Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bush And Eastern Europe Betrayed Eastern Europe, Not Obama

Do you remember how Obama sold out Eastern Europe to improve relations with the Russians? That would be the same Russians who are now helping Iran build a nuclear bomb. . . er, power plant. Well, it turns out that we got that wrong. Obama didn’t sell out Easter Europe, Bush did. Oh, and they had it coming.

Let’s go over the allegations that the haters are making about Obama’s Eastern European policy:

• First, he scrapped a missile-defense system, which had been promised to Eastern Europe to defend them against missiles from Iran and Russia. But “promised” is an understatement. Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic undertook great national risk in agreeing to become bases for the various components of this system. In fact, in response to Poland’s actions, Russian conducted a war game which involved simulated nuclear strikes against Warsaw.

• Ukraine and Georgia’s NATO applications have ground to a halt. Basically, Russia has been allowed dictate NATO membership and extend its control over its former vassals.

• Nothing has happened on European energy security and, specifically, by letting Russia cut off Georgia, Russia continues to control all supplies of gas to Europe.

• Several Eastern European countries (most notably Poland) sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to curry favors with us, but Obama has refused to relax visa rules for Poles wishing to travel to the United States, even though those rules have been relaxed for everyone other country you can think of.

• There are a myriad of snubs, such as Obama skipping World War II ceremonies, demanding that the Poles invite the Russians to a pro-Democracy gathering, the sending of a “snooty” envoy who treats anyone below the prime minister level as an inferior, and Obama’s constant use of the words “partners” rather than “allies,” which they fear signifies a less protected status.
These matters have so bothered the Eastern Europeans that last year they sent an open letter to Obama criticizing his policies. What? You didn't hear about that? How strange, I wonder why?

In any event, The Economist wants you to know that it’s just not right to blame Obama for any of this. In fact, they present an extensive counterargument that thoroughly proves that Bush is the guy who really sold out Eastern Europe, and Eastern Europe had it coming. Let’s consider that “argument.”

First, The Economist begins by attacking an argument that really hasn’t been raised. It notes that under the weak-kneed George Bush, NATO never made contingency plans to defend the Baltic nations in the event of a Russian invasion. Now, under President Ass-To-Kick, NATO is making such plans. How’s that for tough! NATO is even preparing military exercises in those countries. . . something that happened under Bush as well, if The Economist had checked.

Second, with regard to this “flimsy” missile defense argument, President Ass-To-Kick has actually done more than was promised. Yep. Sure, he cancelled the system Bush wanted to install, but in its place he’s putting together a ship based system that The Economist swears is soooooo much better. Of course, that system can only stop Iranian missiles, and it relies on stopping those in the Persian Gulf. But to make up for this, President Ass-To-Kiss actually took the extraordinary step of sending a patriot missile battery to Poland! Woo hoo! Of course, the Patriot Missiles can’t hit an intercontinental ballistic missile, and this particular battery happens to be unloaded. . . and he’s only letting the Poles have it for training purposes only. But still, it’s obvious the Poles are just being whiny.

Finally, The Economist finished off its stellar argument with some classic blame the victim assertions. Georgia and Ukraine brought their NATO problems on themselves because their politicians are unacceptable. As for energy security, well, that’s really Europe’s fault because they just aren’t attentive enough to the issue. And did you know that those grubby Eastern Europeans don’t spend enough on their own defense? If they had been spending enough on their own defense, then maybe that “would encourage America to turn up when needed.” Yeah, and maybe they shouldn’t dress so proactively either.

So you see, it really is Bush’s fault and it’s those darn whiny provocateurs in Eastern Europe. It isn’t Obama’s fault at all. And anyone who says otherwise just isn’t being honest.


Tennessee Jed said...

I wonder who wrote the article for "The Economist?" Their evidence appears, how you say, "underwhelming."
Isn't "The Economist" the pub. favored by Katie Couric. Didn't CBS Evening News (with Katie) just suffer it's lowest rating in history? Am I laughing at their plight? The answer is, of course, "Yes" "Yes" and "Yes" again.

