Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another Unabashedly Hypocritical Remark From Lurch

“It is not appropriate to invade a country and, at the end of a barrel of a gun, dictate what you are trying to achieve.”
Unless we do it, that is.

I understand that Kerry was a professional politician for decades before becoming a diplomat. But still, how can he say things like that without throwing up on the spot?

The other disquieting thing is that the who Ukrainian crisis has become a European endorsement of mob rule. At least if the mobs are outside of the EU, that is. They weren't so keen when it was the Greeks massing and protesting over the terms of the bailout dictated by Germany the EU Central Bank. But when the mob suits the purposes of the EU, they're fine with it.

Ukraine was, more or less, a functioning democracy. Viktor Yanukovych was the duly elected president. He was probably as corrupt as they come, but then again, so was his political adversary, Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukraine is a bit of a mess, anyway. Roughly equal numbers of people tilt towards Russia as do towards the EU. Like Russia, Ukraine is more or less a semi-functional kleptocracy that is really run by oligarchs. Their major exports are steel, Antonov aircraft, and surplus military hardware left over from the USSR.

But still, it was kind of a democracy. However, Yanukovych wasn't doing what the EU or the US wanted, so he had to go, now, rather than wait for elections.

Hypocrisy may be the lubrication of choice for diplomacy. But like all lubricants, sparing use should be called for. American and EU policy towards the Ukraine Crisis is just drenched in it.

UPDATE: What the Rude One said.


Peter said...

You're spot on. Both sides in Ukraine are corrupt as hell. H. L. Mencken's dictum about 'throwing their rascals out and putting our rascals in' just about sums it up.

The encouraging thing for me is that the crowds that overthrew the previous administration seemed pretty critical of the other party too. Who knows? Perhaps there's a Ukrainian Tea Party that might actually do some good!

BadTux said...

Putin's statement that the suspiciously well-organized and well-armed men guarding major Crimean facilities were "clearly volunteers who stepped forward to defend the public, they must have gotten those uniforms and guns at a pawn shop" was more credible than Kerry's statement.

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Unknown said...

Thanks, Comrade for a number of well reasoned and reasonable posts about the coup in Ukraine.

Our corporate media is in full corporatist/bankster propaganda mode, and few of us citizens seem to have any perspective on what's really been happening there.

Comrade Misfit said...

While Putin is really a much more skilled Yanukovych, Russia is correct when they refer to what happened in Ukraine as a "coup".