Secretary of Defense Hagel Still Doesn’t Understand Why Putin Annexed Crimea

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Ladies and gentleman, the Secretary of Defense of Utopia. Please hold your applause.

Hagel said he does not believe the United States misjudged Russian President Vladimir Putin but that his moves are still not fully understood. Hagel reiterated that the president is focused on a diplomatic resolution.

“I don’t think it was a matter of misjudging Putin,” he said. “What his intentions were, why he did what he did, we still don’t understand fully.”

Meanwhile Putin still doesn’t understand why we appointed a blithering idiot as Secretary of Defense, but he’s certainly taking advantage of it.

Which part of Putin’s invading Crimea and taking it over is Chuck Hagel having trouble processing?

I know everyone in Obama Inc. keeps babbling that it’s 19th century behavior as if Putin had decided to wear a monocle and ride around on a horse, but even Hagel can’t be so stupid as to fail to understand the intention behind invading and taking over parts of Ukraine.

Maybe I’m being optimistic here, but at some point in his prep work for Secretary of Defense, surely Hagel had come across the phenomenon of countries invading other countries. We’re not living in some distant utopian future in which no one had done this sort of thing for hundreds of years and everyone controls their emotions with food pills.

Or maybe we are.

Everyone who predicted a hippie takeover probably didn’t anticipate that we would one day have a feebleminded Secretary of Defense who seems unable to grasp the concept of invasion and annexation.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Someone probably had to instruct Hagel that “KGB” wasn’t the same thing as “PBS” or “MSG” or even “PMS,” although he likely needed clarification on those things, too. Were he around when Hitler and Stalin shared Poland, he would likely have remarked, “Well, that was nice of them, to share Poland, instead of fighting over it.” No, wait. That would’ve been a Bidenism.

    • Softly Bob

      Bidenism does sound a bit like some sort of medical disorder or syndrome. I like that word. I will forever associate it with similar words such as Down’s, Altzheimer’s, Dementia and Cretinism.

  • Douglas Mayfield

    I don’t think reality or facts play any role at all in the decision making of Obama and company. This is the same bunch who are doing their best to gut the US military while giving Iran a free pass on developing nukes.
    I don’t think we’ll ever know whether Hagel is incapable of grasping the obvious or whether he is consciously evading the nature of the Crimean takeover. It doesn’t matter. The entire Obama administration betrays this country on a regular basis. Their handling of the Crimean situation is just ‘business as usual’.

  • Hilda

    In a utopia Ozero and his clowns would be flipping burgers at Mickey D’s or filling pot holes after having served their prison term with hard labor.

  • darnellecheri

    No. Oh, no.

  • truebearing

    Chuck Hagel still hasn’t figured out that the only reason he was hired was to facilitate the projection of America’s new weakness and stupidity to the rest of the world. Given Obama’s objective, you can’t say he has failed at everything. Hagel fits the objective perfectly. PeeWee Herman has a more commanding presence.

    • gerry

      Stupidity is the word,too stupid to realise he is stupid.Fits nicely in with the rest of the gang.Never a dull moment a laugh a nanosecond.

  • Ellman48

    “I don’t think it was a matter of misjudging Putin,” he said. “What his
    intentions were, why he did what he did, we still don’t understand
    fully.”

    Read “The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” by Masha Gessen, Mr. Hagel. Maybe then you will understand “fully” what his intentions were. Have you ever heard of pleonexia? Do you read books?

    Did you consider his background in the KGB (renamed again to the FSB)? Or has the KGB become irrelevant in your mind since the Cold War ended?

    You know Mr. Hagel, you are one pathetic bureaucrat. Why did you decide to come out of retirement, having virtually nothing to offer in return for the lucrative salary and benefits you receive? We pay for those. But you are not offering anything of value in return.

    Unlike the private sector, we pay your salary and benefits, but we can’t fire you for incompetence. Even the founding fathers, I’m afraid, never envisioned the kinds of politicians and bureaucrats we have today or they would have offered us more remedies to remove them from office.

  • Ellman48

    “Everyone who predicted a hippie takeover probably didn’t anticipate that
    we would one day have a feeble minded Secretary of Defense who seems
    unable to grasp the concept of invasion and annexation.”

    If Neville Chamberlain were alive today he would be the Secretary of State or Defense under Obama. He could not grasp the concepts of invasion or annexation either until it happened to Poland. By then it was too late. The UK was woefully unprepared militarily to wage a war and nearly succumbed to Hitler’s aerial assaults on Britain.

    The Left has always had trouble understanding that sometimes, when its preferred alternatives have been exhausted, the resort to military measures is inevitable.

    The US is no longer respected or feared as a formidable foe or force thanks to people like Hagel, Obama, Clinton, Kerry and others in this regime. The economic sanctions on Germany after WWI were formidable and very damaging. Yet they did not prevent WW II. Why would they avert WW III?

  • LoneRangler

    Is it becoming clear now that this guy is a total dope?

  • Softly Bob

    Affirmative action at it’s most potent. Hagel may not be Black, nor a lesbian but I’m sure that Obama has decreed that utter morons need jobs too.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Projecting stupidity is a great cover for willful intentions. It becomes the next best thing when outright lies won’t work’.

  • Lars

    I think he missed the famous book by abbie hoffman “steal this country”, what an interesting read.

  • Jakareh

    Right to the point. That Tom Friedman and not Daniel Greenfield is the number one columnist in the country does not bode well for America.