Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

The standoff between Russia, Ukraine, and the West has reached the “eleventh hour,” Andrei Kozyrev, the first post-Soviet Russian foreign minister, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“The [stakes are] still very, very high,” he said. “Let me just remind whoever concerned that Russia is still [a] nuclear superpower. So the [stakes] might be life and death. And maybe sooner than somebody is thinking.”

“It’s [the] eleventh hour for Russians, and for anybody else, to reconsider.”…

In an interview with Amanpour last week, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said that Crimea was just the Russian president’s “opening game.”

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A prominent political ally and advisor to Vladimir Putin has proposed splitting up Ukraine along the lines of an historical pact agreed between the Nazis and Soviet Union.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, widely regarded as a mouthpiece for the Russian president, proposed a redrawing of the borders of western Ukraine – which would involve regions being incorporated into the territories of Poland, Romania and Hungary…

Zhirinovsky wrote: “It’s never too late to correct historical errors.”

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U.S. and Ukrainian officials warned Sunday that Russia may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond, with a senior NATO official saying that Moscow might even order its troops to cross Ukraine to reach Moldova

A drive into Transnistria would mark an extraordinary deepening of Russia’s military thrust into former Soviet territory and sharply escalate tensions with the West. Transnistria, a narrow strip of land about the size of Rhode Island that is wedged between the rest of Moldova and southern Ukraine, proclaimed its independence in 1990. Its population went on to vote in 2006 to seek eventual unification with Russia…

In Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, members of a visiting U.S. congressional delegation said Ukrainian officials were determined to prevent any further Russian incursion into their territory.

“This would be no Crimea,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a news conference, adding that Putin would find himself having to explain why young Russian men were coming home in coffins. “Ukraine is ready to fight.”

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[I]t would be wishful thinking to assume that if the crisis over Ukraine continues to deteriorate it will not seep through Russian policy towards the Middle East and affect Iran, primarily because that is where the US would be hurt most…

Experts are most worried about the potential for new Russian arms sales, in particular the long-range S-300 air defence missile system deal that was cancelled in 2010 under American pressure.

“This is the one card that they [the Russians] have,” argues Cliff Kupchan, analyst at Eurasia Group, the risk researchers and consultants. “The S-300 can be a game changer; it would reduce Israel’s ability to attack Iran.”

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[A]dvocates of nuclear disarmament say the new freeze in US-Russian relations was likely to torpedo any hopes that they had of persuading Washington and its Nato allies to withdraw the last US nuclear weapons on European soil, an estimated 150-200 B61 gravity bombs deployed in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey.

Campaigners have long argued that the B61 bombs are obsolete and their removal would represent a confidence-building gesture to Moscow at no strategic cost, putting pressure on Russia to make a reciprocal reduction in its arsenal of about 2,000 operational tactical warheads. But most now concede that the disarmament lobby’s chance of winning that argument has gone from slim to nonexistent.

“The Ukraine crisis will only amplify voices of those against any move on the B61, from eastern Europe in particular. It will closed down that debate,” said Ian Kearns, the director of the European Leadership Network, a group of former ministers pressing the case for disarmament.

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If driving down energy prices is the West’s long-term strategy for breaking Putin, then the region is key. Iran, holder of the world’s second-largest gas reserves, is a natural competitor to Russia in Europe and could once again be a major oil producer. Sanctions hold it back. The return of Libya’s oil, disproportionately important to global markets because of its high quality, would also help. Sorting out Iran and Libya would add about 2 million barrels per day to the world’s oil supply capacity and defuse some of the risk premium on oil prices. Rising output from Iraq will also loosen the market.

The problem is that Putin knows all this, too. Perhaps better than we do. And the West needs his cooperation to bring some stability to the region. That’s why, if it comes to an energy war with the West, the world’s biggest oil producer will happily watch the Iran talks fail, the Middle East burn and Russia’s crude keep flowing to the world’s needy oil consumers. And Vladimir Putin will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Presidents tend to think of autocrats like Mr. Putin as fellow statesmen, said Dennis Blair, Mr. Obama’s first director of national intelligence. “They should think of dictators like they think of domestic politicians of the other party,” he said, “opponents who smile on occasion when it suits their purposes, and cooperate when it is to their advantage, but who are at heart trying to push the U.S. out of power, will kneecap the United States if they get the chance and will only go along if the U.S. has more power than they.”…

After 15 years, no one in Washington still thinks of Mr. Putin as a partner. “He goes to bed at night thinking of Peter the Great and he wakes up thinking of Stalin,” Representative Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, said on “Meet the Press” on NBC on Sunday. “We need to understand who he is and what he wants. It may not fit with what we believe of the 21st century.”…

“He’s not delusional, but he’s inhabiting a Russia of the past — a version of the past that he has created,” said Fiona Hill, the top intelligence officer on Russia during Mr. Bush’s presidency and co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.” “His present is defined by it and there is no coherent vision of the future. Where exactly does he go from here beyond reasserting and regaining influence over territories and people? Then what?”

