Deep down, I really do want to be able to take Republicans seriously. I really don’t like belittling people because I don’t feel that kind of attitude is a good conduit for productive discourse between two opposing sides.
But dammit, they make it so difficult to take them seriously.
First we had Sarah Palin claiming that she predicted the Russian invasion of Ukraine back in 2008. What she really did was take a current Russian situation that was going on in Georgia, and named the next plausible country which Russia might send troops into.
Now we have Mitt Romney saying that he correctly pointed out Russia as the United States’ “number one geopolitical threat” when he said so back during a 2012 presidential debate.
These people really seem to believe that Russia sending troops into Crimea is all about President Obama and the United States. Talk about hubris. Russia did this just 6 years ago with Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Perhaps Russia doesn’t really care about what the United States thinks because they know deep down we’re not going to risk a world war over this.
Though when Romney said, “We really need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours,” I actually laughed. You mean that Russia wanting to seize control of Ukraine because of their natural resources (primarily oil) is something that the United States wouldn’t know anything about? You think we care about Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait out of the kindness of our hearts?
But then he went on to say, “I think effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree, and then try to take actions to shape it in some way. And that’s of course what this president has failed to do, and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well. Had we, from the very beginning of the demonstrations in Ukraine, had we worked with our allies and said, ‘Look, let’s talk about the kinds of severe sanctions we would put in place if Russia were to decide to move,’ and had we then communicated that to Russia beforehand – had we communicated those things, there’s always the potential that we could have kept them from invading a country and annexing it into their own.”
Do these people really not think that the Russian government knew the type of sanctions the United States and our allies would use against them? Of course they did!
Russia doesn’t care. The only reason they took so long with this move is because the Sochi Olympics were coming up and they weren’t going to do anything like this leading up to that event. Why do you think they did this right after the games ended?
Let’s also not forget that recently Obama played Russia perfectly when he threatened military force in Syria, which then triggered Russia to pressure Syria to give up its chemical weapons. Something that wouldn’t have happened had President Obama not threatened to use military force.
These people are absolutely ridiculous. They really believe that Putin’s actions are all centered around President Obama and the “image” of the United States. The fact of the matter is Putin couldn’t care less about what we say or think about what he’s doing, and he would have done this sooner had Sochi not been the host of this year’s winter olympics.
But like always, Republicans will do anything they can to bash President Obama. And in the case of Mitt Romney, it seems he’s upset that the president doesn’t have his “psychic abilities.” It’s just too bad those abilities weren’t working during his 2012 presidential campaign. You know – when President Obama easily defeated him.