Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

In many ways the most dangerous aspect of the rationale Moscow has laid out for its intervention is what might be called “the Putin doctrine,” which is that it has the right to intervene to “protect” Russian populations wherever they may be. It used that rationale in its war against Georgia in 2008. And since there are large Russian populations in the Baltics, which are NATO members, that’s a red flag right there that has to be a red line…

“Putin has two guiding principles,” Daalder told The Daily Beast. “First, he has a zero sum view of the world, which is that anything that is not mine is yours.” The whole Western European notion of mutual security is, from his point of view, almost incomprehensible or, perhaps worse, contemptible.

And secondly, says Daalder, “we should take Putin at his word that he believes the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century.” Step by step, as relentlessly as the Czars of the 18th and 19th centuries or the Soviet rulers of the 20th, he is trying to reconstruct the Russian Empire.

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To the naked eye it may seem that Putin is winning this round hands down. We doubt that he thinks so. He has overreached twice, and the second gamble is still undecided. In most of Ukraine he is hated and opposed. It is a mark of his miscalculation that he had to create his own rebellion there rather than being able to take advantage of a genuine domestic resistance to the Kiev revolutionary regime. None of his present choices are ideal: To intervene further in Ukraine in order to threaten Kiev risks getting bogged down in a prolonged guerrilla war. To sit tight in Crimea illegally could — assuming the Western will — soon degenerate into an endless crisis between East and West at some unknown cost to Russia in trade and financial sanctions. And to withdraw under cover of diplomacy would be seen as a humiliation. The world’s resigned but quick acceptance of a lightning coup — for which he must have hoped — doesn’t seem to be in the cards…

This specific violation poses a special problem for two groups. The first is the signatories of the Budapest declaration, which include the U.S. and Britain, because they are on record as guaranteeing Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine. Ukraine may not be a NATO member entitled to the protection of Article 5, but it has exactly the same claim on these two Western powers as if it were. They can’t simply shuffle off this crisis onto the U.N.; it is their direct responsibility. Any U.S. or U.K. statesman who fails to fulfill that obligation is hereafter forbidden to criticize Neville Chamberlain. The second group is those European theorists — notably Sir Robert Cooper, who argued the point capably and seriously a decade ago in The Breaking of Nations — who assert that Europe has moved into a postmodern Kantian world governed by a network of overlapping law rather than by power politics. For the moment, this crisis seems to be challenging those theories; but that may change. How the European Union responds to this crisis will tell us a great deal about the kind of international order that we will be living in as the 21st century unfolds.

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All of this adds up to a highly charged and assertive messianic ideology. If Putin took it all literally, he’d be a Russian ayatollah. Up until now, he hasn’t taken it literally. His regime has used this nationalism to mobilize public opinion and to explain itself to itself. But it has tamped down every time this nationalistic ideology threatens to upend the status quo.

The danger is that Russia is now involved in a dispute in Ukraine that touches and activates the very core of this touchy messianism. The tiger of quasi-religious nationalism, which Putin has been riding, may now take control. That would make it very hard for Putin to stop in this conflict where rational calculus would tell him to stop. Up until now, we have not been in a Huntingtonian conflict of civilizations with Russia. But with passions aroused and philosophic zealotry at full boil, it may temporarily appear that we are.

The implication for Western policymakers is that we may not be dealing with a “normal” regime, which can be manipulated by economic and diplomatic carrots and sticks. Threatening to take away inclusion in the Group of 8 or freeze some assets may become irrelevant because the Russian regime will have moved up to a different level. The Russian nation may be motivated by a deep, creedal ideology that has been wafting through the culture for centuries and has now found an unlikely, cynical and cold-eyed host.

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The choice here could not be more stark. Keep your nukes and keep your land. Give up your nukes and get raped. This will be the second time that Obama administration policy has taught the rest of the world that nuclear weapons are important things to have. The Great Loon of Libya gave up his nuclear program and the west, as other leaders see it, came in and wasted him.

