Never before has Ukraine been as frequently mentioned in a U.S. presidential race as it is mentioned these days.
Speaking at a rally in Reno, Nevada, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said this about Ukraine:
After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence — the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.
Note: The remark comes 1:45 into the video.
Shushannah Walshe at Fox News did a blog posting on Palin’s speech, drawing more than a hundred comments, one which I would like to quote, partially:
Comment by BradKT
October 21st, 2008 at 4:12 pm
People…think this through. Do you actually think that the United States should go to war with Russia over its invasion of Georgia…or if it invades the Ukraine? I don’t think so…and neither does the Bush Administration.
This comment made me want to trot out the same old lines:
Just think about it: If Russia invades Ukraine, oil will be trading at above $300 a barrel.
Of course, you won’t have to go to war with Russia. But you will be spending more on defense and humanitarian aid. Besides, the war will create a huge black market supply of conventional weapons plus, quite possibly, radioactive material. Do you actually think it will benefit your country?
You and I will be better off if you elect a president who will spare no foreign policy effort to make Russia’s invasion cost-prohibitive.
All the best from