What would Reagan do with a punk like Putin?

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Russian Aggression: Instead of a foreign policy that’s a blend of Neville Chamberlain and Monty Python, the U.S. should trade flexibility for some backbone, scrap the reset button and start digging some missile silos.

It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow’s creeping anschluss in Ukraine.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s comparison of current events to the days before World War II is on the mark. On Saturday, March 7, 1936, Hitler ordered three battalions of the German army to cross the Rhine bridges into an area of Germany demilitarized by the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

The British and French, fearing war, did nothing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Crimea was Putin’s Rhineland, and the sanctions involving travel restrictions on low-level oligarchs was laughable. Tyrants do not move swiftly. They test the waters. They nibble. They watch. Weakness and inaction only delay the inevitable.

When Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped the U.S. president would be willing to trade his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) away in exchange for arms-control agreements and vague promises of making nice with America.

Reagan refused to negotiate the SDI away. He opposed the proposed nuclear freeze and put Pershing missiles in Europe to counter the Soviet SS-20s that were targeted on Western Europe. He put America’s security in the hands of American technology, not the goodwill of its enemies.

Within hours of the election of Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Moscow would deploy SS-26 Iskander missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad situated between our NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. He wanted the U.S. to abandon plans to deploy missile interceptors in Poland and warning radars in the Czech Republic designed to counter a future threat from Iran.

Unlike President Reagan, Obama meekly complied and notified the Poles in a midnight phone call on Sept. 17, 2009 — the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland — that we were pulling the plug on that system due to Russian objections.

Putin, getting ready to resume the Russian presidency and his plans to reassemble the old Soviet Union, took note. The U.S. under Obama would not resist Moscow’s ambitions.

Putin watched on 2012 as Obama promised Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, that after his re-election he would have more “flexibility” to weaken missile defense, which would help him fulfill his dream of U.S. disarmament.

Speaking last Wednesday in Berlin not far from where President Obama once expressed his dream of a world without nuclear weapons, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence noted the obvious: that the Obama administration’s policy of “conciliatory diplomacy” toward Russia has failed and suggested an appropriate response to Putin.

“With continued instability in the Middle East, and Putin’s aggression in Ukraine,” Pence said, “I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe — including Poland and the Czech Republic — to protect the interests of our NATO allies and the United States in the region.”

Coupled with an announcement that we would complete the Keystone XL pipeline and remove all drilling and energy export restrictions, it would be more than enough to make Putin, the old KGB colonel, pause.

Such strikes on the source of Putin’s economic strength and strategic ambitions would amount to real consequences for his actions.


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Doug Ross @ Journal

Mark Levin responds to Charles Krauthammer: How is it that he missed three separate Reagan Revolutions?

Very good question:

MARK LEVIN: Part of what I was responding to was Tucker Carlson and Charles Krauthammer, you know, having giggles over Cruz being Canadian. Which is what the liberals bring up. Oh, the Canadian Ted Cruz. So, I thought that was pretty low.

KRAUTHAMMER: I stand exposed as the longest mole of liberals and Democrats in the conservative movement in the history of the republic. Alger Hiss is a piker beside me.

LEVIN: That’s all very funny, but my point is this — Ronald Reagan ran for president of the United States three times and Krauthammer didn’t support him once. Excuse me, ran for president twice, but ran in the Republican primary three times. Ran in the Republican primary three times. I guess technically the last time is four times, but competitively three times. He was elected twice. He was a great conservative, a statesman. And somehow, Krauthammer, who wasn’t a child, was writing speeches or something for Walter Mondale.

Again, I don’t have a problem with the fact that people change. That isn’t even my point, but to take a shot at Cruz because — Oh, the Canadian Ted Cruz, as they were giggling the other day. And not only that, they’re not the font of all wisdom about the conservative movement. They missed the most important aspect of the conservative movement in modern history — it was right in front of them and they missed it, which is exactly why they are missing Ted Cruz. They miss it.

Nothing personal, although they made it personal with Cruz. It’s nothing personal with me. I’m not attacking them; I’m not attacking him.

I like Charles Krauthammer. I respect Charles Krauthammer.

The problem, however, is that he and so many like him — George Will, for instance — live inside a cloistered Beltway cocoon where it would seem they can no longer distinguish right from wrong nor politics from principle.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Sen. Ted Cruz echoes Reagan: ‘If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?’

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Nation

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The Sandbagging of America: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Tyranny Advances by Nibbles: Joy Overbeck

Lois Lerner: The Face of ObamaCare: Greg Richards
Levin hammers Jeb Bush, Rubio, Ryan, Rove on Amnesty: Jeff Poor
Sarah Palin Lampoons DC at Faith and Freedom conference: Lyndsey Layton

DATA Dystopia. The NSA Scandal and Beyond.: John Robb
Warrants? The NSA Don’t Need No Steeenking Warrants: Ed Driscoll
NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants: Declan McCullagh

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NLRB defies Court, sanctions newspaper: Sean Higgins
Michelle Obama’s Irish/German/African Pre-Summer Vacation: DeAngelis
Cali Legislature passes $ 96.3B Democratic budget: Judy Lin

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Climate & Energy

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Al Gore presses Obama on power plant carbon rules, calls Keystone ‘atrocity’: Ben Geman

Media

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I smell B.S. and it’s coming from the White House: Regis Giles
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IRS Officials Lerner and Miller Receive Violent Threats: Mandy Nagy
We been HAD folks, but it wasn’t by Glenn Beck: Lady Raven

World

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Imams of Sacramento’s two biggest mosques declare music forbidden by Muhammad: Robert Spencer
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Sci-Tech

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QOTD: “[On Saturday Night Live, they] have this skit where they do this fake newscast, and they read this completely absurd news report and finish it with an incredulous ‘Really?

As in, our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but it couldn’t find two pot-smoking, deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to Terrorist Central in Chechnya. Really?

The IRS says it can’t figure out how it managed to spend more than $ 4 million on training conferences because it didn’t keep its receipts. Really?

We’re gathering in a town that is awash in scandal. In other words, just another Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.” –Sarah Palin

Doug Ross @ Journal