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In a Sack

Writes Jack D Douglas:

I doubt that the Kiev Junta has sent its best military and secret police forces into the E. Ukraine Sack. The “armor” is old, weak, and easily destroyed by weapons the pro-Russian freedom fighters and old lady demonstrators seem to have. The troops seem generally rag-tag and unreliable.

Russia, Kiev, and the local militias in the E. Ukraine report that “armored” units, generally said to be about eight, were peacefully taken over by the demonstrators against Kiev. The locals and Russians apparently say that they took them over with the help of the ” tank” crews, who apparently defected to avoid killing brother Ukrainians. Kiev disagrees, apparently.

In any event, it indicates the Kiev “Army” is not quite on a level with Russian special strike forces on their border. Whether the Kiev forces can slaughter the local militias and old ladies and take back police stations and city halls from determined resistance, remains unclear.

But there is no doubt that, IF the Kiev “Army” starts using fire power to attack the locals, Russia can, if Putin et al. choose to stop their slaughter,  totally envelope the Kiev “Army” in hours with helicopter and other forces, cut off their supply lines, destroy their depots of supplies, and offer amnesty to all who choose not to fight.

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11:59 am on April 16, 2014

More Indictment of the Mistranslated Romans 13

Tyrants through time and around the globe have wielded the erroneous translation of Romans 13 (“God’s ordained the State, so shut up and obey, you Christian, you” — yep, I’m paraphrasing) as a weapon against believers. And Amerikan dictators are no exception:

In our attempts to rescue babies at abortion mills throughout America, several times civil authorities from local police to the FBI all started their interrogations by quoting Romans 13:1-4. Their basic premise for quoting this one passage was to deflect their guilt for protecting baby murder and violating God’s law “Thou shall not kill” to make us the guilty party. In the case of Roe vs. Wade, however, it is civil government that is the law breaker. Whereas, those who seek to peaceably rescue the innocent unjustly sentenced to death are the law keepers (Proverbs 24:12, 13). Our response was, “That is interesting you should mention this passage. Hitler quoted it often to condemn Christians who opposed his bloody atrocities as well.” Immediately, their tactics of investigation changed.

Oh, I’ll bet they did. They probably charged this courageous brother who dared compare them to Adolf with “resisting arrest” and “disturbing the peace” in addition to whatever other “crimes” they’d invented.

11:49 am on April 16, 2014

More on the “Transgender” Issue

In an earlier post my reference to “transgender” issues seemed to bother some emailers. Well, I have my particular views and I will stick to them. I certainly haven’t “attacked” anyone or used uncivilized language. One emailer felt that I was “hurtful” in my continuing to describe the male transgender teen (being tormented by the DCF) with the pronouns “him” and “he” when the youth feels he is a “she.” Now, if you are a male but prefer to be called “Mary” or “Susan,” then I have no problem with calling you your preferred name. But if someone is a male I will refer to him as “he.” If my doing that is “hurtful,” then I would say that there may be some unresolved issues which may need to be addressed. That’s my view on that. And one’s gender is not just associated with one’s physical genital apparatus, by the way, as one emailer thought that I had implied. One’s gender includes other aspects associated with it and associated with one’s self, in my view. It’s part of the whole individual.

Further, self-determination is an important aspect of personal growth and liberty. We should respect who someone is as a unique individual (except those who aggress against others). However, with the gender identity issues as with other issues, I really believe that the influence that one’s primary caretakers have during the first 1 or 2 years of life has a lot to do with these issues later on, and that much of the time, who one really is as an individual may not have been genuinely respected by one’s primary caretakers during that first important phase of life. In psychology, some of the effects of that can be referred to as narcissistic disturbance, which affects a wide range of personality and life aspects, including one’s gender identity, in my view. I’m sure that some people will disagree with me, but if someone says that some particular male person feels he is really female then she should be respected for who she is, well, okay but I believe there is more going on inside — in other words, my view is that the taking on of the opposite gender is part of the “false self,” and isn’t part of who one really is, and which has its origins in the earliest years of the relationship between that individual and one’s primary caretakers.

I would say that during the 1980s Alice Miller had a big influence on my thinking, particularly in her books, The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, For Your Own Good, and Thou Shalt Not Be Aware: Society’s Betrayal of the Child.

