A lot of the justification for supporting Ukraine against Russia is based upon the memory of World War Two – specifically, the run-up to it when the Western powers had multiple opportunities to stop Hitler early and at relatively low cost, thus sparing the world the horrors of World War Two and the Holocaust. In today’s world, Putin is Hitler and Ukraine is the Rhineland or Austria…or maybe even Czechoslovakia. The main thing being asserted is that we must stop Putin on the Don or we’ll eventually face Putin on the Vistula, or maybe even on the Rhine.
This is drivel.
Putin isn’t Hitler. That is, Putin – as much a rat-bastard as you want him to be – isn’t propagating an ideology of racial superiority where everyone not of the Master Race must die or become slaves. That was the unique threat of Hitler and it simply does not exist in Putin. And this is true even if he wants to reassemble the entirety of the Russian Empire. Bad? Sure. But not an embodiment of human evil which all decent people must stand against. Unless you want to assert that any rule not consented to is absolutely immoral and must be stopped…in which case, gear up for lots of war all around the world because there are submerged peoples everywhere.
Additionally, Putin’s Russia is not Hitler’s Germany in the military sense. In 1939 the Germans had a well trained army led by officers of the highest caliber who knew how to rapidly move forces towards strategic objectives. World War One showed that even absent a Hitler, Germany with its marvelous General Staff was a standing threat. As we have seen in Ukraine, the Russian military isn’t remotely of that quality. They are building up now for what looks like will be a traditional Russian steamroller – just going to flatten the Ukrainians by sheer weight of numbers. It may work; but whether it does or doesn’t, it still won’t amount to a military force capable of arriving on the Rhine any time soon.
The bottom line is that there are no more Hitlers to fight. Almost certainly, there never will be another Hitler to fight. The more you stand back in time and look at it the more astonished you grow over the whole thing – how entirely out of phase it was with humanity. That a decidedly second-rate intellect like Hitler’s could galvanize a people to follow where he lead even though it was pretty obviously suicidal astonishes…and you then mourn that this wicked beast of a man inherited an industrial base and General Staff capable of at least giving his insane ideas a shot. But, he won’t be repeated. He can’t be repeated; the particular circumstances which gave rise to him don’t exist and can’t ever exist again. We don’t have to worry, that is, about having that one, last chance to stop a Hitler – because there is no Hitler to stop.
And without a Hitler, things become a bit more reasonable. Keep in mind that World War Two in Europe went on two years after the Germans were decisively defeated and where further resistance was just going to lead to lots of useless deaths and the utter physical destruction of Germany. Anyone other than Hitler would have called it quits after Kursk, or at the latest when the Allies established themselves in Normandy. He kept it going because he was insane – certain that if he just willed victory, it would still come even though the material factors demonstrated conclusively that it could not come. Putin isn’t like that – he’ll fight as long as he thinks he can get advantage out of it and as soon as costs exceed benefits, he’ll call it quits and make peace…even if just a temporary peace while he plans the next round. The Chinese, too, are not insane: they may well attack us or our allies and they’ll fight hard…and if they can decisively defeat us, they will; but whether in victory of defeat, they will be reasonable…quitting if the gamble fails and not dreaming of exterminating us and colonizing the United States if victorious – Hitler, keep in mind, had named Goebbles Gauleiter of the USA…his job to exterminate all Jews, blacks, Slavs and other undesirables and turn the remaining population into Germans. We simply do not face that, no matter how badly the Chinese defeat us in a theoretical future war.
Whether or not we decide to help Ukraine is then not an existential question, but a prudential judgement. The fate of the world does not hang in the balance. The enemy does not propose to alter the world to fit his views…he just wants to grab some things and then profit from the theft. It is, then, just the normal run for a war. And if you are not directly attacked, then the decision to intervene must be based upon the cold, hard realities of what your nation needs. And in this I’ve yet to see a rational argument for why the USA must be concerned about who governs Ukraine. I cannot see any threat to the territorial integrity of the USA. I can’t see that our Republican form of government will topple with a Russian army in Kiev. I see no concern about our naval supremacy if Russia obtains a naval base in Odessa. There is no worry that Russian goods produced in Ukraine will crowd American products out of the global market. The only defensible war is a war of defense – what American thing is defended in Ukraine? If you can provide that, then I might see my way to supporting American intervention…but the war has gone on for a year and I still can’t see anything for an American to be concerned with.
This is not to say that nobody else should be concerned. Poland and Romania should be deeply concerned. As should the Baltic States and to a lesser – but still great – degree Germany, France and Britain. The combined populations and industrial capacity of these most concerned nations are vastly more than Russia’s: if I were German or French or Polish, I would be working very diligently to build the military force and forge the iron-clad alliances necessary to ensure that my side can issue Russia an ultimatum and make it stick. But I am not German, French of Polish. I am American; and I’ve no concern in this matter.
