Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on March 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

Ukraine’s defense minister said on Saturday Russia had “recently” brought 6,000 additional personnel into Ukraine and that the Ukrainian military were on high alert in the Crimea region, Reuters reported…

U.S. officials told Fox News they see “evidence of air and maritime movement into and out of Crimea by Russian forces” although the Pentagon declined to officially “characterize” the movement.

***

Some 60 locals, all apparently ethnic Russians, were gathered in a nearby square waving Russian flags and shouting “Russia, Russia.”

Just a few hours earlier on Saturday, the newly installed, pro-Russia prime minister of Crimea had declared that he was in sole control of the military and the police in the peninsula and he appealed to Mr. Putin for help in safeguarding the region.

The prime minister, Sergei Aksyonov, also said a public referendum on independence would be held on March 30.

On a day of frayed nerves and set-piece political appeals that recalled ethnic conflicts of past decades in the former Soviet bloc — from the Balkans to the Caucasus — pro-Russian forces were said to have taken control of a government building in Kharkiv, and a crowd in the center of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and pulled down the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag and raised a Russian one.

***

Vitaly Klitschko, a senior Ukrainian politician and likely presidential candidate, called on Saturday for a “general mobilization” following Russian parliament’s decision to approve deploying troops in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

“Klitschko calls for a declaration on a general mobilization,” the retired boxing champion’s political party UDAR (Punch) said, making clear he favored a military mobilization.

***

Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have invaded Ukraine because he’s unafraid of a weak White House

“I really believe that when Vladimir Putin looks around the world — sees what happened in Syria when the red line turned pink and the president didn’t act, our acquiescence to their occupation of Georgia, all of the actions that have to do and indicate a decline of the United States of America — I think he’s emboldened and he’s acting.”

“When Putin sees the President of the United States say, ‘We are going to act if they cross a red line’ and they don’t,” McCain explained, “and when he sees the President of the United States say ,’tell Vladimir that when I’m reelected I’m going to be more flexible,’ when we were pushing the ‘reset button,’ — I think that Vladimir Putin, being the old KGB apparatchik that he is, does not believe that the penalty for this behavior will be very severe.”

***

The head of Russia’s upper house of Parliament said in televised comments Saturday that she plans to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to recall the Russian ambassador to the U.S. “After the recent statements by the U.S. President threatening Russia and saying that Russia will face costs for the actions in Crimea, we have to act adequately, so we decided to address the (Russian) President and ask for a recall of the Russian ambassador from the U.S. The decision will be made by the President, but we have the right to express our point of view,” Valentina Matvienko, chairwoman of the Federal Council, said.

***

There was good reason to think Putin wouldn’t do it. Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov told Secretary of State John Kerry that Russia respected the territorial integrity of the Ukraine. U.S. intelligence assessments concluded that the 150,000-man Russian military exercises announced by Putin on Wednesday were not preparations for an invasion of Ukraine because no medical units accompanied the troops. And Russian and U.S. diplomats were still working on Iran and Syrian diplomacy. All of this followed a successful Winter Olympic games for Putin’s Russia…

One former U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast he expects Russian operatives to begin launching false flag style operations designed to look like terrorist attacks or arms shipments to anti-Russian groups in Crimea and to leak alleged conversations implicating Kiev and the CIA in these drummed up events.

“Putin’s aim is to show that he is in the catbird seat, and there is nothing we can do about it,” this former officer said. “He’s like a kid with a can of gasoline and a book of matches, and he laughs as Obama tries to deliver lectures on how fire is dangerous. Indeed, Putin throws banana peels on the ground, and Obama manages to slip on every one of them. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

***

I’ll be happy to be proved wrong, but it is likely Moscow has already succeeded in putting Crimea back within its control, without firing a shot. Moscow is showing little interest in the rest of Ukraine, which is an economic and financial mess it will be glad to see picked up by Europe, the US and the International Monetary Fund. You’ve got to admire the statecraft, even if you object to the outcome.

The downward spiral in US/Russian relations won’t, as some fear, generate a new Cold War, because the ideological clash is not dominant and Russia no longer poses the global threat to America’s interests that the Soviet Union once did. But we could certainly see some some future tit-for-tat. The Washington Post is calling for heavy diplomatic and economic sanctions. It is not clear what those might be. Military action against the Russians in Crimea would be foolhardy.

