HART: Putin, and blaming others: Back-n the USSR

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 03:30 PM.

This mindset of “do something, even if it is wrong” to assert our manhood has to go. In goading Obama into war, John McCain said the Russian aggression “is the most shameful thing he’s ever seen as a Senator.” (This from the man who witnessed pre-Civil War slavery.) We get it, Senator McCain. Bush would probably have dealt with this Russian problem by invading Iceland .

The U.S. has to be careful. Putin armed the separatists, and it was his surface-to-air missile that shot down the plane. Our government knows about half the weapons around the world that have fallen into nefarious hands, because we have the receipts.

Putin controls the Ukranian economy with his natural gas and, due to its lingering Soviet mindset, Ukraine 's lack of a free market system. This is why the country's move toward the European Union sparked Russian aggression. Ukraine 's leaders admire the EU’s system of six week vacations and two hour lunches. All the EU has to do is open trade, sit back and continue to let  hardworking Americans invent everything and bring it to them.

For now, our economy is our strength —assuming Obama does not continue to drive corporations offshore with regulations and the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Remember, the USSR , North Korea , Cuba and other socialist countries could always produce war, guns and national health care “equally for their people.” Their system just could not provide them breakfast, lunch or supper.

To remain an economic power, we cannot continue spending trillions on wars of choice and angering the world. We should trade with the world, not fight it. Marlboro cigarettes and Levi's jeans brought down the Berlin wall. When goods cross borders, troops don’t. Let’s focus on free markets that will inevitably free people.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com.

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