Less than a Fortnight
January 10, 2017 34 Comments
Nobody regrets this advice:
“If you’re doing a dumb, dangerous thing for a bad reason, or aren’t really clear on the reason… stop it.”
Reasonable people can (and should) reasonably disagree. The proper foreign policy of America, a nation of 300+ million people, is certain to create an array of options and folks will flock to various points on a spectrum. Fine, I get it. It’s all a complex mosaic, blah blah blah.
That said, whatever interests seem to be converging right now on the “antagonize Russia” gambit… please stop. Whatever game you think you’re playing; it’s not worth it.
It’s unwise. Russia is the big leagues. No matter how much you’re cheesed off that the future president lacks a vagina, has bad hair, or doesn’t like Obamacare… it’s not worth going large.
via Eleven Days | Adaptive Curmudgeon Read the whole thing, comments too. That’s something often overlooked. We who write blog posts don’t cover everything, you can learn a lot from our various commenters.
Yeah, mucking about seriously with Russia is just about the most stupid thing we can do. That’s why for the last 50 or so years, we haven’t made a lot of noise about them interfering in all sorts of things. Anybody really think, for example, that the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was a British grassroots outfit? Yeah, me neither. Some bears are best to let lie and sleep. This is decidedly one of them.
The saving grace is, of course, that Putin and Trump are sane, and have little desire to take each other on. That’s great, but it makes me question just what this noise is all about. I often wonder if one of AC’s commenters is right here.
I would only note that President Putin believes in Russia as an independent sovereign nation, and thinks that Western culture is worth preserving.
President Trump also believes in the United States as an independent sovereign nation, and also thinks that Western culture is worth preserving.
Those who are poking the Russian bear do NOT believe in either Russia nor the United States as sovereign independent nations, and are doing their best to destroy Western culture.
The first two paragraphs are givens, I think, and I’m not entirely sure that the third isn’t true as well, noting as the commenter did, that neither of us means the Democratic Party exclusively, there are lots of Republicans involved as well.
In any case, pushing (or trying to) Russia around is a fool’s bet, just as it is with the United States. I think we’ll give AC the last word here, cause I can’t do better, and he deserves it.
We’re both nations of genuine bad asses and we shouldn’t be getting in barroom spats. Doubt me? Ask Napoleon about messing with Russia. Ask Japan about messing with America. We’re both big and slow and goofy but we can both land a punch like no other. Nothing that happened in 2016 merits antagonism.