Peace through Strength

Our Russian friends have a funny idea about how to conduct a war: they go and bomb and then dig out the people who are their declared enemies. They support their friends. They are not so much winning in Syria as not losing.

America has a rather vast response capacity. Tomorrow morning President Obama could let lose his heavy bombers and flatten, with a week, every known rallying point of ISIS, all of its oil resources and it’s so called capital.

Obama could send in the attack helios and the AC-130s and kill every formation of ISIS on the ground.

Obama could deploy the several thousand special forces personel at his command and shoot up ISIS at a granular level.

Russia does a lot with, relatively speaking, very little. But what Russia has is a strategic vision. It may be brutal. It may accept civilian casualties. But it gets the job done for Russia.

Tolstoy wrote a little less than a dozen chapters at the end of War and Peace on the philosophy of war. He made the point that the will of an Army and it’s commanders turns destiny in its direction. But without that will nothing occurs. All is chaos.

Pugin, outgunned, knows this. He cannot defeat America, but he can defeat America’s pathetic proxies. Hell, he has them shooting each other. Putin understood Tolstoy… I suspect Obama skipped the last few chapters.

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7 thoughts on “Peace through Strength

  1. Terry Rudden says:

    I’m speechless with admiration. The contortions required to make a hero of Putin for murderous thuggery, and a villain of Obama for trying to act within a framework of international legitimacy would challenge the capacity of Caribbean reef squid crossed with a Shanghai acrobat. Full marks for effort.

    • Derek says:

      And despite your moral preening, Putin is getting his way. All your frameworks of global ligitimacy and $5 will get you a coffee at Starbucks.

      Is Putin illigitimate? Then stop him. Apply the necessary force to make him behave.

      The courts have legitimacy because the police enforce their rulings. There is no court because there is no enforcement.

      Putin is actually making the rules here, he is establishing legitimacy by action. And those who could do something about it are acquiesing. He is in fact running the show. He is encouraged and incentivized by the inaction and confusion of Obama, and will establish a fait accompli in as many places as he can over the next year.

      This is an old old story and it seems to take an exquisite education to remove the ability to see it.

      • Terry Rudden says:

        Your manly chest thumping is most stirring, if a bit reminiscent of the American right in the mid thirties in their warm support of that little Austrian fellow who was FINALLY dealing with the Jews and the Commies.

      • Derek says:

        So you support Putin then? Your framework of global legitimacy is enabling him by doing nothing except moral preening and wringing your hands. Obama’s feckless response has left a door wide open for Putin to walk through.

        By the way it wasn’t some global illegitimacy that stopped that little man in the thirties. It was the full industrial capacity of the west applied in rather appaling ways and killing a good number of germans. The institutions of global governance collapsed and became irrelevant historical footnotes.

        Oddly two men at the time had a distinct policy objective and implemented it at great cost. The unconditional surrender of the axis powers. There is no one with equivalent clarity, and Putin is taking advantage of their silliness.

        I haven’t the faintest clue what you are talking about in that last paragraph. You should check your medication.

      • Terry Rudden says:

        “I haven’t the faintest clue what you are talking about in that last paragraph. You should check your medication.”

        And then you proceed to respond to it? Ahem. MY medication?

  2. Cytotoxic says:

    Ah Putin is having difficulty wrapping up Ukraine and the Syrian effort could end up the same way, or could even explode in his face. All this while his nation is going bankrupt. You are counting victories before they happen.

  3. peterodonnell says:

    There is only one way to solve Syria — start again with no Syrians.

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