I have repeatedly called the administration’s policies in Syria and vis a vis Russia “feckless.” This was intended to be a damning insult. But it just isn’t insulting enough.
Why do I say that? The White House told CNN that the Russian takeover of Ukraine isn’t an invasion. Get this: It’s an “uncontested arrival.”
You know, just like the Rhineland, the Anschluss, the Sudetenland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc.
Only Orwell can do justice to such a monstrous formulation:
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
This administration will stop at nothing to avoid confronting Putin in any way, shape, or form.
Reading such Orwellian formulations as “uncontested arrival,” Putin will conclude that the US will not even put a speed bump in his path, which will only encourage him. In Ukraine, definitely. But maybe not just there. He also itches to settle the Baltics’ hash.
This is very dangerous. Eventually political pressure or a Jimmy Carter circa December, 1979-like realization will compel Obama to do something, as much as he rebels against the very idea. This is exactly the way things can spin out of control. Far better to be stalwart upfront, then reactive later on.
But hey. Who am I to harsh The One’s happy hour?