Yes, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Moldova are in trouble. Really.
And, yes, all our allies – and opponents – are watching to see what Barry will do should Vlad pull yet another Sudentenland.
But – are any of those countries worth the life of YOUR son or daughter? Because THAT is the only question that matters.
Those who think we can put divisions into europe to deter or defeat the bear are unfamiliar with post-war demographics: 1. we won’t; 2, we can’t… pull another D-Day. Which leaves nukes. Will America trade New York for Latvia? Nope. Does Vlad know this? Yep.
THIS is the world Baby Boomers have made with their weakness. By refusing to use the non-lethal tools at our disposal – finance and trade, travel and exchange, and by refusing to be serious when we DO fight – with ROE that means KILL THE ENEMY and WINNING IS THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IN WAR – because all we really need to do is to “reset” our friendship, a far more dangerous world has risen.
By refusing to be tough, to meet rhetorical force with rhetorical force, to push back as hard as we’re being pushed, to pretend that we “all can get along” against all history, is the VERY DANGEROUS world American voters have created.
And let’s not pretend it’s just the DNC. Had Bush tried to win in Afghanistan, with ROE and targets that showed seriousness, rather than trying to ‘shock & awe’ a bunch of medieval peasants with no idea what he was doing – other than that he wasn’t killing too many of their leaders, so could not have been that powerful, and had he not invaded Iraq unless we needed to for the sake of national security (didn’t) or with an intent to win (didn’t), the GOP leadership is just as much at-fault.
As I have noted before, the world is waiting to see: Will Baby Boomers destroy America BEFORE they just DIE OFF? Putin is betting we will. Are you?