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Soviet-American communication was never easy during the Cold War. Yet after the Cuban Missile Crisis it became possible. The U.S., which had refused to recognize the Soviet Union for the first 15 years of its existence, came to appreciate the leverage and security that high-level contact provided, and the Soviet Union had practical needs—for money, for grain—that made the U.S. an attractive partner. By the late 1960s, Soviet and American leaders could look beyond the capitalist-versus-communist moral fervor of the early Cold War. In the 1980s, Gorbachev put up with Reagan’s anti-communist jokes, while Gorbachev’s Leninism did not inhibit a friendship from evolving between the Soviet General Secretary and the American president.

By comparison, the current tension between Russian nationalism and American internationalism will offer less room for diplomatic maneuvering. Obama sees the nationalism of Putin as illegitimate, a flashback to the age of Bismarck, a lynchpin of autocratic government and an unacceptable bridge of influence between Russia and ethnic Russian or pro-Russian constituencies in Ukraine—or anywhere else in the former Soviet Union. Nationalism is Moscow’s path to isolation from the international community. Putin sees the internationalism of Obama as illegitimate, a coded language fabricated to mask the realist agenda of the U.S. and the EU, which is to push Europe’s border as far eastward as it will go. Internationalism is Washington’s path to Eurasian dominance. Russian-American communication will only be possible when one or the other side gives up on its vision of national and international affairs.

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In the face of that nuclear terror, frankly, I don’t give a rip about the territorial integrity of Ukraine, or our NATO allies. Weighed against the scenario where my family looks at me helplessly as we realize we’re all going to die miserably and everyone we know will too, I’d accept just about any breach of international norms. I guess I’m just selfish that way.

So I’m inclined to seek ways of understanding Russia’s actions. I see a nation and dictator that suffered a humiliation when the pro-Russian government in Kiev fell, and has sought to recover it through a quick, illegal annexation, abetted by a rigged referendum. I’m inclined to understand their anxiety to maintain access to their Black Sea military resources. Yes, I’m inclined this way, partly, because of fear. Because years after the Berlin Wall came down, there is still a loaded gun pointed at our heads…

I know that this dread is what causes nations to appease dictators, to rationalize the subversion of elections far beyond Russia’s borders in order to keep the Kremlin feeling at ease. I know it makes me regret the expansion of NATO after the Cold War.

Freedom depends on not being intimidated. But if the only way to live in freedom is to live without fear, then contemplating the worst occasions radical thoughts for a conservative. Can national sovereignty and political freedom really exist in an age of nuclear superpowers?

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For the 30th anniversary of Andrew, Claire, Bender, Allison, and Brian serving detention…

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

malclave on March 25, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Belgium’s royals are nothing.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

True, but the unions…..

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Never Ever EVER use the word “unions” Without putting the word “Bosses” next to it…..

The ONLY Phrase we should use is:

“Union Bosses”

without the word “Bosses” – the phrase imparts an “I’m for ‘the little guy” feeling……

They are NOT – they are about Stealing Money for the Positions of:

UNION BOSSES

Unions Are ALL About “BOSSES” – and ONLY about “Bosses

WE NEED to ELIMINATE the UNION BOSSES!!

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

When I heard about this story I went and hugged the tween and thanked God for putting her in my life and her birthmom for choosing life and choosing me.

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Made me smile!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 1:06 AM

It would do my heart good to see the Republicans win the Senate and start passing budgets over his vetoes. That would just make me feel all warm and fuzzy…

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

And look how the Gosnell horrors were played down (or ignored) by the LSM and lefty press.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Very true and very sad.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:04 AM

There is a terrible price to be paid, when you murder your most innocent and vulnerable citizens. America has murdered 50 million of it’s own children, their will literally be hell to pay for that.

