Western governments see continuing Russian buildup on Ukraine border

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Rationalista wrote:

Be sure to thank your low information and narcissistic self absorbed single issue voters for these priceless moments…

Remind them every chance you get that Lenin described them as “useful idiots”…

Mar 26, 2014 5:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thudbits wrote:

Obama relies on the rule of law regarding the Russians violating it, but ignores the law domestically.

Mar 26, 2014 5:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
recalcitrant wrote:

Western governments see what they want to see so they can trigger WW III.

Mar 26, 2014 5:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kimwal wrote:

Obama said, “not to worry”. He is fighting them with words. Now I feel safe.

Mar 26, 2014 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ronpatriot wrote:

If Russia did to Mexico what we did to Ukraine, I imagine we would behave similarly to the way the Russians have. Its not exactly like the Cuban missile crisis, but there are parallels.

Mar 26, 2014 6:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Travlnmn41 wrote:

Once they hear 0webama has a phone and a pen, they’ll flee for their lives.

Mar 26, 2014 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wbwilhite wrote:

If the Russians are going to unify the Russian people under Moscow, they had better move quickly. Why wait for their opponents to develop a meaningful response? They must blitzkrieg the situation or lose their opportunity forever.

Mar 26, 2014 6:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Russia is going to keep going. If you don’t want to join them, they won’t fire a bullet they just will refuse to sell you natural gas or other forms of energy. What are people supposed to do? Look to the EU for help? Every country is tapped out in terms of finance. It’s over.
Cuba, Nicaragua and other South American countries have and continue to have military bases being built by the Russians, as well as the Chinese buying up farmland. This isn’t about money but power. Power is what they want. Two different mindsets are battling, tanks and planes aren’t needed in WW3.

Mar 26, 2014 6:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlbertG wrote:

I wonder if the citizens of Taiwan are feeling good about their future?

Mar 26, 2014 6:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MichaelH1838 wrote:

We must ALL realize that Obama knows exactly what he’s doing, and is dealing with the situation as only a very well-versed leader could do. He’ll have them eating out of his hand shortly…even if it takes the threat of a “red line”, or sanctioning some Russians to do it.
Phew! Glad I got that nonsense out of my system. Fact is Obama hasn’t got a clue what to do, since he isn’t recognized as the great “Community Organizer”

Mar 26, 2014 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sstrek wrote:

“we oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation” – With scathing comments such as this from our slacker Pres, it’s hard to believe Putin wouldn’t back down.

Mar 26, 2014 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RNP24 wrote:

Didn’t a certain someone say to a certain other person (Russian) “wait until after I am reelected” ?

Mar 26, 2014 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chris_Colon wrote:

Nothing to worry about. I know that Putin fears Obama. Putin is just a regional power. Most Americans, including the Main stream media (MSM), the intellegencia, academia and European Socialists know that we all want peace. Obama the Messiah works in mysterious ways.

Mar 26, 2014 6:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

“But the portents are potentially ominous. “No one’s ruling out the possibility of additional Russian military aggression,” one U.S. official said.”

There has been NO Russian military aggression. The people of Crimea overwhelmingly voted to secede and join Russia.

For the corrupt Washington politicians to keep declaring Russia “took over” Crimea is no more than an abysmal lie.

Attacking or invading a country is exemplified not by referendums, but blatant aggression of the type the US displayed in Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Bosnia.

Well, this time, many of us are not buying the demonization and lies.

While this country is spying on every citizen, watering down our military with sick social engineering, and engaging in the interference in the sovereignty of other countries, millions of us have decided to quit supporting all of it.

And to make matters worse, the present president and his AG despises white Americans, their culture and their history as Rep. Allen West has candidly informed us. This president is also constantly committing illegalities, supporting only the laws he wants and refusing to support those he doesn’t like.

We ARE NOT about to support this government when it has shown every indication of transitioning into a black run dictatorship like the one in South Africa right now where the white citizenry are being demonized and hated.

Mar 26, 2014 6:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tex-007 wrote:

30,000 “people”? People? You mean lawyers and bakers and candlestick makers? Or maybe, just maybe, you mean TROOPS?

