Pope Francis, Barack Obama, go to Kyiv!

Bomb this, Vlad the Invader! 

The foreign desk here at the Werkes was just spit balling when one of the faceless lab coats came up with a stunning idea, for which the Head Groundskeeper will take full credit.

In the news today: Four doughty central Europeans: the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic plus the Polish deputy traveled to Kyiv to meet with world hero Volodymyr Zelensky and his prime minister. In Kyiv, in harms way! Today! As Russian artillery and fighter jets bombard the city. Therein lies the germ of an idea!

What if the world’s luminaries joined these Fearless Four in battleground Kyiv? People for peace like Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth (we’ll settle for Prince Charles), Emmanuel Macron, Retired Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Joe Biden (we will NOT settle for Kamala), Paul McCartney (bring Ringo), Sting, Tom Hanks, Tom Brady, Cher, Taylor Swift. Jesse Jackson. Throw in a Kardashian or two (but not Kanye West). Front row seats for ex-Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Fly in the Dalai Lama. Get the general secretary of the UN, what’s his name.

Know who would really be a big get: Gorbachev! Pair him up with an exiled Romanov or two.

“How many Ukrainian cities Russia needs to carpet-bomb until the West realizes that every time it refuses to give Ukraine a weapon for ‘fear of provoking Putin’ is an invitation for further escalation in war.” — Illia Ponomarenko, a reporter for The Kyiv Independent.

St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv

This august assemblage takes a stand for nonviolence like that lone Chinese student standing in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square. Only these people have names. Big names. Prestige. They embody the weight of history — the living, breathing promise of civilization. Not saying they have to join hands like the Concert for Bangladesh. Don’t have To teach the world to sing/ In perfect harmony. (But could bring a case or two of Coca Cola with. Also tubs of KY Fried Chicken!)

Be more visible than a cold sore on the first date. Stand in front of gorgeous Saint Sophia Cathedral in solidarity with freedom. Sing the Ukrainian national anthem. Beam that image and their voices throughout the world, then break for supper and cocktails.

Do you dare destroy the living embodiment of civilization, Mr. Putin?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: We know this idea is pie in the sky but, like John Lennon, we can imagine. Someone in the back row is carping, “Blaska, you talk big but would you go to Kyiv?” Blaska would go but someone has to pay his way. A little NATO air cover would be appreciated, too.

Who would YOU send to Kyiv right now?

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23 Responses to Pope Francis, Barack Obama, go to Kyiv!

  1. brynstane says:

    I’m thinking President Obiden still hasn’t played his two best cards in this game. He needs to appoint as special war envoy to the Kremlin that famed Russophile and Moscow honeymooner Bernie Sanders. And he needs to appoint “the smartest guy (I) know” to work things from Kyiv, former Burisma board member and powerhound (although he doesn’t ski), Hunter Biden.

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  2. “Who would YOU send to Kyiv right now?”

    Screw Putin and his feckless nuclear threats. I’d make a public proclamation to Russia, “either you get your military out of Ukraine right now or they all die where they stand!” Put the entire active duty United States Military on high alert, activate all the Reserves and National guard, and then drop in the 82nd and the 101st Airborne, by air, with all the air power support they can muster into Ukraine and put a swift stop to Putin’s WWII style scorched earth destruction of a sovereign nation and watch Putin’s military in Ukraine try to run for the border with their tails between their legs to escape obliteration. People like Putin understand one thing, absolute force and the complete willingness to employ that force to annihilate him and his military!

    As you can tell, I’m no diplomat.


    • Either the United States of America is going to have the balls to stand against an illegally perpetuated war or they’re not. Putin is an international bully, you either stand up to bullies or they dominate you.

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      • Mark+Lemberger says:

        This ain’t a playground.
        “War is fascinating to those who have no experience of it.”


        • Mark+Lemberger wrote, “This ain’t a playground. “War is fascinating to those who have no experience of it.” “

          I understand your point and I couldn’t agree more; however, that changes nothing in what I wrote.


  3. One eye says:

    Ok Steve’s in for WW3 …. anyone else?

