Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Amidst Crisis: Bush Goes To Ukraine and Annoys Russia

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In the last week, President Bush has boldly continued his pattern of tactlessness when it comes to the security of the United States. Last week at the U.S. Air Force museum, he proclaimed that "normalcy is returning back to Iraq," and berated those who "seem unwilling to acknowledge that progress is taking place."

What planet is this man living on? After a week of rocket attacks on the U.S. embassy and violence in southern Iraq that has killed almost 500 people the situation in the country hardly appears to be "returning to normal." Thirty seven Americans died last month, and 4,011 since the invasion and occupation of the country began five years ago. Some 30,000 have been injured, and untold thousands more physically and psychologically scarred.

American embassy employees are now required to drive in armoured vehicles, even when inside the supposedly secure green zone. What was once a safe haven is now turning into a war zone as the American embassy is under constant attack from flying mortars and rockets.

Employees there are required to stay under hard cover at all times, and if they go outside, they are to wear helmets and body armour. They must be constantly be aware of bunker locations, in the (now frequent) event of a sudden bombardment, which has managed to spread much fear and panic among embassy staff, one of whom assessed the current situation as one where "We (those in the "safe" green zone) are always afraid."

This is quite contrary to the happy picture painted for us by President Bush, whose rosy assessment made at the Air Force Museum is far off the mark where reality is concerned. The day before President Bush told his audience in Dayton that all shall be well, he was briefed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the severe strain and long term effects that the extended deployment periods in Iraq have caused for the Army and Marines.

Bush's happy flag-waving escapism on Iraq neglects the very real fact that our armed forces are being worn out.

Instead of addressing this problem, our President has ignored it and instead decided to go to Europe and push for the inclusion of the Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, a position designed the enrage the growing state of Russia, who has sparred recently with Georgia over control of the separatist territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

If allowed to enter NATO, Georgia would then be able to invoke Article 5 of the membership charter which stipulates that each member is obliged to come to the assistance of any other member that is attacked or threatened with such, a potentially explosive situation considering the increasing territorial tensions between Russia and Georgia.

President Bush, by enouraging NATO membership for Georgia and the Ukraine, is thus commiting the United States to treat an attack upon those countries the same as an attack upon our own soil, thus entangling the US in a war with Russia.

As the US remains entangled in a hopeless conflict in Iraq, and our armed forces deteriorate due to our President's increasingly unrealistic policies, he chooses to ignore the problem by wrapping himself with flag-waving escapism at military bases and museums while he tries to get us involved in another pointless conflict in Eastern Europe.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just do not get it. Not long ago you were complaining about the Russians killing people in the Ukraine. Now you are mad that our President annoys Russia. Which is it? I guess we just cannot win with you, Peter. I fear you are starting to fall too much for Liberal arguements no matter what the issue is.

OHIO JOE

Peter said...

Do you really want our country to be drawn into a war with Russia?

There's nothing "liberal" about wanting to avoid more pointless bloodshed.

Anonymous said...

Russia will never be a true superpower, for they have not the rule of law and freedom of expression that a truly great and prosperous country needs. Yes, they have windfall profits from their oil production, but that will soon be a thing of the past, and then what? Will their innovation and brainpower propel them to greater heights once this temporary market spike dissipates? I think not. So let Bush poke a sharp stick at the bear--Reagan did it once with great success because he had right on his side. I'd love to see the Russians for once admit their system of suppression on the masses is counterproductive and harks back to a long-past era of grandeur. They'll never be great without it; they are too stuck in the past and perpetuate illogical foreign policy. Their ability to carry out a war with the US is ludicrous--they were the first to decry our intervention in Afghanistan (where they failed!) and Iraq. They were so shocked with the rapidity of our military success there that their official posture was to call it all a lie. Their submarine fleet lies as great rusting hulks and their economy is still 3rd-world. Time they opened their eyes and joined the 21st Century.

Peter said...

A sleeping bear has sharp claws, something that you and Bush don't seem to want to realize.

Anonymous said...

From Hank in Texas:

Bush was ready to be an a**hole from Day One. He needs to go to Crawford and stay there. Clear some brush. He has not done one good thing for the American people these last eight years. Not one. Oh, maybe tax cuts for the wealthy, his base. He is a failure and embarrassment on legs. See ya, wouldn't want to be ya!

atp2007 said...

The Reagan Administration promised the Russians that we would not extend NATO if they loosened the hold on the Eastern Bloc Countries. Now George wants to poke the Russians in the eye by trying to extend NATO right to it's borders. How would he feel if Putin visited Mexico and Canada for talks to get them to join the Warsaw Pact. We went ballistic over the Russians trying that in Cuba but expect them to sit back and let us build a wall around their oil fields.

