Secretary of State John Kerry’s quote on today’s Face the Nation was rather poignant, to say the very least. He seemed to be making a veiled attempt by warning Putin that a Russian invasion of Ukraine might end up resembling the horrible mess that President George W. Bush made when he invaded Iraq.
I simply cannot believe that John Kerry’s words were not intentionally selected. Kerry is a seasoned statesman with years of experience including: United States Navy officer and voice for troops returning from Viet Nam, U.S. Senator, Democratic Presidential nominee and Secretary of State. He’s also supported by a team of competent staffers who eyeball almost every vowel that he expresses to America and the world.
Personally, I believe Kerry’s words were pre-selected as a warning to Putin. Kerry may have been attempting to display to Putin just how dangerously close he is to walking the same lowly path that a former U.S. President had once walked. Although I don’t want to debate that decision and risk going off point, I do want to illustrate facts to support my overall point which are: the supposed weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration claimed Iraq had, were never found. The Iraq war is currently raging on, even a decade after he invaded it and last month the body count was nearly identical to what it was when President George W. Bush was preparing to leave office. Bush spent three trillion dollars in Iraq with tepid results. Many economists on both sides of the political divide believe that’s a huge reason for our current U.S. debt. President Bush taxed our military to the point where troops have been committing suicides at record rates, surpassing the old statistics of both world wars and even Viet Nam.
These are all valid points Putin must be weighing when he considers any Ukraine invasion. If he thinks he’s going to move in and restore order, all he needs to do is take a good look at: Syria and it’s four years of civil war, Thailand who may be on the brink of war, Libya who killed their dictator and who are now marred by civil war and South Sudan who successfully split from Sudan to the north by forming their own county in a democratically demonstrated vote and yet are now in the beginning stages of a bleak civil conflict. Besides that, Russia isn’t all that skilled at the invasion game. They’ve already garnered poor results when invading places such as Chechnya, Afghanistan and Georgia.
Secretary Kerry’s approach is brilliant. Instead of inciting heated rhetoric and cold war tough-talk-tactics with Putin, he’s utilized a clever helping of psychology. Of course, we don’t know what is actually being said behind the scenes. Explaining to Putin that he runs the risk of looking like President Bush — complete with his “mission accomplished,” bragging rights — if and when the Russian invasion of Ukraine does start to tank, it won’t flood the martial arts mavin and shirtless-horseback-riding and fearless leader Vladimir Putin in a very attractive light.
Here is Kerry’s quote: It’s an incredible act of aggression (and) it is really a stunning willful choice by president Putin to invade another country. … You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.”