Last time I wrote about ISIS/ISIL, but this time I’m going to return to my old buddy, Vladimir Putin. While we watched the most horrific video coming out of Iraq, Putin was taking full advantage of our distraction. “Aid” convoys, carrying non-humanitarian aid, are not aid convoys, they are an invasion. Armored vehicles and unmarked soldiers aren’t aid workers, and at no point does the International Red Cross need anti-aircraft missile systems for the passing out of food and medicine. To say that Russia is in Ukraine on a humanitarian mission is so over the top, it defies even the most basic logic. I’m always amazed that anyone can make such an argument with a straight face. Yet he does, and there are some who believe him. I suppose that the 18,000 armed troops along the border, along with all their equipment, weapons, rations, etc., are there to direct traffic for the aid workers and assistance convoys. What next? I’m pretty sure that most Ukrainians could live without such assistance, but then again, I might be wrong. After all, there are lots of separatists that could use the bullets, and .... Oh wait! Most of them are Russians in unmarked uniforms, so tell me again about how this “aid” is supposed to help Ukrainians? You can’t fool me, I’m too stupid. This is an invasion, pure and simple! Now comes the next question, what are we going to do about it? I’m sure someone at DOJ will consider having Putin indicted for “criminal trespass.” ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.