The neocons are doing their darndest to whip up war fever against Russia. Bill Kristol's juices are flowing:
"A war-weary public can be awakened and rallied. Indeed, events are right now doing the awakening. All that’s needed is the rallying. And the turnaround can be fast."There's no way he wants to come down from this high.
The standard neocon line is that Putin "took" Crimea, which is absurd. But let's play along with them for entertainment's sake. Let's say that Putin really did "take" Crimea.
Ok. So what?
Lincoln "took" the South right?
The South was comprised of about 100% Americans when Lincoln invaded. The South was right in the North's backyard as well. The South did better than just vote to leave the "union," they formed their own government too! They wanted out!
Lincoln invaded and would force them to stay in the "union," costing 600,000+ lives in the process, and then made sure to "reconstruct" those recalcitrant people.
Now...you can calm your moral compass down...because in 1945, Harry Truman would point out that this American horror story actually has a happy ending:
“It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for us to get along in a republic of the United States.”You see, everyone "gets along" in the Union (wink, wink).
Now let's take a look at Hillary Clinton's Hitler, or Putin and Crimea:
Crimea is composed of less than 100% Russians, and wasn't trying to break free of Russia. In fact, the people of Crimea voted (yay Democracy...go USA!) to re-join Russia. And as best as anyone can tell, not one person has died in the process!
So if 600,000+ can die in forcing half the U.S. to stay with the other half, and it can turn out to be a fairy tale ending, how bad can Putin "taking" Crimea be?
Let's see if Bill Kristol can find his Belligerent in Shining Armor to rile up another American horror story.
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