Putin and Ukraine
Regarding “Russian troops seize Crimea ... no immediate effect at MacDill (front page, March 2): The “… no immediate effect at MacDill” was a very puzzling headline. Many people may not be aware of it, but the Ukraine is a member of U.S. CENTCOM’s International Coalition, which is located at MacDill Air Force Base. Could President Putin of Russia have an impact on whether the Ukraine remains in the coalition? Maybe yes. Maybe no.
While Russian military planning and operations were quickly taking place regarding “Operation Crimea,” President Barack Obama no doubt told Putin in the 90-minute phone conversation, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”
I am sure that Russian troops “forgot” to attach their military unit and country patches on their uniforms as they took Ukraine’s Crimea region while at the same time the U.S. prepares to downsize the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Robert F. Sawallesh
The writer is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
Putin’s imperial wars
Every generation has seen this — territorial accretion by reprobates pretending to be acting on behalf of their nationals inside other nations. Better to have it out over this one, Vladimir Putin’s second, now rather than let this sick man build his certainty that he can keep reassembling the Soviet empire by force. It is time to be American, not pitiful partisans.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin knows our president has little, if any, backbone. President Obama’s hollow words that “there will be costs” are just a tasty snack for the adoring U.S. press that kiss Obama’s feet and the clueless international community.
Putin will chart his own course in the Ukraine, and all that Obama will do is talk about it, just like Syria.
Expensive practice game
My wife and I attended the Yankees’ opening-day spring training game against the boys from Tallahassee.
But after parking, admission, two hot dogs, one beer and one Pepsi, we had spent almost $100 at a spring training game that not too long ago used to be affordable to people of modest means.
I think there is a limit on what people will pay for entertainment, and I think we are there.