Mar 26, 2014 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I was wondering why I saw so few comments on a topic that is of much interest to news junkies.

Then I noticed the following notification: “Your post is pending approval. Published comments can be removed if they do not meet our standards.”

And their “standards?” Bigoted political correctness of course whose basic policy is to submerge the truth.

Without censorship these dregs would drown.

Mar 26, 2014 6:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tex-007 wrote:

30,000 “people”? You mean, like, 30,000 community organizers?

Mar 26, 2014 6:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chris_Colon wrote:

Mr. Obama is a veritable Alexander the Great. We in the Main Stream Media liken the Messiah to William the Conqueror or Napoleon Bonaparte. In fact, we help make obama failures appear to be successes. We believe that Putin is scared of Obama. Putin is just a regional power. Obama said it and we will promote it as true. Therefore Putin will never take Ukraine. At least not until the US military becomes weak and we have a Republican administration. Then we can blame the Republicans for not having the guts to go after Putin.

Mar 26, 2014 6:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dryden01 wrote:

Surely the usual pandering left wing progressive suspects will concoct a spin to fit the Crimean incursion and land grab and congratulate President Obama for essentially doing nothing about it. Next the left will use this precedence to encourage the Mexican military to mass along the US border, move into Southern California, and hold a vote among the illegal Mexicans in L.A. to see if they want California to be annexed and returned to Mexico.

Mar 26, 2014 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pondboy wrote:

Its hard to remember that your objective was to drain the swamp when your up to your ass in Alligators!..And its nothing personal or racist but down here folks of a darker skin tone want nothing to do with Gators they being as trouble like Mr Putin and all!

Mar 26, 2014 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yeshi wrote:

cc

Mar 26, 2014 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
vladpuotin wrote:

The Pres just needs to have one of his famous beer summits. Challenge Putin to a winner takes all drinking contest, Good ole Obama being the Mans Man that he is would prevail.

Mar 26, 2014 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yeshi wrote:

“I drew a red line and you better not cross it or I will be forced to draw a new one, you don’t want to make me use four teleprompters do you”

Mar 26, 2014 6:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Executus wrote:

Still a far cry from the millions of men Russia had in its army during World War II, Obama still laughable.

Mar 26, 2014 6:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
montysimmons wrote:

Open letter to my Russian Friends:

Please do not believe all Americans are as ignorant as President Obama. We all known how ignorant President Obama is and that President Obama is the dumbest person in any room he walks into.

President Obama also knows he is the dumbest person in any room he walks into. Obama is are affirmative action president.

Putin sounds like the “Abraham Lincoln” of the Soviet Union except Putin has not killed women and children like Lincoln did.

Good luck my Russian friends and do us a favor . . . just keep Obama as you official Court Jester.

Thank you and God Bless.

Mar 26, 2014 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HappyG wrote:

China will soon take Taiwan…and Obama will recoil into the fetal position once again…He lost his ‘cred’ in 2009 when he left the Iranian rebels to die in the streets of Teheran…Words matter Obo…and your words get people killed.

Mar 26, 2014 6:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HappyG wrote:

China will soon take Taiwan…and Obama will recoil into the fetal position once again…He lost his ‘cred’ in 2009 when he left the Iranian rebels to die in the streets of Teheran…Words matter Obo…and your words get people killed.

Mar 26, 2014 6:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YouDude60 wrote:

I feel like I am watching my father’s cardiologist describe his chest pains to him. And my reaction is:

1. Yes, I too am witnessing his perilous condition
2. Yes, I agree this is not good.
3. I agree that if nothing further happens he might survive

But what I am here for is HELP. If you, Doctor, cannot provide this, then please get out of our way as you are wasting his precious time.

Mar 26, 2014 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I dare you to post that comment I just submitted, Reuters censors! I’m bettin’ you won’t!

Mar 26, 2014 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimtwans wrote:

Watch it, Obama has a loaded pen.

