1980s Redux

When Hillary and Obama were kissing up to Putin, Hillary’s infamous “reset button,” the left irrationally assumed the Cold War was over; a long-dead confrontation between the West and the old Soviet Union.

They were wrong. the interregnum was just a period of regrouping and rearming…for Russia and the former communist that how rule her. Russia was too weak to maintain control of its empire in the 1990s—they aren’t anymore. They are rebuilding their empire once again; Belarus, Georgia, now the Crimea.

Why the Crimea? Because of Sevastopol, the old Soviet Union’s strategic naval base in the Black Sea. The base is in the Ukraine, although Putin, ‘scuse me, Russia retained basing rights.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2014/01/ukraine-protests-map-k.jpgIt wasn’t enough and the Ukraine controlled access to the area for food, fuel and power. Putin’s seizure of Crimea eliminated those potential risks…for Russia. Ukraine lost naval access to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea beyond that.

On the other side of their common boarder, China is flexing its military muscles. They have laid claim to a broad undersea oil and gas region; a region also claimed by Japan, Taiwan and further south, by Viet Nam, and the Philippine Islands. Not long ago, China declared the region an aerial no-fly zone.

While neither Russia nor China can truly be called communist anymore; they’re more like state corporatists, they still have many political ties. This week, those ties resurfaced. China is giving Putin half-hearted support. It’s an apparent ploy for reciprocity if/when China moves to land troops on those disputed Pacific Islands or attacks Taiwan.

So, democrats and Washington liberals, the Cold War isn’t over. It’s just moved into a new stage; one Russia and China are, by rebuilding their military, prepared for, while Obama and the democrats have bee working diligently to demoralize and disarm our military and armed services.

The world has been and is a dangerous place. It’s not filled with rainbows and unicorns. With our navy and army reduced to pre-WW II levels, we’re setting ourselves up for another surprise attack—like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. The democrats in Washington, and some RINOs, can not care less.

By the way, what does Tom Clancy’s book, Red Storm Rising, have in common with this?