Remember when Khrushchev pounded his shoe on the conference table with JFK? He said he would “bury us economically.”
Well, here we are in two wars we cannot afford, with our troops stretched paper thin, with our economy in shambles, and in debt up to our ears to China, Saudi Arabia and others that we can scarce call our true friends.
Do you think this did not figure into Putin’s calculations? Don’t think for a minute that Putin did not carefully choose this moment for that very reason. Putin is not our friend.
Putin controls Russia. He has been taking over newspapers and media in Russia for years now. he has been assassinating journalists that don’t “quote the party line” (sound familiar?). He has systematically done all the things that Hitler did to take control of the Germans in building the Third Reich.
Putin isn’t playing. He has chosen his moment carefully, when America is at her very weakest in my lifetime. Not just weak militarily or economically, but weak in terms of our “brand” and our ability to influence the world to do “the right thing.”
Putin is not our friend. And he knows how to play diplomacy and its slow pace to his advantage militarily. He could care less about negotiating. Negotiating is for fools who don’t understand what he is up to. And that is not a neo-con talking, that is a progressive liberal who understands the ultimate goal that Putin has for Russia.
What’s Russia’s motive?
His goal, as an old KGB agent, has always been to reconstitute the Soviet Union, only bigger and better and more powerful economically.
How does he do that? By controlling the flow of oil to the world.
Hoe does he accomplish that? By controlling all the territory from Russia to the Persian Gulf.
Right now, Iran is a pseudo-satellite of Russia, and is blind to Putin’s true intent. By the time Putin reaches Iran and annexes it, it will be all over but the shouting. We must stop him now or face another world war with him in control of the majority of the world’s oil reserves.
China and India
China is dependent on oil, actually more addicted to it than we are, as is India. Putin and Russia have always been concerned about China’s size and population (military strength). What better way to control China than through oil? it is no mistake that Chavez has been negotiating with China to supply them oil instead of the U.S., and Chavez and Putin are big buddies.
So, controlling the world’s oil would put Putin in virtual control of China and India, or at least put their economies under his control, which is virtually the same thing.
The End Game
How long could the Western world last without the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf? A month? Longer? Even with rationing, if gas goes to $12/gallon, how will our economy survive that kind of hit that quickly? Not to mention the need for gasoline and petroleum products for our war effort.
What must we do?
NATO must step up with America’s leadership to prevent another world war, which will take place if we appease Putin and let him build strength, just like we did with Hitler and Stalin.
If you want to know where appeasement gets you, just Google Neville Chamberlain.