10:35 am on April 16, 2014

Calling Them on Their Hypocrisy

I hate to applaud The Daily Caller since it was “founded … by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President [sic for 'War Criminal'] Cheney,” but since New York’s führers happen to be Democrats, The Caller has superbly highlighted their utter, gallingly double standards. You’ll recall that these elected criminals tirelessly work to strip everyone, not just the victims geographically under their thumbs, of our inalienable rights to keep and bear: they’ve arrested, jailed and fined numerous tourists who’ve either forgotten the guns in their luggage or mistakenly assumed that their license to carry elsewhere allows them to arm themselves against New York’s unelected criminals.

Now the shoe’s on the other foot. One of the NYPD’s hired guns neglected to remove three rounds of ammo from his bags prior to departing the land of the free for India; alas, at New Delhi’s airport, he fell into the clutches of their version of the TSA. That has all New York’s slime from Upchuck Schumer to Bill “Comrade” De Blasio excoriating India for “detaining” their absent-minded minion (possibly for seven years, should India continue as merciless as New York and convict him of this “crime”). After all, the poor brute simply forgot about his ammo.

Listen to the pigs squeal at receiving what they so cavalierly dish out. Or maybe they’re in a snit: seems their serfs aren’t complying with New York’s abolition of the Second Amendment any more than those in Connecticut did. Go, patriots!

10:21 am on April 16, 2014

It’s Official: Amerika Is Fascist Economically (and in Other Areas, Too, If Our Rulers Have Their Way)

I doubt any of us labor under the illusion that the criminals in Congress or the White House heed our desires; tyrants never do, not even exceptional Amerikan ones. But you probably have friends and family who drink the Kool-Aid. In that case, here’s a study that confirms DC’s oligarchy (but don’t be surprised when the sots dismiss these facts, too: statism is a false religion to which its victims adhere fanatically. Wasn’t it CS Lewis who observed that men always worship something, and God help us when it isn’t the Lord?)

The researchers, from Princeton and Northwestern Universities, summarize their findings: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government  policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.”

Thanks to Andreatta Geerdes for alerting me to this useful paper.

9:29 am on April 16, 2014

Questions that Only Libertarians Are Asking about the Bundy Ranch Incident

Why does the federal government have a Bureau of Land Management? Why does the federal government still own land outside of D.C.?

8:41 am on April 16, 2014

Thoughts on Bundy

Writes Kathleen Sheridan:

One thing I keep thinking about this whole business is how U.S. forces waged war against the native populations of the mid-west and western part of this country to conquer them, take their land, and give it to “settlers.”  Maybe Mr. Bundy and his ancestors had no direct involvement in that, but I cannot help but think in this context that, “What goes around, comes around, Mr. Bundy—and you’re just feeling the brunt of it.”

The British did the same to Ireland, and those people now living in the six counties of northern Ireland who pledge their allegiance to that criminal government can trace their ancestry to “settlers” who came to occupy stolen land.  And still do.

8:36 am on April 16, 2014

re: The State Is a Jealous Gawd

Writes Roland:

Yes, it’s scary to think that the feds could squish these people like bugs any time they feel like it, but the saddest part of this whole thing for me is every time I see one of the Bundy supporters waving a giant red, white, and blue symbol of the very organization that they claim to oppose. What on earth are they thinking? These folks need to start reading LRC.

UPDATE from Bill Udy:

Yes, the flag waving is despicable, as when the national anthem is played and they all freeze in place, remove hats from their heads, and reverently place them over their hearts. It’s as if an anesthetic had been sprayed in the air.

8:31 am on April 16, 2014

So THAT’S Why the Feds Have Been Buying All That Ammunition

Who knew that the U.S. Politburo of Land Management (BLM) had an army of snipers, attack helicopters, and heavily-armed foot soldiers, all on display during the Nevada ranch “standoff.”  This explains all those news reports of the feds buying millions and millions of rounds of ammunition, usually under the auspices of the Department of Fatherland Security.  As the Soviets learned early on in their adventure in totalitarianism, people sometimes resist when the state attempts to steal their property and treat them like slaves to the state.   All that ammunition is for us, in other words, in case too many of us entertain the novel idea that the people are the masters of rather than servants to the state.

6:33 am on April 16, 2014

The Mask Slips: ‘Libertarians’ Call for Pre-Emptive War

Readers may remember Eglė Markevičiūtė. She is the Lithuanian member of the International Executive Board of the Students for Liberty (SFL) who co-wrote, with SFL president Alexander McCobin, an embarrassingly error-riddled attack on Ron Paul over his opposition to US intervention in Ukraine. She is also part of the Young Voices network, which has been recognized for its work by the National Endowment for Democracy, the US government funded regime change organization.

