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Noted in Passing: Kurt Schlichter has something to say about “surrender” as a “Foreign Policy Goal”

KURT SCHLICHTER: There are folks out there who think that the best solution to the Ukraine crisis – for the folks – is for Zelensky to just throw in the towel and save his people the nightmare of further war with Russia, and part of that group include American pols and blue checks who want to simply put this behind us to get on with what they think is more important business, like sucking up to Iran, and sacrificing to the angry weather goddess. Ukrainians not giving up means the fighting is on TV every night, along with economic pain, and that is hurting their poll numbers, and that’s what counts. The only thing that would make Joe Biden happier than the Ukrainians accepting an armistice leaving Putin in charge of the land he has stolen is a Murder, She Wrote marathon with his pal Corn Pop.

But they won’t say that. They’ll pressure the Ukes for surrender by invoking caring and concern, which they prioritize over freedom. Their argument is that it is somehow immoral to continue to resist and thereby bring the hell down upon the civilian population. I don’t buy it, and hopefully you don’t either. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees is a popular cliché, but right now Ukraine has to actually make that choice in real time. It’s their choice, but the idea that it is somehow immoral to fight, that they are compelled by some secular scripture to submit to foreign tyranny – well, hard pass. If they wish to do it, fine. But the idea that capitulation instead of glorious death on a pile of 7.62x39mm brass is somehow the duty of civilized people is exactly the kind of mindset that empowers barbarians.And that attitude would also empower aspiring tyrants here at home.

Let’s be clear – I am an American, and I want what is best for America. That might not be what is best for Ukraine. And I fully understand that there is much more to the Russia/Ukraine dispute than those of us outside the Vodka Belt comprehend. The point is not who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, though the guy invading is probably the latter and I have personally witnessed Ukrainian corruption. The point is the softness in our ruling caste’s core that says that the highest best objective is “saving lives,” though that’s not really what they believe. It’s what they say to compel you to act as they wish – to give up your carbon-spewing Chevy Tahoe, to eat bugs instead of rib-eyes, to wear masks and take infinite number of vaccines, and to not fight to the death when your stubborn refusal to just give up is preventing them from ending the shooting and getting back to business as usual.

RTWDAMNT AT Ukraine Should Keep Fighting and So Should We

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  • Mike Anderson March 30, 2022, 1:56 PM

    Not a cliche, “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees” — if it was good enough for Emiliano Zapata, it’s good enough for me.

    • Mike Austin April 1, 2022, 8:33 AM

      Zapata is one of the few men in all of Mexican History who is worth more than a cursory study. I write this as a half-Mexican. ¡Viva Zapata!

  • KCK March 30, 2022, 2:31 PM

    We gave the Russians a pat on the head when they took The Crimea, and before that we as much as took their nukes away from them (but in my dark military heart, I visualize some logistician in corrupt Ukraine, doing a very corrupt thing, and palming one or two of those shiny nukes, and then fudging the line item). But, in general we were part of talking the Ukes out of their nukes. No nukes for Ukes! Nukes for meez, and nukes for Jews, and nukes for Ivan, and nukes for Britain.

    I’d say our high ground for negotiation on behalf of the Ukraine is pretty much undermined. Also, someone in Ukraine must be highly pissed at Biden for his corruption vs. Ukraine.

    Seem on a meme: Zelinsky is considering letting NATO join Ukraine. I mean, seriously.

    Meanwhile, at home, I’m planning for my black market cattle herd.

    • KCK March 30, 2022, 2:38 PM

      Tired while typing; I meant we took the nukes from Ukraine in the first sentence. You get me.

    • Gordon Scott March 30, 2022, 2:56 PM

      Ah, I purchased some Black Market steaks the other day. They were pretty good. Oh, wait, that was Black Angus. Angus was a very controversial Scot when he said nae haggis (which is really, really good) and started stealing coos from his neighbors, ye ken.

      Seriously, why black market? As long as you’re not claiming USDA inspected, you can sell to anyone. Really, truly, I bought some ground beast made in South Dakota the other day from a gal. Yeah, I think their plant is inspected, but trust me, I’ve bought a lot of meat from unlicensed sellers.

      • KCK March 30, 2022, 6:02 PM

        Sounds grand and any way to shave a buck these days.

        I say black market in complete sincerity. One BiLd GaiteS, esq., has bought up, I guess it is, several hundreds of thousands of acres of Washington farming and grazing land, and he’s got a hardon for saving the planet from me and all the beef eaters in the USA. Starting with my region. We are envisioning the situation where if we want beef, we’ll grow our own or buy in bulk from our local private owners. The Black Angus that used to herd in large numbers along I-90 east of the mountains? Say g’Bye to that.