It is almost unimaginable after these two powerful demonstrations of the importance of nuclear weapons that a country like Iran will give up its nuclear ambitions. Its heavily armed, Shiite-persecuting neighbor Pakistan has a hefty nuclear arsenal and Pakistan’s links with Iran’s nemesis and arch-rival Saudi Arabia grow closer with every passing day. What piece of paper could Obama possibly sign—especially given that his successor is almost certainly going to be more hawkish—that would replace the security that Iran can derive from nuclear weapons? North Korea would be foolish not to make the same calculation, and a number of other countries will study Ukraine’s fate and draw the obvious conclusions…

The specter of Jimmy Carter, temporarily but not permanently banished by the successful raid on Bin Laden, is what has haunted this president’s foreign policy from the beginning. President Obama’s mix of Wilsonian aspirations and Jeffersonian caution is closer to Jimmy Carter’s basic worldview than to that of any other modern president. So far, President Obama and his team have managed to fend off the specter of Carterization, mostly by managing events more successfully than the Carter team could do, but also because American power in the world today is much greater than it was in the Carter years and we enjoy a larger margin of error.

The Obama administration is now being challenged, and not only in Crimea. Both friends and foes around the world (and in the United States) increasingly see a Georgia peanut farmer when they look towards the Oval Office. If President Obama allows that impression to become irremovably fixed, he and the nation he leads have some ugly times ahead.

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“A lot has about the administration’s foreign policy in recent weeks and especially recent days, and a lot of it has been critical of the president,” Wagner began. “And I’m sort of the camp that, you know, I’m not sure if the president could have done anything to prevent Vladimir Putin from doing what he was going to do, but it puts the White House in a position where their foreign policy seems incredibly reactive and has so, for almost the recent past, I mean, years at this point.”

“We know, through rhetoric, that the president has wanted to pivot to Asia, but events beyond his control have forced him to look to the Middle East and to Eastern Europe,” she continued. “And one gets sense, perhaps his heart has never been in it, he hasn’t truly organized or articulated a foreign policy the way that he perhaps would if it was another region of the world.”

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Putin is in the former group. He watched as he got his way with Georgia, Syria, and Iran, and also on missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic; he further observes the U.S. doing little in response to China’s saber rattling in the East China Sea. He has seen that by the exercise of power (through others or his own) the West shows weakness and so he can enhance Russia’s interests — as he defines them. And he does not define them by being on the right side of history, being a member in good standing of the G-8, or being spoken well of in diplomatic circles. He certainly does not define them by being a good partner in the global effort to thwart climate change. He’s been rebuilding the prestige and power of Russia since before he became president the first time and for the last five years he’s been able to do that quite vigorously with muscle and might and intimidation…

How is it that the president, a smart man, and his advisors, also smart, have been so wrong about Putin, the Iranian mullahs, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian dictator, and others? Because they want to believe that the realist view where power and anarchy reign is wrong and that the idealist view of cooperation and international law is right. No amount of facts on the ground has dissuaded them of this belief until, one hopes, now.

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Singh’s point about the process shortcomings underscores that this is not just about Ukraine. It is also not just about process or, in the end, about the president. More importantly, this is about a message that has gone out to the world — to Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Kim Jong Un and Karzai and other despots and troublemakers. They know that for whatever reason — whether recent history, or the personality of leaders, or bad process, or the aftershocks of economic crisis, or mismanagement — that since World War II the one nation that has been most depended on to push back on those posing a threat to the global peace is less likely to do so today — by only degrees perhaps but palpably nonetheless — than at any time during that period. And these despots, being who they are and the human nature of bullies and thugs and opportunists being what it is, are taking advantage.

Perhaps this Ukraine crisis will be the one that helps elevate this president, his team, and the processes upon which they rely to be better prepared, to have better options prepared beforehand, to better know the difference between empty gestures and meaningful leverage, to be more decisive, to personally engage with allies more effectively, to make faltering alliances work better, to know not just where we will step back but also where we must step forward. It is still evolving. Perhaps, the president and his team are simply evaluating and planning and will come up with the bold strokes needed to stop baldfaced aggression like that which has taken place in Crimea.

