Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way whether the bully is Brutus or Vladimir.
The president thinks that Putin will care about Obama’s need for a safe space. He thinks if he plays nice then Putin will play nice. From the Washington Times,
“But he suggested that he doesn’t want to retaliate.School bully’s don’t respond that way. Business bullies don’t respond that way. Politicians don’t respond that way. Tyrants don’t respond that way. I learned that lesson in elementary school. Some people never learn. Obama is one of those. Maybe he always had body guards.
“‘Our goal is not to suddenly in the cyber arena duplicate a cycle of escalation that we saw when it comes to other arms races in the past, but rather to start instituting some norms so that everybody’s acting responsibly,’ Mr. Obama said.”
Read your history. The example has been run into the ground but that doesn’t make it any less true. European leaders kept giving Hitler little chunks of other people’s countries in hopes that a little more would satisfy him. It didn’t. Appeasement just made him lust for more. If they had stood up like men and mobilized their armed forces then Hitler would have backed down. That is the way of bullies. A one sided arms race can only have one result. It makes the whole country a “No Gun Zone” in a world of thugs.
Obama wants to appease the tyrants. That is the good spin. The bad spin is that he is doing everything he can to weaken the leader of the free world. He does not want liberty for all, he wants the elites of the world to run everything and of course he considers himself one of the elite.
He knows what is best for you. I hope we can survive until January.
homo unius libri