Well Markevičiūtė is back and the mask has dropped. In a recent Daily Caller article, titled, appropriately enough, “Military intervention is the only solution to Russia’s aggression,” she calls for the US to launch a pre-emptive war against Russia. She is sick of the US refusal to fight Ukraine’s battles and her own. “The Western world’s lack of military action only encourages Putin’s regime,” she pouts, channeling her inner Jennifer Rubin.

All the kids on the liberty block should embrace the George W. Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war, avers the Lithuanian liberty activist:

Limited military presence, such as an increased NATO presence in the Baltic States and Poland or troop deployment in Ukraine, is something that liberty-minded individuals should reconsider as a preventive measure to stop the spread of Putin’s conquests further into Eastern Europe.

Because nothing says liberty like robbing the American taxpayer to fight your battles. Nothing says liberty like mainlining more trillions into the veins of the US military-industrial complex. Nothing says liberty like the total destruction of a World War III. Peace and prosperity are for losers. To Markevičiūtė and her cohorts, sometimes you just have to force liberty on the rest of the world at the barrel of a gun.

For all her tough talk, it appears Markevičiūtė is quite unlikely to herself put in any time in the military. That is a job for the Americans, apparently.

Like most of the new NATO member countries, she views membership in what once was the Western alliance not as a means by which to resolve old conflicts, but rather to punch above her nation’s class, as a puny kid who finds “courage” in a muscled new friend willing to defend her increasingly provocative actions.

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12:46 am on April 16, 2014

The Bush Institute, not the Mises Institute…

is hosting a conference on monetary policy.  Their keynote speaker is a bit out of our price range:

3:46 pm on April 15, 2014

Another Capitalist ‘Miracle’

Marijuana vending machines.

2:25 pm on April 15, 2014

Walter Block on Stateless Man Radio

Here I speak to Fergus Hodgson from The Stateless Man. I go over the importance of having a graduate program in free enterprise studies. I speak about the current economic undergrad program at Loyola University, New Orleans and the school’s curriculum overall. I speak about how Loyola University compares to other universities as far as the free market faculty goes. I speak about The Austrian School’s origin and how it’s different from the other schools and more!

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2:25 pm on April 15, 2014

Should the U.S. Send Ground Troops to Ukraine?

Yes, says James Jeffrey. We didn’t have to wait long for a bona fide member of the Washington establishment to recommend more “stupid” regarding Ukraine. That’s because their minds are embroidered with assumptions and views that they cannot shake. He’s a “man of empire”. It’s his life. We can’t expect most of these men and women devoted to empire to show flexibility or adaptation in their thought. They got it in their blood when they were young. They chose colleges and courses to reinforce it. They have made their livings and livelihoods in empire. This is their world view. By now it’s consolidated with all their beliefs. They can no more change than I can change from advocating freedom.

The argument for “smart” (staying out of Ukraine) is that “stupid” means asking for trouble in futile attempts to remake the world, and this trouble harms Americans. For them, it is stupid. In what way? By spreading the U.S. government through or into the government, politics, military, financing and other elements of the society of other nations or countries. These involvements simply tax Americans while wrecking the home economy.

The U.S. government cannot run its own affairs in such a way as to benefit Americans, but it goes abroad in search of demons to slay and societies to construct or reconstruct. “Stupid” has resulted in a big playing field for America’s rulers, more power for them, more prestige for them, and more money for them. For them, it’s smart. For the rest of us, their smart is our stupid: two world wars, a major war in Korea, another major war in Vietnam, plus a slew of wars starting about 25 years ago, all of which have diverted resources into unprofitable paths, undermined the economy, destroyed the money, and made the claim of American freedom into a joke. What’s smart for us subjects is not smart for our masters. What’s smart for them is stupid for us. There is a huge conflict of interest between rulers and masters, between Americans and the establishment class that peoples their governments.

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1:46 pm on April 15, 2014

The CIA Director’s Secret Trip to Kiev Has Started Massive Attacks

Writes Jack D. Douglas:

Russian officials and media a few days ago reported that the head of the U.S. CIA secretly met in Kiev with the Kiev Junta leaders.

The U.S. issued a non-denial denial in absolute terms, sneering at the Russian reports and refusing to confirm or deny any moves by such officials.

Yesterday the White House admitted it was true. The Russians obviously had them cold and could expose their Big Lies.

