Letter: Jim Buttolph, Leesburg 

Editor: Last week, Lovettsville resident Mike Smeltzer wrote that he respectfully disagrees with those of us who point out that the Democrats would like to distract the public from their party’s ongoing failures, such as the crisis on our border, policies that contribute to surging crime, and numerous other ongoing debacles.

At least we appear to agree that Mr. Putin is the perpetrator of this heinous war in Ukraine. It is important to find common ground on a crucial foreign policy crisis like this one. 

However, with all due respect to Mr. Smeltzer, he chose to twist my words and argue that any suggestion that our commander in chief’s weaknesses helped to embolden the Russian dictator “obscures the Russian regime’s responsibility for the atrocious human rights abuses and war crimes occurring in Ukraine.” He went on to say, “I only ask that Mr. Buttolph and others who wish to engage with this tragedy begin by listening to local—that is to say, Ukrainian—voices, as well as experts in the history and geopolitics of Europe and Eurasia.” 

I am pleased to report that Mr. Smeltzer’s request was completed long ago. Like so many others who have studied European history, I have utmost respect for those who are bravely enduring this unjust war at the hands of the ruthless tyrant in the Kremlin. I don’t know precisely who Mr. Smeltzer listens to, but over the past few months countless people around the globe have been listening closely to President Zelenskyy’s articulate, ongoing pleas for assistance.

It is helpful that our president has finally begun to ramp up support to the Ukrainians, but it is profoundly unfortunate that the Ukrainian people have been unable to count on insightful, steady leadership throughout this slowly unfolding disaster. As Mr. Smeltzer surely knows, history teaches us that weak leadership emboldens dictators. Whether we are talking about the appeasement of Iran, the breathtaking debacle in Afghanistan, the president’s frequent gaffes commenting on Ukraine, or the embarrassing blather uttered by our vice president during her press conference in Poland, the dangerous weakness of the top leadership of this administration has been on full display. I only hope and pray that the brave people of Ukraine will win this despicable war despite it.

Jim Buttolph, Leesburg  

8 thoughts on “Letter: Jim Buttolph, Leesburg 

  • 2022-04-29 at 2:17 am

    Remember when Ukraine begged President Trump for help and all he could talk about was starting an investigation on his opponent’s son? And how he destroyed the careers of several patriotic Americans because they reported the incident to Congress? And how, after his impeachment, a Republican senate refused to convict him?

    • 2022-04-29 at 1:44 pm

      Not at all true, but typical dem propaganda.
      Trump supplied Ukraine with lethal weapons after years of making do with blankets and meals Obama/Biden supplied.
      As it turns out Trump was right that the Bidens were influence peddling and making millions from Ukraine, Russia and China.
      The so-called patriots were insubordinate leakers, traitors and/od dem political actors……..all lying to remove a president which the Senate saw through and refused to indict.

  • 2022-04-29 at 6:35 am

    Mr. Buttolph never misses an opportunity to bash Democrats. He should have left well enough alone. Instead, we have another missive noting the many “gaffes” of President Biden. It’s true our president has declined cognitively. However, I don’t regret voting for him in the least. The alternative of voting for Donald Trump was much worse. He paved the way for the current crisis by treating Ukraine as his plaything. Rather than taking potshots at the Biden administration, let’s all unite in support of that beleaguered country. Long Live Ukraine!

    • 2022-04-29 at 12:41 pm

      Hey Tim,

      You wrote….However, I don’t regret voting for him in the least. May I suggest you add the word, Yet. Biden is in the Fast Lane of the Jimmy Carter Economic Policy and he’s Steppin’ on the Gas.

      At this rate, Biden will have Carter on Mt Rushmore by Christmas.

      • 2022-05-02 at 7:48 pm

        Tim will never, ever, admit he regrets voting for Biden. He and his party would rather see America destroyed by this incompetent and severely ill President than have to deal with mean Tweets. The “Party of Love” is so consumed with hate for anyone who disagrees with them that they will go to any lengths to destroy those who don’t follow along with them.

  • 2022-04-29 at 10:42 am

    Well written letter with lots of good insight. Unfortunately, we seem to be digitally swinging from inane partisan based support to attack of everything based on partisan provided talking points with little detail to justify the anger evidenced by our words. Its’ as if we no longer have the patience to read and digest a thorough analysis of any situation. I usually blame the lack of journalistic integrity but even that is too much of a surface opinion. Decades ago I traveled to various parts of Russia for international (between the USA and Russia) business development and was ALWYS glad to be back in the USA. I think most of the assumptions and statements made by the media about Russia are self serving and inaccurate. In this latest White House fiasco we should learn something that has clearly surfaced. We depend on mutual assured destruction as a lifetime strategy for peace but apparently that is no longer dependable as Russia is already verbalizing it is willing to strike first while I doubt we would ever do so. If they shoot first there is nothing worth hitting of comparable value with our arsenal. The people of Russia don’t control their leader our leaders just told them (perhaps inadvertently) we are afraid of them. Think about that for a while! 🙂

  • 2022-04-29 at 10:54 am

    What is happening in Ukraine is a terrible human tragedy. However, Ukraine is totally corrupt. The USA
    has given them billions of dollars in aid but nobody knows where the money went. Ukraine paid millions to Hunter with 10% held for “The Big Guy.” They interfered with our election by covering up the payments in advance of the 2020 election. Ukraine made their bed, they can sleep in it.

    Congress wants to send another $33 billion of US taxpayer funds into a black hole to defend Ukraine’s eastern border but not a penny to defend the Southern border of the USA. This administration is a cesspool of corruption.

  • 2022-04-29 at 1:48 pm

    Well said Bob. We are in a dangerous time, with a compromised, incompetent president and fractured political leadership, facing down an apparent madman.

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