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How Blaming Bush Led to the Ukraine Crisis
FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 28, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 04/28/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT by SJackson

For the Democratic Party, history began and ended with the election of George W. Bush. Nothing had happened before him. Every world crisis began with him and would only come to an end when the Democratic Party finally squeezed one of its own into the White House.

If there was a problem, Bush had caused it. If another country hated America, it was Bush’s fault. Bush alienated Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East and even parts of Antarctica.

It was all his fault, the media, academia and angry Trotskyite grandmothers marching for peace and tyranny in San Francisco agreed. Books were written and movies were made. Cartoons were scrawled and songs were written.

It was all Bush’s fault.

It never occurred to the Democrats, even as they were making excuses for every tyrant from Saddam to Putin to Ahmadinejad, that the sum of all evil might not be George W. Bush.

When Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a misspelled Reset Button, it wasn’t the Russian end of the arrangement that was being reset.

Putin had been running the country through various offices all along. Despite his change of title, nothing significant was going to change in Moscow. It was the United States that was being reset.

The Obama campaign was a giant reset button. Among all its other resets, resetting the economy, resetting welfare, resetting the ocean levels and resetting the military, it was also going to reset America’s relationship with the world. Obama promised to “rebuild” American alliances in keeping with the leftist theme that everything wrong with the world could be blamed on President Bush’s alienation of the international community by riding through Baghdad like a unilateral cowboy on a pale horse.

When Putin invaded Georgia, the New York Times, among other mainstream media outlets, blamed President Bush. The Times collected negative quotes about “Bush’s aggressive response to the Russian incursion into Georgia.”

A year earlier however it had accused Bush of responding to Putin’s provocations with “timid equanimity.”

The men and women of the New York Times might not have been able to decide whether Bush was too soft or too tough on Putin, whether he was provoking him too much or not standing up to him enough, but they could say with certainty that whatever President Bush was doing had to be wrong.

It was wrong because Bush was doing it. Obama and Hillary however would get it right.

Instead of holding Putin accountable, the Reset Button was another piece of Blame Bush theater which sent the message that Obama and Hillary were blaming Bush for the breakdown of ties, instead of Putin.

Putin’s invasion of Georgia was forgotten. His international assassination of dissidents, the radioactive trails through the United Kingdom, his ties to terrorist regimes and his support for Iran were all swept into a big red folder marked “Bush’s Fault.” The folder was dumped into a deep drawer at the offices of the New York Times and no one looked it at again until Putin “unexpectedly” invaded Ukraine.

There was nothing unexpected about the invasion. Just as there was nothing unexpected about Iran developing nuclear weapons even when their apologists in the media and the government said that it couldn’t possibly be taking place.

The unexpected in foreign affairs is the intrusion of reality into the leftist narrative. It’s the brick through the window and the mugging in broad daylight. A little time passes and everyone gives in to the leftist narrative and forgets until it happens all over again because reality is surprisingly persistent.

The Blame Bush caucus needed to believe that Putin’s behavior was Bush’s fault instead of Putin’s fault. They needed to believe that Saddam Hussein, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and countless other citizens of the world were reacting to Bush, instead of acting the way that they normally would.

Blinded by their hatred for Bush, they assumed that the world’s worst villains also hated Bush. It didn’t occur to them that they might hate America. Instead Putin, Chavez and Ahmadinejad became extensions of their political grudge match with the President of the United States. Their petty geopolitical view reduced the affairs of the world to a world that shared their hatred for Bush.

And that made it impossible for them to predict the actions of America’s enemies.

When Solidarity was in crisis in Poland, President Reagan didn’t wait for Russian tanks to show up in Warsaw; instead he took preemptive steps to avert a Russian invasion. Obama never even saw the invasion coming. Why would he? The last time Putin invaded a country, it had been Bush’s fault.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine shouldn’t have come as a surprise. But days before the invasion, the mainstream media was claiming that it would never happen even though everyone from the President of Georgia down to Khrushchev’s great-granddaughter had predicted that it would.

While the Democrats couldn’t see past Bush, Putin was acting on centuries’ worth of grudges and ambitions. Blaming Bush for everything had freed Putin to act. It erased his past track record and assigned the blame for it to Republican cowboy diplomacy. It gave him the element of surprise and it’s no surprise that he used it to invade Ukraine and humiliate Obama.

The Democrats had damned Reagan as a warmonger, but he was actually a realist. He understood what the USSR might do when it saw Poland slipping away and took steps to avert it.

Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party lacked any similar ability to soberly assess Russia’s motives.

Had the Democrats been able to let go of their obsession with Bush, they would have been able to head off the crisis in Ukraine. Instead they assumed that their relationship with Putin was going well, not because it was, but because the only reason it had ever been bad was because of George W. Bush.

The Russian government understood this dynamic and exploited it. It knew that Hillary didn’t come bearing a Reset Button because she wanted to improve relations with Russia. Instead she needed a tangible demonstration of how she was reversing Bush’s foreign policy failures to prep for her own presidential campaign.

And the Russians played along. They understood that to the Democrats they were only counters in a domestic political campaign and that Washington, D.C. had become a thoroughly unserious place.

And they weren’t the only ones making that assessment.

