The war rages on in Ukraine, but Vladimir Putin and Russia have already lost.
Not the physical fight — Russia’s armed-to-the-teeth military may prevail on the battlefield — but Putin has lost the PR war. The world has turned against him. Even his new ally China did not vote with Russia in the UN Security Council.
As of Sunday morning, the Russian tricolor does not fly over any Ukrainian city.
Once it does, his forces can expect urban guerilla warfare from stubborn Ukrainians who are choosing to stand, fight, and die, if necessary for their homeland.
Any hope Putin had of driving a wedge between NATO members has evaporated.
Even Germany, which because of its history is always loath to promote armed conflict, is sending weapons to Ukraine.
The oppressed Russian people are protesting, and being arrested, for opposing the war.
I believe Putin has miscalculated. He allowed his previous success in Georgia and Chechnya and Crimea to make him believe he could take a bigger bite without the West’s interference. The West now must do everything possible to put down this mad dog.
I watch the war in real time, absorbing as much as I can from as many sources, and sticking to what I can confirm, and it kind-of sickens me.
But what can I do?
I have already written a check to the International Rescue Committee, a charity I have long supported, that aids refugees.
I can’t pick up a Kalishnikov and join the battle, but Americans who feel that way — should. Volunteers went to France in WWI before the U.S. entered the war, and pilot volunteers, such as the Flying Tigers, confronted Japan long before Pearl Harbor.
What else can we, and the world, do?
- The UN should designate Putin as a war criminal and remove Russia from the Security Council.
- NATO should declare Ukraine a no-fly zone to prevent Russia from pounding cities, a temptation it has so far resisted.
- Send money to Ukrainian charities.
- Allow American volunteers to fight.
- Have no NATO member accept energy exports from Russia, forever. Energy exports are what keeps Russia afloat. The U.S. imported 209,000 barrels per day in 2021, triple the year before. This is suicidal. Stopping Russian exports will require the U.S. to turn our oil and gas tap back on, and again become an energy exporter, as we were a few years back.
All this should lead to Putin’s downfall, without the risk of a single American or NATO soldier.
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I’m with you. Talks cheap. Are there any Americans out there that are willing to support Ukraine ? Those of us that were raised/worked in the city personally know some Ukes. They left their homeland, came here and achieved the American Dream. They have always supported their mother country, and now, it’s our turn.
I would go a bit further than you my friend. Ole vlad is a past boss and charter member of the KGB. He understands a solid defense. Part of ‘our’ defense should be putting him out of our misery. I’m really surprise and disappointed that it hasn’t happened yet.
The polls on how involved we should be that I have seen, say little.
But they were taken before the invasion. Opinion might be changing.
I very much agree with your suggestion that no one get their oil from Russia. Especially the USA.
How we let Biden get away with us losing our energy independence is a disgrace. Almost used the word criminal but then someone would ask if I was calling President Biden a criminal and that’s a whole other discussion.
Will he have the nerve to say that cancelling the Keystone Pipeline and also outlawing drilling on public land were mistakes? I’ve seen no indication from his administration that they would ever admit to something that was so obvious to everyone else. Green New Deal, my ass.
I couldn’t agree more.
Jackass Trump ever stand up to the mad Tsar? Trump is Putin’s poodle.
Keith, all trump ever did was kiss puken’s ass, (well maybe he also gave puken a bj or two). That is why, even now, trump is not saying anything negative about him.
Let me add one other thing Keith. It is painfully apparent that trump considers himself to be an oligarch. That is another reason he will not condem what puken is doing.
Bored or tired Vince?
Stu, I find it very sad that in the three or four columns you have posted about the war (starting with “Putin starts his war”) no one on the “right” has said anythng strongly negative abiut puken. There have been stronger negative reactions to President Biden and our own government than what that war criminal puken has done and continues to do.
Address your comment to those who have not condemned him.
Putin was KGB, so no surprise he is a really bad guy. It is astonishing how easily the USA is gulled by the Russians: consider ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin, the ‘friendly bear’ of WWII. The only person who understood what a sick, twisted, evil man Stalin was was Churchill. The USA sold itself on the belief that Putin would not revert to type once he got political. We now are reaping the crop of such specious thinking. Putin was, is, and always will be a thug, a murderer, a liar, and a danger to the world. The only bigger fools that the people of the USA are the people of Russia who ‘elected’ him.
Vince, you said “𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐𝙎𝘼 𝙞𝙨 𝙜𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙨: 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙧 ‘𝙐𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙚 𝙅𝙤𝙚’ 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙣, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 ‘𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙧’ 𝙤𝙛 𝙒𝙒𝙄𝙄.”
Unfortunately what you said is true in many cases because people believe the proverb “𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙢𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙”.
From what I remember both Roosevelt and Churchill were wary about Stalin but they knew his help was needed.
Many Americans never thought Putin was anything but a thug, and recognize that Russia is a foe.
Include me in that group Stu. I had hopes for the Russian people when the Soviet Union collapsed. Those hopes went away when puken and his gang took over.
Still waiting for our alleged allies, Israel & Saudi Arabia to denounce Putin & support sanctions. The Saudis, in particular, can help us out by ramping up oil production. Both of those countries owe us big time!!!
“Alleged ally” Israel?
Stu: I could not agree more with your comments. In today’s electronic economy sanctions will hit very quickly as opposed to things like the oil embargo against Japan pre WW II. The problem is that those types of action take time AND in Putin you have a “leader” who doesn’t care.
Yes, this will be a long game, but not as long as the Cold War.
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