Last night in the U.S. the Junta armored and air forces poured into the Eastern, pro-Russian half of the Ukraine, as videos and reporters from CNN and other news agencies showed.

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12:33 pm on April 15, 2014

Tax Day

Today is the dreaded tax day, April 15. But instead of asking “Are the rich paying their fair share?,” here I ask: “Are the poor paying their fair share?”

11:49 am on April 15, 2014

Signs of Change?

Within the past few days, a number of encouraging events have occurred: [1] the Pulitzer Prize was awarded to the Guardian and Washington Post news organizations for their roles in making public the practices of the NSA – as revealed by Edward Snowden – in engaging in the massive “Big Brother” surveillance of everyone.  Is the Pulitzer committee turning its back on the values of such traditional state-serving newspaper employees (and Pulitzer Prize winners) as Walter Duranty and Judith Miller? Or has the committee simply realized that what Snowden did has so much relevance for the recovery of liberty in America that it could no longer be swept under the carpet? [2] Despite all of the spying, surveillance,  and other “information gathering” engaged in, the state remains unable – after 38 days – to locate one of the largest and most modern airliners that simply disappeared despite all of these tools of surveillance. The state can read Maude Zilch’s e-mail correspondence, but cannot find a missing airplane with 239 people aboard! [3] The 200 well-armed, abusive, and thieving actions of a federal agency were successfully opposed – quite peacefully – by many ordinary men and women who came to Nevada in support of a victim of statism. What was most interesting in this confrontation was not that the federal agents were forced to retreat – and to return the stolen cattle to their owner – but that people discovered it is possible to face down the system of violence and prevail. The feds will be back – not just at this ranch but wherever individuals insist on being left alone – and with more weapons. The health of the state depends upon maintaining its monopoly on violence, and if individuals can get away with peaceably insisting upon the inviolability of their lives and property, the state is out of business, a prospect that will give residents of places like New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut shivering fits of terror!

11:48 am on April 15, 2014

Thanks Republicans

For not abolishing the federal Department of Education. Reading Walter Williams’ article today reminds me to thank Republicans for not abolishing this monstrosity. Reagan proposed abolishing the Department of Education while campaigning for president in 1980. The Republican Party platforms of 1980 and 1996 likewise called for the department’s elimination. But as I wrote in “Too Little, Too Late“:

During Reagan’s first six years as president, the Senate was controlled by the Republicans. The budget for the Department of Education increased from $14.7 billion in fiscal year 1981 (Jimmy Carter’s last budget) to $22.8 billion in fiscal year 1989 (Reagan’s last budget). During George H.W. Bush’s term in office, Congress was in the complete control of the Democrats. By his last fiscal year (1993), the education budget had increased to $32.5 billion. During Bill Clinton’s last six years in office, the Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate. Yet the education budget ballooned to $42.1 billion by fiscal year 2001 (Clinton’s last budget). Under George W. Bush, the Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate for more than four years. During his term in office the education budget increased all the way up to $100 billion in fiscal year 2006 before leveling off in the $60 billion range.

Thanks Republicans.

11:46 am on April 15, 2014

Neocon: US Should Send Ground Troops to the Ukraine

Writes Ralph Raico:

At least the comments to this lunatic’s piece are virtually all negative.

11:20 am on April 15, 2014

The State Is a Jealous Gawd

The State wields violence as its daily bread. People who rise in the State either don’t mind killing, torturing, and caging to cow hoi polloi, or they positively enjoy it. Ron Paul is exactly right about what may happen to the Bundy family and their supporters. I fear it was a mistake for them to be armed against the BLM troops. There is no beating the State on the armaments question. How many millions has the USG happily killed in its history of violence? Only non-violent resistance has a chance to capture hearts and minds, as did the early Christians. Only non-violent resistance is right. 

11:15 am on April 15, 2014

Will the U.S. Return the Country to Normalcy?

America has had several episodes in which the U.S. government trampled upon rights and Americans did nothing about it or even approved of it. Usually wars were the occasion. These were followed by a return to normalcy on the part of both government and people, although bad precedents had been set.

Obama posed as something of a president who would return the country to normalcy, and many Americans hoped that this would be the case. However, his belief in normalcy was non-existent. His belief is in socialistic policies at home and policies of empire abroad. No normalcy can be expected from him whatsoever.