It is time for we, the people of the United States, to stop looking for foreign dragons to slay. We won’t find any. After Hitler’s death and the dissolution of the USSR, there is no ideology outside the USA proposing to destroy us. That we have our own, internal enemies seeking our destruction is another issue, but is actually another reason to come home: we have enough on our plate inside the USA to take up our time…we don’t need foreign problems in addition.
And the world really doesn’t want us to fix things. Sure, they want us to pay for the Ukraine war. If it goes south, they’ll be delighted to watch American teenagers being blown to pieces to retrieve the situation. But they don’t want to obey us; they don’t want to change. They want to keep their fetid, little hatreds and bigotries…their ridiculous customs and slavish devotion to local mountebanks. Everyone likes it when someone pays for dinner – nobody likes it when that guy comes home and tries to organize your life for you. We have no business outside the United States. It is not our concern. We are our concern. And as we have nuclear weapons, carrier battle groups and 400 million privately owned firearms, nobody is ever going to try to invade us. Stop looking for the ghost of Hitler – come home and let the world be.
“Come home and let the world be”. Well said.
I said back at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that, contrary to “experts” who were predicting a swift end in a few days to maybe a few weeks, that I thought it would be Russia’s second Afghanistan and drag on the a long time. I think I also said that that would not be an undesirable outcome, essentially bleeding one of our major global adversaries dry. Even though it means a lot of dead Ukrainians, I stand by that analysis. If Ukraine and Ukrainian lives are indispensable to the overall scheme of things in Europe, then Europe can solve the problem. So yes, come home and let those for who this IS a problem solve it.
Interesting article and something we have all been discussing here …
Politico reported on October 6, 2021, “A recent survey by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia found that about 50% of Donald Trump voters and 40% of Joe Biden voters agreed to some extent with the proposition that the country should split up, with either red or blue states seceding.”
And another reason why a divorce is needed … the media and their relentless propaganda. It’s hard to determine who has done more harm to this country, MSNBC or the FBI, but Faith based, patriotic Americans need to divorce themselves of these two destructive institutions. In the article it states how Democrats may have a change of heart once they are subjected to the filth they advocate without conservatives around.
Well we were all right once again ….
The U.S. Energy Department reportedly became the second government agency Sunday to conclude the coronavirus probably leaked from a lab rather than jumping from animals to humans naturally
So let’s take this moment to remember how we were all treated two years ago for even suggesting this. In fact, I will never forget or forgive how I was treated by many people, and my government, for refusing the experimental vaccine and not believing the hype over Covid. They can all go f**K themselves, and the delicious irony is …. I am healthier then all of them now.
There have been discussions within life insurance companies whether to continue to insure people who received the jab, and if so, what additional conditions or restrictions they might impose. To me, that says quite a bit more than the statistical spin being pushed for or against the jab that we read in the media.
I’ve been saying all along that this will stay silenced until it starts to cost people money. That is, until individuals and companies start getting sued and losing big settlements. Make the airlines, etc. and/or the government insure these people.
And name names.
Another great idea by mind numbingly stupid Democrats. Hard to believe how far they descended into moral depravity.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass seeks to lower the bar for new police department recruits and pledges to oust officers with ‘ring-wing’ ties.
Something to keep an eye on … and oh btw, Tucker will begin to show new footage of J6 this week which will expose the media lies
“He has to sleep at night,” said Tina Ryan of Citizens Against Political Persecution. “Some of these guys were his best friends. They have been locked up in solitary confinement for two years and counting and facing decades in jail. It takes a special POS to do what Bertino is doing. Committing perjury to hurt his friends and fellow Americans, and assisting the left-leaning DOJ in their agenda of keeping Democrats in power by using January 6th as their “Reichstag Fire”.
If the drama in the Proud Boy Court Room was televised, the nation would be gripped and the whole fake January 6th narrative would fall apart. We at the Gateway Pundit and our associates are your only witness as it is being hidden from the public.
Biden Regime Is Shooting Cows From Helicopters In New Mexico – Here’s What Ranchers Are Saying About the Move
Beyond the cruelty Sullivan accused the U.S. Forest Service of employing, he said a larger issue “may be the unchecked power by unelected bureaucrats within governmental agencies setting a precedent for how federal officials handle authority” and the fact that area cattle ranchers are “contending that the USFS isn’t abiding by its own regulations.”
I saw the headlines for this article but didn’t get a chance to read the specifics. Without knowing any of the details, I find it rather astounding this is the federal government’s “solution” to whatever problem they state exists. There are bells going off in my head that strongly suggest of nefarious actions by certain individuals for personal gain and they’re framing the situation in a way that is void of reality. (Where have we seen that before?) How about, corral them and use their food to feed the many who are without. How about, corral them and auction them off, thereby generating revenue and not having to deal problems associated with a multitude of dead carcasses. Given that there are ranchers fighting to delay this action, it seems obvious they have a notable stake in this. Why is there not dialogue to address their concerns? What is so pressing that this action needs to be taken right away? The silence on the part of the government is deafening.