We can only hope.

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Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 6:06 AM

crickets…..they are still going on about the ‘opposition should not criticize the president during an international crisis meme’…nevermind that the dems don’t listen to this when a gop president is in office….and yet the left continues to complain about it when a dem is in office…AND that Kerry is doing a heckuva job compared to Hillary…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 5:49 AM

and yet you never hear that on the lsm…its all koch koch koch…infuriating…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:11 AM

LOL mika defending Hillary…indicating that the report on the nazi reference has not been verified by nbc news yet…so don’t believe it just yet…

what a crock….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

AND that Kerry is doing a heckuva job compared to Hillary…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Uhoh, Hillary’s not going to like that. They’ll end up on her “list”.

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 6:16 AM

mark pryor got all bug eyed when asked whether Tom Cottons 2 tours of duty meant anything.

squirming like a toad.

renalin on March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 6:16 AM

yepper….

renalin on March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

not good at all…i hope cotton uses that in ads…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Putin wrestles bears. Obama wears Mom Jeans.

- Sarah Palin

My take: “Why Americans Are Criticizing President Barack Hussein Obama (A KJ Op Ed)”

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

In Glorious Mother Russia we don’t rattle sabers…we rattle ICBM’s…

Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-test-fires-icbm-amid-tension-over-ukraine-193003190–sector.html;_ylt=AwrBJR9IKhZTKSMAfjrQtDMD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La0fiTkscFc

Good Mornin’ Patriots

: )

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 6:51 AM

“With the situation in Ukraine at flash point following recent developments in Crimea, military recruitment centres in Kyiv are seeing a lot of footfall.

Though only a part of the reservists have been summoned, many others have felt the call of duty.

One man interviewed by our correspondent outside the office said, “I came because I feel a responsibility towards my land, for my country…I am reservist officer. I left the army two years ago. But I came here on my own initiative even without officially being called up.”

Another echoed his sentiments.

“It is our country. I took an oath of allegiance,” he said, continuing “if there are serious events, the duty of every man is to come and in case of trouble it is everyone’s duty to respond.”

Some centres have received so many recruits that they have been forced to close to any new offers.

But the army want to be ready.

“The armed forces of Ukraine are on the highest alert,” declared Colonel Volodimyr Kyndal, a Kyiv military commissioner. “We call all officers to serve the people to strengthen army bases and now we are working to renew their skills and knowledge in case of mobilisation,” he explained.

A self-defence group are also signing up willing recruits at the site of the Maidan protests.

With six times fewer soldiers than the Russian army, Ukraine is seen as no match for Moscow’s military might…”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/04/ukraine-s-army-recruitment-centres-inundated-with-willing-soldiers/

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 6:52 AM

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

a great take KJ….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

…As dictated into my Android Phone, while waiting for my bride to get off from work. :)

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

“The upper chamber of the Russian parliament is reportedly preparing a draft law in case of EU and US sanctions against the country.

According to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, the proposal previews to freeze US and EU assets. That decision coincides with the diplomatic moves to ease the tension in Ukraine. These efforts are taking place in Paris and Brussels, where a NATO-Russia meeting will discuss the current situation.

Russian forces seized two Ukrainian missile defence battalions in the Crimea region on Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry was unable immediately to confirm the report, which quoted the source saying: “We now expect the arrival of Russian missile specialists and pro-Russian activists who will have to persuade the Ukrainian military personnel to carry out joint combat duties.”

The United States and Russia are holding talks on easing East-West tension over Ukraine on Wednesday as the West steps up efforts to persuade Moscow to pull its forces back to base in Crimea and avert the risk of a war.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet face-to-face for the first time since the crisis escalated, after a conference in Paris attended by all five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

At the same time, in Paris, Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he wanted to press for a peaceful solution to the conflict with Russia. On arrival in the French capital for international talks on the conflict, Andrii Deshchytsia said: “We want to say a few things to the Russians. We want to keep good dialogue and good relations with the Russian people. We want to settle this conflict peacefully and we don’t want to fight the Russians”.

