“War is a racket.”
US Marine General Smedley Butler, two-time Medal of Honor recipient
How much war is enough? Haven’t we had our fill? I know I have, especially in so much as we are engaged in wars of choice, you know, for, for…democracy, or terrorism, or, y’know…something.
This time, though, “we” are provoking Russia over a country in her own backyard that “we” have precisely zero historic ties to. I say “we” euphemistically because of course it isn’t a collective “we” that goes to war, although we all pay for it. No, the blood is spilled by individual soldiers, most of whom would probably rather protect the USA’s borders, which is what George Washington advised, and which is at least a Constitutional duty, but then, of course, we are no longer a republic, so really there’s nothing left to protect, save the obscene corporate profits of the defense industry and the hides of the duplicitous nations we do business with these days.
So the next time you hear someone say “we” need to intervene in Ukraine because “we” have vital interests there, just ask one question: Whose vital interests? Surely not mine, and I’ve had the privilege of living in Ukraine. And by the way, is there anywhere on earth we don’t have vital interests? Where would that be? We have bases almost all over the world. It’s outrageous. What possible need do we have to still be in Korea almost 70 years later? If they still can’t stand on their own two feet, maybe it’s time they learned how.
But Ukraine? I weep for that beautiful country. My heart goes out to my friends there. But it is not at all clear to me which side is right and wrong in Kiev, which alone is enough reason to mind our own business. What is clear to me are these facts:
The crisis was precipitated by US intervention, particularly the shrewish Victoria Nuland, she of the classy remark: “F*ck the EU”…now that’s diplomacy! But before she was handing out cookies to the “protesters” (who were armed to the teeth in an effort to destroy the democratically elected government), she was plotting with NGO’s to bring down Yanukovich.
Russia clearly has a vested interest in Ukraine, we don’t-If you doubt this, look at a map. Learn. But beyond that, understand the history. It’s too bad that the average US citizen has to invest this kind of time in an education before we kill people on the other side of the world, but it’s pretty obvious to me that I know more about this country than the State Department, which seems to think that every problem is a nail and every solution involves a hammer. Too bad Russia has a hammer too, and they will not back down on this. A good general chooses his battle wisely. Best not to corner a bear. You don’t know what it will do. As far as Russia is concerned, Ukrainians are as close as you can get to native sons. This isn’t about wheeling and dealing to them. It’s about blood and soil.
Russia has nuclear weapons. This ain’t a bunch of camel jockeys you can kill by drone from the comfort of your HQ back in California and be home in time for Happy Hour. No, I don’t think even someone like Mad Dog McCain wants to go toe-to-toe with the Russkies over Ukraine. The trouble is, war is a messy and unpredictable business, and they usually get started by the likes of empty suits like Barack Hussein Obama: through blunders and miscalculation.
Our position is hypocritical. Kerry gets all teary-eyed talking about the Maidan protesters that committed a coup and ousted the former democratically elected president. Yet now that eastern Ukraine wants to do the same thing only they want to go to Russia, why, according to the neocon talking heads, it’s all orchestrated by that sneaky bastard Putin. Well, yes, true…in the same way we orchestrated the regime change in Kiev. Pot, meet kettle.
We can’t afford this nonsense. America is failing. We have a Congress that has been bought and paid for by defense lobbyists and foreign countries. We have dual passport-holders with big conflicts of interest conducting our foreign policy. We have a bunch of elitist thugs of our own who seem to think that global American power is eternal. It isn’t. We are a waning power, and we need to learn to play our cards smarter than we have. Our economy is on its last legs, our people can’t get decent jobs, and we can’t afford to start wars willy-nilly whenever some armchair general decides he wants to be a tough guy using my money and the blood of your sons and daughters.. This “defense” business is no defense at all. It’s offensive. We think we can play God with other countries. Here’s a clue: we’re not God.
We have no business in eastern Europe, but that doesn’t stop the Neocon media from banging the war drum. So the next time some idiot tells me “we” have to do something in Ukraine, I’m going to ask them who the hell is “we”? Why don’t YOU do it? Vote with your own feet. Go to Kiev…there are regular flights. Join the militia of your choice, y’know, the one with the “good guys” in it. Give them your money, and they’ll probably give you a rifle. Now YOU start shooting at people you don’t know for reasons you can’t comprehend, but when they start shooting back don’t be surprised, and don’t come whining to me for my money or my blood to help you out. Best thing for you to do is grow up. It’s an imperfect world out there, and they don’t care much what you think. Get used to it.