Speak Softly. But is it Good to have NOT Used the Big Stick for more than 100 Years, When it Comes to Russia?
Hate to say this. But we have been speaking softly and never carrying a big stick from the time Teddy Roosevelt made these remarks, but was defeated for two reasons, as a third-party candidate. (1) the Electoral College where he did not have a chance for a runoff which he MIGHT have won against Democrat Woodrow Wilson. (2) TR had to curtail his campaigning when a lousy SOB bastard anarchist (libertarian type) tried to kill him. We ended up with Wilson as president when the Bolsheviks overturned the Russian government in 1917. We did not demonstrate using a big stick at the time when it would likely have worked better. Now we confront Russia once more, after it faked its way with Gorbachev and others. I saw it as a fake at the time, but no one listened then, either. I have always liked Teddy Roosevelt with whom my maternal Dutch line is related. Sad to think about facing using that stick in today’s world. But tell me what else will work? Not sure economic sanctions will work. Russia has been like this, dating back to the time of the czars. Its leaders need to be taught a lesson, particularly mentally deranged Putin.