In the eastern areas of Ukraine, the national flag was raised again over the government headquarters in Donetsk on Wednesday, where a Russian flag had stood since Saturday, witnesses said. Police said they were evacuating the building, which has been occupied since Monday by pro-Russian demonstrators. A police statement said the evacuation began after reports that the building was booby-trapped with bombs…”

Aaand…EU annonces $11 Billion in aid to Ukraine.

“The President of the European Commission, Barroso is giving a press conference in Brussels on the EU’s aid package to Ukraine of up to 11bn€, presenting the situation in the country as a “test” and as a “challenge” for the European leaders. “I expect Ukraine to sign an agreement with the IMF that will be a condition to agree this aid to the country”.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/05/live-updates-russians-seize-ukrainian-defence-missiles-in-crimea/

Live updates at the link.

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Meanwhile…

Israel seizes ship with missiles heading from Iran to Gaza

Navy intercepts shipment of medium-range missiles near Sudan; says Israel has proof of Iranian origin. (Details and pics at the link)

“Israeli naval forces on Wednesday intercepted a shipment of medium-range missiles near Sudan that were headed for the Gaza Strip.

Special forces from the Shayetet 13 (Flotilla 13) unit overpowered the cargo vessel named the KLOS C – which is registered in Panama – in the early morning hours. A search aboard the vessel uncovered dozens of 302mm rockets, which are manufactured in Syria and were fired into Israel by Hezbollah during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. The rockets have a range of about 100 kilometers.

“We have conclusive evidence that there were rockets on board the ship, and we have proof and can say with certainty that Iran is behind this operation,” a senior Israel Defense Forces officer said.

The officer said that the rockets originated in Syria, were loaded onto airplanes at the Damascus airport from which they were transported to Iran. There they were boarded onto the cargo ship, which set sail about 10 days ago en route to a port in Sudan.

The IDF tracked the ship, saying it sailed north toward Iraq instead of heading directly toward the African country. The army believes that, in Iraq, the rockets were covered with cement bags in an attempt to disguise the shipment after which the vessel continued to sail toward Sudan.

The Israeli raid occurred about a day before the ship was set to dock in Sudan.

The Israeli raid took place a day before the ship was set to dock in Sudan, some 1,500 kilometers off the coast of Israel. A senior Israeli officer who spoke to reporters said the rockets’ final destination was meant to be terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. “They intended to unload the rockets in Port Sudan and transfer them to Gaza from there, presumably through Sinai,” the officer said.

Once the Israeli forces raided the ship, they began to alter its route toward the Port of Eilat, where it is expected to arrive in about three days. The 17 crew members aboard the Panamanian-flagged ship are being questioned by Israeli authorities in a bid to understand what, if any role, they played in the operation.

The scope of the arms shipment remains unclear, although the army says it contains dozens of rockets which were being tallied by the navy. Israel Navy Commander Ram Rothberg oversaw the operation from a missile boat at sea, while IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz supervised from the Defense Ministry complex in Tel Aviv.

This is not the first time Israel has seized a ship carrying a cargo of concealed weapons….”

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.578066

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Putin wrestles bears. Obama wears Mom Jeans.
- Sarah Palin

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Morning KJ-

Yesterday’s competing pressers said it all. Even before Kerry landed at Kiev, Putin was sitting in a formal state room talking about the “legitimacy” of what Russia was doing in the Crimea.

Our State Department is so incompetent that Kerry learned about Putin’s comments from the reporters at his presser. Then to top it all off, Obama gave his statements at a podium placed atop an alphabet rug. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Excellent KJ :)

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Putin wrestles bears. Obama wears Mom Jeans.

- Sarah Palin

My take: “Why Americans Are Criticizing President Barack Hussein Obama (A KJ Op Ed)”

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

good post.
Like the cartoon.

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Our State Department is so incompetent that Kerry learned about Putin’s comments from the reporters at his presser. Then to top it all off, Obama gave his statements at a podium placed atop an alphabet rug. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Swiftboat Surfer was embarrassing yesterday rambling on and on about “Ya’ll Russians quit acting so 19th century and join the rest of us enlightened 21st century internationals…K?”

