Posts Tagged ‘sanctions’

Obama and Putin… “It’s…complicated.”

Posted by Troy on 29th December 2016 in Current Events, Political

So Obama hit Russia with some non-effective, but insulting, sanctions.  In particular, closing a couple of Russian facilities and expelling 35 Russian diplomats is really a slap in the face, diplomatically.  Let’s review…

Obama comes into office thinking that he could improve relations with Russia.  He tells the Russians they can build more nukes while we will not and removes the plans for expanding missile defense in eastern Europe, leaving our allies saying… “What the hell, America?”  He sends Hillary over there with her “Reset” button.  What does that get us?

Russia invades the Crimea.  Russia props up Assad.  Russia conspires with China to undermine the dollar as the world currency.  Russia buzzes our military ships and airplanes, flirting with our airspace.

Does Obama have any real issues so far?  Nope.  Not with the espionage, or anything else.

In 2015, he discovers that Russia is trying to influence our elections.  He sternly tells Vlady:  “Hey…Knock it off.”

Woooo…Vlad was scared!  Big, tough Obama said… “Knock it off.”  OMG… if Vlad disobeys there will be… well, there will be pretty much no consequences because Obama is the weakest, most feckless leader we’ve had in a long while.  Obama said he didn’t want to do anything because he was sure Clinton was going to win anyway…but she didn’t.

Little backstory, Hillary supported the Vlad protesters back when he was running for President–trying to influence THEIR election.  So, this could very well be payback.  Or not.  The RNC had hack attacks too, the same as Podesta…they just weren’t stupid enough to fall for it.  So Russia could have simply wanted to embarrass anyone they could.  Assuming that they are behind it at all, which I’m iffy on, honestly.

But Obama was willing to let it go…as long as Hillary won, because he didn’t want to appear partisan.  I hate to say this, but there’s no way that this man could NOT seem partisan.  At every turn, he has demonized Republicans.  When he won, he basically told them that he won the election and could do whatever he damn well pleased and refused to work with Republicans, preferring to try to demonize and shame them in the media instead.  When he couldn’t get his way, he just started signing executive orders.  His behavior is pretty much the cause of the Democrats losing the Senate, which cost Obama the chance to appoint a 5th, Liberal judge to the Supreme Court.  Now, Trump comes in with majorities in the House and Senate.  Trump will get to appoint the next Justice.  All of those sweet little executive orders are a pen swipe away from oblivion.  Obama is the architect of his own demise.  He has managed to reduce his own reign to a footnote:  “*Obama – the first President of African descent.”  That’s all he will be now.  And he did it to himself with his own arrogance.

So he’s doing what any spoiled child would do when he doesn’t get his way.  He is throwing a temper-tantrum.  He is chastising Israel.  He is destroying records of Muslim refugees which were being monitored.  And he’s hitting up Russia.  Why?  To make sure that Trump has as much going wrong as possible.  Obama will not have anyone outshine him.  He will NOT have Trump come in and just win win win.  Obama said he would take it as a personal insult if people didn’t vote in Hillary…and he meant it.

But the real thing is he is setting a trap for Trump.  If Trump reverses this decision, the media and Obama will say that it’s proof that Trump is a Russian pawn.  If Trump doesn’t, Russian relations will continue to deteriorate, leading to possible war or other strife.

I always knew that Obama’s ego knew no bounds, and the last few months are living proof.  He is willing to subject millions of people to war, death, and hardships just because his pride is hurt.

I look forward to Trump flipping the script and making himself look good and Obama look like the immature amateur he always was.

Long Live the Constitution!

Russia to ban imports of foodstuff

Posted by Troy on 8th August 2014 in Current Events

That’s their big ace in the hole then?  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I’m from Georgia.  I know that cuts on imports will hurt our economy (in the short term).  But here is how this plays out:

In the short-term, the Russians have less food and have to pay more for it.  Americans have more food and have to pay less for it.

Since there is now a food shortage in Russia, other producers of food will start to ship more food there to make higher profits.

Shipping food to Russia means they are not shipping food to other places.  These other places will need food.  Guess where they are going to go?  America.  Why?  Because they have a surplus and the food will be cheaper.

Way to go Russia in proving, yet again, that you’re still basically a third rate power in this world.  If that is your big, economic ace, you suck.  The only product you have of any worth is oil.  You have nothing to fall back on.  This is the case of a bluffer playing a game.  It’s just that all the world powers are too chickenshit to call him on it, so he will probably win.  Oh well.  Sorry Ukraine.

Long Live the Constitution!

Russia, the Ukraine, and Why I’m Unconcerned

Posted by Troy on 23rd March 2014 in Current Events, Political

Let’s assume, for the moment, that the vote in the Crimea was legitimate.  I believe the results probably are.  The Crimea has never wanted to be a part of the Ukraine.  They also speak Russian instead of Ukrainian (and language is a unifying factor, one of the reasons I’ve always suspected liberals have been forcing bilingualism on this country–its a divisive factor and assures that the immigrates from Mexico and Cuba never ever assume our culture and love of the Constitution).

If the vote is legitimate, you cannot be against it if you love liberty and our revolution as we were founded on this principle: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”  I do question the wisdom of choosing to live under a totalitarian heel, but to each his own.

But let’s assuming that Russia is rebuilding their empire.  So what?  Russia is still unfree.  As such, they will lack what freedom brings: creativity.  As such, they will always fail.  Even if they grow right back to the 1980s, so what?  No conflict will ever happen between Russia and the United States for the same reason since the beginning: nuclear weapons.  As long as both sides have these, war is too costly, and it will be avoided at all costs.  No war between Russian and the United States could be conducted quickly and cheaply.  As such, it will not happen.  There’s no future in it.  We have no desire to take Russia (as who the hell would want that place?) and they have no ability to take the United States (imagine them going into any city with an armed populace?  City fighting with a gun out of every window?  Impossible.  Snipers picking them off from the trees and running.  Impossible.  Crossing an entire ocean with satellites knowing their every move?  Impossible).  Even if they regain their own stature, they are still just an inert force.  A bellowing wind of nothingness.  A raging tempest in a jar.

So what should we do?  Well, we should have demanded that they allow the Crimea to vote with all troops withdrawn and agreed to honor the results of said election.  That probably would have fixed everything.  If we must do something at this point: embargo of all goods to and from Russia.  Freeze all assets of all Russian nationals and companies.  Develop our energy resources in full and try to talk our allies in Europe from buying energy from us instead of Russia.  Kick them out of the G-8.  Order all US banks and companies to refuse to accept the Russian currency.  Basically…give them the silent treatment like a bunch of high school girls.

War is not the answer.  We have royally screwed up because we got the Ukraine to depend on us, and we have let them down.  I fail to see the logic of declaring war on a major power to force a minor region to live under the rule of another less-minor power against their will.

Long Live the Constitution!