Russian military action in Ukraine would be 'grave mistake': U.S.

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AnLaN wrote:

There is a majority of Russian people in the Crimea, does Kerry think Russia will ignore that? This looks very close to the Ossetia situation in Georgia and Russia needs its strategic warm water black sea port navy port. Without this port Russian naval power could be severely limited. Headline: Massive military exercise in western Russia spills over into the crimea due to threats to Russian majority from Ukrainian militants.

Feb 26, 2014 7:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zoinkers123 wrote:

USA world police still?

Feb 26, 2014 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcasvasdfasd wrote:

Russia should be scared of the West, all corrupt dictators like putin should be afraid. The ideology of freedom and democracy will ALWAYS WIN

Feb 26, 2014 7:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:

Quicker the West and free people of the World boot out these commies the better.

Feb 26, 2014 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jingan wrote:

It is Russia’s border and area of influence, regardless what Kerry says, Russia will protect their stance in area as well its citizens.

“The Wig” is delusional as usual, frankly pointing finger and warnings form biggest world aggressor is simply ridiculous.

Feb 26, 2014 8:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

Actually, I think it is the EU and US who have made a very grave mistake, bringing on the threat of a Great Power confrontation in Ukraine. See http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ for an entirely different assessment of the situation.

Obviously, Russia has too much skin in the game.

Obviously, we, the 99% don’t need this.

Feb 26, 2014 8:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ronryegadfly wrote:

I don’t know how we are going to lend Ukraine 1 billion dollars when our government is broke. Perhaps Reuters means China is lending them money as a charity to the USA.

Feb 26, 2014 8:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CaladanMan wrote:

The troops from Afghanistan need to go somewhere. I think that there will be a push for a new Crimean War on both sides.

Feb 26, 2014 8:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4sight2020 wrote:

will obama draw another of his invisible lines in the sand like in syria? russia will do whatever they want and obama will hear about it from a golf course.

Feb 26, 2014 8:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

NUTS………..
We need to mind our own business.
“Ugly Americans, in spades(no pun intended).

Feb 26, 2014 8:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ChrisHerz wrote:

You think the campaigns of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Suvarov, Kutuzov, Vatutin and Zhukov were fought for nothing? Russia must control Ukraine, in fact Kiev is the motherland of all Russia.
American elites are as stupid as they are greedy, but you would think Europeans might know better. Or are our policy types just more of what caused the disasters of 1914?

Feb 26, 2014 8:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
geneNY wrote:

First I wanted to retort to xcasvasdfasd:

Please give me the definition of Freedom and Democracy, Not sure where are you from but I am from NY usa and let me tell you there is no freedom , nor democracy here, Dictators like Putin maybe corrupt but so as many politicians here in the states and worldwide.

With that said, ukraine is half and half, as a matter of fact if it wasnt for Stalin ukraine as we know today would not be on the world map.
Talking about protesters, why is it that when 40% percent of population and couple of thousand protesters can decide the fate of the rest 60% of population? I think its counter “Democratic”

Our beautiful country is too much, why give money to countries like Egypt, Ukraine or anyone else for that matter when here at home our financial situation is bleak? We are 9,000 miles away from Ukraine.. Russia is only 200 miles away so why is it that we stick our noses in to Ukraine? They got nothing that we need, except for their land for us to use to build another military base,

Feb 26, 2014 8:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JakobStagg wrote:

So what will King Pinocchio do? Invade Ukraine? Drone the daylights out of Russia? I got it. He’ll export Obamacare to Russia and destroy them along with us.

Feb 26, 2014 8:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bumsteer wrote:

“For a country that has spoken out so frequently … against foreign intervention in Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere, it would be important for them to heed those warnings as they think about options in the sovereign nation of Ukraine,”

And what has the U.S. done regarding this? …..”Directly intervened” in both those and every other situation. Our hypocrisy is so rampant, we don’t even stop to think before speaking.

Feb 26, 2014 8:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

OK US, take care of your own poor. Try to get your social system in order. It’ll take trillions but the benefits will outweigh your global dick-waving policies many times over. Be a self centered-country and leave anybody else alone. You can’t conquer the world. No way.

Feb 26, 2014 8:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

OK US, take care of your own poor. Try to get your social system in order. It’ll take trillions but the benefits will outweigh your global dick-waving policies many times over. Be a self centered-country and leave anybody else alone. You can’t conquer the world. No way.

Feb 26, 2014 8:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rogerthat1945 wrote:

For the chaotic and death-dealing `Interventions` globally by the USA on other peoples continents since invading Vietnam, all the way to Iraq (and causing breakdowns in places like Libya etc) how can the US government expect people to swallow their line about objecting to Russia being involved in a country where millions of their citizens reside on their doorstep? Is there a mental illness in Washington?

