As the US and its European allies rally around the Ukrainian coup leaders and
denounce the Crimean referendum, we have yet another opportunity to stand in
awe of Washington’s limitless supply of arrogance. Meeting with the new "Prime
Minister" of Ukraine – who achieved his high office by unleashing mobs
on the duly elected government – President Barack Obama averred Washington would be "forced to apply a cost" unless the Crimean vote
is called off.
So here is the United States, the alleged champion of "democracy,"
hailing a decidedly undemocratic coup, honoring one of the coup leaders
with an appearance at the White House, and railing against the decision
of the democratically elected Parliament of Crimea to let the people
vote on their own future.
As if vaguely aware of the massive hypocrisy infusing his word-cloud,
Obama conceded the Crimeans might possibly have some say in all this, just not now:
he wants talks with the Kremlin which "could lead to different
arrangements over time" for Crimea. "But, that’s not something that can
be done with the barrel of a gun pointed at you" – that is, unless we’re
talking about Afghanistan. Or Iraq.
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