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:09 AM

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Thank you. It is one of my favorites.

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 7:12 AM

LOL mika defending Hillary…indicating that the report on the nazi reference has not been verified by nbc news yet…so don’t believe it just yet…

what a crock….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Verification by NBC really isn’t the point here. Kerry and the rat-eared wonder have spent the week talking about their concerns and hoping that Russia will do the right thing. Then here comes Hillary who throws out the Hitler in the Sudetenland reference like a Mack truck through a china shop.

Hillary scored political points for being the only one of the three to show her manhood yesterday. Obama’s lecture atop that alphabet rug- not so much.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Iran: Revolutionary Guard has multiple warhead missiles

Western sanctions failing to stop Iran from boosting its ability to deter enemies’ attacks, says Defense Minister.

“Iran said that its powerful Revolutionary Guard has acquired missiles with multiple warheads, a step that it said is a major boost of its defense capabilities.

The claim by Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is the latest reported advance in Iran’s domestic missile production program.

He says Western sanctions have not stopped the Islamic Rebulic from augmenting its ability to deter its enemies from attacking it – a reference to Israel and the U.S.

His comments were posted on the Revolutionary Guard website on Wednesday.

Iran regularly announces breakthroughs in military technology that are impossible to independently verify. But the Pentagon released a rare public report in 2012 noting significant advances in Iranian missile technology, acknowledging an improvement in accuracy and firing capabilities…”

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.578059

Spillover…

“Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot several Hezbollah fighters suspected of attempting to plant a bomb near the fence between Israel’s Golan Heights and Syria on Wednesday, an army spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the men were identified as Hezbollah members, and that one of them was hit after soldiers fired at them. No IDF soldiers were hurt in the incident.

There has been an uptick of tension along Israel’s northern borders over the past week. Last week, Hezbollah threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases near the Lebanon-Syria border.

“The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory…The Resistance [Hezbollah] will choose the time and place and the proper way to respond to it,” a statement on Hezbollah run Al-Manar television said…”

http://www.haaretz.com

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Swiftboat Surfer was embarrassing yesterday rambling on and on about “Ya’ll Russians quit acting so 19th century and join the rest of us enlightened 21st century internationals…K?”

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Yeah a horse-faced idiot who lives in those four months of 1968-69 where he was in Vietnam is hardly in a position to talk about 21st century enlightenment.

I’ll never forget the 2004 DNC convention where he arrived at the Fleet Center via boat across Boston Harbor and “reported for duty.” And he’s the voice of 21st Century international enlightenment? Hah!

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Russia seizes Ukrainian missile units in Crimea

“Russians seize Ukrainian Missile Defence Units in Crimea-Interfax

Kiev – Russian forces seized two Ukrainian missile defence battalions in the Crimea region on Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry was unable immediately to confirm on the report, which quoted the source saying: “We now expect the arrival of Russian missile specialists and pro-Russian activists who will have to persuade the Ukrainian military personnel to carry out joint combat duties.”

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ukraine-crisis-live-updates-vladimir-putin-russia-crimea-usa/1/346853.html

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM

HN….double standard….outrage if a gop uses Nazi reference but its a meh where Hillary is concerned

I hear you re her vs this administration….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Today’s the anniversary of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. The contrast to Obama’s alphabet rug lecture yesterday is striking. One showed true global leadership and resolve in standing up to communism. The other claimed that Putin was looking for a diplomatic way to get out of the mess he caused by going into Crimea.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:27 AM

And he’s the voice of 21st Century international enlightenment? Hah!

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM

He’s the voice of Impotence!

I’m no warmonger but these moon bat idiots have put the US in a precarious position…And these same moon bats want to downsize out military.

