On Wednesday evening, I arrived in Orlando for CPAC 2022. My friends in the city of my birth – Odessa – arrived in 1941. While I was figuring out the CPAC schedule, they were figuring out where the nearest bomb shelter was.
Sebastian Gorka (full speech here): “Right now we are seeing the same images from 1956 on the streets of Kyiv. Unarmed civilians with Molotoff cocktails are fighting the Russian armed personal. They are fighting for their liberty. G-d bless the Ukrainian people!”
Every CPAC speaker had to alter their speeches to address the Putin’s latest attempt to upstage Hitler. Many speakers asked: “What do we do about it?” and the answers from some in the audience, frighteningly, was: “Nothing.”
Nigel Farage (full speech here): “There are a lot of Americans, that, quite understandably, will say: “Ukraine is a long, long way away. There are many… who would struggle to point on a map where Ukraine is.”
Joe Biden usurping the Oval Office has been a disaster to every American family – with the exception of his own. Our borders are being stormed, our cities are turning into a free fire zone, and many families are struggling to make ends meet because of inflation. Many, understandably, are wondering why we need to worry about a land far away that doesn’t even have a Club Med. But while that conversation is a legitimate one to have around your dinner table, it is absurd as a national discourse.
The students of history very well remember what the West’s policy of appeasement in 1930s led to. Make no mistake: Putin is a modern-day Hitler. Only he is a Hitler with a nuclear arsenal: appease at your own peril.
Nigel Farage: “I always thought that we were dealing with someone who was very logical, but I am beginning to wonder whether <Putin> is.”
Mr. Farage, as many of us, made a terrible miscalculation in our assessment of Putin. The foreign policy experts universally viewed him as a cold blooded killer, but a logical one – and the invasion of Ukraine could not be justified by any strategic thinking. Therefore, we must conclude that Putin lost any ability to exercise one.
Nobody knows at what point Putin lost his mind, but now it is abundantly clear that he – just like Hitler, or Saddam Hussein before him – is a mass murdering lunatic. His actions are unpredictable, perhaps even to himself. And if you think that a man with diminished mental capacity and an access to a nuclear button is not your concern – well, you must be a Biden voter, because you put one into office.
Nigel Farage: “what Putin is done is truly dreadful; it is dangerous; it is frightening. And if we believe in independent states, and in democracy, then America, and Britain, have to send Putin the message: no further can he be allowed to go. Because if we don’t, we’ll face an even bigger threat: China. If China moves against the weak West, it will have disastrous consequences for all of us.”
The philosophy of isolationism is a philosophy of delusion. No matter how powerful America is, we need a safe, orderly world to enjoy our prosperity. It does not do you any good to live in a gilded mansion with a private chef if your street is overrun by drug gangs and you go to sleep to the sounds of gun shots. Sooner or later, you will get hit by a stray bullet. The politicians that say: “We should not worry about the borders of Ukraine until we protect our own!” have a geopolitical competency of Joe Biden. One has nothing to do with the other, and we should do both.
Nigel Farage: “Do you wish to continue leading NATO? Without America, NATO is a waste of space. Without America, Putin can do whatever the hell he wants, and we don’t have the strength to stop him.”
Unlike in the 1930s, today, Europe is united against a tyrant’s aggression. Whether Europeans are doing it out of nobility, or rather of fear that Putin will turn on them, it is still encouraging to see. But they cannot win this war without American help. Today is not a good day to do the Whoopi Goldberg and tell Europe to “go fight amongst yourself.”
Nigel Farage: “Do America still want to be the leaders of the Western World? If you do, this message has to be sent loud and clear to Putin. If this message is not sent, then Putin may well continue. If we don’t act, it will have catastrophic consequences.”
America today, as it has always been, the world’s best – and only – hope against the murderous thugs like Putin. But Putin will not get this message until our leaders do. Joe Biden’s weakness on the world stage and at home brought us to the brink of World War III. But with a Republican in office who pursues the delusional policy of hiding their head in the sand while the world burns, we will be no better off.