Opinion: Putin - and blaming others

Photo by Saul Loeb/Pool via The AP / President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., watch on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Vladimir Putin took a page out of the Democratic playbook and called Ukrainians "Nazis" as justification for invading. Democrats prefer to call Republican voters, or anyone else they disagree with now, "white supremacists," but you get the idea. Make up a pejorative label, have your media pawns repeat it and use it to justify what you want to do.

Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union message and spoke about this war. Hundreds of thousands of Americans tuned in to witness the ongoing battle between Biden and the English language.

Who would have thought just a few months ago that the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl would be the safest in the country? Putin is saving Chernobyl for a tourist attraction, like Disneyland. It has tourist name recognition, and the mice there are already 6 feet tall.

If World War III starts, it will reconstruct the old world order of war: England will bring its navy, Germany its infantry, the U.S. its air force and missiles. And, of course, France will be asked to bring the refreshments.

We do know that this happened under Obama and Biden, not Trump. Because the Dems hampered U.S. drilling for oil and shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline, gas prices at our pumps have gone from $1.85 a gallon to more than $4. High oil prices only embolden Putin's ambitions and weaken the U.S.

A simple look back at past aggressions by Putin (the billionaire who runs a communist/socialist country with his kleptocracy oil profits) reveals a strong correlation between soaring oil prices and Moscow's willingness to aggressively assert its will beyond its own borders.

Putin's net worth is estimated at $274 billion, which he has managed on just a $140,000 annual salary. Some people think he may be corrupt, but I think he saved that much money by being sensible with his spending – he only buys store brands and always takes the bus to work so he does not have to pay the outrageous Kremlin parking fees.

Just imagine how rich Putin would be if he were a free market capitalist and not a socialistic, share-the-wealth type guy. As a government worker/public servant in a socialist country, that is a Harry Reid-, Joe Biden- and Nancy Pelosi-level increase in net worth.

During Russia's previous two military attacks on its former Soviet neighbors - the 2008 war in Georgia and its 2014 seizure of Crimea and then the Donbas region of Ukraine - oil prices per barrel were at historically elevated levels ($125 and $102, respectively, for global benchmark Brent crude).

Oil prices are on the ascent again, reaching seven-year highs Tuesday, with U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude topping $106 a barrel. Them's some invading money numbers!

Those gains fill Moscow's coffers and might imbue the Kremlin with a sense of immunity from the threat of further Western sanctions or economic isolation.

You cannot help but correlate misguided Democrat energy policy and the spike in oil prices with Ukraine and other aggressions. The best way to wage a bloodless war against Putin is for the U.S. to "drill baby drill" and become energy independent again. It would do wonders for inflation, which under Biden is at a 40-year high, and it would stimulate U.S. business.

At the end of the day, Russians soldiers brave winter conditions, fight bears, drink vodka 24/7 and fight with World War II-era Kalashnikov machine guns. Our boys do Snap Chat dance videos, live in their parents' basements into their 20s and fear women. We probably ought to just lay low on this war.

Contact Ron Hart, a syndicated op-ed satirist, author and TV/radio commentator, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or Twitter @RonaldHart.