Whatever he does, President Obama has to worry about Russian retaliation. That could take the form of hindering US withdrawal from Afghanistan through the northern distribution network, which Russia controls, or hampering P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) coordination of the nuclear talks with Iran. Moscow wouldn’t mind keeping the US in Afghanistan a while longer, as it fears the consequences of withdrawal. It is less likely to mess with the nuclear talks, as they are aimed at preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, which Moscow definitely doesn’t want to see happen.

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Does Nato have the will to prevent such a development? If not, what are our options? If a partition is coming anyway, might it not be better to take ownership of the process: to see that the border is decided peacefully and by referendum rather than by military occupation? To ensure that the two new entities recognise each other, that free movement of goods and people is guaranteed, that we avoid another frozen conflict in which families are separated and the economy is wrecked. It might be that negotiations would not result in the destruction of the Ukrainian state, but in the development of a loose confederation.

To put it another way, if a cleavage is coming in any event, it is surely better for it to happen through reluctant agreement than through war and ethnic cleansing. I may be wrong about all this. I hope I am. But the prospect of a Korea-style military division, of thousands left stranded on the wrong side, of a bristling Russian armistice line cutting through a European state, of a lasting military confrontation between Moscow and the West, ought to make us cast around for alternatives.

***

Many analysts think that having lost a leader in Kiev likely to do Moscow’s bidding, Mr. Putin is settling for a second-best solution by helping to carve off the Crimea region. It’s an outcome he has engineered in Georgia and in Moldova, two former Soviet states with Russian-dominated breakaway zones…

Mr. Putin appears to be assuming—correctly in the eyes of many Western analysts—that the U.S. and Europe do not have an interest in confronting him

Sponsoring uncertainty about the territorial integrity of a country encumbers it politically and economically, and makes formal ties with the West and Western aid more problematic, she says.

In a tweet, Carl Bildt, Sweden’s foreign minister, suggested he had reached a similar conclusion: “I fear we see a scenario we have seen before playing out in Crimea now. Russia establishing new gray zones and frozen conflicts.”

***

“What does he want here? Chaos,” Mr. Saakashvili says. “He has good chances here this time to really chop up Ukraine. It’s going toward big-scale conflict. Big, big internal conflict. He’ll stir up trouble in some of the Ukrainian regions. It’s a very crucial moment. Russia will try to Balkanize Ukraine.”…

The collapse of the Yanukovych regime set back the Putin plan to control Ukraine through a crony. His $15 billion in aid, no strings attached, couldn’t prop up Mr. Yanukovych, who had done Moscow’s bidding by shelving an EU “association” treaty and moving Ukraine toward the Putin-led Eurasian Union.

“If Ukraine’s a success, a smooth transition, a nice government, doing nice reforms—for Putin, it’s the end of him,” says Mr. Saakashvili. Russians will see the contrast with their slowing economy dragged down by an oligarch-Putin complex that makes Mr. Yanukovych’s corruption look thrifty. “Putin is old fashioned,” says the Georgian, who is now 46. “He is really obsolete.”

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At AI, our concern has always been that Putin sees the United States as an opponent in a zero sum contest, not a partner in a quest for win-win. Putin sees the American faith in win-win solutions as a long line of Russian negotiators back to czarist times have done: as an irritating though occasionally useful blend of hypocrisy and fecklessness. We worry that Putin sees Obama’s effort to keep bargaining in good faith over Syria, Iran and now perhaps Crimea as a weakness to be exploited, not a foundation for mutual trust and cooperation. Putin, we suspect, wants President Obama’s prestige damaged, and for American foreign policy to endure one setback and humiliation after another. He will happily play Lucy as long as President Obama is willing to play Charlie Brown and run at the football Lucy holds…

We’ll have to see, but without a sharp turn, neither President Obama nor his chief European partner Chancellor Merkel will do anything but seek to defuse the crisis as quickly and painlessly as possible. If Putin offers a face-saving solution that leaves him with some visible gains in exchange for some mostly cosmetic concessions, they will have a hard time saying no even as they wrestle with the ugly financial and political arithmetic that a Ukrainian bailout involves.

If that is how this crisis winds up, the West, the United States and President Obama himself will all have been significantly undermined, and both President Putin and Russia will emerge looking more potent than before. This is exactly what Putin wants, and if he succeeds it will feed his contempt for Western leaders and encourage him to look elsewhere for new surprises and new wins.

