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

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and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Why is Peter Navarro Carrying Water for Vladimir Putin?

“With respect to the issue of Ukraine, I think a little history at least is useful. The Soviet Union back before Russia when it broke up contained all of Ukraine including Crimea. The country itself is not really a country because if you look at it, the western part of it, like it’s literally split in half, those are all Russian speakers,” Navarro said.

Navarro corrected himself, at least on the language issue. “Excuse me, the eastern part is all Russian speakers. The western part are all Ukrainian speakers. And it’s a country kind of–that’s been kind of at war with itself with their election system.”

Navarro isn't the only one. Tucker Carlson has been spewing Putin's propaganda on the Ukraine issue.

One can only assume that Carlson would have been in the cheerings section when Germany invaded the Sudentenand in 1938 to "protect" the German-speakers there. Ukraine poses no security threat to Russia, but Putin says it does and fellow-travelers like Carlson, Navarro and, presumably, the Fat Führer of Mar-a-Lago.  Clearly, they would have been on the side of the slavery-preservationists in 1861. Maybe they'd approve of reinstating the Kingdom of Prussia.

Funny. I can remember a time when no self-respecting right-wing commentator would have willingly aligned themselves with Russia. It would have been anathema for anyone on the Right to suggest that the nations that the Russians/Soviets previously conquered and who gained their independece after the collapse of the Soviet Union should be now conquered and incorporated into a "greater" Russia. I can remember when no true conservative would have chosen Russia's side on anything.

But here we are.

Where does it stop? Do Carlson, Navarro and the other Putinites think that Russia should invade Kazakstan, Estonia and the other former Soviet republics? Maybe they would approve of Russia annexing Finland and half of Sweden, or taking back Alaska and the coast of the Pacific northwest. If they think that Putin is correct to try to reconquer Ukraine, one might assume that they approve of the Mexican reconquista movement.

One of the greatest advancements in the last century has been a renunciation of the Law of Conquest. The general rule has been that national boundaries, however imperfect, are to be respected by all nations that regard themselves as being civilized. It has helped to bring a little bit of peace to the world.

That the Russians are now contemplating invading and annexing its neighbor(s) speaks volumes about the trustworthiness of the Russian state. That there are American conservatives who approve of what Russia is contemplating doing speaks loudly about the moral degradation and corruption of the Right.

6 comments:

Tod Germanica said...

Republicans always always always claim the mantle of patriotism and fly Old Glory, our proto pop art flag. And in the past they actually did oppose our nation's enemies. Those days ended with the collapse of communism. The modern turncoat GOP found lots to love in Putin's pseudo Christian dictatorship- big hate for women, gays, brown and black people. Workers. Foreigners, immigrants. It was a match made in heaven for the party of the bigot. Especially with all that sweet sweet Putin corruption dough rolling in. See the NRA. After all, trump said we are just like them. Why not grab the money while you can? The grifting old party. You know, the self styled patriots.

dinthebeast said...

Those right wingers will always support Putin because they see Russia as white, and believe white can do no wrong.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

dan gerene said...

Newsmax which is striving to be the conservative "go to" cable TV station taking over Fox declared Putin "master of the world". It seems that the people who want people like him in charge are under the delusionment that if you have a fascist leader they will be on top with the big boys and the only people hurt are the "others". There were people like that in this country in the run up to WW11 and did not shut up and go back under their rocks until war was declared. There descendants are still out there and they are crawling back out into the open.

w3ski said...

When I was a youngin, "better dead than red" was an active saying. Now, maybe 50 plus years later, the Rethugs are "in bed with the reds". Who could have thought that would happen?
Ok, I'm not an active flag-waver, but I do believe in this country and the good that we can accomplish. I believe we need to somehow deal with the traitors and anti-patriots among us but how to "deal" with them is up for discussion.
The thing is we need to deal with this hard stuff before we lose the best parts of our country.
Just a saying.
w3ski

gray fox said...

Der Gropenführer never met a dictator he didn't admire and envy. Which gave the authoritarian idolators that have always been with us permission to crawl back into the light.

(and thank you for "Gropenführer)

Dark Avenger said...

I’m old enough to remember when even a whisper that someone was connected with the then-USSR would be the kiss of death for any politician, center, right and left.