Hillary Clinton considers Vladimir Putin’s Crimea hi-jinks comparable to Hitler’s occupation of the Czech Sudetenland.
Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo finds the Nazi analogy more apt in — and indeed not just an analogy in — Ukraine proper.
Which one, if either, has it right? In any contest between the two, I’d have to bet on Raimondo, but frankly the whole thing is starting to remind me of The Producers …
The only really bankable conclusion I can think of is that there’s no legitimate US security interest involved in deciding who governs in Crimea … or in Kiev. Let’s sit this one out.
According to US Senator John McCain, “we are all Ukrainians.”
I can’t speak for anyone else, but as for myself, no, I’m not a Ukrainian.
And if McCain is a Ukrainian, what the hell is he doing representing Arizona in the US Senate instead of serving in the Verkhovna Rada?
Meanwhile McCain’s 2008 running mate, Sarah Palin, claims to have predicted the current turn of events back then, referring to this campaign gem:
After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence — the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next …
Interesting, but there’s a problem with it: Russia didn’t “invade Georgia.” Georgia invaded South Ossetia, attacked Russian troops there, and got its ass whipped. There’s a difference.
I confess that I’m not a huge fan of US president Barack Obama’s foreign and military policies, which seem to amount to pretty much serving George W. Bush’s third and fourth terms.
On the other hand, McCain and Palin continue to prove that we could have done much, much worse when it comes to US military misadventurism.
by Joe Scarry
I’ve been thinking a lot about the new Miyazaki film – The Wind Rises – and the questions it raises for us about whether we can enjoy the thrill of new technology without being sucked into the evil things done with that technology.
Part of this is being honest with ourselves: what is it about flight that is so intoxicating? There are so many cultural expressions of our love of airplanes and everything they represent . . . .
And lo and behold! this morning WFMT started playing a series of classical compositions inspired by airplane flight and other technology. There are a whole series of works dating from the 1920s onward that express how shockingly new these flying machines have felt, and how exhilarating it has been to associated with them.
Somehow my thoughts progressed from George Antheil (Ballet mecanique, Piano Sonata No. 2(“The Airplane”) to Karlheinz Stockhausen (Helikopter Streichquartett) to John Adams (Short Ride in a Fast Machine) . . . until I landed on that most pure, popular expression of the joy of flight, practically the anthem of my childhood: “Up, Up, and Away” performed by The Fifth Dimension.
American politicians’ obsession with governing Ukraine, that is.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice may even be going for the trifecta — she seems to be applying for the jobs of running the US, Ukraine and Russia, all at the same time. The Russians themselves seem less than impressed with her resume.
US Senator John McCain is supposedly from Arizona and supposedly serves in the US Senate, but having failed of election to the presidency of the United States now seems to be angling for appointment as Ukraine’s foreign minister.
All of which is fine, I guess … but if these people want to run Ukraine, is it too much to ask that they resign their positions in the US government, stop cashing paychecks on US taxpayer funds, renounce their US citizenships and rent apartments in Kiev?
by Joe Scarry
Sherlock Holmes is currently experiencing a tremendous resurgence in popularity, and so I am probably not the only person who thought of Holmes upon reading about Jose Pimentel:
Gregory (Scotland Yard detective):
”Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
: “That was the curious incident.”(See “Silver Blaze” on Wikipedia)
Pimentel’s case, of course, involves the curious incident of a so-called “lone wolf” terrorist. Pimentel was charged with building a pipe bomb and intending to strike a variety of American targets. And yet, according to the New York Times report, “No evidence has been produced in court that Mr. Pimentel had co-conspirators or was taking instructions from terrorist organizations abroad.”