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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Is Hagfish wanting to discuss AllahPundit’s analysis of the QOTD tonight?

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

New chick character on NCIS (replacing Ziva David)!!!

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Ah … OC beat me to it …

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Anybody home.

RickB on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Not Twerp.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Is Hagfish wanting to discuss AllahPundit’s analysis of the QOTD tonight?

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Have you ever seen those two in the same room at the same time?

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Obama has no balls

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

The USA is bent over

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Transforming…..

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Have you ever seen those two in the same room at the same time?

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

No I haven’t…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Welcome to Utopia

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

OPEN BAR TONIGHT–Customer Relations!!!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Transforming…..

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Are you a good warlock or a bad warlock?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

AP does no analysis, just quotes. And we are the Rude Buffoons…

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, Loons and Trolls…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Now that Twerp is a delegate do I still get to hang out with her in the peanut gallery and make funny animal noises?

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, Loons and Trolls…

Yes?

Doc Holliday on March 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Only if’n y’all are really REALLY good

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hey what’s that funny smell? Oh, it’s Ratso…

Doc Holliday on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I’ll take a Zima for cozmo and one yard of cold Corona beer for me.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Doc Holliday on March 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Still laughing my ass off over the Washington mom…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Are you a good warlock or a bad warlock?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Depends…

Do I keep my right to say what is good for me…?

or is that up for debate in the Supreme Court?

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

“It’s [the] eleventh hour for Russians, and for anybody else, to reconsider.”…
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canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I was at lunch w/ some of the Husband’s friends(and the Husband)and we were discussing the convention.
There are MANY parliamentary rules.

*And I reeeeally want to get on FB right now.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I wonder how President Obama is taking all the stress of….his NCAA Bracket going down in flames?

libfreesMom on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

A man returning to Canada from Liberia is seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, health officials have said.

The man has been placed in solitary confinement pending the expected results on Tuesday of tests on his condition. His family are in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, the local health ministry said in a statement.

http://news.yahoo.com/possible-ebola-case-canada-health-official-232704327.html

DisneyFan on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

[slides Sparky one Zima and one Corona...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hey what’s that funny smell? Oh, it’s Ratso…

Doc Holliday on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ratso still reeks. He seems to hate it too, and has slowed down licking his fur…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Retweeted by NATOSource
Eurasia Center ‏@ACEurasia 6h

#Ukraine hikes defense spending amid #Crimea crisis, expands arms exports @defense_news http://bit.ly/1lgMe8P

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140322/DEFREG01/303220026/Ukraine-Hikes-Defense-Spending-Amid-Crimea-Crisis-Expands-Arms-Exports

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Thanks Newtie…was hoping you’d link to Gypsy Woman,
one of my favorite tunes ever.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

libfreesMom on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

He probably locked himself in a bathroom on AF-1 for the duration…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Not Twerp.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Right you are, twerk you are.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Obama is a punk. Putey knows it.

So he’s nag-slappin’ Barry all over Eurasia–cuz he knows he can.

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Todd, sometimes you scare me… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Monkees – I’m a Believer

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Awww, C’mon here…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

When it comes to a choice between Zima and Corona, neither are worth drinking.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

So throwing zucchinis are prohibited? What about spit wads?

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I wonder how President Obama is taking all the stress of….his NCAA Bracket going down in flames?

libfreesMom on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Remember Pee Wee Herman?

Yeah..

Obama has a new play toy to keep him occupied..

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’m one of these.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Have you tried dusting him down with confectioners sugar? Maple syrup? Chocolate syrup? He’s probably bored with the taste about now…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Le Oops:

Yulia:
https://twitter.com/YuliaTymoshenko

Ukrainian Updates ‏@Ukroblogger 11h

#Tymoshenko confirms *leaked call.* Except she never meant to harm #Russians:’#Russians in #Ukraine are #Ukrainians.’ pic.twitter.com/ICCrt4HkMz
==========================

Ukrainian Updates ‏@Ukroblogger 12h

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9xF0Q1poY4 … #Tymoshenko: ‘Time to take arms & go wack those damn Russkies & their leader’ (leaked call) #Ukraine #Russia #Crimea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9xF0Q1poY4

