Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

Russia is Our Natural Ally: Time to “get over” our fear of the “Soviet Union.”

30 Jun

By Mike McGee, June 30, 2017. No way is Russia a serious threat to the United States. It’s absolutely astonishing how economically feeble Russia has become over the last twenty years. They need us a LOT more than we need them. Our continuing sanctions are our way of bullying a smaller kid on the playground. They need to stop. We need to start some positive conversations about Russia.

GDP is a measure of the economic strength of a nation. In 2016, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Russia was about 1.28 trillion U.S. dollars. That’s just a slightly greater GDP than that of Mexico. The population count for each is about the same.

Most Americans, and maybe most journalists also, still tend to think of Russia as the Soviet Union, a towering monolith that can swallow up the US. Time Magazine gave in to this “fear of the Beast” thinking this May in the cover picture shown above. They want us to fear and feel horror about the Russian Beast, even now in 2017. Should we feel the same about Mexico? No, mostly we pity Mexico and its government. Continue reading

America Needs Russia as an Ally

14 Jan
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, passes by US President Barack Obama, left, as Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles, at right, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

(AP Photo/RIA Novosti)

By Mike McGee

President Obama and John Kerry and Congress are making a big mistake by constantly working at odds with Russia at this time in history. Russia is in a position to be a natural ally of the US, and we should not chase them off. Continue reading

Ukraine: Obama’s Vietnam War?

6 Feb

By Mike McGee February 6, 2015

I am a Vietnam combat veteran, and I have spent a lot of time since then studying the history of the Vietnam War. If the United States decides to provide lethal arms assistance to the Ukraine at any time in the future, it will be the beginning of another proxy war with Russia, and will likely end as badly as our involvement in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam War was a proxy war between the United States, the Soviet Union…. and communist China.” This is a deep truth stated by Michael Lind, currently a senior director at the New America Foundation in Washington. Continue reading

Time to Divide the Ukraine?

25 Apr

 

Ukraine Division

By Mike McGee

The United States needs to stay out of the current dispute between Russia and the Ukraine. We should withdraw our sanctions against Russia, and withdraw our threats and rhetoric as well. Let the parties involved work out the solution between themselves. Vladimir Putin is correct that there are a lot of Russian nationalists in eastern Ukraine, and a lot of others who identify themselves as ethnic Russians. Eastern Ukraine probably should be a part of Russia.

Some national borders are not worth fighting over or going to war over, particularly those somewhat arbitrarily established within the last few generations. And particularly when the border fails to take account of the natural loyalties of those encompassed within an arbitrary line drawn on a map. Continue reading

Some National Borders May Not Mean Much

7 Mar

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By Mike McGee March 7, 2015

Recently a family member gave me a lot of information about why national borders are not automatically entitled to respect. His most salient point was that throughout history wars have been the automatic outcome of one country expressing an undue interest in the borders of another country. Sure, there are some national borders which are worth fighting for. Yet in many situations the automatic call to war is an outdated notion, and a shift in borders can be the correct way to proceed, particularly with more recently established borders. Continue reading