None of this should blind us to the sterility of Putin’s foreign policy agenda. Russia cannot recreate the old Soviet Union; it is so poor that it cannot afford the cost of carrying the weak republics that once formed the USSR.

***

If Russia excludes its own borders from the general international standard of inviolability, it might face some unwanted challenges down the road. If Russia’s external frontiers are flexible zones, to be pushed in various ways with appeals to the rights of ethnic brethren and passport holders, then what will happen, down the line, in Russia’s eastern Siberia? There, Russia holds major natural resources along its border with China, the world’s longest. Some 6 million Russian citizens in eastern Siberia face 90 million Chinese in China’s bordering provinces.

Beijing pays attention to Ukraine because it has a major stake in Ukrainian agricultural territories. It will likely note the developing Russian doctrine on the flexibility of Russia’s external borders. China also has a stake in eastern Siberia. It needs fresh water, hydrocarbons, mineral resources such as copper and zinc, and fertile soil for its farmers. The Chinese economic relationship with eastern Siberia is a colonial one: China buys raw materials and sells finished goods. Beijing actually invests more in eastern Siberia than does Moscow. No one knows the exact number of Chinese citizens in eastern Siberia — in part because the last Russian census declined to count them — but it certainly dwarfs the number of Russians in Crimea, and is expected by Russian analysts to increase significantly with time.

It seems rather risky for Russia to develop, on its own border, a challenge to the basic premise of territorial sovereignty. Beijing and Moscow currently enjoy good relations, and Chinese leaders are too sophisticated to consider open threats to eastern Siberia. But down the road, as demographic pressures mount and Russian resources beckon, a Russian doctrine of the ethnic adjustments of Russian borders could provide Beijing with a useful model.

***

Therein lies a profound irony. Putin, like many of his countrymen, is convinced that the West, institutionalized in NATO and the EU, constitutes a strategic threat to Russia. In fact, the West and the North are the only points of the compass that do not point to danger

[T]he number one threat to Russia’s sustainability as a unified state is internal: the combination of a demographic time bomb (low birth rates among Slavs and high rates among other ethnic groups), an intractable public health crisis, a failure to modernize its economy, and Putin’s “vertical of power” — a euphemism for authoritarianism — makes efficient, transparent, accountable, and democratic governance impossible…

That has now led to a final irony. One key goal of Putin’s foreign policy in recent years has been to prevent Western powers for bringing about regime-change — especially when the regime in question has ties to Moscow. With that imperative in mind, Putin has so far been successful in keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power in Damascus. Yet last weekend, much closer to home — indeed, in the most precious part of the near-abroad — there was regime-change in Kiev.

It wasn’t caused by Western meddling, as the Russians claim. It was caused by Russia’s own muscling of Ukraine and its support for the escalating brutality in the Maidan.

***

Via NRO.


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*clink!*

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Another line in the sand?

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Evening all

Hi Bmore :)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

bishop!

oldennis on March 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Wow…that was cool..

I pushed my way up to second position..:)

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Hi EG….(waving)

Esh—he told Putin he wouldn’t go to the G8…I’m sure Vlad was LOL on his end of the phone.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

bishop!

oldennis on March 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Oh that was a bad move on your part. Step right over here to be fitted for those lovely cement galoshes.

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Good evening CoffeeLover!

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Esh—he told Putin he wouldn’t go to the G8…I’m sure Vlad was LOL on his end of the phone.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

But Obama had no problem going to Vegas for a fundraiser during Benghazi…

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I can’t believe they haven’t fixed it yet.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Lolz! These threads are just kooky! ; ) good to see ya brother!

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

and he had no problem today skipping the National Security Council meetin on the Ukraine today either!!! POSSOB

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

What? Is there a gay rights protest going on in Ukraine or something?

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Tweets

Suzanne Kianpour ‏@KianpourWorld 7m

The White House pool is on its way to an off-the-record stop. Cue speculation…
Expand

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

WTF? No HotGay/Fat/Stoned/gas?

Must be happy hour…

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have invaded Ukraine because he’s unafraid of a weak White House…

As of Putin would have been afraid of McCain had he been in the White House. However he is correct, why be afraid of someone who gives a short speech, moves his line backwards again and heads off for shooters.

