Skip to comments.Putin Blinked
Posted on 05/28/2014 1:14:13 AM PDT by nickcarraway
There was a moment at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 when Soviet ships approached to within just a few miles of a U.S. naval blockade and then, at the last minute, turned back prompting then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk to utter one of the most famous lines from the Cold War: Were eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.
The crisis in Ukraine never threatened a Cold War-like nuclear Armageddon, but it may be the first case of post-post-Cold War brinkmanship, pitting the 21st century versus the 19th. It pits a Chinese/Russian worldview that says we can take advantage of 21st-century globalization whenever we want to enrich ourselves, and we can behave like 19th-century powers whenever we want to take a bite out of a neighbor versus a view that says, no, sorry, the world of the 21st century is not just interconnected but interdependent and either you play by those rules or you pay a huge price.
In the end, it was Putinism versus Obamaism, and Id like to be the first on my block to declare that the other fellow Putin just blinked.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
An Obama idolator treating himself to a nice fantasy. Putin still pockets Crimea. That’s worth everything this has cost him and more. Look at the map!
Friedman showing everyone that he is on drugs.
>> In the end, it was Putinism versus Obamaism
As far as I can tell, Putin isn’t interested in that kind of thing.
Plus Russia and China just settled on a historic energy agreement.
Soviet ships were rust buckets.. AND JFK was a moron..
Lets add it up: Putins seizure of Crimea has weakened the Russian economy, led to China getting a bargain gas deal, revived NATO, spurred Europe to start ending its addiction to Russian gas and begun a debate across Europe about increasing defense spending. Nice work, Vladimir. Thats why I say the country Putin threatens most today is Russia.
... made a mockery of Obama’s Russia Reset, strengthened Republican Hawks.
Yep ZERO won. . . . . . . . . . . /s
What made Putin blink was the Ukrainians. Not only are they stacking up Russian GRU bodies in the morgue, but they successfully outsmarted the Russkies in the propaganda war. Ukraine still has a long road ahead of it, but if they maintain their fighting spirit, they have a chance. They can’t expect help from the West, only hindrance.
Tommy Friedman thinks he understands the world, but he's just another liberal moron!
Adolf Hitler blinked when he militarized the Rhineland...
Adolf Hitler blinked when he annexed Austria...
Adolf Hitler blinked when he occupied Czechoslovakia...
It’s good when your adversaries blink.
How could he have blinked when he got everything he wanted?
“There was a moment at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 when Soviet ships approached to within just a few miles of a U.S. naval blockade and then, at the last minute, turned back”
The BS from the Camelot myth was that Kennedy stood strong against the Soviets; the truth is that a deal was made where we would withdraw our missiles from Turkey (too close to them) in exchange for them withdrawing theirs from Cuba (too close to us).
No, I think that it was Truman in 1946 and the early Atomic Energy Commission (which morphed into the Department of Energy).
Also, despite Friedman's claim that NATO is "revitalized", they won't be offering Ukraine membership anytime soon.
Who blinked on Syria?
Excellent post. Freepers who aren’t aware of the true history of the Cuban Missile Crisis would do well to look into it closer now that the truth was revealed but not in a way that would dramatically tarnish the beloved Kennedy.
I’m wondering what else Putler may have gotten besides Crimea.
As always, the NYTimes is propping up Obama. “Putin blinked”, as I read their article is a conclusion they reach by way of (1) PUtin awaiting election results in the Ukraine, and (2) Putin signing a gas deal with China that might give the Chinese a bargain price.
Those are weak arguments.
It’s just as easy to use those same points to support a counter argument.
It’s in the category of: time will tell.
The truth of the matter...revisited.
Don’t exert yourself. The Kennedy mystique is alive and well.
Read once that Joe Kennedy money didn't hurt.
Yes, this is a nice spin piece, nothing more. Putin didn’t blink, he laughed his way to the bank.
Ukraine finally went to war, instead of rolling over. How much western influence is behind them finally fighting back I don’t know, but clearly the pro russians had infiltrated the highest levels of their government and military prior to Russia finally taking action... The purge of them has begun and they are fighting back.
I just wonder how much of that is due to western influence to fight back, or Ukrainians finally saying FU to the peace in our time appeasement westerners and going it alone.
That means Marilyn Monroe's boy toy didn't even tell his own Secretary of State that he had caved to Kruschev's demand that he pull American missiles out of Turkey.
Isn’t there a quote or something about declaring victory too soon.
And if you like your Ukraine you can keep it. Period.
Putin blinked to get the tears out of his eyes from laughing so hard because of how easy it’s been for him to get everything he’s wanted, and knowing that no one in the west can stop him.
Or that the Soviet promise not to station nuclear missiles in Cuba wasn't going to apply to Soviet ballistic missile submarines.
Friedman, as always, is an *ss.
if this is “victory,” i’d hate to see what defeat looks like...
Friedman is an idiot for thinking otherwise.
friedman was part of a group of liberal columnists who were at the white house to co-ordinate a pushback on obama’s supposedly(?)”weak” foreign policy
and this if friedman’s best effort at painting obama’s fiascos as success...
Putin didn’t blink, he closed his eyes completely to 0b0z0’s HashFAG attack.
Putin swallowed the Crimea and stirred trouble in the eastern and southern part of the Ukraine as a new threat to worry about by the West, meanwhile, NOTHING ABOUT THE CRIMEA!
If Putin keeps “blinking” that way, watch out for him taking an insignificant piece of land from an Eastern European NATO country and challenging NATO to apply article 5.
NATO, led by this HashFAG administration, would be proven impotent (oh, no, we won’t start a military confrontation over a ranch, etc.) and all what they’ll do is to nuke Putin with their patented HashFAG attack.
The blinking possibilities are endless, after all, the NY SLIMES said so!
Putin still pockets Crimea, and Putin still controls Ukraine’s gas supplies. Putin also got an assurance that Ukraine will NEVER be part of NATO, and will be further stripped of its military power.
In the final stages it was all about each side saving face and preventing Nuclear War...which was just 2 hours from exploding and both sides knew this. Neither wanted it because each knew neither would "blink"...rather an agreement had to be reached to prevent going over the lines.
LOL,Putin got his deep sea port and his buffer to the EU. Friedman is an idiot.
.....which was exactly why Russia went into Cuba in the first place....US was placing missiles throughout Europe at a rapid pace.... Russia had enough, then put theirs on our doorstep.
Interesting too was Kennedy sweetened the deal by “offering” to remove missiles from Turkey under the condition it be “secret”.
.....”or Ukrainians finally saying FU to the peace in our time appeasement westerners and going it alone”....
The primary ones now going it alone is the Kiev Nat’l Guard which is made up of Private Sector thugs who are no longer taking orders from Keiv Gov. They believe Keiv Gov. has deceived them so they are fighting against all Russians in the East to drive them out of Ukraine....(ethnic cleansing) doing so by using heavy artillary and killing citizens. This has created conditions where Russian Citizens have begun to leave the East into Russia for safety.
Additionally Israel is arranging departures for Jews because of the Right Sectors violence and killing pretty much any who get in their way who are not Ukrainian.
The situation in Ukraine has far surpassed East and West differences, or that of Donestk’s desire for their own Republic and defense of. Ukraine Army recognizes this and why so many are unwilling to fight....it’s become another war altogether.
...drove a wedge between us and our European Allies, getting us closer to being ejected from European affairs, which has been the Holy Grail of Soviet/Russian foreign policy since 1944...