Mar 26, 2014 7:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lucinda777 wrote:

Obama looks exhausted and shockingly weak. His thoughts are disconnected and he rambles in bizarre circles when he speaks. His skin is ashen and his lips have a blue cast. At times – such as during his recent interview with Bob Costas – he appears to be highly medicated and giddy. People are talking about this. The media is trying to ignore it, but Obama’s weak, emaciated appearance is rapidly becoming the 500 pound gorilla in the room.

Mar 26, 2014 7:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ded2me2 wrote:

Stay out of this. Who cares about Ukraine. Honestly, if I were Putin I would put the military on the border also. It makes sense. No one batted an eye when the USA put it’s bases all along the borders of other nations, why all of a sudden is this some kind of problem. USA invaded Iraq, took it over and held an election. “WOO! New dawn for democracy!” Everyone shouted. Crimea holds an election under the same circumstances and overwhelmingly passes Russian takeover. And then you hear the talking heads on the news saying “OMG! LOOK AT THESE TYRANTS!”

Mar 26, 2014 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mortadella wrote:

Putin sees a vacuum and will fill it. Obama speaks volumes but carries a small stick. Putin understands this and will take advantage. The Baltics are watching closely. If Putin is successful in subjugating Ukraine he will ponder testing NATO but massing at the border with the Baltic countries. Obama’s inept foreign policy is dangerous and could lead to a wider war. History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes. The current situation rhymes with many periods preceding conflict. Si vis pacem, para bellum

Mar 26, 2014 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Demlies wrote:

Does anyone really think Putin will not invade Ukraine? This pathetic looking sap, Obama lacks all credibility

Mar 26, 2014 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
R-WOOD wrote:

What no “slaughtering”……..yet ?

Mar 26, 2014 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HalfAsked wrote:

Sounds like the Sudetenland/Austria/Czechoslovakia gambit.

No one stopped Hitler, no one will stop Putin.

The British had a weasel in charge in 1938………..

Mar 26, 2014 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
billnorris wrote:

He who forgets history are doomed to repeat mistakes. we are seeing a 1938-39 power land grab played out by a Russian this time.

Mar 26, 2014 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Maxwells wrote:

I’ll bet Ukraine is sure glad they made that deal with the US to give up their Nukes in exchange for that “Strategic Partnership” where the US would support and protect Ukraine …how’s that Obama promise working out for ya?

Mar 26, 2014 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TweedleDoodle wrote:

I don’t think so. The alleged 30,000 infantry men make 2 to 3 fully equipped divisions. Spread over 1,000 km of the Russia-Ukraine border. For comparison, Hitler amassed over 200 divisions in 1941.

Mar 26, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geeebers wrote:

A picture is worth a thousand words… And, I’ll say this picture makes him look pathetic, and unpresidential. With that said, I believe that Putin is a better President, and knows how to be one! So much for leading from behind!

Mar 26, 2014 7:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
watash60 wrote:

and obama continues talking

Mar 26, 2014 7:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cooldela wrote:

Obama should hit Putin with his Nobel Peace Medal. That would end all this and Putin would run off home.

Mar 26, 2014 7:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ctuton wrote:

Adversary troop deployment numbers in preparation for war published by the mainstream press can not be believed. Remember Iraq/Kuwait.

Mar 26, 2014 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
vatodio wrote:

Iran is nearing is goal of becoming nuclear nation.
Syria is still killing its civilians.
Egypt and Libya’s Spring has turned into HOT summer.
Putin invades Ukraine as Romney predicted in 2012.

BUT, but, but the World loves and RSPECTs (Obama’s spelling) us!

At home:
Unemployment is down because people gave up looking for work and Boomers are retiring.
The job growth is not enough if adjusted for population growth.

Economy is anemic with less than 2% growth – in spite of 862 Billions in Stimulus I and Trillions in QE money (basically funny money).

Largest ever Food-stamp/welfare roll in the history of America – even after 5 years at the throne.

Gas prices almost double (even in the winter) than during Bush Presidency.

Still, Obama is the smartest and greatest President ever!
Only in America, a failed, inexperienced, incompetent, narcissistic and spineless would be hailed with such accolades.
Sorry, I take that back. The Scandinavians gave him a Nobel prize, just because!

