Crimea and the Clancy coincidence

8 thoughts on “Crimea and the Clancy coincidence”

  1. Déjà vu? Exactly!

    For some of us who have lived through the Cold War era and beyond, these moments are more reminiscent of the film “Groundhog Day”. Been there…. done that, only question is, how will this one turn out? As citizens we will simply have to sit helplessly on the sidelines, endure the suspense as the coaches call their plays and wait for the final whistle to blow. It is the same old game, just different players; different coaches. And the world in some cases, holds their collective breaths and hopes upon hope they’re not about to watch the opening quarter of what may ultimately turn out to be the Super Bowl!

    1. I don’t know what Obama had in mind in his statement yesterday. Words alone won’t scare Putin; he’s seen how we operate. I don’t think there’s much we can or should do. It’s not our fight and I certainly don’t want to go back to the years when I drew circles on a map to see if Russian missiles in Cuba could reach my house. No more Super Bowls!

      1. I was in the Air Force stationed at a SAC base in Oklahoma at the time and we were on high alert obviously and our B-52’s were poised and loaded! It was indeed a very, very stressful time.

      2. I lived in Oklahoma City at the time. As I recall, it was right on the edge of the maximum range of missiles fired from Cuba. I lived on the north side of the city and tried to reassure myself that if an attack came, it would be on Tinker AFB (south side of town) and wouldn’t hit me. Small comfort.

  2. This situation seems something like the olympics, a contest of egos and ethnicity, only here, the prize is not a medal but hegemony. It makes it easy to see how just such passions have led to bloody wars in the past, but what is really at stake here for the United States? Nothing to spill blood over that I can see. Russia here is moved by the same kind of concerns that we had in the Monroe Doctrine.

    Given the good summation in this post, I think the best outcome would be for Ukraine to split into two halves along the lines of your language map, PT. I suspect that the US state department would approve of that, but can’t say so publicly – Russia would, correctly, label that interference and perhaps a causus-beli.

    1. Agreed. It’s not something to spill American blood over. If anyone directly confronts the Russians, it should be the Ukrainians themselves (a very one-sided battle), perhaps with help from Europe. Personally I think the Russians should let Ukraine decide its own future but it looks like they’ve already decided to intervene. Why the Russians want to recall their ambassador to the U.S., I don’t know. Perhaps a response to Obama’s threat yesterday? Worrisome.

... and that's my two cents