Washington never runs out of Adolf Hitlers. Two decades ago, it was Saddam Hussein. Then, it was it was Osama bin Laden. In quick succession, it was Syria’s Bashar Assad and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Last week, the newest Hitler was dubbed. He is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was given that moniker by former Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Clinton pronounced that if Putin’s order to send troops to Russia’s strategically essential and mostly Russian populated Crimea “sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
What should have everybody nervous is that Clinton is lying. The real Nazis are the ultra-right-wingers who now control the Ukrainian government, even as events have spun out of control. They come from generations of anti-Semites. It is they who believe Europe’s troubles stem from Jews in Moscow. This is the reality that Clinton easily brushes aside out of her loyalty to her New World Order masters — masters she may fully serve in 2016.
Worse yet, the mainstream media and those who hang on every lie uttered by Clinton and other neocons are indignant over the fate of freedom-loving Ukrainians. Even though Putin is no longer a communist, those who shape American opinions are eager to paint him as a nefarious ex-Red, a former KGB assassin who schemes as Hitler did.
And so begins the latest crusade for the neocons, but this time the crusade is against a resolute Russian leader who commands a modern nuclear arsenal capable of destroying the world several times over. Picking on Putin is not the same game as beating up Saddam or hunting down bin Laden. It has dangerous consequences that have not been thought through since old guard communists like Andrei Gromyko were ousted from the Kremlin in the 1980s.
Three decades later, modern Russian leaders are playing an updated version of “Dr. Strangelove.” They understand all too well that America has a weak hand, given that its military is stretched thin.
At the same time, even a cursory understanding of the past four centuries reveals that Crimea is a territory attached to Russia as much as Scotland is a part of Great Britain. That Crimea is rich in natural resources contributed to Germany’s launching World War II. Of strategic importance to Russian leaders is that Crimea holds Sevastopol, the home base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. It is Russia’s only warm-water port, the only port Russia has that provides access to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic year-round. To the Kremlin it is non-negotiable.
Yet Clinton and her fellow neocons in both parties act as if Crimea were essential to America’s strategic interest. In accordance with this fallacy, they are fermenting fear and inciting hatred against Russia for protecting what is in its national interest in a region populated mostly by Russians.