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

hi canopfor (waving)

cue speculation LOL with this crew it’s probably an ice cream cone stop.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Susan Glasser ‏@sbg1 1h

Just chilling RT @UkraineBreaking: #BREAKING NEWS – GENERAL MOBILIZATION OF UKRAINIAN FORCES WILL BEGIN AT 8AM MARCH 2ND (MATTER OF HOURS)”
March 1 -4:13PM
===============

Current time in Kyiv Ukraine

3:38 AM
Sunday, March 2, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

The White House pool is on its way to an off-the-record stop. Cue speculation…

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

My money’s on an unscheduled golf outing …

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have invaded Ukraine because he’s unafraid of a weak White House…

Well … McShame, the douchebag moron, did tell Putin that Barky is “a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States.”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

*Clinky!*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Yet Dog Eater skips his own national security briefing on the matter.

This fud is in so far over his head it’s almost unbelievable.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Three levels removed,………………..No Sh*t!!

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

HA! I thought that might bring you out! Lolz! *clink!*. Been a while! Little 7% update perhaps. ; )

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

see some looking towards the Budapest Memorandum to garner up support but I expect that to fail.
but I expect people to really start pushing it more in next day or so.
dammned powder keg.

dmacleo on March 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I wonder if Hillary will feature a big “RESET” button in her campaign ads?

IndieDogg on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Spooky times, man, the shiite is about to hit the fan and you just know Dog Eater is scared.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Yet Dog Eater skips his own national security briefing on the matter.

This fud is in so far over his head it’s almost unbelievable.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Bishop:)

******************** Dereliction Of Duty ****************!!

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Obama and Putin

Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil

kcewa on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I wonder if Hillary will feature a big “RESET” button in her campaign ads?

IndieDogg on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

She’s done. End of story. And of course that assumes there’ll be a reason for a campaign. Three more years of this clown is a long time. I predict before long, Bishop will have a guest post called ‘We’re all dog-eaters now’.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I so miss balls in the White House… and I’m not talking about the golf kind.

Theadora on March 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Almost enough to make one think he is rejoicing in it. Flexibility not withstanding.

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

hi Alt. (waving)

Yup, the chit is gonna hit the hand and O and the West can only tell Putin…we are not going to the G8. I’m so disgusted!

I am praying for the people of the Ukraine and then for us.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

HA! I thought that might bring you out! Lolz! *clink!*. Been a while! Little 7% update perhaps. ; )

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Spending more time with little 7%, trying to ease him into the reality of what is happening in this world without having him grow up too fast…

… 11 1/2 years old and he still likes to laugh. Maybe I’m doing something right.

*Clinky!*

;)

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Spooky times, man, the shiite is about to hit the fan and you just know Dog Eater is scared.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Bishop:Affrimitive,

ya know,..Hopey doesn’t mind sticking his nose into
Libya,..Egypt…MuslimIslamicBrotherHoodJihadyGoons!!

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Yet Dog Eater skips his own national security briefing on the matter.

This fud is in so far over his head it’s almost unbelievable.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

He’s got a pen and a phone…

And if someone else doesn’t act..

He’s reserving time on the golf course…

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Spending more time with little 7%, trying to ease him into the reality of what is happening in this world without having him grow up too fast…

… 11 1/2 years old and he still likes to laugh. Maybe I’m doing something right.

*Clinky!*

;)

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Seven Percent Solution:…..”Priorities”,…Le Clinky:0

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No space, iPad thingy.

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I wonder if Hillary will feature a big “RESET” button in her campaign ads?

IndieDogg on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Heh.

Maybe a “RE-RE-RESET” button and an incoming 3 AM phone call where the phone just rings and rings and rings …

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Mine turns 20 next month. Sometimes he sounds like an old man. I have to remind him to chill.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

and you just know Dog Eater is scared.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

He doesn’t really care one way or another – even if he could understand any of this. Barky’s third-world, generally maoist, attitude is just to cheer this on, no matter how it goes. And it gives his buddies in Iran more leeway to continue working on their nukes.

Barky, avenging angel of the third world in his own fevered little sub-par mind, thinks everything is going just swimmingly. He couldn’t have asked for much more.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I wonder if Hillary will feature a big “RESET” button in her campaign ads?

IndieDogg on March 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Actually, that “OVERCHARGED” button evidently worked perfectly. Who knew?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Laughing is a wonderful gift. God Bless

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

You are blessed. As is the little one. Nice. ; ) I have all confidence he will succeed.

