kennedy stayed at the helm.
I think we can rely on President Obama to manage this crisis with appropriate measures before the war trumpets sound for real.
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