We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
the first paragraph was enough about the Ukraine "People are free in Ukraine in a way they are not in Russia: they can protest, criticize, mobilize, and vote" Funny you really can't do that here without being cancelled. Didn't we lose enough elsewhere in Eurasia to not go back. Or is the "Big Guy's" 10% in danger.
Quit reading after that.
It's quite the achievement for us to be the actual bad guys in a conflict with Putin, but I think that's where we are.
In the course of international relations between two of the top three world-war-capable nations of the world, to rely on the defense of "we were crossing our fingers when we said it!" is laughably pathetic.
Long experience has taught us that military intervention will cost about ten times as much as originally estimated and do about one-fourth the good expected. On the other side, in more modern times we have learned how to reduce death to our own people in warfare enormously. Factoring those three ideas in, we still might want to enter one conflict or another, but in general it would be fewer.
I offer no opinion on this one. I just want everyone to start from the proper calculations.
Assistant Village Idiot
I wonder what this drooling dipshit (End Of History ring a bell) would have to say if Mexico and Canada were joining a military alliance with Russia. Would these neocon scumbags support it?