To The Daily Sun,
The U.S. needs to respond to Russia's aggression into Ukraine in a manner, which will get Putin's attention. "Tit for tat" incremental escalation did not work in past crises nor will it work against Putin. Some experts today are saying that since we have pulled the military option off the table, i.e. no U.S. boots on the ground, there is little or nothing we can do that would undo what Russia has done thus far in Ukraine or dissuade them from pursuing their further goals of restoring the old Soviet Union, despite any treaties they signed guaranteeing the sovereignty of Ukraine. The reality, however, is different. There are significant steps the U.S. can take without putting "boots on the ground" that would get Putin's attention.
1. Immediately impose crippling economic sanctions on Russia for its actions to date in Ukraine (seizure of Crimea). Without crippling sanctions, the floodgates for further aggressive actions will open wide for Putin, and other aggressors around the world. Suspend all trade, boycott all Russian exports and ostracize Russia from all international cooperative events, until Crimea is returned to Ukraine, or returned to its historical inhabitants, the Tartars, to become a separate and independent sovereign nation under Tartar control. The free world has survived without Russian vodka and oil during the Cold War; it can do so again.
2. Crush the Russian ruble. Do not accept the ruble until the Russian people vote Putin's criminal enterprise out of office. Recent polls in Russia indicate that 70 percent support Putin and his criminal actions in Ukraine, in which case they should suffer any imposed economic sanctions.
3. The U.S. must provide defensive military assistance to Ukraine that would enable Ukraine to effectively defend itself. Hand held anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons along with unconventional warfare expertise that were provided to the Mujahedeen during the Reagan administration, enabled them to drive the "mighty Soviet Army" out of their country. It can be done again in Ukraine. Russia will vigorously object, but they know that any defensive military assistance provided to Ukraine cannot turn the Ukrainian military into an offensive force which could threaten Russia (Military Science 101). This is a basic fact, which every lieutenant in the U.S. or Russian army knows to be true. It was an embarrassment to hear that our Pentagon refused to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons when the new interim president of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk visited Washington, DC to seek such support. Instead we offered him MRE rations (Meals Ready to Eat) ... truly unbelievable and humiliating.
News reports also indicated the Pentagon is not providing the Ukrainian military with any satellite intelligence on Russian troop movements and deployments along the Ukrainian/Russian border. This is intelligence, which would enable the Ukrainian military to "see over the hill," predict Russian intentions regarding any probable invasion, and enable the Ukrainian military to array their defensive forces accordingly. Without putting U.S. boots on the ground, these simple measures would level the playing field a bit and enable Ukrainian forces to better defend their country.
Failure by the leader of the free world, the United States of America, to effectively stand up to this type of evil and aggression will redefine our world and haunt us for decades, maybe centuries to come. One thing is for certain; it will not be a safer world. We cannot succumb to paralysis and fear. As FDR had proclaimed to the American people before entering into WWII "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself ..." a warning that is as true today as it was then. May God bless the United States of America with courageous leadership.
Bo J. Rudzinskyj, LTC, U.S. Army (Retired)
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
Once again the cultist of Obama's Marxist socialist agenda have sprung to the defense of their clay footed idol. No matter what incompetence, lies, or injuries he visits on our nation and people, no matter the hurt and grief he visits on people from other nations they excuse him and blame others. They were warned that this man was unfit for the office of president. He had no experience in management, economics, military, foreign policy, diplomacy; he was nothing but a community organizer, which means a rabble-rouser, nothing more. After being warned their response was "all the messenger are racist". Untrue, but when one has no reasonable response to truth they find the best policy is to smear and slander.
Well, it is clear by now to any reasoning, objective being that Obama's critics were right.
Respectively in Wednesday and Thursday's papers, we read Obama champion's Veverka and Vlengavick jumping aboard the fast sinking SS Obama, having just struck an iceberg (again). I guess they have been spending their time trying to think up more excuses for Obama, Polosi, Reed and company then to the real news. (That's what comes of relying on MSNBC.)