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

,look how the Gosnell horrors were played down (or ignored) by the LSM and lefty press. Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 1:01 Am

This is true. My Mom is a low info yahoo news consumer.

They have no idea.

And even if they did they would shut their ears.

Dude,, they don’t want to know. They wear blinders. Maybe out of guilt for the effed up mess.

I’m not sure.

wolly4321 on March 25, 2014 at 1:10 AM

WE NEED to ELIMINATE the UNION BOSSES!!

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

This is the truth! The rank and file union members are nothing to the bosses except a source of funds to maintain the Boss’s lifestyle and power. They don’t give a damn about the workers. And some of them are really awful–like that teachers union chick in Chicago.

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:12 AM

My daughter had a sin in the 17th. I get to meet him next tuesday. She had that app or whatever that posted once a week on what was happening with your baby at 20 weeks, etc. Included sample sonogram pics. How.Could.You!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Sorry, son.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

How.Could.You!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

First you sell your soul, then you condemn it.

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Minister urges Putin to invade the country

Putin doesn’t have to ‘take’ some of these small ‘break away’ nations. They are heavily pro Russian and will choose Russia over the EU for a variety of reasons.

It’s also worth noting the eastern Ukraine is the most russified area in the region and possessed of one of the largest metallurgical facilities in Europe and is a heavy mining region rich in iron, mercury, and uranium. Half of the Donetz Basin, possessed of some of the deepest coal mines and deposits in the world, are located in Russia. Donetz is one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine.

Just dropped to post this link.

Goodnight.

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

First you sell your soul, then you condemn it.

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

If you open your eyes and wrap your head around it, it is truly mind blowing.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Congrats Grandad.

wolly4321 on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

My kids are adopted Orphans from Russia. They are both brilliant, talented, attractive, and fun. They were social orphans–mom was a drug/alcohol disaster, dad wasn’t around. Potential knows no bounds and has no respect for situation–it shows up everywhere.

And they can shoot straight, too. Courtesy of Pop.(Me)

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Night MG! I like your Jammies…

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

WE NEED to ELIMINATE the UNION BOSSES!!

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

This is the truth! The rank and file union members are nothing to the bosses except a source of funds to maintain the Boss’s lifestyle and power. They don’t give a damn about the workers. And some of them are really awful–like that teachers union chick in Chicago.

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:12 AM

…’Zactly, Brother Doc!

….Like THIS Guy!…..

…or this Guy Here!…..

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Congrats Grandad.

wolly4321 on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Thanks Wolly!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Congratulations, Ken!

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

My daughter had a sin in the 17th. I get to meet him next tuesday. She had that app or whatever that posted once a week on what was happening with your baby at 20 weeks, etc. Included sample sonogram pics. How.Could.You!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Congratulations, Ken – Healthy Babies Are Beautiful!!

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

My kids are adopted Orphans from Russia. They are both brilliant, talented, attractive, and fun. They were social orphans–mom was a drug/alcohol disaster, dad wasn’t around. Potential knows no bounds and has no respect for situation–it shows up everywhere.

And they can shoot straight, too. Courtesy of Pop.(Me)

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Nice. How many, and of what… boys vs. girls?

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Thanks guys! I had nothing to do with it. But it is SPOILIN’ TIME!!!!!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:25 AM

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Well done and congratulations to the both of you!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Nite J.

Sleep/write well.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Nice. How many, and of what… boys vs. girls?

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

One girl, one boy, true biological siblings. they were 8 and 5 when we got them, now 14 and 11. Like wild animals at first–very street smart, would have fit in well with Oliver Twist and the picket pockets. Now home schooled, outstanding athletes at multiple sports, and generally pleasant to be around (even the teenager, mostly–LOL)
All credit to my wife–she stayed home when I had to work, and she had to deal with the majority of the initial frustrations. There were many tears and fair helping of anger and frustration. She is a hard nosed momma, and a saint for it. I don’t tell her enough.

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

….oh…..Unexpected BISHOP!!

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

First you sell your soul, then you condemn it.

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

If you open your eyes and wrap your head around it, it is truly mind blowing.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Murder is always ugly, there is a brutal difference between killing someone in self defense or defense of family or friends, and murdering an innocent person. There are no more innocent or vulnerable people than unborn babies. Jesus Christ said, “It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin” how much more will murdering a baby offend him?