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, LOL! You are correct that The Economist is favored by Couric and that CBS had it's lowest ratings in history (and magazine circulation has hit a new low as well).

I'm not sure who wrote this as they don't put names on the article. But it certainly does seem underwhelming doesn't it? It's almost like they wanted to write a quick piece trying to defend Obama in one of the many areas where he's coming up short. . . very short.

I would be embarrassed if this was all the evidence I could come up with to defend my position.

Ed said...

My God! What isn't Bush's fault? Didn't Bush also cause World War II? I think he also wiped out Atlantis.

AndrewPrice said...

Ed, I am quite certain that Bush sank Atlantis. I'm not so sure about WWII, though. That was caused by Hitler, who I believe is still more evil than Bush. . . though I'm not so sure as anti-Semitism seems to be on the rise on the left.

Joel Farnham said...


I had forgotten how Eastern Europe lost it's defensive missles. It is amazing how much power Bush has after he left office. He can control the government like Bond's Blofeld. Diabolical.

AndrewPrice said...

Joel, Diabolical is right! Bush is roaming the world destroy things left and right. He's even moving through time causing horrible disasters.

Right now, I'm told, he's sitting in his volcano lair down in Texas planning to destroy the economy just to undermine Obama's brilliant economic policy.

rlaWTX said...

is this why Midland, TX, has the lowest unemployment in the state? because we just named part of the hospital after Laura and her mother and Bush has put us on the "good kids" list, right???

and don't forget the Dodo - he caused it and the whichever pigeon to go extinct!

AndrewPrice said...

rlaWTX, I'm sure someone is busy photoshopping a picture of a dodo head to go over Bush's mantelpiece right now! And Big Foot! LOL!

As for unemployment, clearly you are benefiting from the thriving "evil henchman" industry that services the volcano lair!

BevfromNYC said...

Bush didn't cause WWII, he just didn't STOP it!

StanH said...

I knew that! Bush is too blame. You know…I bet liberals secretly Love “W” …just think of it - - never having to take responsibility for anything, for a liberal, that’s orgasmic. As long as “W” walks the earth, the liberal victim class will be safe.

Barry’s an idiot, it’s been well established. We can reaffirm our alliances once we can get rid of the “clown boy-n-chief. “ Hopefully Eastern Europe doesn’t get devoured by the Bear again.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, You might be onto something! That way we can blame both Hilter and Bush. . . the evil tag team to end all tag teams!

AndrewPrice said...

Stan, I would like to say that I think Eastern Europe probably is safe, but then you have the Russians cutting off the gas to the Ukraine and getting what they wanted, cutting off the gas to Europe and getting them to abandon Poland, and invading Georgia. So it's hard to say honestly that the Russians have stopped their aggressive dreams of re-assembling the USSR.

But I agree with you, there should be time to re-assemble our alliances once Obama's gone in 2012. Hopefully, these countries will understand that and will start campaigning for a change.

You're right about the Bush-excuse. As long as he lives (or is rumored to live), liberals can safely tell themselves that they have no responsibility for anything in their lives.

CrispyRice said...

This is the ONE area where I think we may be in better shape had Hillary won. I don't think the rest of the world would be mooning us quite as badly. Not that I trust her not to be as whacky-left-wing on everything else, but she's have more "gravitas" with international affairs.

Maybe it's Bush's fault that Hillary didn't beat Obama, too?

AndrewPrice said...

Cripsy, We should make a list of everything that is Bush's fault! LOL!

I find it interesting just how much Hillary has disappeared off the face of the earth during all of this.

DUQ said...

I can't believe we're still blaming Bush for everything. This is seriously crazy at this point.

AndrewPrice said...

DUQ, Yep. Crazy is a good work for it. I get the feeling they're going to continue to blame Bush for at least another decade.

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