I occasionally receive commentary to my efforts. The following is a cut and paste derived from the website THE HAYRIDE: News and Commentary on Louisiana and National Politics. You could check it out. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
My correspondent is listed with a photo as follows:
Charles Foster Malloy · Janitor at Malloy Firm and is quoted as follows: “Comparing Obama to Don Quixote is not being fair to Don Quixote. The latter had an honest heart, and erstwhile will to do good and defend honorable causes, but he frequently tilted at windmills – harmless, good things mistaken as evil.
Is that what this guy / author is saying here? That Putin /Russia is a windmill? Clearly, Russia and Putin are no Windmills; in fact the author compares them to Hitler and Nazi Germany (although I do not see Putin as being that insane – at least not yet).
The fact is, to some extent, appeasement is a viable strategy, especially when your military strength is (well, relatively speaking, weakened). Buy yourself time, shore up your Defenses, and appease your enemy until such time as you are prepared to do something about it.
The issue with appeasement is it becomes a complacency and the enemy builds themselves at the same time, such that, you may not get a better opportunity to fight on better relative terms.
So what should we do, launch the nukes?
What is the author’s idea for alternatives (besides sending over someone other than the idiot, a matter I agree with him over)?
My response follows:
Putin’s not a windmill; the illusion all international crises are solvable by applying monetary sanctions is the windmill keeping the allegedly noble and altruistic Obama heart muscle pumping. He’s not even addressing the real problem on the scale it truly represents. One sovereign nation is ready to INVADE another sovereign nation and place their puppet government in power. Obama wants to assure Putin can’t use his credit cards abroad. It’s nowhere near the level of response appropriate for the action: hence the windmill allusion.
Putin’s NOT a psycho? He was and is a KGB agent at heart (if they actually possess one) and an ultra-nationalist. He won’t stop until the USSR of old is as closely as possible replicated with Russia at the helm of that ship of state. Guess what megalomaniac believes he’s going to “save” his country. It won’t be a Ukrainian seeking to develop self-determination in his own country. It’ll be Putin and Russian tank divisions invading under the pretext of rescuing ethnic, Russian speaking Ukrainians. You know, like Hitler in the Sudetenland; remember?
Your words: “The fact is, to some extent, appeasement is a viable strategy, especially when your military strength is (well, relatively speaking, weakened). Buy yourself time, shore up your Defenses, and appease your enemy until such time as you are prepared to do something about it” may seem true but Obama is NOT trying to shore up our defenses. The ass is continually weakening the military with the assent of a GOP too stupid to see they were duped into pushing for the Sequestration which immediately enacted powerful, deep and debilitating budget cuts threatening our safety here and abroad. Appeasement led to World War 2. It wasn’t an abstraction. It was a real war ending with the death and destruction of millions and the desolation of large land masses needing billions (trillions in today’s currency) of dollars to repair. But the death of humanity was too close for comfort when everybody turned their backs on reality and sought to claim “it’s not my responsibility” and “am I my brother’s keeper?”
The answer to that is yes; you are your brother’s keeper. Martin Niemoller said: “When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”
I suggest we think about the new frontier we’ve been placed at the edge of now. Obama put us in greater jeopardy than any other president. We must not allow him anymore latitude to command by “executive privilege”. The Congress needs to pull in the reins through the Supreme Court and gain definition of the concept this is a true tripartite government with a bicameral legislature responsible to the people. This man (Obama) must be stopped before it gets to the point we are looking at Russian interference in all NATO countries and we must honor treaties with armed intervention.
In finality for the moment Charles, my handle is “SARGE”. My name is Richard. I don’t respond affirmatively to “this guy” and I’ll respect you as long as you respect me. I have been in a war zone. I have fought in defense of those who couldn’t or wouldn’t defend themselves and fought to preserve life as an EMT and a Police Officer for 30 years. I speak from experience. The records are available to validate these statements. I invite you to participate in the world outside your “janitor” responsibilities at The Malloy Firm. The dangers are outside of your door and nowhere near academia. The threats are real. Some are international and some (possibly the worst) are domestic in nature.
It’s my pleasure to engage with you on a theoretical basis. But, I live in the real world; always have since I was 17 years old and that was a long time ago in a land far, far away. I invite you to do the same. See the world. Experience new and foreign cultures. It will mature you and develop a new world view.
Stay well and good luck and Thanks for Listening.