by Karl Spain
From the Daily Caller, quoting McCain’s visits to Meet The Press this morning:
“I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” McCain said. “It is really, really heartbreaking.”
McCain was expressing his frustration with how the U.S. and major European powers like France and Germany have failed to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin’s advance on Ukraine.
“I believe that German chancellor and president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful. Vladimir Putin has not paid any price,” McCain said.
That remains to be seen. McCain is hurt, angry, frustrated (old) and also partially right.
But only partially so, and that makes a difference.
Ukraine was a Soviet republic, part of their hegemony sphere after WWII. Not pretty, but neither is the One China policy, the 39th parallel decision, or our exits from Vietnam and Iraq. Pretty sure the Senator was ashamed those days too and he might have actually lived through all of them. The U.S. isn’t always right and we aren’t always able to help those that deserve it. I think the 27 million North Koreans living under a family of homicidal maniacs for over 50 years now — deserve a break — to be honest; but we’re not gonna lift a finger for them Senator and you’re not losing a wink of sleep over that.
Merkel and Hollande fear arming the Ukrainians (openly) would simply draw Putin in, like more blood for a frenzied shark and o\in this case I not only think Merkel knows Putin better then McCain does, I think she’s closer to his army divisions and has plenty of incentive to stop him.
It’s a shame McCain can’t see how completely Merkel has also knee capped him over the last 6 months. Make no mistake, it’s Merkel that has crashed the Ruble, stopped Russian GDP growth and actually reversed it — to contraction. In the spring the Russian Banks will nationalize. Putin went from a positive $100B a year in cash flow to negative $100B annually in 6 short months, while Merkel worked him over, without ever showing her head or saying a word. The Russian mortgage market is a mess, foodstuffs are expensive and the black market is blossoming. Merkel canceled all cross country commercial deals, she manipulated and enforced the sanctions from around the globe like a German hawk and every detail of what’s happening — she made happen.
Everybody thinks she’s soft, even Putin, I think she’s clever. She can’t beat Putin with bravado Senator, like you want too, she knows the way to defeat him with the least loss of life is exactly the way she’s doing it; crash his economy, draw him out into an extended conflict, supply the rebels covertly, and then wait until the Russian public’s deep mistrust of this adventure, catches up with Putin himself.
He may be ruthless enough to kill a lot of Russians to shut them up (as he has in the past) but his time is running short and the Russian people know it.