6 Unintended Consequences From The West’s Passive Response To The Ukraine Invasion

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/03/05/6-unintended-consequences-from-the-wests-passive-response-to-the-ukraine-invasion/

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

I hear you re her vs this administration….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

That’s the fun part about this. The double standard is a given. But Obama called Killary our best Secretary of States [sic] ever. And here she is out in California using Nazi references even as the administration is claiming that Putin is on the ropes and desperately looking for a diplomatic off-ramp.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:32 AM

US, UK fail to bring Russia and Ukraine together for Paris meeting – John Kerry (Reuters)

http://www.euronews.com/news/

Putin to Kerry…NYET!

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I’m no warmonger but these moon bat idiots have put the US in a precarious position…And these same moon bats want to downsize out military.

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Yeah, I’m no warmonger either but Gates, Panetta, and Hagel have so undermined the military readiness that there really isn’t a military response here. Now they want to gut what is left even as further erode readiness by all the gay soldier stuff and opening combat jobs to women. Though I’ve got to wonder why we don’t have the Sixth Fleet decide now would be a good time to conduct training exercises in the Black Sea.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:38 AM

US, UK fail to bring Russia and Ukraine together for Paris meeting – John Kerry (Reuters)

Putin to Kerry…NYET!

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:34 AM

So what happened to Kerry and Obama’s suggestion YESTERDAY that Russsia was working from a position of weakness and desperately looking for a diplomatic solution to get out of the mess they made?

In the meantime, Putin is going in and issuing Russian passports to anybody in the Crimea that wants them. Kerry and Obama are hoping for a swift resolution.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:41 AM

I hear you re her vs this administration….

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

That’s the fun part about this. The double standard is a given. But Obama called Killary our best Secretary of States [sic] ever. And here she is out in California using Nazi references even as the administration is claiming that Putin is on the ropes and desperately looking for a diplomatic off-ramp.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Wait till Team Killary imply that things fell apart once she left State because…Kerry just didn’t know how to use that Reset button.

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Wait till Team Killary imply that things fell apart once she left State because…Kerry just didn’t know how to use that Reset button.

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Oh! I think this is precisely what the Killary Klinton Kamp is doing. Get as much space between the current administration and the KKK as possible.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Yepper wca….guaranteed

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Yeah, I’m no warmonger either but Gates, Panetta, and Hagel have so undermined the military readiness that there really isn’t a military response here. Now they want to gut what is left even as further erode readiness by all the gay soldier stuff and opening combat jobs to women. Though I’ve got to wonder why we don’t have the Sixth Fleet decide now would be a good time to conduct training exercises in the Black Sea.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Russia moved two more navy ships into the Black Sea yesterday.

Meanwhile China is continuing their belligerence in the South China Sea…Iran is shipping missiles to Gaza.

Dates Jan. 2014

Russia Builds a New Navy to Dominate the Arctic Ocean

“The mightiest force on the high seas, the United States Navy boasts a fleet 283 warships strong. In comparison, Russia’s navy, once America’s archrival, has only 208 warships — but Russia is closing the gap, and quickly.

Just last week, in an interview with RIA Novosti, deputy commander of the Russian Navy Rear Adm. Viktor Bursuk confirmed plans to add 40 new vessels to the Russian fleet this year alone — taking the fleet to within just 35 ships of U.S. fleet strength. Surface warships will make up the bulk of the additions, but a Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine and a Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine are both on order as well. An advanced search-and-rescue ship, the Igor Belousov, will further backstop Russia’s submarine forces by extending the country’s ability to assist submarines in distress. ..”

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/19/russia-builds-a-new-navy-to-dominate-the-arctic-oc.aspx

China Building Second Aircraft Carrier, Two More In The Pipeline

For months, rumors have been floating that China is building a second aircrafit carrier. It is not a fact. Reuters cites Chinese and Hong Kong media reports that China is building its second aircraft carrier, which is expected to take six years. While it is constructing this one, China plans to build at least two more, as it aims to have four aircraft carriers in the near future.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-19/china-building-second-aircraft-carrier-two-more-pipeline

Maps and Pics at the link

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

This makes as much sense as anything else concerning the Nobel Peace Prize these days. Obama got it for being black. Last year that group got it for destroying chemical weapons in Syria (of which only 10% have been turned over for destruction). Why shouldn’t Putin get it for invading Ukraine?

