It’s as if there’s a law of toughness conservation: The weaker a candidate is on protecting our borders, the more aggressively he talks about bombing foreign countries, a move known as “the Lindsey Graham.”Call this the Kirkpatrick Corollary. The weaker a candidate is on protecting our borders (or on protecting anything else important), the more fervently they demand the United States embark on an idiotic confrontation with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
Vlad had the following to say about Donald Trump the other day.
Putin offered high praise for the billionaire businessman-turned-Republican presidential front-runner on Thursday during an annual news conference with reporters.
"He is a bright and talented person without any doubt," Putin said, adding that Trump is "an outstanding and talented personality."
And in remarks closely mirroring Trump's assessment of the campaign, the Russian leader called Trump "the absolute leader of the presidential race," according to the Russian TASS news agency.
[Putin praises 'bright and talented' Trump, by Jeremy Diamond and Greg Botelho, CNN, December 17, 2015]
Trump had a measured response. After all, this wasn't an endorsement, but simply a compliment.
"It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond," Trump said in a statement released by campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks. "I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect."
As you might expect, the #cuckservatives who are eager to defend the honor of Turkey and Saudi Arabia and who want to keep on funding "Syrian rebels" who turn out to be ISIS went nuts. Mitt Romney in particular defended the honor of Barack Obama, whom Trump accused of killing people the same way Putin allegedly does.
Important distinction: thug Putin kills journalists and opponents; our presidents kill terrorists and enemy combatants.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2015
Let's consider this. In point of fact, with drone strikes alone, Obama may be responsible for more innocent deaths than Putin. In terms of indirect deaths, by unleashing insane Islamic theocrats in places like Syria and Libya, Obama is undoubtedly indirectly responsible for more innocent deaths. Putin has, if anything, been a voice of restraint.
But let's go a step further.
During the Vietnam War, Muhammed Ali famously said, "No Vietnamese ever called me N***er." Well, no Russian government official ever called me a "bigot" who needed to be replaced by Mexicans. Only members of my own political party did that.
Russia is not our foe. It should be our ally [The North Worth Saving, by Srdja Trifkovic, Orthodoxy Today, February 21, 2009] And Lindsey Graham is far more of an enemy of the historic American nation than Vladimir Putin will ever be.
One can only wonder whether the likes of Graham have been bribed, blackmailed, or are simply evil. The most horrifying explanation is that they really are that dumb.