Don’t know how lucky you are, boy.
Hey, remember those awesome Olympics in Sochi, and all the funny goofs on the minor issues that crept up against athletes and visitors?
Yeah, nobody else does either.
Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine as brazenly as 11 million Mexicans, which is to say, as if they owned the place, securing ports both air and sea. Troops set up defensive positions throughout the Crimean region, annexed Ukrainian military assets and offered Russian passports to anyone in the region who wanted one. Knowing that the region is predominantly Russian both ethnically and politically, Russian forces are “freeing” Crimea from the “illegitimate” rabble government established by the protesters in Kiev.
None of the foreign policy experts in the media or in Western governments seem able to cope with the idea that Putin isn’t backing down in the face of tough talk and the threat of sanctions. Why, oh why won’t he take any of the “diplomatic” ways out of this kerfuffle, save face for both sides, and let it be?
Because Putin isn’t interested in a way out, and a not inconsiderable portion of the reason why he’s doing this is to embarrass the West, which in these days of woe and want, is not hard to do.
Which brings us to the West’s response, which has been lambasted as weak and ineffectual, full of vague threats and a school-marm-esque tendency toward scolding the defiant. Which is fine with me. The U.S. should barely have a foreign policy, and the hypocrisy of a glut of Western nations pulling out the fainting couches because Russians are rolling across a border toward those deeply sympathetic to Russian interests when their own nations stand idly by while many more foreigners continuously breach their own borders possessed of sympathies that are antithetical to the interests of those Western nations.
Our political and military priorities should focus around the security of our own borders, without a second thought to events taking place Over There.
Of course, there may be a wrinkle to all of this, which hasn’t gotten much mention. I myself heard it on the radio in passing, so its veracity may be suspect, but the US and the UK signed some form of compact with Ukraine to protect them explicitly against a Russian invasion in exchange for taking possession of their nuclear weapons. The Budapest Memo it’s called. Since it was never ratified by Congress, the US almost certainly isn’t bound to respond to a Ukraine request for military protection, but the UK’s legal responsibility is, and I quote, “not clear.” Because this is the kind of thing where you want as much ambiguity as possible. Which means if the UK is legally bound to respond, then so is the US because of the gay, retarded Special Relationship that has continuously proven to be more trouble than its worth.
A strong foreign policy has often been wrongly seen as a barometer of the health of a nation. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The ability and demonstrated capacity to project power abroad often presages decline in every possible metrically, not least of which is personal freedom and liberty for the citizens of the projecting power.