Sen. McCain to the rescue. He looks on in horror as the dramatic threats of the Obama administration against Russia on Ukraine are not only undeterring but in fact mocked by the Russians.
He has developed an eleven point plan to hoist the administration back up onto a war footing with Russia. Never let a good crisis go to waste.
McCain would start of course with money. Not his own but ours. His first point is to pass the one billion dollar loan guarantee to Ukraine currently stalled in the Senate. Just an appetizer, as he foresees much more US money “to strengthen the IMF’s ability to be a stronger partner to Ukraine.”
Then McCain would have NATO come in to Ukraine to “rebuild” the Ukrainian military, presumably to prepare it to attack Russia and presumably we would have to pay for this as well.
NATO would then be expected to be more attuned to the anti-Russian impulses of its new members in the Baltics and eastern Europe, or as Russia expert Eric Kraus puts it, the Baltic and Polish tail wagging the dog. Or as McCain puts it: “Enhance NATO’s force presence, security cooperation, and military exercises, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries.”
Most significantly, McCain’s plan is to bring into NATO as many countries as possible as quickly as possible so that the possibility that the US will not go to war at the behest of Georgia or some other chihuahua nation in the region will be legally impossible. Every little corner of the former Soviet world who pokes Russia should have the instant backing of the entire US nuclear arsenal.
It is moral hazard on methamphetamine.
Says McCain, we must:
Work within NATO to take all necessary steps that can prepare for the expansion of the alliance to include countries such as Georgia and Montenegro as soon as possible.
McCain is working overtime to push the US to war with Russia over an insignificant piece of land thousands of miles away. Expect at least a 15 point plan tomorrow.