Published: Monday, March 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Thanks for this article. It helped me to better understand the situation.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Joe, who would you like Putin's Hitler-like actions compared to? Mother
Teresa?I don't think so.
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!
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
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?
@ 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.
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.
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.
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?
@Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahPull 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?
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.===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.
Once the domain of glenn beck, now everyone can play the hitler card.
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...===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
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.
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 . . ."---It's all there if you care to take the time to read it.
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?===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
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