This is the second time (that I know of) that they have done this. Some of the animals had been shot multiple times by different calibers, indicating a shooting spree by unskilled shooters, and dead animals were lying in stream beds, contaminating the water. It was a mess, and now they are doing it again.
The area is very rough and overgrown with trees so rounding up the cattle won’t be easy, but there has to be a better solution than this. I’m more and more disgusted with the Forest Service.
Just another disgusting example of the death cult that is the Democrat Party. When in doubt, kill it (except for the absolute worst murderous pieces of human debris, who should be spared, maybe even given a second chance to murder someone else).
The State of Texas, that paragon of conservative virtues, approves and promotes the aerial slaughter of feral livestock for fun and profit. The state even sponsored a statewide contest including $60,000 in awards for the counties that kill the most pigs.
Do you know why it is imperative to kill as many feral hogs as possible? Do you care?
Of course not on both counts. And of course your crystal ball tells you it is done “for fun and profit”—two of the most disliked motives for the Left.
You oppositional people are so tiresome
Warning: Information incoming.
Feral hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States. Every year, they cause over $1 billion in damage nationwide to crops and property. So landowners and government agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture are invested in decreasing their population.
Texas is a hog hunting paradise. Before 2019, hunters were required to have a license to hunt them. But the Legislature got rid of that requirement. Now, only a hunter’s education course is required.
“The idea is to kinda remove any of those barriers to folks hunting pigs,” said John Tomeček, associate professor and extension wildlife specialist at Texas A&M University.
Tomeček is one of the people leading the fight against feral hogs in Texas. Hunting helps with that, he said. But it’s not the solution to the problem.
Hunting is not only inefficient; it can help spread pigs across the landscape.
“If we were to just go out and hunt them, I liken it to taking a dandelion and blowing on it. You’ve just spread the infestation all across your yard,” said Mike Wefer, wildlife division chief for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Feral hogs move in groups called sounders. The best way to get rid of them is by dispatching the entire sounder at once. This can be accomplished with a corral trap, which surrounds the entire sounder. Shooting them from a helicopter or a hot air balloon is also OK if you can kill the whole group at once.
Uh-oh—-more facts. Maybe enough to wipe that smug off your face at least for the time being, till you find something else you can scold about.
Soybean, corn, and rice fields are a buffet table for a sounder of swine — the social unit of feral hogs. One sounder can root up a pasture overnight. Larger swine can kill and eat newborn calves and vulnerable cows. Feral swine teach their young how to evade traps and can trick even the most seasoned hunters and trappers. They are a problem for ranchers, farmers, and even golf course and cemetery managers, said Becky McPeake, extension wildlife specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
McPeake serves on the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Feral Hog Eradication Task Force, which is a group of state and partner agencies dedicated to managing Arkansas’ feral swine problem.
There are more than 6 million feral swine in 35 states across the nation, including Hawaii, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most of the swine population was established in southern states, first introduced in Texas by early Spanish explorers over 300 years ago as a source of cured meat and lard for settlers, the report noted. Regarded as an invasive species, feral swine are in all 75 counties of Arkansas with a population of about 200,000.
According to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Feral Hog Task Force, >b>diseases of highest concern with feral swine include pseudorabies virus, swine brucellosis, swine influenza, African swine fever, classic swine fever, and foot and mouth disease.
Caution is given to hunters who harvest feral pigs, McPeake said, because swine brucellosis can infect people. Pseudorabies doesn’t harm people but can be deadly if infected meat is fed to hunting dogs. The other diseases listed are of “great concern to swine producers and the agriculture industry because of untold expense should it ever get into domestic pigs,” McPeake added.
Out here in Nevada, you are free to shoot as many jackrabbits you like – no bag limit.
So, they are killed.
Ditto for prairie dogs.
“Do you know why it is imperative to kill as many feral hogs as possible? Do you care?”
I probably know a lot more about the topic of feral hogs than you do. But that’s beside the point. I was responding to Spook’s characterization, “Just another disgusting example of the death cult that is the Democrat Party.” It’s sweet of you to come to his defense.
But… If you’re going to object to shooting animals from helicopters, then at least you ought to be consistent in your outrage. According to you, “there has to be a better solution than this. I’m more and more disgusted with the Forest Service.” That would apply to feral hogs as well—at least if you’re going to be intellectually and morally consistent, which is a big ask I know.
Meow. Go get yourself a nice saucer of milk and calm down.