    See David Sacks on twitter for the counterpoint.


  4. One eye says:

    “Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.”

    – Gen. ‘Buck’ Turgidson

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  5. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    I like your idea of sending a contingent of luminaries to Kiev, but their message to the Ukrainian president ought to be to offer an immediate and unconditional surrender. All this talk of heroic resistance is sentimental frosting on a cake made of the mutilated bodies of thousands of innocent victims of Putin’s war. The longer it goes on, the more tiers are added to the cake. You referenced the lone protestor standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square–a heroic gesture indeed, but in the end a futile one. It’s a given that Russia will “win”; the question is how long it will take and how many innocent lives will be sacrificed in the process. Stop the war now, stop the killing now. Of course, that gets harder every day, given the media’s narrative of the heroic underdog standing up to the ursine bully. When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, the narrative was the same: heroic Polish resistance to the Nazi tyrant. After a month of war (aided by the USSR) and thousands of civilian casualties, Poland surrendered as everyone knew it would. The US government knew the Viet Nam War was lost by 1968, yet it went on for years with American and Vietnamese deaths steadily mounting. Think how much shorter the list of names of the Viet Nam Memorial would be if the US had swallowed its pride and accepted the inevitable years before its ignominious defeat. And now we see history repeating itself yet again, as it’s wont to do.


  6. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    “As Russian artillery and fighter jets bombard the city.”

    Seeing you’re assembling a veritable Star Chamber to perform under those conditions, why not send Hillarity “New Jowls” Clinton?

    She’s BATTLE-TESTED after landing under all manner of ferocious Bosnian ordnance/sniper fire.

    And seeing she’s desperately seeking relevance, she’d surely be receptive; not only that, but there exists the possibility of drumming up a little side bidness for the Clinton Slush Fund, am I right?

    Where most see Disaster, the criminally insane Clintonistas see Opportunity.

    The Gotch

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  7. richard lesiak says:

    The only guy no one has named to go is trump. With all his hot-air and BS send his a$$ over. Oh yeah; he needs his supporters to buy him a new plane so he can travel in style.


  8. Mark+Lemberger says:

    Hey Joe, how about some red lines. That always works.


  9. richard lesiak says:

    Send trump over there; or are his “bone-spurs” still hurting.


  10. Mark+Lemberger says:

    Jeez, if Joe brokered peace for Golda Maier and got arrested on his way to see Nelson Mandela he should be able to drive an 18 wheeler into Kyiv.
    Let’s Go Brandon!

    On the other hand, despite seventeen intelligence agencies and all our career pros in the Pentagon and all our satellites, drones, Humint, and Sigint were unaware that the Taliban was FaceBooking from the palace in Kabul while Gen. Milley and Po’ Slo’ Joe said the 300,000 member Afghan Army would hold them off for six months….


  11. georgessson says:

    My choice would be Uber-action-hero Steven Seagal. By the time Putin got to Kyiv, all the food and sustenance would be gone, thus, so would any reason to occupy… https://tenor.com/view/seagal-steven-seagal-carrot-eat-gif-13722967


  12. richard lesiak says:

    The real problem is Adams leaving GB and going to the Raiders. That’s gotta hurt. GO BEARS


  13. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Since Don Majkowski left a game due to injury 30 years ago never to return, there’ve been only FIVE (5) QBs that’ve started for TitleTown’s 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers who weren’t named Brett Favre (3 MVPs) or Aaron Rodgers (4 MVPs).

    OT(Heh!)OH, the laughably hapless chicago BiPolar bares have had a whopping THIRTY FIVE.

    It gets worse.

    The midgets of the midway’s number of QB MVPs starts with a Z and rhymes with Hero.

    One more thing: After Further Review, The bares STILL SUCK


    The Gotch


  14. Michael Leger says:

    I nominate Toria Nuland, Geoffrey Pyatt, Lindsey Graham, Killary, Soros, McCain’s casket, Steve Witherspoon – and anyone else advocating for more war. Also the propagandist describing the ‘carpet-bombing’ of Kyiv and anyone repeating it.


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