On occasion, the White House Press Corps stumbles across an actual moment of journalism. Major Garrett (it’s his name – not a rank) managed to ask Jay Carney what most of the civilized world was already wondering: America’s handling of the Ukraine/Russia conflict doesn’t seem to be working… So why are we sticking to it?
I know… It seems like a stupid question to ask an administration that has stubbornly trudged their way through the Affordable Care Act, Middle Eastern Foreign Policy, and class-warfare; but, the question is astoundingly poignant. After all, Russia has been accelerating toward a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine like a Soviet era sedan (slow, but purposeful). And America’s fumbling attempts at foreign policy have done little to deter Boris Badenov’s boss, Vladimir Putin.
Leave it to Jay Carney to make Garrett sound like the intellectually deficient amateur in the White House Press Corps. I don’t really think Garrett was basing his question on the notion that words alone, uttered from our Nobel Laureate President, are sufficient armaments in a hostile world. After all, words didn’t work in Egypt, Libya, Syria, or Crimea. It almost seemed to me that Garrett was taking a legitimate jab at the President’s uncanny ability to lob UN speeches at advancing Russian T-90 tanks.
More importantly, Carney seems to underestimate the amount of control and power that America (unintentionally) wields throughout the world. (Maybe the Soviet propaganda that he uses to decorate his home is beginning to have an impact on him.) I mean, Russia is essentially a developing nation that has a heck of a geographical footprint. Their economy is roughly $2 trillion. Ours is roughly $17 trillion. In an economic standoff, I don’t see there being a great argument over who has more to lose?
But, what exactly has our response been so far? Well, we’ve placed a handful of sanctions on a few of Putin’s drinking buddies. (I actually don’t know if they drink together… But, c’mon: They are Russian.) Where are the NATO reinforcements? The US gas reserves? Heck, we’re dealing with an ex-KGB thug who buys Italian suits… I kinda thought we figured out how to handle these people in "Little Odessa," in the 1980’s.