RON HART: Putin to Obama: Crimea River

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 17:36 PM.

Dallas, TX — It has been interesting to watch Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin's approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic “firsts,” Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better.

As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I’m not sure which; with him, it’s a creepy yet subtle distinction).

Russia caught Obama off guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea , in Obama’s view our nation’s biggest threats were the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and health care providers.  Now on that list is the Russian situation, but only to the degree that it makes Obama look politically weak.

Hillary and the O-bots did what they do best: made speeches on the matter, one even comparing Putin to Hitler. To be fair, all Putin did was take back part of a bordering country that used to be a part of the Soviet Union and probably wanted to re-join Mother Russia anyway. It’s not like Putin forced all the citizens of a country to buy expensive, government-mandated health insurance he deemed they needed -- or go to jail.

For those keeping sanction score at home, so far Obama has only gotten Putin kicked out of the meaningless G-8 meeting. Don’t underestimate this; it means Putin doesn’t get his 2014 G8 T-shirt or the handsome tote bag with Angela Merkel’s picture on it. The lesson here is that invading another country gets you out of a boring meeting. I might invade the cubicle next to me if it gets me out of the upcoming human resources meeting.

We choose to try minimal economic sanctions in order to punish Russia .  If we really cared, we'd get Lindsey Lohan to stop drinking Russian vodka and make Donald Trump vow not to marry any models born east of Poland . Or the nuclear option: force ObamaCare on them.

To be fair, Putin did allow Crimeans to vote to join Russia . The ballot only had an "opt in Yes" block, and there was no option to vote "No." Putin got the idea from the ATT two-year sign up “User Agreement.”



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