Stephen Bowers: Cold War Mentality (Mis)understood


President Obama just removed Putin from his itinerary of really important stuff. Big Vlad seems pretty shaken, but may survive.

Obama handles things in a masterful way yet again. Gives Putin the stiff arm and explains his actions by blaming someone else (Putin). Do we see a pattern emerging? Sometimes old Cold Warriors apparently get back into old ways of thinking. Then tough guys like Obama have to show them “tough love” by having his secretary call Putin’s secretary and (without even a whiff of school-girl petulance) cancel a big meeting, which may have conflicted with a presidential golf outing. (Do they have golf courses in Moscow? Probably not. It’s a pretty dour place. So it could have been a serious problem for the Prez.)

Someone recently wrote that Snowden (an American…at least as much so as Obama) should be allowed immunity from prosecution and allowed to return to his homeland (ours, too). This is probably a good idea, particularly since he has untold national secrets floating around behind his bespectacled brow. Can one think of a worse place for him to end up than in the friendly embrace of our old and most sinister Cold War antagonists, the Ruskies?

And who knows if the other bad guys of old, the Chi-Comms, are cheering for Snowden and waiting for an opportunity to “debrief” him if there’s anything left when Putin and his pals are through? Which, of course, reminds me of the experts who assured us we could count on the fact the Chinese and Russians would never team-up in hot-war hostilities against us. It just wouldn’t happen. Impossible. They didn’t like each other. So don’t even think about it. (Probably the same experts who during the seventies assured us we were headed for an interminable period of world wide “cooling.”)

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