“War criminal.” Yes. Of course. If he’s not a war criminal, who in human history is or was? Look up “war criminal” and “war crimes.” Fits him and them to a “t.”
Yes, I realize that using that term and branding a head of state a “war criminal” has ramifications. But truth is the ultimate defense. And the truth is that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal.
So, I had no problem with the president using that term Wednesday. In fact, I was chapped only that some members of the administration later tried to walk it back. Putin is a war criminal, a fact that is now almost universally acknowledged.
This will of course make Putin even more desperate. Because you know what civilized countries do with war criminals, right? I’m hearing some big band music. “Swing, Swing, Swing.” Now I’m hearing Brook Benton. “It’s just a matter…of time…”
One fifth into the 21st Century, Zelensky already has Person of the Century wrapped up.
But Biden needs to hold firm in resisting the establishment of a No-Fly Zone in Ukraine. Makes no sense for a series of reasons. Establishment means enforcement. And enforcement would certainly result in head-to-head armed conflict between the U.S. and Russia. And then it’s on. And that is in no one’s best interests, including Ukraine’s.
Plus, as our military experts have explained, Ukraine is not getting heavily bombed from the air. It is being devastated by long-range artillery. Let’s arm Ukraine to the teeth.
But that No-Fly Zone idea just doesn’t fly.