Rightbloggers Find the Real Issue in Ukraine: Obama's a Sissy
At WorldNetDaily, radio host Michael Savage said, "Putin is certainly not a good guy, but he is not the villain in this." The villains, per Savage, were actually Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and "designated liar Susan Rice," whom he accused of trying to start a war. Nuland and Rice are "neo-conservatives," he explained, who "don't care which side you're on, as long as they can work with you to create a political situation that they can grow into a war from which they will profit." Savage portrayed Obama as detached from foreign policy -- "they took the trouble to Photoshop Obama into pictures of national security meetings during the Benghazi crisis. In this case, they're not even bothering to pretend he's in charge" -- who will be easily manipulated by Nuland and Rice into a war to defend "pro-Islamist Ukrainian neo-Nazis." (Savage ran this under the headline "PUTIN CROSSES OBAMA'S PINK LINE," presumably so WND's audience would read it.)
Others argued it was Obama who was sympathetic to Putin, in that they shared the same goal. "The Putin/Obama Game... is simply an orchestrated continuation of the Global Left's game plan to take down America," explained Dick Manasseri of Gulag Bound. "One can't help but wonder how much of the rhetoric that comes out of Obama's teleprompter on the Ukraine and everything else is controlled by Putin?" Manasseri's solution: In the next election (assuming "we can avoid Martial Law"), readers should vote for candidates who will support a Constitutional convention, thus thwarting "the Putin/Obama team" who "want you to surrender your guns, your liberties, and, if necessary for their dominance, your lives."
We assume the cartoonist didn't run this by any Ukrainians first. (Via.)
Still others had more particular hobby horses, e.g. Babalu Blog: "Obama warns Russia over invasion of Ukraine but is silent on Cuba's invasion of Venezuela." "If I'm the Poles," said Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, "the lesson I'd take is that if Ukraine had kept its nukes, this wouldn't be happening, and if I want to be safe, I should get hold of some nukes myself. If I were Lithuania, even more so." Maybe Reynolds hopes to open an online international arms bazaar just as soon as Rand Paul overturns the statist laws against them.
Obama executive-ordered some carefully-worded sanctions which included the words "those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine," probably to cover the non-uniformed personnel on the Crimean scene whom most people assume are Russian agents.
Also, since he should have been sitting grimly by the Hot Line all weekend like Henry Fonda in Fail Safe, the fact that Obama brought his family with him for a weekend in Key Largo, Florida was considered by the brethren a dereliction of duty.
Samuel Gonzalez of The Last Tradition ran vintage photos of Obama swimming and playing golf, and claimed his Florida trip shows that "[Obama] just doesn't care what's happening in the Ukraine. It's a devastating message to our allies around the world that says 'you're on your own' don't depend on the U.S. to defend you. Our enemies? 'Do what you want, the U.S. won't stop you.'" That makes it the most eloquent vacation since Chevy Chase punched the moose at Wally World.
"He still doesn't have any plan, so he might as well be useless down in the Keys," sneered Tom Maguire at Just One Minute. "Hey, at least he's being frugal about it," said Patterico's Pontifications. "The rooms are only $2500 per night." "No one messes with the Obamas' vacation plans and gets away with it," blar-harred Michael Dorstewitz of Right Wing News.
When the White House explained to the press that, in our new age of jet travel, the President could if necessary get back to the White House quickly, Soopermexican of the Independent Journal Review said, "All Americans weep in distress today at the terrible news that President Obama has suffered another tragedy, possibly inspired by racism, in his troubled second term as our paternalistic government all-father." We think he was being sarcastic.
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air gets credit for remembering back to the Bush Western White House years, but he still thought "at this particular moment in history, the optics question may loom a bit larger than it would otherwise. [Charles] Krauthammer is only one of many observers to recently point out that Vladimir Putin's plans my be emboldened by a sense that the American President is simply weakened and does not pose any real threat to his agenda." If Putin sees Obama nonchalantly taking a trip at a moment of crisis, that'll convince him Obama is a sissy.
We should appreciate their efforts, or at least sympathize with them. Briefly, very few people in the United States really want to go to war anymore. At last week's CPAC conference, a straw poll revealed that 52% of the hyper-conservative attendees agreed with the statement, "Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, it's time for our European, Asian and other allies to provide for their own defense." When you can't get CPAC people excited about war -- at least, not a foreign war -- it may be a stretch to expect normal Americans to agree that the best approach in an international crisis is to be as reckless and belligerent as possible. Maybe they should work up a bill to have The Charge of the Light Brigade taught in public schools.