China’s escalating militarism and Iran’s nuclear manipulations exploit a profoundly unserious White House less interested in keeping America safe than in blaming Bush.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blame; blamegame; bush; bushhassers; bushsfault; cowboy; cowboydiplomacy; dnctalkingpoints; obama; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 04/28/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Great post.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: SJackson

“We’re going to blame Bush forever.” - Madeleine Albright


5 posted on 04/28/2014 5:55:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: F15Eagle

I thought it was spelled “That was easy”.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 5:57:40 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: SJackson

The dangerous part is that with all the mistakes, corruption and incompetence of the 0bama regime, he is not held accountable. Bad things are happening that are being ignored and lied about. They are delusional, hoping for a different reality.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SJackson

To the tune of “Climb every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music”:

Comb every archive,
Search every vault
Scour every hard drive
Make it Bush’s Fault.

Sort every shredder,
Pick every brain,
make up a new memo,
cause our country pain.

Call up IBM,
And tell them you will pay,
If they’d lend you an old
Selectric for a Day!

Chase every rumor,
For Your asssault.
Make mountains out of molehills!
MAKE
IT
BUSH’S
FAULT!!!!!

c 2005,LTOS


8 posted on 04/28/2014 6:08:59 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SJackson

Blaming Bush had zero to do with the Ukraine crisis.
Europeans don’t think about Bush and by now many of them do not remember who he is.
Europe brought this mess about.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 6:15:59 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: FatherofFive

Yep, and the next repub president will be left with all this mess to clean up. And it will become his fault from day one. Their media allows baraq to act as a spectator instead of the actual president. Remember when 9/11 was blamed on Bush with NO mention of Clinton’s actions that lead to that event?


10 posted on 04/28/2014 6:17:03 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: F15Eagle

Your link to the misspelled reset button has unsurprisingly disappeared down 0bama’s hole of lost memories:

“The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later.”


11 posted on 04/28/2014 6:21:25 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: SJackson

This is a great article and right on spot.


12 posted on 04/28/2014 6:30:34 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: shove_it

When Hillary herself and her lackey Psaki couldn’t think of anything Hillary had accomplished as Secretary of State, how could they have forgotten her presenting the “Reset” button to the neo-Soviets?


13 posted on 04/28/2014 6:59:36 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Texas resident
Their media allows baraq to act as a spectator instead of the actual president.

Well put. Years ago, after a couple business meetings, I asked a friend what this guy from Marketing does. He politely said, "He goes to meetings" and said nothing else. We were able to work around him. 0bama has nobody with competence to step up.

14 posted on 04/28/2014 7:14:45 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

If an R wins in 2016 and the dems better hope for it, it will be all the new president R’s fault, all of it every BO failure will be blamed on the next Pres, if an R.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 7:31:19 AM PDT by thirst4truth (Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Yup. That was her highpoint.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 7:36:56 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: SJackson
Instead of holding Putin accountable, the Reset Button was another piece of Blame Bush theater which sent the message that Obama and Hillary were blaming Bush for the breakdown of ties, instead of Putin.

Wrong. How about holding Clinton (the President, not Madam Secretary) responsible for the breakdown in ties? The adventures in Bosnia and Kosovo and NATO expansion to Russia's very borders, all of which were Clinton's doing is what sewed the whirlwind. A bit of deference to Russia's national interest during the Clinton era would have prevented all of this, yes, even with Vladimir Putin in charge of Russia. The ties were broken before Bush came into office, weren't repaired by Bush, weren't repaired by Obama and Madam Secretary Clinton, symbolic "resets" and "more flexibility after the election" notwithstanding.

17 posted on 04/28/2014 7:55:28 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: SJackson

Greenfields comments are driven by conceptions offered by a controlled media. The heart of the matter is there is something going on behind the scenes which either has been ignored or not covered in Russia which is driving Putin to do what he is doing. Which Greenfield points out.

Everything that’s going in Russia isn’t Hunky Dory. Putin’s been turning the screws over there slowly and surely. But instead of directing the attention to that. The media and the democrats turns its venom on Bush. Which Greenfield in this piece does mention but unfortunately does not delve into causes.

Russia’s economy is driven by its energy exports. It’s threatend because of new developments in the discovery and methods of extraction for those resources by their very customers. One which has a sizeable resources of its own both inland and offshore in what the Russians consider their private lake, the black sea.

If only his customers didn’t have such resources or could be intimidated from using them Putin sits prettily. The sad thing is nobody is pointing this out. Not just Greenfield, but the Ukrainians themselves as well as the present regime ruining this country.

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18 posted on 04/28/2014 8:13:06 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: MrEdd

Blaming Bush had zero to do with the Ukraine crisis.
Europeans don’t think about Bush and by now many of them do not remember who he is.
Europe brought this mess about.

**********

Europe and some fellow travelers.
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/offices-foundations/international-renaissance-foundation


19 posted on 04/28/2014 8:29:54 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: SJackson
If the EU had said, "We see your deal and raise you" when the poker game of offers to the Ukraine was still going on there would be no crisis unless Russia came up with a still better offer than the Ukraine accepted. If the EU wasn't willing to play the game they shouldn't have set down at the table.

Instead of making a counter offer, they folded rather than match and beat the Russian offer. They folded because they figured they had plenty of practice taking over governments with mobs in the streets and bombing when mobs weren't enough.

The EU put the current crowd in office in Kiev instead of waiting for the already impending elections so the EU owns this. They caused it, let them deal with it.

20 posted on 04/28/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: FatherofFive
The dangerous part is that with all the mistakes, corruption and incompetence of the 0bama regime, he is not held accountable. Bad things are happening that are being ignored and lied about. They are delusional, hoping for a different reality.

Stalinists lie. ALWAYS

21 posted on 04/29/2014 7:42:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: dfwgator
“We’re going to blame Bush forever.” - Madeleine Albright

Throwback Tuesday...


22 posted on 04/29/2014 7:43:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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