In separate phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Putin underlined “steps being taken by Crimea’s legitimate authorities … being based on international law on behalf of the interests of the population there,” according to a Kremlin statement. Putin also said new Ukrainian authorities were doing nothing “to curb ultra-nationalist and radical forces committing outrages” in Kiev and other regions.
Putin speaks with Merkel, Cameron as Crimea crisis mounts – CNN.com.
You know, this sounds awfully familiar for some reason. That reason would be this.
You are always hearing about how this and that sounds a lot like Hitler. Well if you know the true history like you can get from this book, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich“, you will know that a lot of it isn’t true. In this case, however, it sounds exactly like Hitler did before and after going into Austria and many other nations near Germany where he claimed that atrocities toward Germans were happening and had to be stopped. Hillary Clinton recently was scolded for making this connection but it does show that she knows her history. In this case at least.
I’m not sure what Putin is up to exactly, other than protecting his own country’s interests in this case. For years I’ve warned about his attitude being a threat and this is just one more confirmation of that fact. He is from the old school KGB. The government is good, everything else is secondary. Many people still don’t believe that he’s trying to rebuild the Soviet empire, but I’m not so sure. His military puts on a good show, but they really aren’t as viable as they would have you think. They have had as many recent failures as successes, but do continue to beat down descent amongst their people at Putin’s orders.
The lack of respect for American power displayed by Putin is a direct result of President Obama wanting to make America seem weak to the world to gain favor. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t understand the world very well. He certainly doesn’t understand the Putins of the world who believe that displays of power that go unchecked further strengthen their position. Having the natural resources that Russia does also influences their power and wielding this power in their own neighborhood is something that Putin is getting more flagrant about. He knows that many of the eastern block countries that were formerly a part of the Soviet Union can’t make it without oil and gas supplied to them from Russia. This presents them with much the same problem that we have with the middle east.
If America is to remain relevant and more importantly secure, we have to continue to be a power not to be taken lightly. When you weaken yourself to make others feel more secure and try to gain their friendship this way, you also look weak to those who are looking to take over your big brother role in the world. Make no mistake, America can hold her own militarily against anyone. As long as the world knows this, they are less likely to try to really do anything to hurt you directly. Of course, countries like Iran will blow smoke and yell that they will destroy you, but they are only trying to gain notoriety for taking on the big guy while knowing the truth of their position. How you react to these types of threats is what really shows the world who you are and unfortunately at present, our president has shown he’s more interested in being popular than doing what’s best for America.