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March 1, 2014 - 5:46 am
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I had missed the Sochi closing ceremonies last week, so I watched them on tape.  Well, not quite tape, but that’s what people my age and older call it.  We’ll return to that in a moment.

In the ceremonies, the Russian Olympic Committee representative called the games the greatest ever and said the world got to see “the new face of Russia.”

This week we learned the new face of Russia looks quite a bit like the old face of Russia — paranoid, belligerent and skillful in exploiting moments of American weakness.

Back to the tape.

There’s a whole generation now that doesn’t watch things on tape, and never did.

The millennials are ill-equipped to understand the character of this new U.S.-Russian confrontation.  They don’t know much about the Cold War, except perhaps that Mikhail Gorbachev brought it to an end. They don’t know a thing about Ronald Reagan’s uncompromising crusade against the evil of Soviet totalitarianism, and if they do, they might find his moral clarity discomforting.

They don’t know much about a bishop from Krakow becoming the bishop of Rome and turning the Eastern Bloc inside out with a message of freedom of conscience and human dignity.

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They don’t know much about Maggie Thatcher’s moral certainty in troubled times, despite suffering the domestic-propaganda onslaught from fellow-traveler forces inside the UK seeking a country more like the Soviet Union than “Maggie’s England,” as Roger Waters’ dystopian description proclaimed.

Pink Floyd raises the question: Will the millennials even recognize how the culture, how music, how even ABC played such a destructive role in the Cold War?  America was fed a constant diet from Soviet apologists.  Nena’s “war machine sprang to life” just as Pershing IIs were being deployed to West Germany.  ABC scared the living hell out of children with the apocalyptic docudrama The Day After (aired in Sunday prime time no less), implying the course set by Ronald Reagan would end up with mushroom clouds sprouting up all over the nation.

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And now, everyone who understood how to confront the threat of the Soviet Union can say, “I told you so, and we knew how to handle them.” Reagan, Ed Meese, John Paul II, Caspar Weinberger, Strom Thurmond, and thousands of others who shared their moral clarity. Don’t forget, Ted Kennedy was feeding information to Soviet leaders about how to confront Ronald Reagan. Some were on the wrong side of history, some were on the right.

During this era, Obama was on the wrong side.

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"During this era, Obama was on the wrong side."

Mr. Adams, Obama is STILL on "the wrong side". Did you think no-one had noticed?

What has this man done to advance US interests in his time as POTUS?

He pulled our forces out of Iraq. He has set a timetable for pulling our forces out of Afghanistan. He sanctioned the overthrow of our allies in the Maghreb.

He has inflicted open homosexuality upon the military and naval forces of the United States,(have you heard ANYTHING about the recruitment numbers since he did so? I haven't either.)

His constituency contains people who have considered the USA the greatest enemy the world has ever known, a land and a people who have committed atrocities to dwarf the Third Reich and the Soviet Union and Maoist China.

They have placed their "queen" into their enemy's,(the USA), back row.

We will do nothing. Obama will do nothing. Putin will run roughshod for as far and as long as he likes, since his greatest pawn sits in the Oval Office.

Am I the only one in this 'hood who read all of Allen Drury's novels?
21 weeks ago
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I have a feeling that prayer is going to return to the halls of government. God save us not from Putin but from the sack of idiots the American electorate has put in power. God save us all.
21 weeks ago
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Has a history....which remains largely hidden, buried and unexamined.

Stanley Kurtz Radical-In-Chief is now not merely an investigative account...it is the key to saving freedom.

Anyone who now ignores it does so at our extreme peril. Our job is to take every line of it and apply that knowledge to our salvation. And to expand on it.

Because we have to cease the binary choice, the false choice... that Obama has not picked a side. He has. He always has. And trying to find less frightening reasons for his behavior is a ship that has sailed.
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I'm sure Putin can count on the president to be flexible regarding Ukraine since it's his second term and all.
21 weeks ago
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All in all, just another brick in the wall of Putin's monument and our tomb.
21 weeks ago
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It's an interesting dynamic, isn't it? Remember when our naive little child President thought the world would instantly love us because HE became President? Since then he's learned that his pen and phone don't count for much on the world stage, and none of the stuff he learned from that Alinsky book seems to work either.

