Stephen Bowers: Cold War Mentality (Mis)understood


President Obama just removed Putin from his itinerary of really important stuff. Big Vlad seems pretty shaken, but may survive.

Obama handles things in a masterful way yet again. Gives Putin the stiff arm and explains his actions by blaming someone else (Putin). Do we see a pattern emerging? Sometimes old Cold Warriors apparently get back into old ways of thinking. Then tough guys like Obama have to show them “tough love” by having his secretary call Putin’s secretary and (without even a whiff of school-girl petulance) cancel a big meeting, which may have conflicted with a presidential golf outing. (Do they have golf courses in Moscow? Probably not. It’s a pretty dour place. So it could have been a serious problem for the Prez.)

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Someone recently wrote that Snowden (an American…at least as much so as Obama) should be allowed immunity from prosecution and allowed to return to his homeland (ours, too). This is probably a good idea, particularly since he has untold national secrets floating around behind his bespectacled brow. Can one think of a worse place for him to end up than in the friendly embrace of our old and most sinister Cold War antagonists, the Ruskies?

And who knows if the other bad guys of old, the Chi-Comms, are cheering for Snowden and waiting for an opportunity to “debrief” him if there’s anything left when Putin and his pals are through? Which, of course, reminds me of the experts who assured us we could count on the fact the Chinese and Russians would never team-up in hot-war hostilities against us. It just wouldn’t happen. Impossible. They didn’t like each other. So don’t even think about it. (Probably the same experts who during the seventies assured us we were headed for an interminable period of world wide “cooling.”)

Which, of course, always reminded me (referring to the Chi-Comms and Russians never being buddies, not the “cooling” thing) of how Herod and Pontius Pilate had always been enemies until one day they got an opportunity to do something really wicked. (For my liberal pals, few though they be, Herod and Pilate were real historic persons who are mentioned both in secular history and, more particularly, in the Gospels. I won’t give you the exact chapter and verse. Look it up. It won’t hurt you. The pages won’t scorch your pudgy, but tanned fingers.)

8:10:13bowersBut, back to Snowden and Obama’s ham-fisted handling of the Putin cancellation. Snowden’s true crime seems to be that he ratted out the Administration’s criminal utilization of the bullying bureaucracies of the NSA, et al, to harm straw-man baddies. Personally, I would like to shake Snowden’s hand. Maybe what he did violated law, but his is definitely a case where the good he did must be weighed against the wrong he did (which are words, just the typing of which, would normally set my teeth on edge).

How has Snowden hurt Americans? He hasn’t. What good has he done for us? Only Obama and the DOJ seem upset by his actions. Every American now knows about the administration’s perfidious actions and behavior, doesn’t that, presumptively, put him in line for some sort of medal?

For some reason this whole affair makes me yearn for the Cold War days of yore. Probably because back then we never doubted our (sometimes inept) leaders’ loyalty to our Country. Big distinction.


Ps: You do remember, I hope, all those American techies and bureaucrats who defected during the Cold War days? We were always reading horrible news accounts about our fellow Americans who were shot by American soldiers while climbing over to the east side of the Berlin Wall (which Eisenhower or Kennedy built one night). Or Americans rowing flimsy boats from Miami to Havana, through shark-infested waters.  Harrowing stuff.


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Stephen Bowers

Stephen Bowers

I am an attorney in Las Vegas who has always wanted to draw political cartoons, partly because I like drawing, but mostly because I enjoy ridiculing pompous know-nothings. Verbally debating them gets nowhere. They don't know they're beaten. But poking fun at them in a drawing leaves them without recourse or rebuttal. What can they do...? Call me names, whine, cuss me ... or maybe draw a witty riposte? Unlikely.
Steve Bowers, Esq.

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