        What’s next? Soy cheese?

  • Gordon Scott March 30, 2022, 2:49 PM

    I enjoy Kurt’s books. I used to subscribe to his videos on locals.com, but after about the 20th morning update about his dogs Barky and Bitey and his walking routine, I gave up. A 24/7 diet of video snark is not a good thing.

    I do like his summary of his Iraq service: “I commanded a heavily-armed car wash.”

  • james wilson March 30, 2022, 3:01 PM

    I fail to understand the direction of this post. I oppose the American government, past and present, the Ukrainian government, such as it is, and the Russian government. There is no stage for an American to stand up in for within this play when we have no part in our own.

  • OneGuy March 30, 2022, 3:07 PM

    I agree. Ukraine should keep fighting and never accept Russia taking any of their land. I would not want my president to accept a surrender if we were being invaded. I would rather fight to the end.

  • WB March 30, 2022, 8:22 PM

    I’m confused: at the start of Russia’s attack, several posts here were along the lines of “why do we care about what happens in Ukraine?” and “Ukraine is so corrupt they deserve whatever happens to them” and the “Libtards are idiots for supporting Ukraine.”

    Now here’s a post saying we should support the noble Ukrainians in their fight against Russia, and the Libtards want them to give up. Can’t you deplorables keep your outrages consistent?

  • Andy Texan March 30, 2022, 9:53 PM

    Ukraine should surrender while they can without a great deal of more blood shed. Townhall is useless news source and their opinions are part of the uniparty narrative.

    • Mike Austin March 31, 2022, 5:58 AM

      Yep. Townhall and so many other sites have inhaled deeply the Ukrainian fumes. Schlichter would have the Ukrainians fight to the last man. He of course will keep his nice gig at Townhall and will write more books. Good for him. Sucks for Ukraine though.

  • Terry March 30, 2022, 10:16 PM

    I do not give a damn about either of these screwed up countries, Russia or Ukraine. Just keep us out of their problems. Period. Zero good can come from anything we do.

    Get the USA out of NATO and the UN. Concentrate on fixing our corrupt government. Get involved in your local government and fix that now.

  • James ONeil March 31, 2022, 9:22 AM

    OK, the old cold war Russia self isolated, the iron curtain. Today Russia isolated by the West, we’ve built the dollar curtain, no McDonald’s, Visa , Coca Cola for them!

    So the Russian ruble’s now backed by gold, our US dollar backed by In Government We Trust.

    Have we backed Russia into a corner or have we backed ourselves into a corner sans
    fertilizer, sans gas to Europe, sans much of the world’s grain?

    No matter, we’ve got Biden, we’ve got over a million criminal aliens spread throughout the US is just the last year, we’ve got woke Disneyland….

    Billions to protect the Ukraine’s border but our border…

    OK maybe we are woke Disneyland.

    BTW, the pronoun I find myself preferring to use referring to most of the world today in she/it/he, said fast.

    • azlibertarian March 31, 2022, 12:41 PM

      James asks…

      …Have we backed Russia into a corner or have we backed ourselves into a corner sans fertilizer, sans gas to Europe, sans much of the world’s grain?….

      IMO, this isn’t an either/or question. I agree that Russia is “backed into a corner” (whether they’re in that corner by our actions or whether they’re there by their own actions is a debate for another time). I also agree that the US is backed into a corner too. For that matter, the EU is in a corner, and not to forget them, the Chinese are in their corner too.

      The foundations under the world’s power centers are all simultaneously crumbling. And that it what worries me so much. I hate to be the guy defending NATO, but I think that absent NATO, that the Russians will be headed west toot-sweet. I might even be able to offer some defense of the U.N. (lame though they may be). I get it that the US often finds itself in bed with less-than-savory characters, and that “King Dollar” (seen elsewhere here) isn’t always a good thing around the world.

      But what are the better alternatives?

  • Dirk March 31, 2022, 3:57 PM

    “ Let me be clear”. You hear anybody using these words, their politically wok, their weaponized, slick use of “ BUZZ” words used,,,,,,,,right left don’t matter. Their snake oil salesman.

    There’s clearly a political language in play. Very specific, very much required.

    The lesson today is this. “If YOU use the language of the Left, you have become THEM”. Ol Kurt’s on Kurt’s team, not team freedom.

    I disagree with ol Kurt’s view. The Left, the Dems NEED this war badly. Don’t be surprised when they run this thru to 2024. Frankly the Dems can’t win without it.

    I clearly see Covid restriction just before the elections. ,mail in ballots, zero signature validations the only hope the DEMs, The left has.

    Lastly prepare yourselves to be very very disappointed after the Republicans win. I expect zero legit legislation to get dealt with.