"Don't mess with us," Putin warns Obama and the West, "we're a nuclear power (see)
Is the escalating conflict between the US and Russia headed toward the worst and most dangerous confrontation since the frightening Cuban Missile Crisis of 52 years ago? Is defiant Russian strongman Vladimir Putin willing to risk a military conflict or nuclear war with America and the West over the Ukraine-and other expansionist plans he surely has in mind? With the Free World led by a weak, timid, gutless, confused US president who clearly lacks the intestinal strength to endure such a test it looks like a major crisis and clash are coming that Putin is confident of winning. Indeed, with Putin ignoring sanctions and having sent troops and tanks into East Ukraine to assist pro-Russian separatist forces-thus forcing the Ukrainian government to agree to a cease-fire with the loss of more land-Putin is on a roll consolidating his domestic power and wants to continue his land grabbing spree (see ).
Indeed, with the Russian people massively behind Putin and his vision of saving Russia and restoring its power and prestige (to reverse the collapse of the early 90s) it's beginning to look like the period preceding 1962 when an inexperienced JFK failed to win Khrushchev's respect and up went the Berlin Wall and nuclear missile silos in Cuba. But what's crucially different between now and then is that Barack Obama is no JFK-there's nothing of that ailing, strong, risk taking World War II hero inside him who learns from his mistakes and bounces back. Lacking the stomach for such a conflict it's unlikely Obama would face down Putin like Kennedy did Krushchev-and Putin knows it.
Nothing would please Putin more (and help his cause) than to reverse the humiliation Russia suffered when President Kennedy's wise, gutsy blockade of Cuba forced Khrushchev and the Soviets to backdown and remove the nukes they installed there close to our shores. Does anyone believe that Obama (laughably anointed the new JFK by the Kennedys) would have acted with the same resolve and daring? Putin certainly doesn't as he has turned Obama's foolish and ill-considered reset policy to improve US/Russian relations on its head to mean resetting Russia's borders one slice of Ukraine at a time. With a man in the White House who makes Neville Chamberlain look like a Churchillian bull dog Putin undoubetly is saying to himself that if it were 1962 and Obama were President instead of Kennedy Russian nukes might still be in Cuba. Do you see how dangerous this is?
Putin issuing warning after warning is now threatening retaliation (going beyond import bans) against America and Europe if sanctions aren't lifted. With oil prices collapsing Russia is hurting badly and a desperate Putin may resort to desperate measures to provoke the US into a conflict-which is the last thing that Barack Obama wants with so much on his plate. Will Putin be willing to go to DEFCON 2 as happened 52 years ago this month hoping to scare Obama and the EU into lifting the sanctions? I believe that he is (see).