Saturday, November 15, 2014

Putin and Ensign Teal

Apparently, they've had a bit of chat.
Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand. Harper responded: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.”
“Mr. Putin did not respond positively,” said MacDonald but declined to offer further details or whether there were similar comments by other leaders there.
I wonder if the Russian leader said something like, "Or you'll do what? Tweet?"  Canada has zero capacity to leverage or pressure Russia on its own and our contribution to any NATO or international response in military strategic terms is negligible. We are insignificant in this regard.

In pre-Conservative days, there might well have been a role for Canada as a quiet mediator and broker of deals aimed at avoid disastrous confrontation. Macho talk is childish and absurdly counterproductive. This country has no independent means of backing up tough words and effectively must hide behind NATO and NORAD collective security agreements should something more serious that rhetoric transpire.


lungta said...

'we are not there"
i think he was stunned by harpers' stupidity
and is regretting some snappy comeback like
if we were there
i would fly flags and march out for you
as it is western installed fascist usurpers are bombing their own
i am amazed harper can can "know" the Ukraine when he swears he doesn't even know the workings inside the PMO...see duffy

gingersnap said...

The only thing bigger than Harper's mouth, is his gut. Of course again, he was stupid enough to insult Putin. If Putin so chooses, he can kick the hell out of Harper. Right now, Putin is going to ruin Harper. China and Russia are allies.

Harper calls Russia and Putin evil Communists, then sells Canada to Communist China. Now, China is financing Russia. Harper still sells arms to Russia. China and Russia will laugh all the way to the bank. I'm sure they will, nicely share the High Arctic.

Alison said...

Ensign Teal! ;-)