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

I love success stories. Outgoing kids tend to be smart, even if they are picking pockets. Brace yourself for the teen years. They may leave you from time to time emotionally, but stay after them. Around 17-20 they will come back.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Goodnight newtie!

The song considered the origin of Metal, as some say

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Good night Beauty.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Congrats grandad Ken!

Doc, adopting a child/ren is a true blessing.

I’m gonna go get some pro-life cupcakes later today in your honor!

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

Thank you. I am stoked to go home and meet him!

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

I love success stories. Outgoing kids tend to be smart, even if they are picking pockets. Brace yourself for the teen years. They may leave you from time to time emotionally, but stay after them. Around 17-20 they will come back.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Thanks, Ken. Yes, It can be very tough, especially on my wife. She is a doctor as well and has a math degree, so she thinks in a very linear, clear, and logical fashion. On the other hand, my daughter is of an artistic mind, and watching them together is sometimes like watching oil and water….:)

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Congrats grandad Ken!

Doc, adopting a child/ren is a true blessing.

I’m gonna go get some pro-life cupcakes later today in your honor!

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

MMMMM, cup cakes, will they fit through the USB?

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

On the other hand, my daughter is of an artistic mind, and watching them together is sometimes like watching oil and water….:)

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

This should be fun to watch.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Looks like it’s time to punch out. Good night Doc. Good night HotAir.

KCB on March 25, 2014 at 1:42 AM

MMMMM, cup cakes, will they fit through the USB?

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

I’ll try, but the coconut may gum up the works. The coconut cupcakes are my favorite.

I get them at a little shop that sells them to support the crisis pregnancy center in our area. They sell for donations only, so I try to be very generous and shop there often.

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Side effect 2: He makes Vladimir Putin look even more macho.

5. His perpetual boasting and phantasms of omnipotence shifted into a very efficient public awareness campaign against malignant narcissism. Obama helped to persuade not only mental health professionals but ordinary citizens that Narcissistic Personality Disorder should not disappear from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Congratulations Ken/Doc.

Good night HA

Good night America

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Good night, Ken.

Sounds yummy, kringeesmom!

I think I’m gonna call it a night as well. It’s nearly 1 am here. You people are a bad influence. Heh. Enjoyed it. Good night, y’all.

Doc Holliday on March 25, 2014 at 1:46 AM

G’night to all. Pleasant dreams.

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 1:48 AM

For Dire.

John the Libertarian on March 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

2. He excavated dangerous ideologies; reminding us they proved harmful to humanity and made us want to eradicate them. He brought to light the grotesque features of political correctness and we are less likely to fall into the trap of laxity and permissiveness.

1. As a result of his disastrous leadership we came to the realisation that an incompetent and socially irresponsible president should be dismissed like any bad manager. He reminded us that we have the right to demand accountability from our leaders, and an obligation to limit their power if the prime duty to serve and protect turns into a licence to harm. Side effect 1: Association with Obama brought his European allies record unpopularity and riots.

Side effect 2: We love Donald Trump’s: “You are fired!”

Wake up, US media. Pravda has more credibility.

J., thank you for the link.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Jerry Garcia Band – Ripple

kcewa on March 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Nite km

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Tangled Up In Blue…..not Jerry….

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Tangled Up In Blue…..not Jerry….

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Yeah. This guy sings it pretty well.

kcewa on March 25, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Obama to Propose Ending NSA Phone Data Collection

Libertarians can go back to supporting Obama now. Your long nightmare is over.

kcewa on March 25, 2014 at 2:35 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I don’t think it’s possible to end NSA data collection. Even if it is he won’t really do it. It’s all just talk to help the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 5:26 AM

What women want on the dance floor, according to science

So, ladies, is any of this true? Real scientists with (I assume) white coats dancing.

Researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen wanted to know what women look for in a dancing partner, since “dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of mate quality.”

So the researchers set up an experiment as follows: they recruited 30 men to dance to a core drum beat for 30 seconds. The dancers were given no specific instructions on how to dance beforehand, and their movements were recorded via a sophisticated motion-capture system. Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.