The cows in New Mexico have market value, and many are owned by nearby ranchers. They pose no danger to the land, or to commercial cattle operations. There is no indication that they carry any diseases dangerous to people or pets. A cow has one calf a year at the most. Shooting them from the air is a foolish way to control them, and they don’t need to be controlled. The last time they did this it was a mess, and now they are planning to do it again.
The feral hogs have no market value. They cause billions of dollars a year in damage. They pose a danger to agriculture, forests, people and pets. They breed rapidly, with litters of young. There is no comparison between the two.
No more bickering
Back to bickering, back to the trash.
“Perhaps the Forest Service is concerned about the possibility of a Toothy Cow invasion.”
At the risk of being considered a bickerer, I will just suggest that you read the links in the article from which you originally quoted. And Spook is perfectly capable of responding to my comment to him if he wishes.
Have a good night.
Do you mean this?
Property Rights Committee Chair Shad Sullivan says the federal government’s characterization of the situation doesn’t tell the full story.
According to Sullivan, the “cattle in question are descendants of herds that legally grazed on rancher-owned allotments decades ago,” and “estrays may have intermingled with adjacent allotment owners branded and tagged cattle, proving they are domestic livestock,” contrary to the Forest Service’s claim the cattle are “feral.”
Branding and tagging are ways of showing ownership. If strays have intermingled with cattle clearly owned by people their offspring are the property of the owners. What are you quibbling about? Ownership? Market value? Or just the compulsion of the oppositional personality disorder?
Once again, your scolding raises the question “Why do you care?” What is it about you that makes you think you have the responsibility to charge in here and scold us, nitpicking and quibbling and bickering about everything we post?
Of course Spook can reply to you if he feels like it. Duh. What does that have to do with anything? Are you now playing Blog Cop, directing who can respond to what?
I had part of my post edited for “bickering” and it may have been due to my comment that you seem to see your role here as being the turd in the punch bowl. Or the part about incel bitchery. Whatever. Love the coy little “good night” at the end. Yikes.
Of course Spook can reply to you if he feels like it.
S/he seems to be channeling his/her Inner Narcissist and assuming the authority to demand answers, traffic-cop responses, and scold scold scold. That smug assumption of occupying the intelligence and moral High Ground is sooooo tiresome.
So here’s a couple headlines that give us a little glimpse into the dysfunctional world of Democrats
Chicago inmates claim jail guards are pressuring them to illegally vote in the mayoral election
John Fetterman’s wife Gisele and their children flee to Canada to avoid ‘media circus’ while the Democratic Senator is treated for depression at Walter Reed
The people of Pennsylvania must be so thrilled about their new Senator.
As for Chicago, what’s new? Nothing to see here, folks. No fraud in Illinois, no sirree
Why do we hate the Agenda Media? Let me count the ways….
From the NYT: U.S. newspapers are dropping the “Dilbert” comic after the creator called Black people a “hate group” on YouTube.
Except he didn’t. But why let truth get in the way of race baiting and a chance to cancel an outspoken guy who doesn’t follow the narrative?
White men are the easiest canceled group in America. As the media always likes to say – “women and minorities hit hardest” lol
Why would Biden send an aging old grandmother into a war zone?? Was she there to pick up a check too?? Made payable to Hunter Biden?
Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen takes secret trip to Ukraine to meet Zelensky and promise MORE U.S. financial support to fight off Putin’s forces.
Americans abandoning the Ukraine Democrat Party continues …
A campaign to have rural eastern Oregon effectively secede from the blue state and join more conservative Idaho is gaining steam as leaders from both states express support for relocating the border between them.
Former Oregon House Speaker Mark Simmons penned an op-ed in the Idaho Statesman, a daily newspaper, over the weekend to explain why he supports the so-called Greater Idaho movement, which seeks to incorporate about 13 Oregon counties, or 63% of the state’s landmass and 9% of its population, within Idaho’s borders.
“Idaho would have the satisfaction of freeing rural, conservative communities from progressive blue-state law,” wrote Simmons. “We are dismayed by the manner in which Oregon government has marginalized our values and villainized our resource-based livelihoods. This is why our counties voted 75% Republican last year (Idaho voted 67% Republican).”
We all know they hate this country, and prefer to focus on immigrants from Central America and the plight of Ukrainians, so let’s make Democrats pay for abandoning Americans.
See? The basic concept of redrawing state lines is accepted in eastern Oregon as well as northeastern Colorado—-and it’s a new concept. I have to wonder how it would be accepted if organized in an actual proposal.
A lot of institutions in America have lost a lot of credibility over the last 3 years and that credibility must be restored for America to survive. This means complete reform and turnover of people in charge at all levels in academia, media, medical, and of course bureaucratic government …. here’s a good article on how corporate pharmaceutical companies have destroyed the integrity of the medical profession with 100% support from the Ruling Class
America does not have a white supremacy problem. It has a Democrat supremacy problem