History lesson: Be proactive in Ukraine
History can be very scornful to those who forget it.
In the spring of 1939, the United States was focused on getting out of the Depression while Russia and Germany were building huge armies.
With Ukraine, the Biden Administration has been purely Amateur Hour, reactive instead proactive, announcing its plans to its enemy instead of playing poker.
The retreat/withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldened our enemies. The Trump Administration saw Putin as some kind of college drinking buddy. His plan has always been another Yalta Conference, the one where an aging and passive U.S. president signed away the freedoms of a half billion Eastern Europeans for the next half century, creating the same Soviet Empire that Putin dreams of.
Now it’s 2022, distracted by the pandemic, we have another aging, passive president who’s hoping a lying dictator somehow will become a diplomat.
Putin has zero interest in negotiations. His armies will remain in a holding pattern while he slowly missiles and bombs Ukraine to death. He will recreate the Soviet Empire or die.
Ukraine is Poland in 1939. Why do you think Poland offered their jet fighters? They’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Like it or not, World War III has begun. We can fight in Ukraine, or next year the Baltics and Balkans. NATO must start with a No Fly Zone and, if so be it, go to war.
It’s better to resolve a toothache today than experience a root canal tomorrow. It’s not going to go away.
Plan ahead for future, but act in the present
My concern with America’s state of the union is how inflation, job losses and failure to create new jobs is costing our country.
The “Coastal Elites” will be able to absorb the cost of inflation, but not most others. To shut down a good part of our energy industry without any look ahead is unconscionable. We could be supplying the United States and Europe.
In the middle of the war in Ukraine, for our climate czar to talk about climate being the most important focus of our lives is silly.
We live in the here-and-now, and we want leaders to be visionaries, but not stop what we’re doing while they plan.
We have been hearing about the world coming to end in 12 years every 12 years since the 1970s.
If people think that prices are high now, wait until the energy companies’ portfolios are significantly green.
Germany shut down all of its nuclear plants and many coal plants and expected it to be business as usual. Surprise! The Germans are already paying about 40 cents per kilowatt hour while we pay about 15 cents. Their new prime minister has authorized reopening nuclear plants and the building of some coal plants.
Then there is the effort to renew the Iran nuclear deal. Putin is teaching the world what it’s like to deal with enemies. We just stopped buying 650,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia. Renewing the Iran nuclear deal borders on lunacy.
Gerard F. Havasy
Facts don’t support claims on fuel prices
There are still many people who turn a blind eye to information that doesn’t support their view. And there are many who will state things as if that proves cause and effect without actually showing the connection.
Case in point – in his March 19 letter (“Biden has unified the nation for the worse”) Mr. Jerry Bubniak says, regarding gas prices, that President Biden stopped leasing on federal lands and stopped the Keystone pipeline. Well, so what? Making those statements doesn’t show that those actions are the cause of increased gas prices.
I suggest that you read the online article (https://www.aol.com/news/gop-attacks-biden-high-gas-161903231.html) reporting on an interview with Mr. Christopher Knittel, a professor of applied economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Knittel says, among other things, that “It would have taken years to build Keystone XL … it’s not clear how much more Canadian oil would have been produced because of the pipeline.”
Just because it provides extra capacity does not mean it would be used to that capacity.
The article goes on to explain that oil is a global commodity; we could produce as much oil as we consume, but global fluctuations could still cause the price to rise.
It also says, “Data also shows that, on average, Biden has approved more drilling permits per month on public lands than Donald Trump did during his presidency.”
The article has much more information; I encourage everyone to read it.
Mr. Bubniak, let’s see your proof that President Biden’s actions caused the problem.
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