Just a heads up boys, the roof is falling in, Getting Mexicans killed, even getting Ambassador Stephens killed you can gloss over, ignore it, forget to care, but when you kill American veterans people are going to notice. Even Democrats can't run away from this, close their eyes and pretend it doesn't matter. So Obama gave another speech, made more promises, well I'll believe it when I see it. I'm not buying his slicked backed lies, or his hollow words. This time he can't promote the guilty and punish the whistle blowers as in the past, this time people, his people, have to stand accountable as does he.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:05
To The Daily Sun,
On May 6th, there was a letter written by Diane Marrion of Gilmanton, requesting that the Year Round Library Association ( YRLA ) provide documentation as to its original intentions regarding the funding of the operation of their library, after it was built. I am writing because I believe Ms Marrion deserved a better answer than she received from the YRLA on May 21, in the Sun, which suggested that certain minutes, from a single selectman's meeting, on January of 2006, should clear the YRLA of all the controversy that has plagued it for years.
The YRLA has leaned on these embedded selectmen's minutes for, well, quite frankly, ever since I stumbled on them myself, in February of 2009. And they still reveal now what they revealed to me then: between February of 2005 and March of 2009, there were approximately 160 selectman's meetings. That would roughly translate into 19,200 documented minutes. Of all those minutes, and all that time, at all those meetings, the YRLA took two minutes, at a meeting that was sparsely attended, on a cold winters night, to make some kind of vague and ambiguous statement of what they might do .... or might not do? And this riveting disclosure is supposed to quiet critics such as Ms. Marrion? Two obscure minutes? In over four years? This was the GYRL's "public disclosure"?
I would think the YRLA would have avoided responding to Ms. Marrion's letter, altogether. Why go down that road again? Especially since they are now mounting an aggressive campaign to make their town funding permanent. Why would they want to expose themselves to all the compelling testimonies, truths and hard copy evidence, that could easily be stirred to the surface, that show complicity and complacency in how the town was originally allowed
to be mislead, by the YRLA. Why charge ahead with their weak, jaw dropping, "2 minute defense"? It's puzzling, and quite frankly, instead of ending the controversy, it adds another layer to it.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 08:57
To The Daily Sun,
Don't worry about Big Brother. Worry about who is sitting in the next booth at an eatery, or behind you in line at Shaw's. They may be listening in on your conversation. I thought they only did that in Nazi Germany or North Korea.
Print the picture of the "People's Deputy" that listened in on Mr. Copeland (in Wolfeboro), so if I see her in a public place I can move away.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 08:54
To The Daily Sun,
It is safe to say that there are those who wish to diminish me as a person. Some of those people are stuck on stupid. Some do so for purely political reasons, they want government to take care of them just for the sake of living off of the fruits and labor of others. Then of course there are people in the GOP who are angered and embarrassed by my tenacity (and their lack of) to prove that my political positions are the correct ones — before our country turns to socialism and what made America great is gone forever.
To have one writer (if he wrote it) say that I am bad because of the categories of "the makers" and "the takers" used during my radio programs and writings, attacking my father for serving and giving his life for our country by interjecting how tough his dad had it growing up, and that the money my legal guardian received from the government could take the place of my father.
For some reason, Elaine Morrison was moved to pen a letter to this paper. She and her sister June would not remember me, but brother Tom would. He was a classmate, and invited me into the Beaudet home on Grant. Their mom is a wonderful lady. My reason for responding is to say that Elaine's late husband Pete Morrison was one the best. One night in the mid-70 s (?) Betty and I attended an event in the Memorial Middle School where Pete was the DJ. There were many humorous folks there, but Pete could steal the show. I still snicker from time to time about one story of his days at WMUR. I have nothing but praise for Elaine as a mother who lost her husband, and was determined to survive with their five children and only use limited resources available to her. AND at the same time she attended school to better herself on her own.
The TAKER who wrote the letter to start the letters to follow is nothing like his father, who didn't whine about how tough it was. Actually, his dad, Elaine, and I are the MAKERS.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 08:50