Letter: Mike Smeltzer, Lovettsville

Editor: This week, Leesburg resident Jim Buttolph wrote a letter expressing his concerns about the Democratic Party’s campaign “to distract from their party’s disastrous performance.” While I respectfully disagree with Mr. Buttolph on this matter, it is for another reason that I write in response to his letter.

For 50 days, Ukraine has been fighting for its very survival against the autocratic regime of President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Buttolph has suggested that Putin’s brutal invasion was in part to President Joe Biden’s “feckless leadership.”

The blame for this war—a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and displaced more than 10 million people—lies solely on the shoulders of Vladimir Putin and his cronies. To suggest otherwise obscuresthe Russian regime’s responsibility for the atrocious human rights abuses and war crimes occurring in Ukraine.

While it’s every American’s right to question and criticize our own government, projecting a narrow American political perspective onto this tragic war degrades the suffering and bravery of the Ukrainian people.

I’m glad to see members of our community condemning the Putin regime’s unprovoked, unilateral invasion of Ukraine. I only ask that Mr. Buttolph and others who wish to engage with this tragedy begin by listening to local—which is to say, Ukrainian—voices, as well as experts in the history and geopolitics of Europe and Eurasia.

If they insist on pointing fingers, point them at the real perpetrators of this heinous war—they sit comfortably behind the Kremlin’s walls.

Mike Smeltzer, Lovettsville

7 thoughts on “Letter: Mike Smeltzer, Lovettsville

  • 2022-04-15 at 2:20 pm

    I agree that Mr Budolph’s use of the word “feckless” to describe the performance of the Biden (D) regime was not appropriate.

    More accurate would have been incompetent, maladroit and totally unprepared for the challenges facing this nation.

    The American people don’t trust Joe Biden. They don’t believe he is a strong or even a marginally-capable leader. We can only hope that more of the world’s evil dictators don’t pursue similar aggression in their spheres of influence.

    • 2022-04-21 at 8:53 pm

      Ridiculous. The American people like Joe Biden just fine. Stop projecting your fringe viewpoints as being the norm. You are wildly out of step with how normal voters feel.

      • 2022-04-23 at 7:45 pm

        Show me the current polling data to support your assertion that “Americans like Joe Biden just fine.”
        Go ahead, I’ll wait.
        And then please describe how my “viewpoints” are “fringe.:
        Be specific.

  • 2022-04-15 at 2:34 pm

    I agree with Mr. Smeltzer. It’s easy to poke fun at President Biden, especially in light of his many gaffes. However, President Putin & his cronies are responsible for the horrific invasion of Russia. Not President Biden. Let’s be reasonable about this. Happy Easter Loudoun!

    • 2022-04-18 at 12:07 pm

      Being reasonable would require that you admit the entire set of policies of this administration laid the foundation for Putin to do what he did. The policies set the wheels in motion and Putin took advantage of the situation. Watching what happened in Afghanistan… watching how the administration does nothing but cave to China… and watching how this administration is reacting to the Russia-Ukraine issue is a preview of China-Taiwan.

  • 2022-04-15 at 6:01 pm

    There is plenty of recent federal debacles to consider well before the Ukraine invasion. Should we forget about the Afghanistan departure? Does anyone think China and Russia noticed we left Americans behind and a highly strategic military airport we BUILT? Would anyone notice that Hilary gave Tenex (Russian nuclear facility) the ability to provide most of our enriched uranium our national power companies need and at the same time closed one of our only two enrichment facilities (Paducah Kentucky) and closed our ONLY nuclear storage facility (UUCCA Mountain)? Would anyone notice that Congress which is Constitutionally responsible for the value of our currency allowed the federal reserve to flood the money supply causing the current inflation? (not Putin although shutting off the pipelines didn’t help)
    NO there is plenty to complain about but both parties brought us to this RIDICULOUS point. The current cadre of executive talent (southern border isn’t that hard to solve!) does not seem up for the job even with full House of Representative help unfortunately for us and for our children who will have to pay back all the debt!

  • 2022-04-16 at 2:32 pm

    Then there’s the side deal the current president has going with Putin… State owned energy companies will be totally exempt from sanctions to do work in Iran — about 10 billion dollars worth up front — when the Mullahs sign the new Iran nuclear joint agreement.

    Russians get to run the mullahs nuke program, and get relief from sanctions while doing it. The mullahs get their nukes. Kremlin gets a nice chunk of cash to keep killing Ukrainians, thanks to the White House. The ‘agreement’ isn’t a treaty, thus it’s not approved by the Senate. The mullahs laugh at how desperate the current president is, and the rest of the world gets stuck with the tab, and a nasty future war carried out by a rabid theocracy who think it’s still the 7th century. See how this works?

    President Obama tried to warn us about the current president.

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