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants war, but wishing it away does not prevent it. The Russians and Old Europe are too arrogant to realize that Eastern Europe is a rising star. I would not worry too much about the Russians starting a war with us. Along as we stand firm, the Russians are not stupid enough to attack the only Super-power as long as we keep our courage. The Russians never prevented us from liberating Bosnia and Kosovo and never prevented Mr. Reagan from creating weapons in space and their bark is bigger than their bite. They know a strong horse when they see one.

The anti-war movement never gave us independence from Britain, never ended slavery, never ended Nazism, never ended the cold war and never got rid of Saddam. Mr. Reagan knew that peace came threw strength, not by peaceniks bad-mouthing America.

As for Canada and Mexico joining the Warsaw Pact, they have not always been good allies anyways. Speaking of Canada, it was tough love that encouraged Canada to get rid of the Liberal government; it is time to give Russia some of that tough love to bring them in line as well.

OHIO JOE

GA boy said...

Peter, what planet are you living on? You may not like the idea, but there is only one superpower, the USA. Russia is so 80's and too corrupt to be effective at anything. The ruskies should be more concerned about annoying us. Only liberals like you continue to give Russia any credibility.

Anonymous said...

You have a good point GA Boy. The pundits should be more concerned about what we think of the rest of the world, not what the rest of the world thinks of us. The Liberals forget that The United States is the best country in the world despite its imperfections. The Liberals in this country should go to live in other countries for a while, perhaps they will realize when they return to America that they should never have bad mouthed our country.

And other thing, fortunately, not everybody hates America and what it stands for. The Russians and Europeans will learn this lesson one day if they have half a brain.

OHIO JOE

OHIO JOE

NY Catholic Mom said...

Ohio Joe,I hope you understand that when we criticize the brash, ill-considered policies of our current president, it is in an attempt to re-focus Americans on the guiding principles and true conservativism upon which our nation was founded.

After all, our nation was not founded to establish democracy all over the world or to provoke wars with other nations as our President seems to think is his duty now.

Pat Buchanan recently reminded us of Jefferson's wise counsel to seek "peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none," and John Quincy Adams's declaration that America "goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy."

The essence of conservatism is to conserve and protect what we have, not squander our resources and the blood of our children in pointless wars across the world.

Anonymous said...

Sorry if I sounded a bit rough. You are right that our country was not founded to fight wars all over the world for democracy. On the other hand our country was founded by democratic principles and it did take a war to achieve Independence.

I am not saying we need to fight every country. However, we do need to have a strong military and we need to stand up to the world in some case. Often diplomacy works and it should be our first option. However, as unpleasant as it is, war is sometimes the eventual option that we need to take.

For the record, I am not looking forward to war with Russian, Iran or China. However, we are not going to avoid war by appearing to be weak. We need to appear strong and united and sometimes diplomacy includes talking tough.

While I do not agree with everything that Mr. Buchanan stands for, he is a great man and I respect him. He is knowledgeable about foreign policy to boot. However, I am concerned that most people who are against American power are from the far Left and I fear these characters.

OHIO JOE

Peter said...

If President Bush was knowledgeable on foreign policy he would have followed the example of previous Republican presidents like his father and been more humble in his way of dealing with other nations. Talking tough is not needed ALL THE TIME.

NY Catholic Mom said...

Ohio Joe, you are a gentleman and a scholar!

We look forward to hearing your opinion always even if we vehemently disagree with it as we do on the Bush version of foreign policy. It is good to keep thrashing these things out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much. I do think we agree on many non-foreign policy issues. Despite our disagreement in this area, I am glad that you are trying to promote Conservatism both in our Church and our country.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

Hey you idiot--Canada did not get rid of the liberals. I live in Canada and our conservative government is more liberal than Hillary or Barak. And if the people of Canada believed that you influenced their choice the government (a minority) would fall immiadiately

Anonymous said...

Mr. Harper is not a true Conservative, but he is better than Mr. Chretien, Mr. Martin, Mr. Dion, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton. You do not know your country as well as you think you do.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

Yeah but he's damn ineffective.

Anonymous said...

Ineffective is a relative term. Is there anybody up there who is more effective than perhaps Mr. Ignatieff or Mr. McKenna?

OHIO JOE

Peter said...

Well gay marriage is still legal there, wouldn't an "effective" conservative have ended it by now? My Canadian relatives must be rolling in their graves!

Anonymous said...

You have a good point Peter, aren't you glad that Canada is not a Superpower.

OHIO JOE