Feb 26, 2014 8:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BraveNewWrld wrote:

US SoS J. Kerry:
>I don’t think it’s enough to be heralding the advent of democracy and applaud the courage and conviction of the people who brought about this transition

Mr. Kerry, are you joking? Are you in control of your mind? Are you indeed applaud the advent of the NEW DEMOCRACY (TM)? The one that does not imply that if the democratically elected government is not to your liking, you should express your discontent at the ballot box? That until then, you are supposed to respect and support the government elected by the majority of your compatriots?

You welcome the advent of the NEW DEMOCRACY (TM),where instead you take to the streets, destroy property and start killing employees of the elected government, such as cops?

Dear Mr. Kerry, tell us the truth: would YOU like to live in such a democracy? Would YOU wish such NEW DEMOCRACY (TM) to your kids and grandkids? Do you not understand that if you’ll let this NEW DEMOCRACY out – and that is exactly what you and your State Department colleagues seem to be doing – there will be simply NO WAY of getting it back into the bottle? That, perhaps not tomorrow, but after tomorrow, blood might spill in other countries, including this country, when an angry mob will come to tear apart the glorious and much hated 1%?

Feb 26, 2014 8:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

This is not Roxy IV?? Then what cheap 80′s movie is this like, 2010? Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?

Feb 26, 2014 8:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

Without Russian market, Ukrainian economy is a giant wormhole for US and EU credits. Good luck with that!

Feb 26, 2014 8:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

Or what Obama? You will just sit on your incompetent hands like you did when Russian tanks rolled into Georgia and you know it, we know it, and Vladimir Putin knows it. Best just to shut Kerry’s mouth before Putin humiliates you again.

Feb 26, 2014 8:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse

This rapidly deteriorating Ukraine situation has the makings of one of those international none-of-your-business events that happen from time to time which somehow almost accidentally result in big wars between powerful opposing sides, this time the America/Europe alliance versus Russia — increasingly trigger-happy nuclear powers with lots and lots of nuclear-armed missiles, submarines and fighter bombers: Not much different to the two world wars fought last century because of political and military miscalculations and misunderstandings by everybody involved.
Unfortunately, history shows it’s human nature to do such stupid things.

Feb 26, 2014 8:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse

This rapidly deteriorating Ukraine situation has the makings of one of those international none-of-your-business events that happen from time to time which somehow almost accidentally result in big wars between powerful opposing sides, this time the America/Europe alliance versus Russia — increasingly trigger-happy nuclear powers with lots and lots of nuclear-armed missiles, submarines and fighter bombers: Not much different to the two world wars fought last century because of political and military miscalculations and misunderstandings by everybody involved.
Unfortunately, history shows it’s human nature to do such stupid things.

Feb 26, 2014 8:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

This morning, the Reuters Ukrainian comments were filled with right-wing blather against Russia and Putin. I suggested that they were US government operatives (either one or several masquerading as many). Paid for by our tax dollars through organizations like JTRIG (see Glenn Greenwald’s https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/ )

This evening, there doesn’t seem to be much of that slant. Maybe they went home for dinner? Just a day job?

Feb 26, 2014 8:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

And what is the US going to do about it? Another long range, trillion dollar war, throwing away so-called heroes?

Feb 26, 2014 9:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cleveland2012 wrote:

Sending warnings to Moscow is not the right action to take. Unless, of course, you want Putin to invade the Ukraine. And calling Putin a schoolboy in the back of the class who is sulking, like President Obama said, that was shocking in its ineptitude.

If one is honest about Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya, one will see US involvement in those places as a kind of traveling circus. That is why we do not need to start a war with Russia. Those involvements were not thought out well, and that is the plain truth. A ramshackle plan without a clear exit strategy, and a bill for a gazillion dollars, financed by debt, is not going to work anymore.

Feb 26, 2014 9:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

Wasn’t there a Cuban crisis when Russians got too close for comfort into the US sphere of influence? So if now the Russians would do likewise in the Ukraine and would protect their kinfolks in Crimea it wouldn’t be too much of a difference, would it? Although there were not too many Americans in Cuba to protect, save a few in Guantanamo.

Feb 26, 2014 11:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

Obama has no passion for anything of substance. His overt socialism and bullying he saves for Americans. To the rest of the world, he rattles his wee saber and squeaks threats.

Feb 27, 2014 1:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
SCARTAGLEN wrote:

Three Cheers for Russia, for standing up to the Bully Boys of America. Soon, Russia will carry out its God Given Role of invading the Middle East, and attacking Israel-as described in detail in Chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel, in the Bible

Feb 27, 2014 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ehk wrote:

US Secretary of State John Kerry (aka Cohn, Lurch) has to keep his big mouth shut, period; same for Barry Soetoro (aka Obama). The entire US Gov’t has to keep its big mouth shut when it comes to sovereignty of other nations; put itself in the other nations’ shoes, period.

Barry & Co. would be the first to howl and screech about interference if Russia behaved in the same manner; so, guys, put yourself in Russia’s shoes and mind your own business. You have problems right here at home all the way up to your eyeballs; so, clean up your own backyard before mouthing off about any other nation’s backyard. Got it?

Feb 27, 2014 7:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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