Obama Speaks About Ukraine

The brilliant political journalist from Russia Lilia Shevtsova is disgusted by Obama’s recent pronouncements on Ukraine, and so am I. It’s one thing to go back on your solemn promises and on the diplomatic agreements your country signed, but it’s quite another degree of hubris to pretend that you didn’t break your oath when the whole world was there to see you breaking it. Here is what Obama had to say:

In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isn’t the Cold War. Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away. Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned the Russian actions. Europe and the G-7 joined us to impose sanctions. NATO reinforced our commitment to Eastern European allies. The IMF is helping to stabilize Ukraine’s economy. OSCE monitors brought the eyes of the world to unstable parts of Ukraine. And this mobilization of world opinion and international institutions served as a counterweight to Russian propaganda and Russian troops on the border and armed militias in ski masks.

No, there was no “counterweight.” The Russian propaganda is ongoing and relentless. Putin is winning the propaganda war. He will be shaking hands with the Western leaders in the celebrations of the joint European fight over Nazism, and nobody will as much as blink.

But wait, there is more. Obama even went as far as attributing the success of the Ukrainian elections to. . . himself:

Standing with our allies on behalf of international order, working with international institutions, has given a chance for the Ukrainian people to choose their future—without us firing a shot.

This was the best gift Obama could have given to Putin. Putin has been praying for Obama to say exactly this, and for some unfathomable reason the US President decided to oblige. Now Putin has all the proof he ever needed that Ukrainian elections were organized solely by Americans and, hence, are illegitimate.

We have all realized a long time ago that Obama will not be doing anything to halt Russia’s accession to world dominance. He’s got better things to do, OK, we got it. But could he at least try not to play on Putin’s side so obviously?

As Shevtsova says,

Now the U.S. President wants to privatize the Ukrainians’ achievement: Wasn’t there anything else he could find to boast about?

“This is American leadership. This is American strength”, concluded Obama. If this is what passes for “leadership” and “strength”, then I’m worried for the United States, and for the world.

And I really have to agree. Do read Shevtsova’s article because it shows Obama repeating the most egregious lies of Putin’s propaganda as if they were accepted facts. The whole thing is just bizarre. I have no idea what he is doing any longer. These pronouncements on Ukraine plus the higher ed reform all sound like nothing other than gross incompetence and impotent flailing of somebody who is seriously out of his depth. We keep hearing about all the governmental bureaucracy, so where is it? Why is nobody advising the President how not to make a fool out of himself?

Home Improvement Plans

I have many plans for The Hedgehogs, people. For one, I’m ditching the formal living and dining rooms because on what planet can I ever need formal dining?

Instead, I’m painting the former formal dining room pale orchid and turning it into a study/library. And the former formal living room (attached to the former formal dining) will now be my reading room.

One of the bedrooms will be transformed into a spa room. I’m painting it very pale green because that seems like the best color for a spa room.

Lowe’s Adventures

In case anybody is wondering why I stopped posting, that’s because I have moved to Lowe’s, a place where everybody calls me “sweetheart” and tries to touch me.

“I need a crowbar, where can I find it?” I asked one of the perky store assistants of my father’s age.

“So who are you planning to whack over the head with it?” he guffawed with delight.

As usual when people subject me to the unexpected bouts of sociability, I blurted out, “My husband is asking for it.”

You can imagine the extreme delight this pronouncement caused to the store assistant.

In the Morning

I’m talking to a contractor I’m hiring to do some repairs on The Hedgehogs.

“When can you start?” I ask.

“Any time,” he says. “I can start on Wednesday morning, if that works for you.”

“Good!” I say. “Let’s start at 10 am on Wednesday then.”

“Right. . .” the contractor responds without enthusiasm. “Or, you know, I could start in the morning.”

“OK, then. At 9 am on Wednesday,” I suggest.

“Sure. Or, I mean, I could get there in THE MORNING and start working.”

“At 8 am then, OK, I’ll see you on Wednesday at 8,” I blurt out as fast as I can, fearful of discovering what a contractor’s definition of “morning” really entails.