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Sowell column on Ukraine unfairly derides US president

Published: Tue, April 8, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Sowell column on Ukraine unfairly derides US president

Thomas Sowell is a pundit whose day has come and gone. He has written material worth reading in the past, but the piece titled, “Is Obama sacrificing America?” that appeared in The Vindicator last week sacrificed objective truth for an extreme right-wing agenda that conflated conjecture, baseless dogma and bits of opinion ripped from their proper context to create a bizarre image of who our president is and where he is leading our nation.

The writer begins by noting that Ukraine once had a supply of nuclear missiles but got rid of them, at least partly because the Obama administration encouraged that action. He asks, “Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so boldly into Ukraine if the Ukrainians still had nuclear missiles?” Knowing how inept the Kiev government has been and how bold Putin can be, it seems likely that his troops would have made a quick military strike, seized the missiles, and toted them back to Mother Russia. Obama looks really good on that one.

Next, Sowell aligns himself with “Rush Limbaugh, Dinesh D’Souza and some other critics” who are promoting the weird notion that the president “thinks that the United States already has too much power and needs to be deflated.” He blames this on Obama’s mother and various public figures he has met, people whom right- wingers don’t like.

The essay then turns back to the supposed blunder of “denying Ukraine the military supplies needed to deter further Russian aggression.” Again, a careful reality check leads to the conclusion that our president is playing his hand as well as the metaphorical cards will permit.

Ukraine is right next to Russia but thousands of miles from the U. S. It is a political mess, and not at all ready for combat with its giant neighbor. Committing American troops or even American weapons to that fight would be pure folly.

Instead, the U. S. and its allies are focusing on economic and political sanctions against the Putin regime. This sounds trivial, but in today’s world, it can have strong effects over time. Our international partners — the Group of Seven — are all on board and working as a team. The effects of their deliberations and joint actions are beginning to impact the Russian oligarchs and their economy. We have reason to expect that this nonlethal approach will have substantial effect in coming months.

Robert D. Gillette, Poland


1jojuggie(1606 comments)posted 1 year ago

Much has been said about what Obama should do to destroy the Russian economy. To me the plan for Russia is simple:

1) Ban their use of coal

2) Mandate that Russia goes on Obamacare

3) Don't allow any drilling on Russian public land

4) Have the EPA pass rulings on Russian business

5) R-define the full time Russian work week to 30 hours

6) Raise the Russian minimum wage

7) Mandate overtime pay for government employees

8) Demand the Russian Government pay free Welfare benefits to un-qualified Citizens and Illegal immigrants

I could go on, but guarantee these measures would bring the Russia economy to its knees; it has been working in the U. S. since 2009.


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2lajoci(526 comments)posted 1 year ago

Thank the living Lord above for the President we have!

Tiny little hacklers like Thomas Sowell are not fit to lick the President's shoes!

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3jojuggie(1606 comments)posted 1 year ago

Hey Iajoc, have you been living on the moon the past 6 yrs? My goodness, this country is a mess. There are no jobs to be had, Obamacare is a mess that will permit the Repubs to retake the Senate. Candidates running for office don't want any part of Obama.
The man is the biggest liar, ever, as POTUS.
Oh, why go on?

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4jojuggie(1606 comments)posted 1 year ago

But focus just on Obamacare, the Unaffordable Health Care Act. As penalties bite, recall that no one was allowed to read this law before voting, that not a single Republican voted for it, and that President Obama said it would (1) allow you to keep your doctor, (2) your current insurance plan, (3) deductible, (4) cost levels, and (5) benefit levels. Those five promises -- to a one -- have all proven false. Insiders confide they were false when made.

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5andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year ago

yes that red line seems to work.

And the red line was sent packing on the Bundy Ranch. Let alone in the Ukraine.

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6Cosmo19(53 comments)posted 1 year ago

eivo... First to play the race card (see post #1)

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