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM

“Of course, the parallels to the cold war build up of nuclear weapons between the US and the USSR are quite obvious making one wonder if the same strategy is in play once more, especially when one considers that the US itself is also building three Ford-class supercarriers, the CVN-78, 79 and 80.

Link to congressional report on Chinese Defense

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_china_report_final.pdf

Maps:

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/01/China%20army%201.jpg

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Lying Scamola Artists on the payroll of Arabs…

2007

Climate Change will Increase the Danger of War

By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US Vice President Al Gore Jr., the Norwegian Nobel Committee called special attention to their efforts to obtain and disseminate greater knowledge concerning man-made climate changes and the steps that need to be taken to counteract those changes.

And then there’s Preezy Choom…

2009

The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.

Senile Antisemitic Peanut Farmer from Georgia…

2002

The Nobel Peace Prize 2002

Jimmy Carter
“for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development”

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

“Ukraine’s government is illegitimate and Russian troops are not in control of Crimea, Russia’s Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has insisted.

Speaking in Madrid, Lavrov again condemned the removal of President Victor Yanukovych and repeated Moscow’s assertion that armed men deployed to Ukraine’s Crimea region, were not Russian but ‘‘self-defence forces.’‘

‘‘There was an armed seizure of power and a legitimately elected president was overthrown. This was a violation of Ukraine’s constitution. If the international community is encouraging those, who are now attempting to rule our great, historical neighbour, then they should realise this sets a very bad and contagious example,’‘ Lavrov said.

Lavrov’s words came ahead of crunch talks in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Despite sharp differences, both Washington and Moscow shows signs of prefering dialogue.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, who is in the French capital, also called for a diplomatic way out of the crisis.

“It’s quite clear that what happened in Ukraine was an agression from Russian side and the Crimea. But now we have to think about a way out, and way out not only about Ukraine, but way out and future of Russia, how Russia will deal what Russia did to Ukraine.”

Despite efforts to bring the Ukrainians and Russians together, for the moment, it is thought unlikely Ukraine’s top diplomat will hold face to face talks with Lavrov…”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/05/russian-troops-not-in-control-of-crimea-says-lavrov/

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Lerner pleading the 5th again.

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Did Issa adjourn the meeting?

Fallon on March 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Did Issa adjourn the meeting?

Fallon on March 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Yes

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I had to threaten the fish that I would “block and report” before it would leave me alone.

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 4:03 AM

There’s something seriously wrong with that person. I fully believe it’s also frank. That reply for bluegill by frank was a slip. It’s androgenous enough as the hagfish to be several people. Similarities in writing style, both making impassioned pleas to a faceless Allah, or lamentations to a long-gone Michelle.

How does one do a complete 180 of being a Palin-hater to being completely in her corner? How does one go from coming in here attacking one of our girls to being a champion of female virtue?

I mean, if you go to the trouble to get banned from twitter on multiple occasions, what else are you doing? How mentally deranged must you be?

I’ve seen functional, clinical multiple personality-type people before engaged in petty, childish crap. This wouldn’t be all that different.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

My take: “Why Americans Are Criticizing President Barack Hussein Obama (A KJ Op Ed)”

kingsjester on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

…very good!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

…these people are nuts!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I mean, if you go to the trouble to get banned from twitter on multiple occasions, what else are you doing? How mentally deranged must you be?

I’ve seen functional, clinical multiple personality-type people before engaged in petty, childish crap. This wouldn’t be all that different.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

…she’s not wrapped right!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Hope is not a strategy.

Dandapani on March 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Israel seizes ship with missiles heading from Iran to Gaza

Navy intercepts shipment of medium-range missiles near Sudan; says Israel has proof of Iranian origin. (Details and pics at the link)

“Israeli naval forces on Wednesday intercepted a shipment of medium-range missiles near Sudan that were headed for the Gaza Strip.
(…)
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.578066

workingclass artist on March 5, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Now, wouldn’t it be fun if the Israeli government decided to donate these missiles to the Ukrainian war effort?

ReggieA on March 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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