To understand what normalcy means, I suggest reading the excellent speech given by Warren G. Harding on this subject. It’s easy to follow and understand. The war he refers to, which is World War I, can be replaced by the war on terror, with its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and now extending into African countries. Never in a million years could Obama give such a speech.

Surveys of historians place Harding as one of the worst presidents. This shows how little historians know as a group, how little their interpretations can be trusted, and how biased they tend to be. In fact, this one speech makes more sense than anything that has come out of establishment Washington in decades.

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10:56 am on April 15, 2014

Ron Paul on Clive Bundy

And here is Ron’s statement on his channel.
(Thanks to Travis Holte)

9:30 am on April 15, 2014

Judge Napolitano on the Ranch Rebellion

9:24 am on April 15, 2014

Walgreens To Expatriate?

The company could stop a lot of tax-looting if it switched its headquarters to Europe, but may not because it fears retribution from the empire.

2:51 pm on April 14, 2014

Smart and Stupid in Ukraine

Smart in Ukraine is for the U.S. to stay completely out of it. Stupid is for the U.S. to take provocative actions against Russia. That is, annoy, provoke, irritate and anger Russia. If possible, generate hostility. Stupid is to make diplomacy more difficult under the mistaken belief that provocative actions make the other side come round and see it your way. This includes the following.

1. Send a destroyer into the Black Sea, close to Russia.

2. Send fighter jets into Poland.

3. Make a big loan to the Ukrainian government.

4. Consider the option of supplying arms to the Ukrainian military.

5. Send the CIA Director to Kiev for a visit.

6. Impose sanctions.

It takes little imagination to think up more such stupid steps that the U.S. has taken already or may take in the future with respect to Russia and Ukraine.

The U.S. government is expert at doing stupid. It has honed stupidity into the science of not avoiding trouble.

2:42 pm on April 14, 2014

A Conservative Nightmare Plan

I received yet another fundraising e-mail from Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation. Here is the entire text:

Dear Laurence:

As a principled conservative, you know how to pare down on expenses when times are lean. You know to tighten your belt to make ends meet. But Washington doesn’t work that way. Congress hikes spending, hikes your taxes to pay for it, and then hikes spending some more. Our government needs a dose of fiscal responsibility. And tomorrow — Tax Day — is our opportunity to send a message. The Heritage Foundation’s Tax Day Money Bomb starts tomorrow. We have set a goal of $150,000. Unlike your tax money, it won’t be wasted. Every penny will go straight to developing and promoting policies like our Saving the American Dream plan, which cuts spending and fixes runaway social programs without raising taxes. Your gift today will give us a head start on our Tax Day Money Bomb. It’s time to get serious about taxes and spending, and we are counting on you to join us. Take a stand and join us for the 2014 Tax Day Money Bomb. We appreciate all you do in the fight for freedom.

Sincerely,

Jim DeMint

President

Since I am serious about taxes and spending, I have analyzed the Heritage “Saving the American Dream” plan. I found it to be a conservative nightmare plan to save the welfare/warfare state. Read my analysis here before you give one dime to the Heritage Foundation.

11:53 am on April 14, 2014

More DCF Enslavement of Children, and “Transgender” Confusion

Thanks to Rad Geek for discussing the Connecticut “transgender” 16-year-old who has been thrown into an adult male prison, without charges, because the youth “assaulted” workers at a Massachusetts juvenile center to which the youth was transferred by Connecticut DCF. The issue at hand seems to be the “transgender” confusion, whether to put “her” (who is really a “him” in my view) into an adult corrections facility for males or the one for females. The issue does not seem to be, “Should we be putting someone in a prison who hasn’t even been charged with a crime, let alone convicted?” Rad Geek links to this Hartford Courant article, which notes that before DCF took custody, “the youth was the sole occupant of a unit at the training school in Middletown, with no incidents of verbal or physical aggression…” And then because of one incident in which the youth allegedly assaulted a public safety officer, the youth was then committed to DCF and was then transferred to the Massachusetts juvenile facility. The Courant notes,

However, the incident report prepared by staff at Meadowridge Academy in Needham, describes a violent outburst by the youth, who was upset, insubordinate and attempting to walk off campus when confronted by two staff members.

The assault occurred after one of the two staff members attempted to restrain the youth by bear-hugging the youth around the chest.

“Insubordinate”? As Rad Geek points out, the youth tried to break free from the guards’ “bear hug” in order to leave. What authority did DCF have to seize custody of the child in the first place? Because of “assaulting a public safety officer”? Was the youth convicted or even charged with assault? No, of course not. But the State owns the kids, as Melissa Harris-Perry was sure to remind us.