Ans do he's decided to turn his back on the world stage. He didn't even attend today's security briefing on the situation in Ukraine. The quality of people he nominates to ambassadorships makes it clear he thinks they are unimportant.

And Putin will continue to tweak little Barry's nose for the next three years.
21 weeks ago
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That "chill" you just felt was the one going up the backbone ( or what is left of it ) of Western Europe. Allowed to become wealthy due to the US picking up the tab for their defense for the last 65 years, they now realize one day perhaps in the not-to-distant future, they could be facing a revived Russia. Tactically there isn't anything we can do to stop Russia's intimidation in Ukraine but perception in geopolitics is reality. And the perception right now is that the US is withdrawing from it's superpower role. Putin now feels he can move freely. The UN can't do anything meaningful because China will block it and besides, China realizes they can move on Taiwan pretty much anytime they choose. Japan will be seeking to rearm soon and probably will turn to India and maybe Australia for an alliance. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Israel will sign a non-aggression pact in their own interests to ward off Russia's client state Iran. How long of a timetable am I suggesting?
Probably within the next decade unless the yoke of Leftism is discarded by America and the West. But I don't see any Thatchers or Reagans out there.
21 weeks ago
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Even if China didn't block it, the UN will side with them anyways because it was from its very inception a Marxist front group.
21 weeks ago
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Oh I'd guess the Thatchers and Reagans are there, but suppressed by the tenured Republicans.
21 weeks ago
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For a pretty good idea about how the Russians view the US and their kindly intentions to us just take a look at the song they played at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. When the US Olympic team marched in to the stadium the song that was played basically said that Alaska belongs to Russia and we have to give it back...or else. This song was very popular in the mid to late 80's during the final decline and end of the Commies.
21 weeks ago
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The Russians were never going to lose their only warm water port. The area effectively is Russian and has been from forever. If we had a president with an ounce of brains, they would quietly let Moscow know that the US will broker a deal and help sell permanent partition in return for the independence of the rest of Ukraine. We could have been an honest broker it it was handled correctly. Now we are just going to look weak and ineffectual and there is a chance Putin will just effectively annex Ukraine.
21 weeks ago
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Agreed. You said a lot in a very little space. Many people would object to this arrangement, but they would be the ones with little to no knowledge of history.
21 weeks ago
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Putin doesn't need a broker when he has a tool.
21 weeks ago
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Ukraine is in the Russian 'sphere of influence'
Just like Mexico is in America's. The last thing
Our inept 'professor in chief' needs is a tangle with
Putin. He'd only embarrass himself, and America...Again.
21 weeks ago
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There will be a cost.
Yep, the ticket price to the space-station just went WAY up.
21 weeks ago
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"During this era, Obama was on the wrong side."

Mr. Adams, Obama is STILL on "the wrong side". Did you think no-one had noticed?

What has this man done to advance US interests in his time as POTUS?

He pulled our forces out of Iraq. He has set a timetable for pulling our forces out of Afghanistan. He sanctioned the overthrow of our allies in the Maghreb.

He has inflicted open homosexuality upon the military and naval forces of the United States,(have you heard ANYTHING about the recruitment numbers since he did so? I haven't either.)

His constituency contains people who have considered the USA the greatest enemy the world has ever known, a land and a people who have committed atrocities to dwarf the Third Reich and the Soviet Union and Maoist China.

They have placed their "queen" into their enemy's,(the USA), back row.

We will do nothing. Obama will do nothing. Putin will run roughshod for as far and as long as he likes, since his greatest pawn sits in the Oval Office.

Am I the only one in this 'hood who read all of Allen Drury's novels?
21 weeks ago
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Russian troops enter Ukraine!

It's 3 am and the White House phone rings, and whether it's Obama, Kerry or Hillary answering it ..."what difference does it make now?"
21 weeks ago
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Obama went to a fundraiser, right after running around the White House with Biden like a couple of idiots. Now all we need is a video to blame the invasion by Russia on, and jail the producer.
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