Back in 1990 Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and the left yawned. That is, they yawned as far as that invasion went, but they were outraged when our president decided to do something about it. That was a terrible thing to do, they exclaimed, and protested against it, even though it was a response to bald aggression and not an example of it.
Now Putin has invaded Crimea, yet the left is appalled. This was a 19th century act and it will have consequences and the international community disapproves and maybe he is a Hitler. Why the difference?
Maybe because it’s Obama now rather than a Republican president, because under Obama this sort of thing wasn’t supposed to happen, especially when he worked so hard using smart diplomacy to prevent its happening. Or maybe because the left suddenly woke up to Russia’s homophobia shortly before the invasion.
In any case, there are now various deranged viewpoints being offered by leftists. For example, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney aren’t to be praised for being right about an invasion of Ukraine because it’s obvious they admire Putin (here). Or we shouldn't blame Obama because he is actually the one ensnaring Putin (sorry, can’t find the link, though I’m sure someone is saying it ).
Many are arguing that the right’s view that Obama invited this by weakening America can be disproved by showing examples (such as Hungary, 1956) where presidents favoring a strong America couldn’t prevent the USSR from doing awful things. This misses the point, which is that (A) if you weaken your country, bad things are likely to happen, while these critics seem to be arguing against a different, though related statement, that (B) if you strengthen yourself (or remain as strong as ever), bad things are not likely to happen. But first, a counterexample to (A) would be finding a country that deliberately weakened itself while not suffering for it. (And, sorry, countries like maybe New Zealand that basically survive under the protection of the Pax Americana don’t count.) And second, no one proposing (B) would be impressed by some scattered counterexamples since it is a statement of probability, and such statements are much harder to disprove than those that are not.
Meanwhile, I imagine that those on the left are whining, “Why can’t all of us anti-Americans just get along?” Heh.