Finally, the seeds sown by the 1960s hippy generation are coming to fruition.

Mar 26, 2014 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
comoncents wrote:

NATO where are you? NATO needs to counter this with call-ups and alerts in NATO counties and push back a little bit even if it is all for show. This is how the game is played.

No response–then it confirms what I have always thought about NATO–sole purpose is to get Americans to pay for EU defense. I say we leave NATO and choose our own battles.

Mar 26, 2014 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ctuton wrote:

Demlies wrote: “Does anyone really think Putin will not invade Ukraine?”

Putin? Do you mean Russia? Not without provocation. The grass-roots movement to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia will be most likely spread and democracy will take over.

Naturally, democracy is fully compatible with Western foreign policy so there should be no Western objections as the people in these regions vote peacefully and democratically to rejoin Russia.

Mar 26, 2014 7:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

They may well move into Eastern Ukraine. They lost 20 million people in WW2 because of a weak western border and don’t intend to let that happen again. They also remember that Bush wanted NATO troops in the Ukraine.

Mar 26, 2014 7:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Methadras wrote:

There is nothing Urkle can do. Nothing. He couldn’t do a thing when he told Medvedev that he would be more flexible when he got re-elected. He couldn’t do a thing when he acted on a US/Russian relations reset. The Russians just look at him like a joke. A giant, moronic joke. The bear is eating the eagle right now and there isn’t much there to chew on.

Mar 26, 2014 7:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RobDob wrote:

Putin continues buildup. Dofuss contnues cowardice. So what’s the story here? Tell us something we don’t already know, or haven’t already anticipated. Does reuters think that All Americans are stupid? No we’re not; just the ones touring China.

Mar 26, 2014 7:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aranhas wrote:

Duh! What do they think Russia is going to do with those troops. They’ve got Obama’s number. What is he going to do? Throw his Nobel Peace Prize at them? They had a file on Obama when he was a Senator and they know how much toilet paper he uses on the john. The only question is how far they can push Obama before he feels he has to show he is a “man” and sends young kids to their death to prove his macho. I think Putin knows exactly how many countries he can take over, just as Hitler had Chamberlain all figured out. Three more years.

Mar 26, 2014 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aranhas wrote:

Duh! What do they think Russia is going to do with those troops. They’ve got Obama’s number. What is he going to do? Throw his Nobel Peace Prize at them? They had a file on Obama when he was a Senator and they know how much toilet paper he uses on the john. The only question is how far they can push Obama before he feels he has to show he is a “man” and sends young kids to their death to prove his macho. I think Putin knows exactly how many countries he can take over, just as Hitler had Chamberlain all figured out. Three more years.

Mar 26, 2014 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aranhas wrote:

Duh! What do they think Russia is going to do with those troops. They’ve got Obama’s number. What is he going to do? Throw his Nobel Peace Prize at them? They had a file on Obama when he was a Senator and they know how much toilet paper he uses on the john. The only question is how far they can push Obama before he feels he has to show he is a “man” and sends young kids to their death to prove his macho. I think Putin knows exactly how many countries he can take over, just as Hitler had Chamberlain all figured out. Three more years.

Mar 26, 2014 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MalikAbuNidal wrote:

Putin rightly sees the US military as a defeated, run-down and demoralized Hollow-Force, being increasingly run as a social program for gays and little girls and being led by a lightweight, effete “community organizer” who’s never even been in a fist fight let alone fired a gun.

Mar 26, 2014 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
op36a wrote:

The Obamunist has turned the USA the world’s new paper tiger. The results are blossoming.

Russia is building it’s military back up with $$$ it makes from oil. China’s building it’s military up with $$$ it makes from the ‘Made in China’ c rap we buy.

Meanwhile, the Obamunist and his minions are working 24/7 to bring down America from within, by reducing our nation’s security with his plan to make our armed forces as small and weak as they were prior to WWII. He has already been firing good and competent generals and replacing them with second rate PC ‘yes’ men.

Further, the Obamunist’s economic policies are sliding the USA down to the level of Detroit with outrageous spending. Yet, he refuses to let us produce more self-reliant oil creating jobs. Instead, he encourages illegals to run amuck but treats Americans like 2nd class citizens.

