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Suppose, Gentle Reader, that your belligerent neighbor finally stops trying to talk you into selling him your property, and does a home invasion with a load of his shady cronies. He points guns at your head (and the heads of your family) and gives you two choices: sell him your land, or lease it to him for now (but he will be in total control of you and your property for the duration of the lease: and you know he’s gonna take it in the end, anyway).

When you say, “no, I don’t like either option, this land is mine and I want to keep it”, your invading neighbor says, “not an option”, and you hear the clicking sound of the safety on his gun being disengaged. That weapon is cocked, a round is in the chamber, and your head is about to go splat, in a very noisy manner. The only person in your family who likes the situation is your estranged daughter, who thinks the neighbor’s thuggish son is hot. So even if the motherf***er shoots you dead, he gets the land.

Thus, the situation in Ukraine writ small. Russia strolled into Crimea with guns, took control of the situation, and presented the populace with a “heads you lose it all now, tails you lose it all later” set of options. A few of the locals like it, most don’t, and some are vehemently opposed; but that gun is pointed at their collective noggin, and they don’t want to die, especially since they are f***ed no matter what.

This parable is accurate so far as it goes, but of course the real-life version is far worse. Putin’s thug cronies have already declared the outcome as a done deal, never mind how the vote turns out. And the other “neighbors” can’t call the “cops” to protect the Ukranian people, even though (or perhaps because) they know they could be next on the chopping block. These poor people are SO f***ed.

That, my friends, is what is going down in Ukraine. And it sucks.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Here is but one example of such “news” coverage:

: President Barack Obama’s limp foreign policy, his “leading from behind,” and his failure to project American power and influence to areas of our strategic importance has been a virtual invitation to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to intervene in Ukraine’s unstable political situation and extend the former USSR’s dominion over its former client states.

And this fool isn’t the only one. From Righties like David Brooks on across the ocean of political looniness, there is a collective delusion about the American President’s supposed culpability for the actions of the KGB butcher who is treating Ukrainians as he previously did the Georgians. The only difference is the motivations of the critics.

On the Right, the “reason” can be boiled down to the above quote, and its underlying conceit: that Obama is insufficiently like Bush the Lesser. The Raging Righties in their Tightie Whities think that a Prexy must be a warmonger.

On the Left, the “reason” it’s Obama’s fault is: “because Snowden”. Pooty-Poot gave little Eddie sanctuary from the eeeeeevil authoritarian Obaminator, so Putin just has to be a good guy, even when he invades a sovereign state, because Snowden.

Neither side’s case is logical, sensible, or indeed articulate. Vlad the Impaler 2.0 is invading the Ukraine for reasons based in his Soviet-era ideology, and he’d do the same thing regardless of who happened to be in the Oval Office. Putin. Does. Not. Care. What. Anybody. Else. Thinks.

You can blame Obama for lots of things, but not Putin’s invasion of a foreign nation. That blame rests with Putin, and with Putin alone.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

P.S. It has been pointed out that the Righties are far more into the Obama-bashing on this topic than are the Left, and that this post made it appear equivalent. My apologies. The Right Wingnuts are far more obnoxious, frequent, and extreme than the Left.

20140219-075759.jpg That is a picture of one small part of the people’s uprising against the Government of Putin-Puppet Yanukovic. He took power in a rigged election, imprisoned his predecessor, and started to run his country like his KGB boss Vladimir told him to. Now the whole country is in a meltdown.

At least 25 are dead, hundreds imprisoned, and thousands injured in their fight against the nouveau Soviet state that Putin is helping to set up. The Ukrainian Olympic athletes are being muzzled to an extent, so as to keep the coverage of the games all light and fluffy, but they are sending out tweets of support and consolation to their countrymen back home.

Remember, folks, while we are looking at Sochi, Putin and his pals are murdering their subjects over in Kiev. Enjoy the skiing and skating, but we can multitask: let us also stand with the brave citizens of the Ukraine as they fight for their freedom. Freedom that they already fought for, and thought they had won.

Stand with them, because the same could happen to us someday.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky