The New York Times manufactures ignorance: More half-truths about Ukraine

The New York Times manufactures ignorance: More half-truths about Ukraine

Once again, the media and the foreign policy establishment are dangerously misreading history and current events

Vladimir Putin was very Vlad this week, as 97 percent of voting Crimeans elected to quit the mess Ukraine has become and rejoin Russia. The world watched a Sphinx for weeks. In a trice, the Russian president then took command of a crisis Americans, Europeans and the provisional government in Kiev could not have made sloppier if they had put their minds to it.

It is a little like pouring a resolving compound into a cloudy beaker, as in high school chemistry classes. The papers are signed, Crimea is once again part of Russia, and Putin’s adversaries are left to reject the proposition even as their protests and threats remind one more of the dandelion puffballs of spring with each passing day.

It is time to draw lessons, as everyone seems to agree. The startling thing is how consistently Western leaders and the think-tank set behind them draw all the wrong ones.

As I see it, the headline is that no one can stop history’s wheel from turning. If I were a copy editor writing display language, my subhead would be: “But the post-Cold War West nonetheless persists in forlorn effort to do so.”

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