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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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“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.

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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.

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Via NRO.


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Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

(waving)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

NYTimes Lede Blog ‏@thelede 59m

Update: Video of Russian Troops in Crimea http://nyti.ms/1i2X7dI #Ukraine #Crimea
View summary
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http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/latest-updates-on-ukraine-crisis/?src=twt&twt=thelede#video-of-russian-troops-in-crimea

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

hi OC (waving)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Hey darlin’

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

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

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

Great post from the other thread earlier today on this …

Still waiting for comments on what would be a viable US response.

Aplombed on March 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM

An announcement that the U.S. is clearing away every hurdle standing in the way of massive development of our energy sources, specifically natural gas.

That our energy trade agreements with Europe will be reviewed with a close look taken at increasing natural gas shipments.

That the Preznit is going to be calling and directly talking to every national leader in Europe about reaffirming our defense agreements.

That the missile shield in Poland will not only be put back in place but upgraded substantially.

That every trade agreement with Russia will be reassessed with particular attention paid to how necessary they really are.

That every other ally we have throughout the world has our full support in case some other thug decides to make a move somewhere.

This would be a start. Russia has a hunter-gatherer economy and can be critically damaged if we only had the seeds to actually do anything, and not single bullet would need to be fired.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

You rang?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Hey bro’
I got special permission to smoke in the bathroom tonight. It is below zero and snowing. i am burning a candle and spraying Glade in there…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Laura Rozen ‏@lrozen 28m

Former US #NATO envoy @IvoHDaalder how should the West respond to #Russia http://blogs.ft.com/the-a-list/2014/03/01/russian-force-how-should-the-west-respond/?Authorised=false

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

America’s Hat at least responds a little bit, Dog Eater is busy dealing with his hangover.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I never saw the remake. You might be the only person who has.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

I got special permission to smoke in the bathroom tonight. It is below zero and snowing. i am burning a candle and spraying Glade in there…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

It’s -1 at your house right now. You live in an apartment or a rental house?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Calling all Rude Buffoons…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Bude Raffoons?

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

(waving)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Oh, hi Coffee Lover. You know my favorite? General Foods International Coffees, Hazelnut. Seriously.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Oh, hi Coffee Lover. You know my favorite? General Foods International Coffees, Hazelnut. Seriously.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I hate to tell CL that I drink Taster’s Choice all day long.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It’s -1 at your house right now. You live in an apartment or a rental house?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

My cousin owns my house…
I rent from him.

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

It is so bad they are saying it is worse than Jimmuh and the Iran hostage crisis…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

And Palin mocked the Styrofoam Greek columns as tall as the palm trees lining San Fernando Boulevard…
On both sides of Senator Barrack Obama…

But Obama was hip…
Cool…
Adored…

Only Barrack can make people faint..

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

My cousin owns my house…
I rent from him.

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

As long as the bath vent is ducted outside or to the roof jack, you shouldn’t have any smoke lingering. Just make sure you shut the bathroom door so you get a better venturi effect.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Rude Buffoon reporting for duty.
Be back in a little while…

Doc Holliday on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Bude Raffoons?

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Heard you were having a rough day or two. Holding up?

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM
Yep. I’m giving up FB for Lent. Oh the HUMANITY!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Mission Accomplished!

The Obama agenda rolls on apace!

Murphy9 on March 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Hey ALT! Hope things are going good foe you…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Rude Buffoon reporting for duty.
Be back in a little while…

Doc Holliday on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Hey Doc. Looks like we are rolling in…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Crimea: No science fiction, no action movie. This is how a Russian airborne invasion looks like.
Added: 1 day ago Occurred On: Feb-28-2014
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Russian combat helicopters have crossed the border of Ukraine and executed some mission in the Crimea. We can count a dozen of Mi-24 in the video, which is a lot of firepower. Also, each Mi-24 can fit up to 8 soldiers, so in this case we could assume that each could carry at least 4 heavily armed soldiers and their gear, for a total of 48 combatants. But since there is no shortage of local manpower, maybe they were flying as fire support for another unit, probably those who seized the airports today.
Or maybe i am wrong and those helis are not Mi-24, but Mi-28 havocs far more dangerous than MI 24s.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=287_1393605865

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Yep. I’m giving up FB for Lent. Oh the HUMANITY!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Heh.

You should give it up for sanity … ;-)

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

And back at home…

We fight for the right….

To be gayyyyy..yahhhhh….