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Ratso still reeks. He seems to hate it too, and has slowed down licking his fur…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Have you tried baking soda?

kringeesmom on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I’ll take a Zima for cozmo and one yard of cold Corona beer for me.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Every Summer my family and I spend a week at the Joisey Shore.
It is a tradition of mine to purchase 2 cases of Corona
upon arrival. They are the Breaking of the ice to start
the week.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

w that Twerp is a delegate do I still get to hang out with her in the peanut gallery and make funny animal noises? SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Can you imitate a dead giraffe?

wolly4321 on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Do I keep my right to say what is good for me…?

or is that up for debate in the Supreme Court?

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Chief Justice Benedict Roberts has set a firm precedent that any action — or, more importantly, inaction — on your part is now considered a federal tax.

So, no, there’s not even a debate about it anymore …

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

We used to call that infamous location in Sarasota, FL, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Have you tried dusting him down with confectioners sugar? Maple syrup? Chocolate syrup? He’s probably bored with the taste about now…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I am leaving the Ratso cleanup fiasco to the boss. Far be it for me to try my kerosene…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Remember Pee Wee Herman?

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

His favorite Holiday is coming up…Palm Sunday.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’d shoot rubber bands…if I wasn’t all but guaranteed to hit myself.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

It is a tradition of mine to purchase 2 cases of Corona
upon arrival. They are the Breaking of the ice to start
the week.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

So what does everybody else drink? ;)

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

kringeesmom on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I had suggested baking soda and hydrogen peroxide the Night It Happened…OC got off lucky–Dear Mrs OC, not so much…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Have you tried baking soda?

kringeesmom on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I am sure they have. I ain’t here for Ratso’s experimental baths…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Welcome back Allah.

Question, do you think it is ironic that the resident atheist blogger is the favorite here?

Must be your wit…

Barred on March 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I’m one of these.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

ALT: Thats a relief,..it could be worse,…like a Tasmanian Devil,
or worse’er’er,…like a Honey-Badger!-(sarc):)

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

When it comes to a choice between Zima and Corona, neither are worth drinking.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

This from a guy who fights his cat over the water in the cat bowl…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

New chick character on NCIS (replacing Ziva David)!!!

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Say it’s not true! No one can replace Ziva!

claudius on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Maybe, if’n you play him last night’s dedication, he won’t notice it so much…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I am sure they have. I ain’t here for Ratso’s experimental baths…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

OC: For the love of ahems,…Gawd,..don’t use bath-salts!!:)

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

It’s your fault.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

…OC got off lucky–Dear Mrs OC, not so much…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

OC got off reall lucky. he is sleeping on an air mattress on the basement floor of an 1882 year old house with a temp of 52. THANK God for electric blankets…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Which is preferable to either of those.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Welcome back, Allah! Glad to see you back!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Which is preferable to either of those.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Probably also explains your frequent pantslessness… <— Insert shocked look here…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Say it’s not true! No one can replace Ziva!

claudius on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Sad to say, but yes (apologies if I spoiled it for some).

Agreed — Ziva was my favorite character on that show.

[Her replacement's name is Bishop ...]

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Evening All

Nice to see Allahpundit back.

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Nice.

Jaibones on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I played that pussy song for the family. Some were scandalized, LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

f Justice Benedict Roberts has set a firm precedent that any action —or, more importantly, inaction —on your part is now considered a federal tax. So, no, there’s not even a debate about it anymore … ShainS on March

Goes back farther than that. Something about growing wheat for chickens…

And price controls.

wolly4321 on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Two words, OC–Down Comforter

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

OC got off reall lucky. he is sleeping on an air mattress on the basement floor of an 1882 year old house with a temp of 52. THANK God for electric blankets…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I did not realize that there were and one thousand eight hundred and eighty two year old houses in America… <— Insert maniacal laughter here…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

… an 1882 year old house …

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Holy cow! A teepee?

