Democrats and RINOs would rather start a war with Russia than solve problems, IF it means getting rid of Trump.
August 13, 2018
How Do You Solve a Problem like Crimea?
So, let's just say the meeting went something like this:
A few summers before the Russian takeover of Crimea, I met a young girl from Crimea working in a shop in Michigan. She was here in America on the State Department's "Work and Travel" program. I lived in Ukraine for a couple of years, and had traveled quite a bit in Crimea, so I was very excited to meet someone from Ukraine.
That's not to say that this attitude is pervasive. Most youth don't remember that Crimea became Ukraine as a result of a lost card game. Many Crimeans consider(ed) themselves Ukrainian. Crimea's major source of income was from tourism from mainland Ukraine. That tourism has been hurt by the Russian takeover.
A referendum at gunpoint does not a referendum make. Some, who saw the handwriting on the wall, left Crimea as soon as the trouble started, leaving behind their livelihoods. Some have moved out because they were forced out of business or because of the economy there. Many who have stayed have learned to keep their heads down, their mouths shut, and go along to get along, like during Soviet times. Those who have been put in positions of power in Crimea are there because they favor(ed) the Russian takeover.
I think that everyone would agree that Putin's move on Crimea and Eastern Ukraine was a result of the removal of the Russian-friendly (puppet) President, Viktor Yanukovych, and the fear that Ukraine's moving closer to the EU and to NATO would cause Russia to lose their naval port in Sevastopol. Obama's foreign policies created this fear, and Obama's weakness encouraged Putin to move when he did.
Of course this takeover was contrary to international law, but I'm starting to wonder who Russian sanctions are really hurting, and how they are affecting Russian public opinion. Russians don't hate Americans... yet.
One of the major things that pushes public opinion in Russia is that Russian mothers have HAD it with war, and do not want to see their sons coming home in body bags. This is why Putin's Ukrainian invasion was covert, persuading the public that mercenaries, and not their sons, were fighting in Donbas.
It is one thing to cripple Putin, but when you start to cripple a cripple -- a country with a GDP smaller than Italy's -- and these sanctions cripple the people, will they condemn Putin, or the USA?
The articles on this website make it clear what I think of Putin. And that Putin is a "bad actor" is not disputed (had to say those exact words for the sake of Marco Rubio and John McCain), but Democrats and RINOs would rather start a war with Russia, or push Russia into the arms of China and Iran, than to actually solve the problem, IF it means getting rid of Trump.
Media -- THIS is what is dangerous: Your fake news is responsible for TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) -- a dangerous condition that you are gladly feeding.
How do you solve a problem like Crimea?