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Published: Monday, March 24 2014 12:01 a.m. MDT

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grounded and rooted
China, 00

Thanks for this article. It helped me to better understand the situation.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

When are politicians going to learn NOT to play the "Hitler" card?

Bennett compares Putin to Hitler and many conservatives praise Putin's decisiveness.

Maybe, hopefully, someday, Americans will put America ahead of partisan party politics.
One can only hope.

benbookworm
Fresno, CA

Don't forget: just before WWII, there was an Olympic Games that many nations threatened to boycott for things akin to terrorism. And what just happened in Sochi?

G-Day-M8
WVC, UT

The irony in Bob's article is astounding.

If he included the obama administration, his comments would be right on.

Bob never mentions that it was US interference in Ukraine that ousted Russian friendly President Viktor Yanukovych and inserted Neo-Nazi Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov.

John McCain, John Kerry, Victoria Nuland, Joe Biden and others were all front and center orchestrating Ukraine's regime change and all the while they change the narrative to that of "it's all Putin's fault.

The morphing of history is going on before history itself happens. Talk about a well orchestrated propaganda machine. It's all over this article.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I am sorry.... I am no Putin apologist, nor am I a Bush basher.... but.... really? Putin takes back Crimea under the most of dubious excuses... and the US has the male parts enough to start calling him names. The nation that launched a 12 preventive war - resulting in deaths tolling over 100,000....in a country that really presented no strategic threat to ourselves, and we are now crying foul. We are comparing Putin to Hitler? How many foreign nations over the last 20 years have we taken direct action in?

Now that said, we eventually went home, or are trying to go home. Do I think Russian troops are going home? No. But I do feel we will have an equal NATO presence in Ukraine before all is said and done.

So yes, we need to push back on Putin as hard as a we- even by arming the Ukraine. But he is no way close to a Hitler. He is more like Bush II - and we and the west are in Russia's version of the axis of evil.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Joe, who would you like Putin's Hitler-like actions compared to? Mother Teresa?

I don't think so.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Seriously?

We invade an occupy Afghanistan AND Iraq,
We threaten Iran, Libya and Syria, and now Russia.

And you have the audacity to call Putin names?

Who are your people,
and where have you been for the last 14 years?

Unbelievable!
Seriously! Unbelieveable!

CPA Howard
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

We should remember Putin was a high ranking member of the KGB, and he want's to rebuild. This man is ruthless and he's not afraid to kill what ever gets in his way. I'm not worried if he's another Hitler, but I'm worried he's another Stalin. If Stalin had not been a member of the winning team in WWII, he would be be remembered as the one who killed the most jewish people. In order to get his way Stalin murdered and starved millions of his own people; and one of the hardest hit areas was the Ukraine. I fear history will repeat its self and we have leaders like Chamberlin and Baldwin who believe they can sign agreements with killers and the killers will abide by the agreements. History has taught us killers will only follow the agreements as long as they help them; and they stop benfiting them tney will ignore them.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The lies and distortions are flying fast and furious. "Conservatives" have not praised Putin, they have scoriated Obama for not filling his duty to the treaty that the United States has with the Ukraine.

The "left" wants all tax revenue to be used for social programs, even though not one social program is authorized by the Constitution; however, defense is listed six times in the list of duties for which Congress is required to tax us.

Bob Bennett accurately described what is happening. Just because Obama has failed (again) to do his duty is no excuse for the liberals to blame Conservatives or to falsely claim that Conservatives support Putin.

Putin knows that Obama will never do anything except "talk". He called Obama's bluff. Now all that Obama will do is sputter rhetoric against Putin.

Which is worse, Russia taking the Ukraine or the United States failing to honor a treaty?

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Mike Richards, let's be clear. You are as obvious as it comes in advocating war with Russia. If not, then what should Obama have done, and what should he do? Those of you on the right, who despise the President, take shots and huff and puff, but I have yet to see anything of substance on real action except hint at war. I suppose that gives you an emotional release, but the real world can' operate that way.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

The Cold War need never have been. With the death of Stalin the USSR began to change, which accelerated in time. But anti-socialist hysteria (still with us) and the saber rattling of Harry Truman ignited and kept the Cold War stoked in the west - threatening Russia. BTW, Senator Bennett seems to have forgotten the U.S. led invasion of Russia following WWI - much of Russia's paranoid personality goes back to that.

