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Ah yes in the usual Neo-con diatribe Charles Krauthammer forgets the military option and proposes throwing money as a solution. Whatever happened to that gung-ho attitude?

Of course he bewails not maintaining the occupation of Iraq, and ponders why are we not fully embroiled in Syria. He bemoans Putin's great diplomacy in massing troops on the Ukrainian border, if only we would stop dithering and do the same.

Diplomacy is only diplomacy if you scream very loudly; if not a fully fledged temper tantrum at least stamp your foot he whines.

His solution, throw money at the situation and it will all be fine.

Yes, $15 billion is a lot of money. But it’s less than one-half of one-tenth of 1 percent of the combined E.U. and U.S. GDP. And expending treasure is infinitely preferable to expending blood. Especially given the strategic stakes: Without Ukraine, there’s no Russian empire.
Indeed the world would be such a fine place if everyone took an aggressive stance, what in fact Chuck is whining about is diplomacy; what he is propositioning is more aggression. The one thing he knows is that if the West take a more aggressive stance then Russia will also escalate its belligerence. We can then return to the hedonistic days of the cold war, so sorely missed by all.

As with all warmongers they always want to escalate the situation to such an extent that a war footing is taken and this in turn feeds their world view. There is nothing that might cannot resolve and interventionism is the only way forward.

I am trying to think of one imposition of democracy that has been a success when it hasn't come from its own people, of course as any good warmonger would argue; its because we haven't imposed it hard enough.

Oh and as Chuck knows deep in his little black heart, $15 billion is a pittance, especially if it reignites the cold war, then the money will just simply roll into the MIC.

As everyone knows

We will be welcomed with flowers, and in this 100th anniversary year of the start of WW1 they might well be poppies.

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  •  Tip Jar: Scream from the battlements (19+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:07:04 AM PST

  •  Krauthammer and others of his ilk (= Neocons) are (4+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, DuzT, kenwards, thomask

    the worst thing to have plagued America in the last 50 yrs.

    They have goaded the country into far too many failed wars which have caused endless destruction, suffering and misery to millions of innocent human beings, have brought us to economic stagnation, and have more than tarnished our moral standing in the world.

    But they don't give a fek, because the well-being of average Americans is the least of their concerns. It's all about kowtowing to special-interest groups and enabling the looting of other countries' resources by their crony predator-capitalists - while the US continues its steep decline economically and morally.

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:00:48 AM PST

  •  And don't forget Iran. (3+ / 0-)
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    That's the big one the neocons are lusting after.
    They're scared shitless that there may actually be a (gasp!) diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue.
    Where's the fun in that?

    I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

    by DuzT on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:06:53 AM PST

  •  As far as the Ukraine is concerned it is really (2+ / 0-)
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    amazing to see Krauthammer (otherwise an outspoken Zionist) come out in support of what has happened there.

    In effect a seizure of power by a protest movement which far from being democratic has been led by the nose by its most violent component: two extreme right-wing, truly neo-Nazi and violently anti-semitic groups, Svoboda and Right Sector whose avowed heros are the SS Division 14 "Galizien".

    Perhaps Krauthammer needs to stop bloviating and do some reading.

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:22:55 AM PST

  •  "Mein Führer..." (2+ / 0-)
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    "I CAN WALK!!!"


  •  To Give Charles credit (2+ / 0-)
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    NeoCon militarism still flickers, in sort of a wan and nostalgic  call for gunboat diplomacy, and a shot at the president, too.

    Secretary of State John Kerry says Russian intervention would be a mistake. Alas, any such declaration from this administration carries the weight of a feather. But better that than nothing. Better still would be backing these words with a naval flotilla in the Black Sea.
    A naval flotilla?  To do what exactly?   In the Crimea?  Are you nuts?
  •  Charles Krauthammer reminds me . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    whizdom, a2nite, LaFeminista, kenwards

    of the eagle on the Muppet Show.  All belligerent bluster and no brains.   The only channels he blathers on are the Faux Nooz ones.   Krauthammer:  Old.  Stupid.  Wrong.

  •  Chuck is (2+ / 0-)
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    bitter because the neocon fantasy of occupying the Mideast long-term seems to be receding as a possibility. So I guess participating in a war in Ukraine is a consolation prize of sorts. It's in the same neighborhood anyway, so at least the troops would be there in anticipation of the glorious day when a Republican sits in the Oval Office again.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:59:32 AM PST

  •  So. let's see $15 more in SNAP bebefits. (2+ / 0-)
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    It its such a pittance.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:22:12 AM PST

  •  I noticed no one mentioned mercenaries (1+ / 0-)
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    No one pledged NOT to hire mercenaries and send them to whatever 'hot spot' armed soldiers could be used... in lieu of the US military personnel.

    The fact that neither Chuckie nor anyone else who has mentioned this decrease in military spending has mentioned mercenaries in one form or another disturbs me.  I don't know why for sure, but it does.

    OTOH, who needs a lot of soldiers (or even mercenaries) on the ground when big kids using joy sticks can operate drones halfway around the world and still kill lots of people...?

    What better way to kill people than to play a video game with real humans as the target? ... she writes, snarkily.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:09:58 AM PST

  •  Yes a mere pittance (1+ / 0-)
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    when it comes to war, military adventures, showing the flag, being a serious nation fulfilling its serious mission as the one true remaining superpower...

    but to help people in this country? My god think of the immoral deficit burdening our grandchildren!

    People like Krautie miss the old Soviet Union so damned much. Muslim terrorists just don't have the same pizzazz as international boogeymen. Putin gives them an opportunity to resurrect the glory of the Cold War days.

    They can only handle simplicity.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:36:41 AM PST

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