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Ukraine’s defense minister said on Saturday Russia had “recently” brought 6,000 additional personnel into Ukraine and that the Ukrainian military were on high alert in the Crimea region, Reuters reported…

Yeah, but the Russians are too poor to afford an army. We’ve been fed this for 25 years now, so it must be true…

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

see some looking towards the Budapest Memorandum to garner up support but I expect that to fail.
but I expect people to really start pushing it more in next day or so.
dammned powder keg.

dmacleo on March 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM

yeah, the “treaty that isn’t a treaty” includes the Russian Federation, so we know it wouldn’t be going anywhere anyway.

hoping the situation doesn’t expand outside the region is about all we can hope for now. the Yukranians are on their own, it seems. well, that and a strongly worded letter from the UN.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I guess the community organizer is a bit overwhelmed…

‘Cause the community is not Obama’s backyard anymore..

Douche..(Not directed to Obama…but his supporters)

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Nothing there worth American blood.

NativeTexan on March 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

good evening all…
I cant believe AP missed the Hoard of Bigoted
Bakers that clashed with SSM protesters on a Bridge
in New Jersey ..the match was refereed by a fat crack smoking
mayor from Canada and a donut eating Governor…
it was epic..

ps. thank you AP…

going2mars on March 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Now I will sit here for a moment and reflect on what 11 1/2 was for me. ; )

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yeah, but the Russians are too poor to afford an army. We’ve been fed this for 25 years now, so it must be true…

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

not as poor as they were a dozen years ago. they’re spending all that NG money on their military, while the Zero is trying to cut ours back even further.

almost like it was planned…

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

All they have to do for their soldiers is feed them and give them decent housing. The options are poor for the average Soviet. The numbers are there and easily recruited.

Theadora on March 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Free Russian – English Dictionary and English to Russian online translation.

This site might come in handy. Soon.

kcewa on March 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

hi canopfor (waving)

cue speculation LOL with this crew it’s probably an ice cream cone stop.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

CofffeLover: Ugh, me manners,Evening CF, Lol,..on the cone:0

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Nothing there worth American blood.

NativeTexan on March 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Obama spoke…

So there…:)

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Now I will sit here for a moment and reflect on what 11 1/2 was for me. ; )

Bmore on March 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

A lot of going out and picking out a switch? ;)

Murphy9 on March 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Texas primary day is Tuesday. It’ll be interesting to see if Stovall and Patrick manage to kept their respective incumbents under 50%
Ditto May vs Neugebauer in the 19th.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Just a few hours earlier on Saturday, the newly installed, pro-Russia prime minister of Crimea had declared that he was in sole control of the military and the police in the peninsula and he appealed to Mr. Putin for help in safeguarding the region.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/world/europe/ukraine.html?hp

.
Against … what ? . . . . . “Anarchy” ?
.

The prime minister, Sergei Aksyonov, also said a public referendum on independence would be held on March 30.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/world/europe/ukraine.html?hp

.
Let me know in April, how it went.

listens2glenn on March 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Rammstein – Moskau Live Volkerball DVD (HD)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7b5OMhgHE

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

lol I love Judge Janine’s Opening Statements….

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Will Ukraine be just as important as the American citizens in Benghazi..to Obama?

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Judge Judy should be good tonight. :) she’s working it hard always.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

lol I love Judge Janine’s Opening Statements….

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

GMTA. she’s awesome anyway, but stuff like this gets her extra steamed.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Just like O to stick his nose where it don’t belong, and keep out of where we should be.

NativeTexan on March 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

lol She’s on a roll….no doubt about it.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

the Pentagon declined to officially “characterize” the movement.

Among the generals at the Pentagon, 30% think it’s an uncontested arrival, 30% think it’s all just a spontaneous protest caused by an insulting video, 30% think it’s because the Russian military doesn’t have enough affirmative action and enough gays, and 10% think it’ some kind of manifestation of global warming. But they all agree that they should send out for more tax payer provided pizza and buffalo wings and kegs of beer while they give the whole matter some further deep thought and learned discussion.

VorDaj on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Will Ukraine be just as important as the American citizens in Benghazi..to Obama?

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

probably more. there aren’t Americans involved. he can’t be seen helping us.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

http://www.mil.gov.ua
Oficial site of Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

http://www.mil.gov.ua/?lang=en

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Hapless Hagel….

She then played a clip of F-Troop :)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

A “general mobilization”.
And we haven’t even had an Arch-Duke assassinated yet.