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Pro Russian’n protesters have raised the russian flag in Odessa – Ukraine
Part of channel(s): Ukraine anti-protest riots (current event)

The protest was against the new Ukrainian goverment.
Added: 38 mins ago
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f7a_1393724797

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

fresh from the Zipwire

http://t.co/uCeQuUDbJz Ukrainian reports that Russian troops amassing at border near Senkovka, 143 miles outside Kiev pic.twitter.com/aTcxamRnZW

— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) March 2, 2014

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

It is embarrassing. Dog Eater skips his own briefing on a damn Russian invasion, and the night before decides to tip back a few while making jokes about the GOP.

It’s a giant frat house comprised of all the azzholes, perverts, freaks, and losers on campus.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Yep. I’m giving up FB for Lent. Oh the HUMANITY!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I might have to do that as well. I was having a “discussion” with two friends about Arizona SB 1062. Now I know what the phrase “low information voter” means. Thoroughly depressing. These are supposed to be educated, intelligent people whom I’ve known for years.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Spawn is sitting here w/ his girlfriend. Girlfriend think that Spawn has a cool mom. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Rude Buffoon reporting for duty.
Be back in a little while…

Doc Holliday on March 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Hey Doc. Looks like we are rolling in…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

We should make up a membership roster. Then some club rules. Perhaps a secret handshake?

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Ukrainian Navy flagship takes Russia’s side

Ukraine’s Navy flagship, the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, has reportedly refused to follow orders from Kiev, and come over to Russia’s side and is returning home after taking part in NATO operation in the Gulf of Aden flying the Russian naval flag.

Added: 2 hours ago Occurred On: Mar-1-2014

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=283_1393717438

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

It’s a giant frat house comprised of all the azzholes, perverts, freaks, and losers on campus.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Lambda Lambda Lambda 2.0

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

It’s a giant frat house comprised of all the azzholes, perverts, freaks, and losers on campus.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

QOTD? But I like it here …

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

They’re right about the Obutthole regime being chumps. But I’m disturbed by the number of self-proclaimed “conservatives” on FreeRepublic and the comments sections elsewhere who take the reporting of Russian state-run media like Russia Today as absolute truth and think Putin is the savior of the age and entitled to invade wherever he wants just because he got a law passed criminalizing certain speech by homosexuals.

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Lambda Lambda Lambda 2.0

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Delta Omega Gamma Eatery

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Ukrainian reports that Russian troops amassing at border near Senkovka, 143 miles outside Kiev pic.twitter.com/aTcxamRnZW

— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) March 2, 2014

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Don’t worry. It’s just a welcome-home party for the Russian troops that are already in the Ukraine, when they rotate back out.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

We should make up a membership roster. Then some club rules. Perhaps a secret handshake?

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

All that is required is to go off topic and post vid links. That really pisses Hagfish off…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

ShainS on March 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

…very good!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I saw in the headlines where Odoofus skipped the National Security meeting on Ukraine. More of that “leading from behind” stuff, I guess.

predator on March 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

maybe they all got together to praise and admire
Barrys Nobel Peace medal..

they only called it happy hour…
it was worship..
prayer rugs.. the whole bit

going2mars on March 1, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Hagfish indeed!

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

When I use it (rarely) I’m Coffeemate Hazelnut :) LOL

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Any port lost in a storm. LOL, I grew up on instant….Nescafe. I don’t do instant now but do have a jar in cabinet in case of hurricanes and I’m using the grill.

ALT

You are a cool Mom, Wife, Mom and Friend, etc.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Not even Lambda x3, at least they could design a specialized javelin and get laid in the end. These guys we have…if they were in power in 1941 we would have been told to learn how to eat with chopsticks.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

when they rotate back out.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Rotate back out from their “uncontested arrival?”

If Putin walked up and slapped Barry across the face would the regime try to write it off as a “hand-warming exercise?”

Makes ya wonder, no?

predator on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

OK Liberals…

… Here is your dilemma.

The Ukraine gave up their nukes at our request because the US and the UK signed a treaty to protect them and their borders…

… Now their borders have been invaded and people may start to die by the thousands because they don’t have that deterrent.

What do we do, Bill Clinton as POTUS signed a piece of paper…?

… What is his take on all of this as wifey poo is pondering a run at the big chair?

Is she willing to uphold her husbands treaty…?

… If not, why not, what has changed, and why would anyone ever believe a syllable that comes out of a Liberal’s mouth again?

(See: “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor. Period!)

If American lives aren’t worth the short sightedness of Liberal thinking, do we give them their weapons back…?

… If not, explain why as thousands die.

What say you…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Awww.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

They’re right about the Obutthole regime being chumps. But I’m disturbed by the number of self-proclaimed “conservatives” on FreeRepublic and the comments sections elsewhere who take the reporting of Russian state-run media like Russia Today as absolute truth and think Putin is the savior of the age and entitled to invade wherever he wants just because he got a law passed criminalizing certain speech by homosexuals.

