Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State George Shultz appeared on Fox News's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" last week and was asked about the rising security situation. He answered with a long pause: “Ronald Reagan ...” he said, and it just hung there, for a provocative moment before he started up again. It seemed just briefly that Shultz’s worshipful intoning of The Gipper’s name alone would be an "enough said" answer.
But many in the mainstream media first turned to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Time had him right out of the bullpen with “We are all Ukrainians.” He tweeted “#Ukraine - straight out of the Soviet playbook.” And Sarah Palin, not one to say I told you so, was there within seconds to say, “I told you so.”
And again, here and everywhere, especially on Fox, we would hear the old mantra: Ronald Reagan won the Cold War; it was the war that was no war.
But then this shocker came from former Rep. Ron Ron Paul (R-Texas): “The Ukrainian people should do this.”
Crimea, with its valuable Black Sea port, has changed hands from Bulgars to Greeks to Tartars and Mongols over a thousand years. It has been part of Russia longer than Michigan and Texas have been part of America. Paul’s advice might be worth listening to. We might try not to aggravate the contest between the West and Russia, because that “wouldn’t be good for the Ukrainians,” he says.
Russia, via Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Mikhail Gorbachev, has found a path homeward in a classically Russian struggle of The Soul and Barbed Wire, from Solzhenitsyn’s classic, The Gulag Archipelago. While America, even after the death of over 60,000 innocents in Iraq (according to NSA reports revealed by Edward Snowden) in the last decade is still looking for a fight.
We need our own Solzhenitsyn, and maybe it is Ron Paul.
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