Klitschko better hope that his mobilization doesn’t turn into an easy way for the Russians to get rid of all of their potential political enemies within Ukraine.

Another Drew on March 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

30% think it’s all just a spontaneous protest caused by an insulting video,

VorDaj on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Yeah … the Russians are still mighty ticked off about Red Dawn. This was bound to happen.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Clueless Clapper

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

LMAO, Judge J is on it. she said we should go back to F-Troop.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Red lines?

Zero only understands “white lines.”

viking01 on March 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Susan Glasser ‏@sbg1 1h

Just chilling RT @UkraineBreaking: #BREAKING NEWS – GENERAL MOBILIZATION OF UKRAINIAN FORCES WILL BEGIN AT 8AM MARCH 2ND (MATTER OF HOURS)”
March 1 -4:13PM
===============

Current time in Kyiv Ukraine

3:38 AM
Sunday, March 2, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Makes me think of all the people alive in this world right now that are not going to be in the coming days, weeks, months, and years…

… all because of the failed ideology of the Left that our leaders, scholars, and media believe in, that we are the cause of the world’s evil.

How many are going to have to die this time for those left alive to burn it out of existence…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Dedicated to Team Hopey:

THE FLIRTS – HELPLESS(CUT,1984)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_JGEfIY-3Q

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

the Judge hammered the oaf in chief.. loved it

going2mars on March 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I sent this E-Mail into Tips….and so it begins:

27/02/2014
To: tips@hotair.com

Alert,…………is this thee spark:)

Ukrainian political crisis
52s
Report: Armed men seize regional government building, parliament in Crimea, local leader says – Interfax via @Reuters
end of alert
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canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Seven Percent Solution:…..”Priorities”,…Le Clinky:0

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

+7%…

*Clinky!*

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

…what a goof JugEars is…he is destroying everything…he has no leadership skills!…NONE!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Red Dawn – How it happened

kcewa on March 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

…what a goof JugEars is…he is destroying everything…he has no leadership skills!…NONE!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Yet the vast majority who voted for him would vote for him again.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Red Dawn – Paratrooper Invasion

kcewa on March 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Makes me think of all the people alive in this world right now that are not going to be in the coming days, weeks, months, and years…

… all because of the failed ideology of the Left that our leaders, scholars, and media believe in, that we are the cause of the world’s evil.

How many are going to have to die this time for those left alive to burn it out of existence…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

SPS,..we knew (Hot Air), that with Obama, back in 08′
that disasters were coming, and man-made, er,

Democrat Made!!

And,..in about another three hours or so, will see!:)

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canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

\m/ Party like it’s 1854! \m/

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

How many are going to have to die this time for those left alive to burn it out of existence…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Way to many my friend, way to many… <— raises a snoot full of Jameson 'clink"…

oscarwilde on March 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Yes, we knew…

… Do you have a linky to any video from what is happening?

Let us know…

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

ColorMeRED ‏@ColorMeRed 8m

Canada pulls ambassador from Moscow over Ukraine – The Washington Post http://ln.is/washingtonpost.com/DiKTo … #Ukraine

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23euromaidan&src=hash

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I don’t think McCain would be feared by Putin. After all, he did announce that Obama would make a good president. Any comment that McCain has made after that statement should be taken with a grain of salt.

mobydutch on March 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Howard Roark ‏@Fountainheader 3m

#Putin punks #Obama #euromaidan #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/SKt8iLKC7W
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https://twitter.com/Fountainheader/status/439947229143384064/photo/1

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

If you want to hurt Putin, start approving LNG export licenses.

Steven Den Beste on March 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Crazy old John McCain surely loves war. He is greatly disappointed that Obama hasn’t committed U.S. troops to fight along side McCain’s Muslim Al Qaeda buddies in Syria.

bw222 on March 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Calling all Rude Buffoons…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Yes, we knew…

… Do you have a linky to any video from what is happening?

Let us know…

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Gots about 15 tabs open,..me check,
Twitter Surfing to this:)

Kraftwerk – Autobahn (Complete Album) HQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge-3GDkwf8g

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

30% think it’s all just a spontaneous protest caused by an insulting video,

VorDaj on March 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Yeah … the Russians are still mighty ticked off about Red Dawn. This was bound to happen.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

The original or the remake? I’m guessing the second one.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

hi OC (waving)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Calling all Rude Buffoons…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You rang?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

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