PUTIN RIDES AGAIN
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Barack Obama’s sanctions solution is just as stoopid as all his other “solutions”. Economically isolating a powerful global player started World War II and the US has already filled its quota of starting wars.
Pickering Post’s initial response to MH17 was: “To suggest Moscow supplied a sophisticated surface-to-air missile launcher, capable of destroying anything up to 21,000 metres away, to a bunch of hot-headed, masked rednecks and taught them how to shoot down airliners with it, beggars belief. Blaming Putin for the idiot operator of a Russian-made missile is like blaming Victa if you run over a rose bush with your lawnmower.”
Tony Abbott led the West in demanding Putin’s cooperation, and he got it, and probably as soon as was reasonably possible given that MH17 crashed into a red hot war zone. It is doubtful a Russian fingerprint will be found on that spent missile casing, other than as the manufacturer.
Contrary to White House reports Putin is polling double Obama’s domestic approval rate at 83%. And Obama’s simplistic solution to world outrage is to pile on more sanctions that can only hurt the Eurozone which is already teetering on bankruptcy.
International anger is skewing rational assessment of this atrocity. When body parts and aircraft pieces rained on a remote militarised corner of Ukraine, the Russian-backed hoons were as surprised as anyone.
Their first response was to loot belongings, stealing cash and credit cards. That’s hardly the response of the guilty who were undoubtedly busy putting as much distance between themselves and the crash site as possible.
Unlike Obama, Putin is no mug. He’s ex-KGB and already knows exactly who among the militia is responsible. He will now wait for the West’s forensic analysis and, when an undeniable finger is finally pointed, he will act to offer up a sacrificial lamb or two.
In the meantime he will sit and wait, hoping the West finds Kiev has a hand in it.
As reported in the Post five months back, “Russia has critical defence infrastructures in Ukraine and berths its Black Sea naval force in Crimea. Did the West really believe Putin would not act to retain his Crimean jewel?
“And what the hell is Obama doing stationing forces in the Baltic and slamming puerile sanctions on individual Russians? Is he mad?
“Putin has outwitted Obama at every turn and it will take far smarter men than Obama and Biden to outwit Putin.
“I know I’m on my own here, but I believe the West should butt out of Putin’s dream of reconstructing the disbanded USSR that they themselves precipitated.
Ukraine carries all the ingredients for world war III and now is not the time for sanctions, it’s the time for talking and resolving a terrible act that Putin is not personally responsible for.
If a resource rich Alaskan minority reached 40 mile across the Bering Sea into the arms of Russia, what would be Obama’s response?