"Maybe if the 3 million Republican voters who chose to stay home in 2012 came out and instead voted for Romney, we would not have this Russian mess right now. Just saying..."
I remember not long after the Soviet Union fell apart, some of the hard liners had a difficult time accepting what had just happened. The United States was optimistic that a true reformer would rise from the ashes of the Soviet Union, and be an honest broker we could deal with. The Communist government had left the Russian economy in tatters. The country was ripe for reform. We were willing to help. We were going to help Russia become a free trader. Heck, for a while there was even talk about this former Warsaw nation becoming a member of NATO.
Well, old habits die hard. One of the KGB hardliners, was not impressed with Brezhnev, Yeltsin, or any of the other so called Russian leaders. This former KGB officer took what happened to his beloved Soviet empire very personally. So Vladimir Putin became a chameleon. His heart was still a hard liner, but his actions were that of a reformer.
He rose to power and become the President of Russia. How good was he? He fooled everyone. He fooled President Bush (43), and fooled him good. Remember that famous saying? George Bush saying, "I have peered into his soul". And what did you see there President Bush? Because many of us right now are wondering if this man has a soul. The charade is over. The game is over. He is out to right this horrible wrong which happened to the Soviet empire in the 1980's.
Then for the eight years we had "Pajama Boy", the Russians had Rambo. While Obama decided unilaterally to "beat our swords into plow shares", Putin thought it would be fun to develop a nuke using scramjet technology which could travel at 10 times the speed of sound.
Putin has shown us in his Ukrainian adventure, that he is nobody to mess with. Expansionism is in his world vision. And some of the lethal crap that the Soviets developed in the 70's and 80's? Oh, he still has his hands on it. Gave it a trial run over in the UK. This nerve agent he unleashed over there, is more deadly than VX nerve gas. In fact, it is preferred by the sadists, as there is no known cure for it once exposed. Death is very slow, and very painful.
Where do we go from here? BTW - the world is a mess right now. In the 8 year coma we all went through during Obama, China became a super power, Russia is back into the "next gen" Cold War, and Iran is just itching for a fight. Did I mention North Korea? Up until the Olympics, the United States was being threatened by them on almost a daily basis.
Not a huge Romney fan, I will say this. During the debates in 2012 with Obama, he had it right. Russia is our biggest threat. And even though "Pajama Boy" made fun of him during that event, Mitt was wise beyond his years.
Maybe if the 3 million Republican voters who chose to stay home in 2012 came out and instead voted for Romney, we would not have this Russian mess right now. Just saying...