Published: Sunday, March 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
As colorful as Mr. Krauthammer's scathing remarks are, and as entertaining
as it may be to skewer lofty idealistic rhetoric as simple naiveté, this
commentary lacks the redeeming feature of any useful suggestion. To
put a cap on how far I think a reasonable suggestion may go: as sympathetic as I
am to the plight of Ukrainians, and though it may be a better cause than certain
overseas adventures had, I cannot imagine the US risking war with Russia for the
sake of a country that's not even a nominal ally.
I can always count on Charles Krathammer to say something absolutely
ridiculous. Krauthammer is just one more "Conservative" spokesman in a
great big pile, who blame Russia's aggression on Obama's supposed
timidity.Krauthammer is saying that Obama is acting like a beauty
queen by using diplomacy instead of threatening Putin. And there's all this
talk in "Conservative" circles of how America needs to pour more money
into the military and grow it to even more monstrous proportions. Apparently it
isn't enough to spend more on our military than the next 15 nations
combined. How the Republican Party has changed over the years!Theodore Roosevelt said "Speak softly but carry a big stick."He did NOT say, "Scream at the top of your lungs and carry a huge log
over your head that will crush you if you stumble." There is
nothing conservative about modern "Conservatism."Modern
American "Conservatives" offer nothing good for this nation or the
Instead of lining up economic pressure to dissuade Putin from invading Ukraine,
presumably Krauthammer would prefer Obama re-institutes the draft and invades
Crimea.Get this, Chuck: Putin called Obama(!) to talk about a
diplomatic solution to the Ukraine issues. Maybe the economic sanctions - both
implemented and threatened - are having their intended impact.At
least we've moved beyond the point where Obama is painted as the next
Hitler, at least for the moment. That narrative will likely
reappear if there aren't actual problems to deal with.
""No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation."That's the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America
contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world
explaining his foreign policy."I agree. Unfortunately our
president acts like a beauty queen in foreign policy. Same for illegal aliens.
They can stay as long as they like, even though they have violated the laws
regarding being in the US. It is with American citizens and
companies, who have any marginal measure of success, he behaves like the
heavy-fisted ruler, forcing us to abide by endless regulations, and obamacare.
(Even if contrary to our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom)And when our allies are in conflict with our enemies, Obama doesn't see
the enemies as enemies, and seems to care not what happens to our allies.Terrifying. I don't balk at making new friends, but it
shouldn't be done by throwing the old friends under the bus. No one will be
loyal to us, and we will end up against the world, alone.
Sorry Mr. President, but Russia is a geo-political foe. They always have been
and always will be. To think otherwise is foolhardy. Just because the balance of
power shifted towards the US in the aftermath of the Cold War does not mean that
Russia (then the USSR) was going to sit back and watch the US exercise influence
over former Soviet block states and have access to the vast resourses of these
former states. Russia is a geo-political foe not only becuase of it's still
perceived right to these former states, but because Russia has the industrial,
natural resource, and technological prowess to feed countries such as China, N
Korea, Iran, Venazuela, et al. Vladamir Putin is a shrewd and crafty
man who knows that the US is in a weakend state due to it's tepid foreign
policies brought to us by appeasers and spineless leaders. Vlad is putting his
pawns in place so when the US finally does make a wrong move he will check mate
us and then see what happens to this 'regional power' as it once agian
gains mass and momentum.
Well said by previous poster "Frank Exchange of Views"! Just another
weekly anti-Obama rant by Krauthammer, but then again the DN has a deep bench of
Op-Ed writers who disdain the POTUS. Search todays edition and you will
probably be able to find at least one or two articles by Samuelson, Will, Gerson
or Liljenquist, all who readily criticize the present Administration but have
little or no solutions of their own!
Hilarious how the same people who compare President Obama to a beauty queen on
foreign issues compare him to a ruthless dictator, like Hitler, on domestic
issues.No wonder why the right wing has zero credibility.
When Obama said that no country should dominate another he was referring to the
United States. Again, Obama and his administration continue to view
"theory" to be of a higher value than history and the realization that
some people don't have good purposes in their actions. The reality that
some belief that their nationalism requires the domination and control of other
groups of people is ignored in the "theory" of this administration -
except in their misplaced believe that it is the U.S. that is trying to
dominate. These theorists continue to ignore that there is a desire in the
attitude of American exceptionalism that other people can benefit from true
freedom, rather than to rely upon the mighty to feed, clothe, and protect
them.Those that criticize this editorial analysis really need to
avoid the dribble that they receive daily from MSNBC and Media Matters.
The more you hear from the good Dr., the more you realize how political he is.
The reason why Ukrainians in Crimea put up no fight is because the vast majority
are Russians and they supported the annexation. It's not because the US or
BO appear as weak. Conservatives love to create bogey monsters so they can
funnel taxpayers money from social programs to the military industrial complex.