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The reason Putin is doing this is because he knows there are plenty of Obama dumbasses like you out there who put gay-sex bigotry ahead of everything else.

Grow up and start acting like an adult.

northdallasthirty on March 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

… If not, explain why as thousands die.

What say you…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Boooooosh destabilized the world! All those illegal wars! Poor black Chicago Jesus has made a valiant effort to undo 8 years of damage! You hate obama because he’s black!

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

predator on March 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

(waving…good to see you)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

(waving…good to see you)

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

*waving back* Howdy, CoffeeLover!

predator on March 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Where is New Tie tonight?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Will they only take Crimea, Odessa, Kharkov an the other Russian areas, or will there be Russians in Kiev next week?

MSM idiots are calling this a “Crimean Crisis”. Friggin children.

forest on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

hawkdriver: Exactly:0

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

As I mentioned-the GOP primary election om Tues might have some interesting results.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

What say you…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Your post was way too long..
And didn’t include any subsidies for Obama supporters..

It will be overlooked by trolls…

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

It’s a giant frat house comprised of all the azzholes, perverts, freaks, and losers on campus.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

QOTD? But I like it here …

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

…I’m washing my toga right now!…if they’re clean… we should be ok!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Not sure….it’s early for her. She may be along later.

lol I still can’t believe I did not get New Tie when you guys first used it.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

MSM idiots are calling this a “Crimean Crisis”. Friggin children.

forest on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Heh. PMSNBC still thinks Czechoslovakia still exists.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Maybe AG if by interesting you mean who comes in second…senate, doubtful.

cozmo on March 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Rotate back out from their “uncontested arrival?”

If Putin walked up and slapped Barry across the face would the regime try to write it off as a “hand-warming exercise?”

Makes ya wonder, no?

predator on March 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

(Maxwell Smart voice) Would you believe shore leave, then? (/voice)

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Obama won’t rescue gay Ambassadors or gay Ukranians

faraway on March 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Remember when the squirrel-brain Biden said that one fine day Dog Eater would be tested by a calamitous world event and we would see he has a spine of steel?

So that day has come and what does Armored Vertebra do, he holds a press conference to stutter through how concerned he is while trying not to fright-piddle on the stage.

I was a teenager when Carter was prez but I remember America being in a funk because that sweater-wearing bucktooth made everyone realize just what pitiful leaders we could get stuck with, and here we are again dealing with a retard who shouldn’t have gotten past the first candidate debate.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

cozmo on March 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Dangit, I mean Lt Gov, not AG.

cozmo on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Putin is an evil genius who has managed to fool many people including George W. Bush. Obama is an easy one for Putin and Co. to deal with because his level of arrogance is so extreme that he always thinks he’s the smartest man in the room no matter the situation. Oh, how I wish Romney were in office now.

DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

The world is laughing at the US. Every site I’ve read today is calling obama, Biden and Kerry, chumps and they’re rooting for the Russians.

Freaking embarrassing.

hawkdriver on March 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

hawkdriver: Exactly:0

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

As they should.

Over half of this country consists of toilet trash like Rachel Jeantel and Trayvon Martin that don’t know how to do anything but scream “racist” and cash a welfare check.

Barack Obama and his entire Obama Party have done nothing but demonize productive, moral Americans while supporting lazy, worthless, amoral pigs.

God’s destruction doesn’t always come as fire from the heavens. There are plenty of examples of it coming in the form of Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, and more.

northdallasthirty on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

…I’m washing my toga right now!…if they’re clean… we should be ok!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

If Spark Plug shows up, it will be a clothing-optional. He was undressing some of the ladies last night. I think that bodypainting may also have been involved.

Alien on March 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM

lol I still can’t believe I did not get New Tie when you guys first used it.

CoffeeLover on March 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

No that was me. I change names for the hell of it.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I wish Cindy would hang here more often…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

It will be overlooked by trolls…

Electrongod on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

You are entirely correct, but it is now out there in the Ether

(By the way)

*Clinky!*

;)

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Putin is an evil genius who has managed to fool many people including George W. Bush. Obama is an easy one for Putin and Co. to deal with because his level of arrogance is so extreme that he always thinks he’s the smartest man in the room no matter the situation. Oh, how I wish Romney were in office now.

DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

he knew the Russians for what they are, at least. Zero thinks they will cower at the sound of his strongly worded phone call.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Putin is an evil genius who has managed to fool many people including George W. Bush.
DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I doubt seriously Bush was fooled. Putin wasn’t dumb enough to try anything with a man in the WH. Like two tigers in a cage. Bush said some nice things about ol’ Vlad because he had class. And I don’t think he forsaw anymore than the rest of us this country electing an obama when he made his comments.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

They’re right about the Obutthole regime being chumps. But I’m disturbed by the number of self-proclaimed “conservatives” on FreeRepublic and the comments sections elsewhere who take the reporting of Russian state-run media like Russia Today as absolute truth and think Putin is the savior of the age and entitled to invade wherever he wants just because he got a law passed criminalizing certain speech by homosexuals.

