Sunday, March 02, 2014

We Could Kick Putin Off The Cat Bird Seat

We won't but we could.  We could do to Russia exactly whet they've  scolded us for doing to other rogue countries like Iran and Syria.  Impose sanctions and freeze their assets.

If Putin can't sell his gas and oil at exhorbinant prices to countries like Ukraine, his budget dries up. He can't mount continuous aggression without it so he needs to get his former satellites while the getting is good.

We could go back and build the missile defense systems for the Czechs and Pols that we canceled thinking it would help the misspelled reset button from when Obama first took office.  Didn't anyone see the handwriting on the wall from that one?

We could freeze the assets of Russians in this country. And of companies and countries doing business with both Russia and the U.S.

This doesn't put one military boot on the ground.  We don't need NATO or UN approval. We can make hell freeze over.

Unfortunately I've not seen nor heard the will to do anything more than what the Russians do so well.  Scold.  The problem is, we bow our heads and slink away. They laugh like the bullies they are and take advantage of the situation.

They'll win if not challenged.  If we don't, who will?  We're needed.  Why is it we're absent without leave?  Or in more precise terms - deserters?


Margie's Musings said...

Why is war the only answer to people who are war mongers? Why not try to build peace for a change? War solves nothing. It never has and it never will.

Yet, there are those who see it as the only answer.

Mari Meehan said...

Margie, I mentioned nothing about war on our part. The Russians seem to be pushing military aggression but neither NATO, the UN nor the US is leaning that way. Sanctions and freezing assets, however,can get a message across especially if the one they're against is weak to begin with - which Russia is economically.

Margie's Musings said...

We are already threatening some sort of reprisals, Mari. If the Russians invade and attempt to take over the country, war will be inevitable. It always seems that way and our military machine will encourage that.

As long as our generals sit at tables and do the planning and only send our young people in to do the fighting, that's what happens. In ancient days, generals went into the battle at the front of their troops. They are more cautious that way.

The president is encouraging diplomacy.