Streetwise Professor

February 28, 2014

I’m Sorry, But “Feckless” Just Isn’t Insulting Enough

Filed under: History,Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 7:19 pm


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?

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  1. > You know, just like the Rhineland, the Anschluss, the Sudetenland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc.

    You conveniently forgot to mention the Philippines, Cuba, Granada, Panama, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, etc.

    > Eventually political pressure or a Jimmy Carter circa December, 1979-like realization will compel Obama to do something

    Do you mean creating another monster that would kill 3000+ Americans the way the CIA-funded and -trained Osama Bin Laden had done?

    Interview with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, January 15-21, 1998,

    “Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

    Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

    Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?

    Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.

    Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

    Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

    Q: Some stirred up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

    Brzezinski: Nonsense!

    Comment by vladislav — February 28, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Ah Vladislav, pumping for your heroes Noriega and Milosovich I see.

    Of course drug dealing and the extermination of ethnic minorities respectively should be fine by you.

    You seem quite happy when the Russians do it.

    As to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, you do know the Soviets planned it in 1978 don’t you?

    I know you have a very limited understanding of how the military actually works, but. you don’t plan, organize, and implement an operation on that scale of conventional forces overnight.

    Also the way the Spetznast killed the Afghan president while he was on the phone calling the Soviet embassy for help, typically Russian.

    Comment by Andrew — February 28, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

  3. “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” has not emerged from nowhere: it’s a culture as persistent and pervasive in Washington as Stalinism is in Moscow. Pretty sure Lavrov is green with envy that it was not he who came up with this masterpiece, though.

    Comment by Ivan — March 1, 2014 @ 4:00 am

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