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Yes, the Putin love by some on the right was quite disturbing when it was at its peak last year. Hopefully, this will serve as a wakeup call. Putin is an evil, evil man.

DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I wonder if NSA has diverted there assets from spying on the Right, to
Roooooooooooooooski troop movements and communications!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The reason Putin is doing this is because he knows there are plenty of Obama dumbasses like you out there who put gay-sex bigotry ahead of everything else.

Grow up and start acting like an adult.

northdallasthirty on March 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

WTF are you talking about?

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Quick, look at the typo in the Headlines…

“Obaka skips national security meeting on Ukraine for some reason”

Brat on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Hey darlin’

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Oop. She’s been drinkin’.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Putin is an evil genius who has managed to fool many people including George W. Bush. Obama is an easy one for Putin and Co. to deal with because his level of arrogance is so extreme that he always thinks he’s the smartest man in the room no matter the situation. Oh, how I wish Romney were in office now.

DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Romney would have been better but I don’t know if he would have stood up to Putin much better. He would have looked a lot tougher though so perhaps Putin may not have pushed as hard so fast. Either way we stuck with obama and co. who are rolling over them like and flattening them like pancakes. We’re buffoons to the rest of the world.

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

*hic* How-DEEEEE!! *burp*

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

northdallasthirty on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Word.

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

They’re right about the Obutthole regime being chumps. But I’m disturbed by the number of self-proclaimed “conservatives” on FreeRepublic and the comments sections elsewhere who take the reporting of Russian state-run media like Russia Today as absolute truth and think Putin is the savior of the age and entitled to invade wherever he wants just because he got a law passed criminalizing certain speech by homosexuals.

Walter Sobchak on March 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

That concerns me also.

Theadora on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Romney has a business shark sense, Onesheep–don’t let the nice guy exterior fool you.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

*clink^

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

It’s because too many are still taught:

THIS time our failed ideology will work because WE will be in charge!”

Then there is that ability to print money out of thin air, prop up campaign donors, chase a HOAX all over the climate globe to distract the masses, destabilize the economy and military as the masses are treated to another season of American Idol, and the Post Office buys a billion rounds of ammo and no one blinks an eye…

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

You rang?

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Hi Lurch. Where is cousin IT (Twerp)?

SparkPlug on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

As they should.

Over half of this country consists of toilet trash like Rachel Jeantel and Trayvon Martin that don’t know how to do anything but scream “racist” and cash a welfare check.

Barack Obama and his entire Obama Party have done nothing but demonize productive, moral Americans while supporting lazy, worthless, amoral pigs.

God’s destruction doesn’t always come as fire from the heavens. There are plenty of examples of it coming in the form of Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, and more.

northdallasthirty on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

northdallasthirty:

Nothing will stop Obama’s Transformational America,
in his InEquality Justice Crusade!!

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Putin is an evil genius who has managed to fool many people including George W. Bush. Obama is an easy one for Putin and Co. to deal with because his level of arrogance is so extreme that he always thinks he’s the smartest man in the room no matter the situation. Oh, how I wish Romney were in office now.

DisneyFan on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

he knew the Russians for what they are, at least. Zero thinks they will cower at the sound of his strongly worded phone call.

ProudinNC on March 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Zerol cowers at a look from the mooch.

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Oop. She’s been drinkin’.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Yep! I broke open a Christmas present tonight–a bottle of chocolate wine…not bad, if’n I do say so myself ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Hi Lurch. Where is cousin IT (Twerp)?

SparkPlug on March 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Heh. Y’know how many times I get called that?

She’s here. Svengoolie is on.

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Did you steal my hard cider? Or was it Dire?

SparkPlug on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

So I ponder,..I bet Hopey is calculating his decisions on Ukraine,
in relationship, to the 2014 Elections!!

canopfor on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

SparkPlug on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Dire, my dear Sparkplug. Apples aren’t grapes ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Romney has a business shark sense, Onesheep–don’t let the nice guy exterior fool you.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I’ll keep that in mind. :)

onesheep on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

*Clinky!*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Lanceman on March 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

My Dear Sons LOVED my Cousin It impersonation! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I was a teenager when Carter was prez Bishop on March 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

FYI…I did edit this post.

Good grief…I was changing my kids diapers when President Carter was CIC. Geez…your are a young ‘en.

HonestLib on March 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

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