America and the West have more to worry about with terrorist attacks than they
do of Russia. And, the good Dr. has more to worry about with reality and facts
than he does of the fictional foes he creates.
Will all those who have criticized Krauthammer for not offering any solution,
please proffer their solutions to the problem.It seems they are
quick to criticize Krauthammer, but as it turns out, it appears “the
emperor has no clothes.” They offer no solutions of their own.
You know, if some of these complainers had any sense of history, they would
realize just how ironic their comments were. I am also willing to bet that most
of these people have little to no contact with the outside world - otherwise
they would realize just how silly their comments were.To assume any
nation should have to live under the premise that the United States has the
right and privilege to dictate to them how to run their affairs is an
embarrassment. How many times do we need to read and learn about the vanity and
pride cycle, and still not get what the net result of that kind of thinking
leads to.So puff up your chest, and proclaim superiority to all.
Yes, other nations may from time to time need our help, but lets not forget
that it was by the aide of some of the very nations we mock that through their
aide we became what we are now. Pride and bluster are not required, nor are
they helpful.And no.. I don't watch MSNBC, nor read Media
Matter….. I just travel and do international business as my livelihood.
@VST The commenters were not writing a column. It was not their
responsibility to offer a solution. Krauthammer chose to criticize the
President without offering any suggestion what he would do differently. That
used to be called "talking out of his hat" or worse. He's the one
writing the column. He's the one who is obliged to have something to say.
@Skeptical,It isn't Dr K's responsibility to offer any
solutions. It is the administration's responsibility to have a coherent
foreign policy that isn't based on naivete, wishes and unicorns. The
administration is still playing Old Maid, when Vladimir is playing chess and is
taking the UN to school. Just admit it, those who are supposed to have a clue
don't, and Dr K is pointing that out. Calling names, and saying tsk,tsk
I will have to admit that as much as I believe that Obama has been a disaster to
liberty and the Constitution, both the progressives and the Republicans are a
disaster to the same, including the naive notion that Obama is a pussycat here!
America is weak whether Obama is leading or whether a Republican puppet is in
charge! Obama has weakened our economy to the point where it is obvious that
Putin will take the steps he is taking without any consequences! We need a
leader that will lead the world again and do it by strengthening our economy,
our dollar, and allowing the free market to create jobs! Something Obama not
only doesn't believe in, but has actively destroyed! Building a bigger
military is A Republican deception to win votes! Sorry to tell the progressives
the truth about their chosen farce of a leader and the "warmonger"
Republicans masquerading as defenders of liberty as well! Both are a sham to
stay in power!
@ Banderson,I haven't seen a call to build our military bigger, but
to stop cutting it. There are many places to cut in the military budget, but
troop levels and funding for their equipment isn't one of them. That, is a
ploy of politicians to get the biggest hurt for the dollar while preserving
their own sacred cows. I do think you have correctly identified the issues we
face, that being our economy is weak, our dollar is struggling and jobs
aren't going to come from the government. When we have a strong economy,
our position as a world power is strengthened and we can deal effectively in
situations such as Ukraine. We don't want to play the trump card(military)
when we can mitigate this issue with other options. Weakening our stance
isn't the smart play by this administration.
"If tyranny and oppression comes to this land, it will come in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy." James Madison. "Standing armies" are a
subterfuge, the opposite of liberty and freedom. All wars are banker's
wars, the armaments of foolish and virtue less citizens! If America would arise
to its potential, we would be the envy of the world, rather than spending our
money on fruitless social programs and military ventures that cost lives and
opportunity and cause our enemies to laugh at us and emboldens their evil
designs! We need to audit the Federal Reserve and return to the Gold standard!
Ah yes, the gold standard; and with it comes the Golden Rule: he who has the
gold makes the rules. The US doesn't have all the gold, and going back on
the gold standard ensures that our currency is subject to the whims of those
with the gold. Inflation, wild markets, economic chaos. Nope, not wise.
"All wars are bankers wars"? Yeah, OK, my experience tells me
"Sorry Mr. President, but Russia is a geo-political foe". What makes
you think he doesn't think they are a geo-political foe? They are simply
not the "single most dangerous" geo-political foe as Romney
contended.Also, while influential Russia is not the economic bear
some purport here. GDP wise they are about the size of Italy and half the size
of Great Britain. They also are pretty much a one trick pony of energy
production. Wealth that gets accumulated very narrowly in their economy and not
very likely available to feed the world. The point here is the
President has not dangerously miscalculated Russia. The world is a
dangerous and dynamic place right now and Russia certainly is one of those
actors but the world is a chess game best played with patience vision and quiet
strategy, not loud boisterous, here I come chants.
Putin listened and called back. Fox news needs a proposed of the week war room.
Conservatives told us that if Russia just were not communist, we would have
peace and prosperity with them. I did learn that I'm psychic! I
predicted Krathenhammer would bash Obama this week, and he DID!
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