There are interests inside of the United States and Russia which want the Cold War back. Here we go again.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Esquire,

Do you keep your commitments? When you "shake" on a "deal", do you back away from your "oath" just because you don't want to be involved?

Everyday, every one of us keeps the commitments that we have made. We expect others to keep their commitments.

Putin knew that Obama would do nothing if the Ukraine were attacked. He KNEW Obama's character.

We know Obama's character. His followers excuse him. They tell us that their personal security and personal welfare are more important that keeping commitments. They tell us that the Ukraine couldn't really expect us to honor a treaty when so many of us are pounding on the government's door for our daily bread. To Obama and his followers, the fate of the Ukraine is less important than extending welfare lines in the USA.

Putin would not have risked his military or his country's wealth if Obama were the kind of person that kept commitments. Obama's lack of responsibility allowed Putin to walk right in and take over a country with almost no opposition. Putin will continue to march forward as fast as Obama retreats.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Mike Richards:

Rudy Giuliani on Putin:

"Putin decides what he wants to do and does it in half a day, right?...He makes a decision and executes it quickly. Then everybody reacts. That's what you call a leader. President Obama, he's got to think about it. He's got to go over it again. He's got to talk to more people about it"

Any excuse to bash Obama, right?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Pull out the "Constitition" and please show us all where it says the United States has a Military obligation to attack Russia over Crimea?

Seriously!
Talk about Trampling the Constitution.

BTW -- When/How are we going to pay for the last invasions?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Does Putin need to be Hitler? Isn't Putin being Putin bad enough?

Hitler was bad, but he's not the only really really bad leader they've had in the Socialist movement. There's been a bunch of them. I'll get the list if you can't remember.

I don't think we need to make Putin into Hitler before we decide we need to pay attention to him.

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I think our administration (not just this one) and our people ignored him for a long time. Our politicians told us it was time to dismantle our military and our nuclear arsenal. We were so confident we were alone as the only economic and military super-power in the world. Well... look at how quickly that all can change when you get all full of yourself!

I wonder if President Obama's having second thoughts about how he viewed Putin early on.

I suspect he does.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Once the domain of glenn beck, now everyone can play the hitler card.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

JoeBlow Far East USA,
Re When are politicians going to learn NOT to play the "Hitler" card?...

So Bennett is terrible for making a Hitler comparison... I agree... but I remember MANY on your side comparing President Bush to Hitler... and they said that was OK. They actually said it was their "Duty" to do it!

So comparing Putlin to Hitler gets your goat. But comparing an American President you disagree with to Hitler is OK... OK I Get it now...

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I agree all the Hitler comparisons are a bit much. You don't have to be Hitler to get our attention. Putin and his ambitions are quite enough without mixing in all the Hitler angles.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

It’s always interesting to read the comments on stories like this – gives you a real sense of what color glasses people are wearing when they look at the world.

My glasses must be black, because the biggest takeaway I got from this article is that nothing good ever comes from nations who get rich solely by selling natural resources.

No doubt it will bring about a whole new set of problems, but I long for the day when we finally develop a cheap, clean & portable energy source (which virtually all scientists agree is only a matter of time before the Sun fills this role), and we can relegate these petro-thugs to the dustbin of history.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

LDS Liberal,

Article II, Section 2: "He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, . . . "

Article VI: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; . . . "

Article I, Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence . . ."

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It's all there if you care to take the time to read it.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mike Richards,
To some people, laws, treaties, constitution, etc, are like the pirate's code... "the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules"...

Once a document like one of these gets a little old (the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity, being what... 20 years old now... probably doesn't matter anymore). Heck the Constitution is so old and obsolete they don't feel a need to follow it anymore! Why would they respect any of these old treaties we signed?

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For all the people jumping to the conclusion that "If you don't like what Obama's doing, you want all out war"... I'd ask you to be a little less presumptive and judgmental. Just because you don't like what we are doing (which isn't exactly working)... does NOT mean you want all out war.

There are other things we could be doing. I've given several lists, I've seen other Conservatives on TV and this opinion page provide lists... so the leap to "You just WANT WAR"... is not justified (IMO).

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