They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee. In what might be bad news for the 20% of the population who is left-footed, left knee movement didn’t seem to matter. One final surprise – arm movement didn’t correlate with perceived dancing ability in any significant way.

kcewa on March 25, 2014 at 5:43 AM

We need to ban the word bossy

Brock Robamney on March 25, 2014 at 5:48 AM

kcewa on March 25, 2014 at 5:43 AM

At least that’s Europe. Can’t they find something important to study.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 5:51 AM

There’s a thing at the top asking if vaccinations should be mandated for children. I thought, why are we even asking this question? The government shouldn’t be mandating anything. When did we start letting them do this? Oh, I know. It’s all about seat belts. When we let the government mandate seat belts they took courage to do more. My mother always said you give them an inch and they take a mile. Or what I call the Barney Fife syndrome.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”

-Lord Palmerston

Why is anyone surprised by Putin?

He has weighed the risks, the rewards and the possible problems, done the calculation and came up with a result. His calculus on this appears to be ahead of the curve, which says something about the lack of intellectual capacity amongst other world leaders.

China backs him.

Because if he is into flexible borders for Russia, then China would love to flex the Siberian border to take in more ethnic Chinese.

Permanent interests and all that.

ajacksonian on March 25, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.- Ronald Reagan

I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.

- Ronald Reagan

My take: The War Against Christianity: The United States of America Vs. Hobby Lobby

kingsjester on March 25, 2014 at 7:01 AM

My take: The War Against Christianity: The United States of America Vs. Hobby Lobby

kingsjester on March 25, 2014 at 7:01 AM

There is always going to be somebody who wants to take away your freedom. It’s a constant battle. Freedom isn’t free.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Administration to cancel Hellfire and Tomahawk missile programs

“It doesn’t make sense,” said Seth Cropsey, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower. “This really moves the U.S. away from a position of influence and military dominance.”

Cropsey said that if someone were trying to “reduce the U.S. ability to shape events” in the world, “they couldn’t find a better way than depriving the U.S. fleet of Tomahawks. It’s breathtaking.”

Flora Duh on March 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Flora Duh on March 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM

That’s exactly what they’re doing.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Flora Duh on March 25, 2014

..the politburo press is quiet about it!…thanks for the link!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

kringeesmom on March 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM

An excellent idea! Will only make it even better than it already is. ; )

Bmore on March 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Obama has backed himself into a corner over Ukraine

The realities and implications of Obama’s ‘sanctions’ of Russia, a $2Trillion economy that supplies a third of Europe’s trade. Russia would immediately shift trade to Asia. The US holds as much Russian debt as UK and Germany combined and Russia would almost certainly default in retaliation for sanctions causing immediate plunge into global recession. Jobs around the world would be lost. Investor capital around the world invested in Russia and Russian interests would be marked down as worth… zero.

Example of ripple effect: Russia supplies 1/3 of titanium used in Boeing jets alone, for instance. Titanium is also core metal for medical devices.

Germany would lose about 300,000 jobs almost overnight.

Britain serves as financial sector for Europe. Germany manufactures trade goods and vehicles. France holds defense contracts. All would be severely impacted by Russian retaliation over sanctions.

Russia exports 7 million barrels of oil per day. Global “spare oil capacity” is only 2 million barrels per day. If Russia stops exporting oil to the west, or sanctions end that export, the US production may not be robust enough to replace those lost millions of barrels per day. If oil prices suddenly increase dramatically manufacturing, the price of gas and transportation, etc. sky rocket.

Obama has sought to weaponize the United States financial sector rather than use traditional military force. The effects and implications of this tactic are only beginning to be understood as those in the public and private sectors scramble to assess the ramifications and risks of this form of warfare on the global economy.

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM

In honor of the “Experience Hendrix” Tour of Monster Guitarists I Saw Last Week…….Believe It Or Not – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Outplayed Clapton on His Version Of This…..

williamg on March 25, 2014 at 1:45 AM

I have noticed lately that Eric has put his Paul Newman Daytona Rolex (he has at least two 6263 and 6239) back into the safe and now wears a vararity of newer models like the one in your attached video.

HonestLib on March 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Obama has sought to weaponize the United States financial sector rather than use traditional military force. The effects and implications of this tactic are only beginning to be understood as those in the public and private sectors scramble to assess the ramifications and risks of this form of warfare on the global economy.

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM

All so true, but it must be augmented with the fact that Putin could at any time hook up with the Chinese and replace the US dollar from the oil trade.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Bmore, you can add jim56 to the list. It’s resurrected banned libwit jimbo3. He a total fascist lawyer who wouldn’t hesitate to use lawfare to destroy every aspect of your liberty and opportunity. Ignore the thin facade of geniality, there is a raging Stalinist right under the surface.

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