But another issue here for me is this “transgender” issue, which has been made to deliberately confuse all other issues, in my view. I’m sure I’m going to get in trouble here with the gender-obsessed politically correct crowd, but the youth in question is a male, not a female. “Transgender” means he wants to identify as a female, as a choice, especially since he does not appear to have had “hormone treatments” (although he may have but I doubt it) and obviously has not had a “gender-changing” surgical procedure. Until the past decade or so, we didn’t have this “transgender” issue to deal with. But I’d like to know just what have today’s parents been doing to the kids that seems to affect their gender identity so severely? Did Sue and Dave have a little boy when they really wanted a girl? Is Mommy a feminist and doesn’t believe her little boy should have “boy”- related toys, just dolls and other feminine things? We also have helicopter parents, parents who praise the kids even when they are bad, parents who won’t let the kids play outside because a male stranger might approach them to ask for directions, and so on.

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11:48 am on April 14, 2014

Flight 370′s Fate

I have no particular comments regarding flight 370 or where it is, except that perhaps the Bermuda Triangle seems to have expanded its reach. But in this article Butler Shaffer explains why the obsession with that flight’s fate. In that article he refers to an episode of the Twilight Zone, The Odyssey of Flight 33. In that episode the commercial airliner goes into some sort of time travel and finds itself in a prehistoric age in which they see a dinosaur below, and then they manage to get back in time, not to their 1961 but to 1939. I am glad that the episode is on YouTube, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

11:42 am on April 14, 2014

Conservatives and Immigration

An emailer didn’t like my referring to “conservatards” in the conservatives’ blatherings against immigration. Sorry, my bad. But I refer to the many ditto-heads who seem more motivated by anti-foreigner, anti-foreign language-speaking sentiments than being opposed to people getting on welfare programs. But, someone who would never refer to “conservatards” as I have because he is too polite and dignified, Jacob Hornberger, explains very well in a recent post why the conservatives just don’t get it on the immigration issue.

11:37 am on April 14, 2014

The U.S. Should Do Nothing About Ukraine

The news suggests to me that Russia is now destabilizing portions of eastern Ukraine. What should the U.S. do about this? Nothing. Stay out of it. Whether Ukraine or Russia controls these areas makes no difference to the average American. But attempting to insert U.S. power into this region carries very real risks. The calculus is one-sided: no prospective gains and high prospective costs.

Earlier U.S. interference in Ukraine has contributed to destabilizing the country, affording ample advantages to nearby Russia to establish its own interference. It is doubtful that those in charge of this U.S. policy anticipated the current results. They cannot be trusted to raise the ante in attempts to control the political outcomes in that region.

Revolutions in the streets are notoriously hard to control. It’s highly unlikely that those Ukrainian groups that sparked the Maidan protests anticipated that their actions would result in splitting up Ukraine or in bringing in Russian pressures. There have been miscalculations by them and by the U.S. Putin also may easily miscalculate.

Those who have misplayed their hands need to stop now and cut their losses. Those who have made gains need to stop now and take their profits. Playing on by ratcheting up the rhetoric, charges and counter-charges, pressures and spillage of blood doesn’t benefit anyone except a few gamblers who like to take risks with the lives of others. The U.S. should get out of this game and stay out of it. It will lose nothing. It will avoid worse problems and miscalculations that it cannot now foresee.

Common sense should inform U.S. policymakers that this region is not in the U.S. sphere of political control. Victoria Nuland, anxious to have her man (“Yats”) in Kiev, lacked that common sense. The U.S. should be content with economic relations with this region.

Those who think that Putin is going to make moves on other regions that were once satellites of or republics in the Soviet Union are relying on an outdated view. Those, like NATO, who rattle sabres that they cannot unsheath without inflicting huge disaster on themselves and the world, are relying on a dangerous misconception and vision. The world has changed. It has moved on from the Cold War. All of Europe right to Russia’s borders cannot and should not be brought into NATO. This can only cause more problems. Economic ties are one thing, but military ties, missile launching sites, nuclear arsenals and armies are quite another. Europe needs to emulate the borders of the U.S. with Canada and Mexico, or at least how they used to be not too long ago. The U.S. needs to pack its bags and leave Europe to the Europeans. It needs to withdraw from NATO and leave European defense to the Europeans.

11:19 am on April 14, 2014