Rightbloggers Find the Real Issue in Ukraine: Obama's a Sissy
Among rightbloggers, though, while there is some diversity of opinion as to how big a badass Vladimir Putin is, there is great consensus on the conclusion that Russia is in Ukraine because Obama is a sissy.
This may go on awhile, so let us stipulate that despite all the argh-blargh over the issue, almost no one on either side has proposed that the U.S. invade the Crimea or even threaten. Yet conservatives suggest that Obama's failure to do something butch is the reason for the crisis.
For example, Rand Paul, not heretofore known as a Big Stick Republican, said Obama "hasn't projected enough strength and hasn't shown a priority to the national defense. That is something that, were I in charge, I would" -- though he ruled out the use of actual military force in the Crimea, raising the question as to how, then, Paul would "project" "strength." (Dick Cheney also accused Obama of creating an "image" of "weakness and indecisiveness," so maybe Paul would project strength by having Cheney as Vice President.)
Paul also thought the U.S. should respond by drilling for oil "in every possible conceivable place" before people calm down and forget what a great excuse this would be to get around environmentalists.
Former Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice complained, too, in the Washington Post, suggesting Obama's "continued inaction in Syria" and attempted outreach to Iran were at least partly to blame; "these global developments have not happened in response to a muscular U.S. foreign policy," she diplo-spoke. Rice proposed responses, including "authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline" to break Russia's oil power, and reaching out to "Russian youth, especially students and young professionals, many of whom are studying in U.S. universities and working in Western firms. Democratic forces in Russia need to hear American support for their ambitions," possibly via podcast.
There have naturally been some unflattering comparisons made by the brethren between Obama and Putin. The best-known was Sarah Palin's "mom jeans" remark -- which may seem peculiar to non-aficionados, though the association of Obama and mom jeans has a long history among rightbloggers. Others were not as dada-poetic, but still fully evocative of a masculinity crisis.
"The White House is threatening to take a Boy Scout merit badge away from Al Capone," snorted Kevin D. Williamson at National Review. "At their joint public meetings, Putin has dismissively looked away from Obama, treating him as someone he could dupe or roll over at will," noted his colleague, John Fund, who knows how to deal with tough guys: "If Russian troops advance deeper into Ukraine," said Fund, "it might also be time to reassess Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization." That's how you deal with dictators, Obama!
Haw haw lookit -- his bear is pink! (Via)
Victor Davis Hanson had a suggestion for Obama: "Every time he gets angry and is about to say something about Israel, stop, and think first to substitute the reset vocabulary he has used with Putin in the past," chortled Hanson. "And vice versa: Imagine Russia is 'Israel!' and Putin 'Netanyahu' each time he wants to see red and reset reset." Because Obama hates Israel, see -- shoot, it's awful when you have to explain the jokes.
"Would Putin have lunged for Ukraine if he didn't have such a clueless adversary?" said Charles Krauthammer. "No one can say for sure. But it certainly made Putin's decision easier." Scared Monkeys agreed, and condensed Krauthammer's argument for his particular audience: "Charles Krauthammer Nails It With Putin & Barack Obama ... 'Putin Looks at this Guy and Says I'm Dealing with an Adolescent, this is a Community Organizer, He Doesn't Understand How the World Works.' HOW ON EARTH DID THIS 'ADOLESCENT' CLOWN GET REELECTED!!!" etc.
Saying Obama had "the snarl of a puppy," Stephen F. Hayes of The Weekly Standard called Obama's de-escalation policy in Ukraine "delusion... Vladimir Putin, it turns out, is who we thought he was. Unfortunately, so is Barack Obama." "Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters is spot on as he discusses the differences between Putin and Obama," reported Steve Straub at The Federalist Papers. "Sadly I think he is right when he states that Putin believes in Russia, while Barack Obama does not believe in America." The Foxhole agreed: "If anyone believes Putin won't follow up on his threat to grab Ukraine and force it back under Russian dominance, they're as stupid as Obama... Putin has no reason whatsoever to worry about the chickenshit in the Oval Office."
"Obama -- and this is a significant character flaw -- still believes he knows how history will unfold -- but thugs like Putin, whether we like it or not, make history," swooned John Ruberry at Da Tech Guy. The Daily Caller literally posted a "Who would win in a fistfight: Putin or Obama?" poll.
When Obama said, "We are now deeply concerned by military movements taken by the Russian Federation within Ukraine," Michael Barone sniffed: "Pretty bland stuff. 'Deeply concerned' rather than 'gravely concerned' -- a much stronger phrase in diplomatic argot." Among Barone's suggestions, besides using "gravely": "Extend the list of Russians barred from the United States under the Magnitsky Act" and "improve relations with Kazakstan." Woof!
Some of the brethren went beyond being anti-Obama and were more explicitly sympathetic to Putin.
"Putin Doesn't Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does," wrote Don Feder at The American Thinker. "Vladimir Putin isn't the Easter Bunny," Feder charitably assessed the Russian president. "On the other hand, he isn't Joseph Stalin." Feder was not as nice to the new government of the "Maidan mob": "We're told that the interim government is pro-Western and pro-EU," said Feder. "When Reagan was president, the expression pro-Western meant something. It meant pro-representative government, pro-human rights and pro-Western (Judeo-Christian) values. Today, it means a willingness to accept same-sex 'marriage,' abortion on demand, an anti-religion ethos -- the agenda of the EU's cultural commissars -- and the economic dictates of the Brussels bureaucracy." He then denounced Obama for making the West stand for "Muslims in the Obama White House," "Obama's life style-friendly military" (gays gays gays), and "the only sitting president to address Planned Parenthood." Between that and Russia, what American patriot wouldn't choose the latter?