;-)

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The Monkees ———– Nancy Sinatra…..um, is that what Benadryl does to you LOL

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Jaibones on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Thank you, JB!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

So what does everybody else drink? ;)

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Jameson (separately).

Jaibones on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Two words, OC–Down Comforter

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I am welcome to sleep with Ratso & Co. upstairs, I just don’t want to smell that yet…
I wear a down parka down there.

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

May I have a chocolate malt please.

kringeesmom on March 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

So what does everybody else drink? ;)

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Jameson (separately).

Jaibones on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I prefer Stones Arrogant Bastard ale, though sometimes a shot of Jameson in my coffee is nice…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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?

Michael Brendan Dougherty, http://theweek.com

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“. . . . . there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace, and you can have it in the next second … ‘surrender’.”

-Ronald Reagan

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Thank you … “Ronaldus Magnus
.
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HEY ! . . . MIKE DOUGHERTY ! . . . How d’ya like THEM “apples”?

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

i just watched the end of charlie rose on bloomberg…with the Rusky’s guy at the UN

He basically told old charlie that the US should mind its own business and manage its Debt…Russia is Rising!

charlie looked like he was getting nervous at the end…mumbling something about appearances

i don’t think charlie is up for another cold war with Eurasia

r keller on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

So what does everybody else drink? ;)

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Well let’s see……my Wife and my Sister-in-law drink
a wide variety of Smirnoff ice products, Absolute Citron Vodka,
and Little Penguin wine….

I bring Tequila, Jack Daniels, Canadian Club, and Myers Rum.
This year my Brother-in-law is bringing his Home brewed beer
for the first time…I had some the other weekend. Pretty good
actually.

I may break down, and bring some Rumplemintz this year…

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

So what does everybody else drink? ;)

predator on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

In this economy … I’ve been reduced to rubbing alcohol.

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual

Newtie —- you are killing me

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

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…
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https://twitter.com/NATOSource

March 24, 2014
NATO Commander Warns of Russian Threat to Separatist Moldova Region
By Washington Post and Reuters
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Full Text: Washington Post
Full Text: Reuters
Full Text: Reuters

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. . . .

In Brussels, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, said Russia had assembled a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border that could be planning to head for Moldova’s separatist Transnistria region, more than 300 miles away. . . .

“There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome,” Breedlove said. . . .

In Washington, a senior Defense Department official said it was “difficult to know what [Russia's] intent is; they’re not exactly being transparent.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities.

During a conversation Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian troops on the Ukrainian border were merely conducting a regular “spring” exercise and that Russia had no intention of sending the forces across the international line, the U.S. official said.

But at the same time, the official said, “They have enough troops close enough and, most likely, ready enough that we would have very little notice” if they decided to move farther outside Russia.

From Reuters: Breedlove said NATO was very concerned about the threat to Transdniestria, which he said, in Russia’s view, was the “next place where Russian-speaking people may need to be incorporated.”

From Reuters: The speaker of Transdniestria’s parliament has urged Russia to incorporate the region, which lies to the west of Ukraine. . . (More……)
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http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/nato-commander-warns-of-russian-threat-to-separatist-moldova-region

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

C’mon, ya’ll know what I meant. Gimmee a break, I have had a few beers…

OmahaConservative on March 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual

Newtie —- you are killing me

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

CoffeeLover: Evening CL:)

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

claudius on March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

When it comes to eye candy, she beats the Mossad chic. Haven’t decided between her and the shot in the head chic, yet.

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Could be. Which is still preferable to what those other two cause…a strong desire to go to San Francisco.

cozmo on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

…B I S H O P …!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Hello my friend from the Great North :) I was beginning to think I was invisible.

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

This same Washington Post? Say it isn’t so canopfor… <—- Insert truly genuinely shocked look here…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Anybody check on the gilled one?

The Palin thread apparently caused a twisting of the
Medulla Oblongata.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Did I miss something? What happened to Ratso?

The new girl has been on NCIS for several weeks now.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

CoffeeLover on March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

You know me… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Tiny Tim – Tiptoe Through The Tulips

/Newtie and the Beauty

ShainS on March 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

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