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Matthews: Obama’s Escalated Ukraine Problem

From the Daily Caller:

Chris Matthews: Why are we being so mean to Putin?

By Brendan Bordelon | March 4, 2014

MSNBC host Chris Matthews berated those Americans advocating a harsher response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of southern Ukraine, claiming that even President Obama “went too far” with his tepid condemnation of the occupation last Friday.

Matthews spoke with Russian Studies professor Stephen Cohen and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, both of whom largely agreed that the United States should tone down — not ratchet up — the rhetoric against Russian aggression.

Stephen Cohen has always been a notorious apologist for the worst excesses of the Soviet Union. So much so he had to lie low after the fall of the Berlin Wall. But now he’s back, spewing the Kremlin line, just like he always has.

In fact, Cohen repeatedly suggested he believes Putin’s actions are justified.

“We crossed his red line,” he said. “We’ve been crossing red lines ever since we began to move NATO towards Russia in the 1990s. Clinton began it. Bush continued it. Obama, rhetorically, has continued it.”

Er, who gave Russia the right to decide who and who couldn’t be in NATO?

Matthews mocked those advocating consequences imposed by the West against Russia for its aggressive actions. “I don’t understand these people,” he said. “They’re like — remember that old character on ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ running up and down the stairs thinking he was Teddy Roosevelt on San Juan Hill? That’s what they remind me of! They’re going through some weird kinda flashback!”

Funny, but prissy Chris Matthews reminds us of the two old ladies in that play. Who seemed gentle and harmless, but who were actually murderers. (Though for the best of reasons.)

The MSNBC host also attacked The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol for his statement that the United States should seek to “humiliate” Putin for his actions, claiming it was “rubbing it in their noses.”

“We want him to be humiliated, no off-ramp, no reason for diplomacy here, we want to rub it in his — what is Kristol’s problem?” Matthews snarled. “What is this neo-con brain soup that encourages them to think like this?”

“You’ve got two things going on at once,” Cohen responded. “You’ve got Putin-bashing and Obama-bashing going on here. And they’re not exactly sure which one they want to bash more.”

It’s a wonder Matthews didn’t call Putin’s critics ‘racists.’ But that will probably come later.

Cohen went on to claim that Obama “has not conducted himself well in the Russian matter.” And good conduct, for Cohen, means avoiding that crazy new Ukrainian government. “What’s driving this crisis now — whatever you think of Putin — is the insurrectionary, revolutionary, extreme politics in Ukraine.”

If Mr. Cohen isn’t in the pay of the KGB he is being gypped.

Matthews largely agreed, even blaming Obama for encouraging the crisis. “I think the president went too far on Friday,” he said. “I think the president played a part in this escalation on Friday.” …

So, as much as Matthews loves Obama, he is still willing to cast him aside to defend an even bigger dictator thug like Putin.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Matthews: Obama’s Escalated Ukraine Problem”

    • captstubby says:

      i understand your confusion.
      maybe you know him by his stage name;

      Lord Haw-Haw was the nickname of several announcers on the English-language propaganda radio programme Germany Calling, broadcast by Nazi German radio to audiences in Great Britain on the medium wave station Reichssender Hamburg and by shortwave to the United States. The programme started on 18 September 1939 and continued until 30 April 1945, when Hamburg was overrun by the British Army. This nickname, Lord Haw-Haw, generally refers to William Joyce, who was German radio’s most prominent English-language speaker and to whom it gradually came to be exclusively applied. However, it was also applied to other broadcasters, mostly in the early stages of the war
      Through such broadcasts, the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda attempted to discourage and demoralize British, Canadian, Australian and American troops and the British population within radio listening range, to suppress the effectiveness of the Allied war effort through propaganda, and to motivate the Allies to agree to peace terms leaving the Nazi regime intact and in power. Among many techniques used, the Nazi broadcasts prominently reported on the shooting down of Allied aircraft and the sinking of Allied ships, presenting discouraging reports of high losses and casualties among Allied forces. Although the broadcasts were widely known to be Nazi propaganda, they frequently offered the only details available from behind enemy lines concerning the fate of friends and relatives who did not return from bombing raids over Germany. As a result, Allied troops and civilians frequently listened to Lord Haw-Haw’s broadcasts in spite of the sometimes infuriating content and frequent inaccuracies and exaggerations, in the hopes of learning clues about the fate of Allied troops and air crews. Mass Observation interviews warned the Ministry of Information of this and as a result more attention was given to the official reports of British military casualties.

      Radio critic Jonah Barrington of the Daily Express applied the phrase in describing a German broadcaster,in an attempt to reduce his possible impact: “He speaks English of the haw-haw, dammit-get-out-of-my-way-variety”.In practice, the name was applied to a number of different announcers and even soon after Barrington coined the nickname, it was uncertain exactly which German broadcaster he was describing. Some British media and listeners just used “Lord Haw-Haw” as a generic term to describe all English-language German ..German broadcasters, although other nicknames, like “Sinister Sam”, were occasionally used by the BBC to distinguish between obviously different speakers.

      On the night of April 30, 1945, a drunken Joyce made his last broadcast from Hamburg as British troops entered the city. With his adopted world crashing down around him, but still committed to the Nazi cause, Joyce rambled on through his farewell speech. In Berlin, Hitler was simultaneously saying good-bye to his entourage in anticipation of ending his life a few hours later.
      Captured by the British, Joyce stood trial for treason. The court denied his claim of American citizenship because he held a British passport. He was found guilty and hanged on January 3, 1946.


      Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda. However, Iva Toguri is the most famously linked name behind the Tokyo Rose. She was a native to Los Angeles and was stranded in Japan because she was visiting her family when the war broke out. The intent of these broadcasts was to disrupt the morale of Allied forces listening to the broadcast. American servicemen in the Pacific often listened to the propaganda broadcasts to get a sense, by reading between the lines, of the effect of their military actions. She often undermined the anti-American scripts by reading them in a playful, tongue-in-cheek fashion, even going as far as to warn her listeners to expect a “subtle attack” on their morale.

      Wikipedia and other on line references.

      for a video of this post,
      tune your television to:

  1. GetBackJack says:

    First Obama supports a Bill to strip Ukraine of most of its military and then plays patty cake with his shadow while Putin orders in troops.

    Naw. How dare you think it’s all rigged?


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