What are we doing?

BTW: The US Army was the about the same size as Costa Rica’s prior to WWll.

Mar 26, 2014 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sarkozyrocks wrote:

An eye-opening article that explains what’s probably really going on behind the scenes in the Ukraine crisis: “Texas, Crimea, Catalan, and What’s Really Driving the New “Cold War” With Russia” http://jackworthington.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/texas-crimea-catalan-and-whats-really-driving-the-new-cold-war-with-russia/

Mar 26, 2014 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
boomerok wrote:

to David SD: All that NSA/CIA/FBI/IRS/DIA etc spying would have been worth it if only Tea Partiers were annexing the Crimea and threatening to invade the Ukraine, instead of Russians…

Mar 26, 2014 7:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

“Russian spectator-soldiers watch on helplessly as Ukraine proceeds with NATO installations”

Mar 26, 2014 7:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hookrdoddles wrote:

obama will show the world the wimp he is soon. Is he in with Putin on this shyt? I think so.

Mar 26, 2014 7:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hookrdoddles wrote:

obama will show the world the wimp he is soon. Is he in with Putin on this shyt? I think so.

Mar 26, 2014 7:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hookrdoddles wrote:

obama will show the world the wimp he is soon. Is he in with Putin on this shyt? I think so.

Mar 26, 2014 7:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
redhotrash wrote:

ACORN vs KGB, epic battle

Mar 26, 2014 8:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zac48 wrote:

Russia can build up as many troops as it likes on the Ukraine border. That does ”not” equate to an invasion. A very different scenario to the US/EU/NATO nuclear warheads bristling all over the world.

Mar 26, 2014 8:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Maybe Putin can deploy troops on Americas Mexican border to protect US.

Mar 26, 2014 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
olsalte wrote:

So I guess all you sabre-rattlers are willing to have your sons and/or grandsons die in another stupid war. I am no fan of Obama and am not a Democrat, but I admire his restraint and hope he does not cave in to the warmongers. Read the polls. The overwhelming majority of Americans want us to keep our nose out of it.

Mar 26, 2014 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

The Russians are acting while our stupid president Obama is talking and showboating like a celebrity. And what is Obama saying, reduce the military and do away with critical weaponry. Can the liberals and democrats see what is wrong with this picture?

Remember that Regan with a strong military backed by a great capitalistic business system to pay for everything, took down the Berlin wall. I guarantee that Obama’s approach will take down the US. It is long past time that congress removes Obama from office.

Mar 26, 2014 8:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Biogenic wrote:

Kiev was the first capitol of Russia
Most Ukrainians speak Russian
Russias most important oil pipelines go thru Ukraine

The West tried to steal Ukraine
Let the Russians have the Eastern half of Ukraine.
Its better than a Ukraine civil war.

It is also better than a nuclear war.
After 10 years we’ll see which Ukraine does best.
Putin has promised to let Chechyna vote for independence

Mar 26, 2014 8:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
normreef wrote:

I am not too interested in a Putin buildup story. I want to see more Obama teardown stories.

Mar 26, 2014 8:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rocque wrote:

Barack Chamberlain to the rescue!

Mar 26, 2014 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hiker1 wrote:

There is much excitement at the white house right now because officials are furiously looking for a red pen to draw a lines with

Mar 26, 2014 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
butsam wrote:

What a strange response — saying the Russians still technically haven’t done anything wrong? Has Obama already decided the Crimea is acknowledged by the US as Russian territory? Last I heard, there are Russian troops in the Crimea still…

Mar 26, 2014 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chubbystick wrote:

putin is going to invade and advance, stupid west is stupid as they were back in the 30s & 40s. Europe never can handle their business.

Mar 26, 2014 8:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
op36a wrote:

I guess my polite and relevant comment was censored.

Mar 26, 2014 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nevadinator wrote:

Hapless, feckless, ignorant, over-matched product of voter warm fuzzies. Happy now? You 59 million who sent this fool back to the White House?

Mar 26, 2014 8:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

There are two solutions – economic sanctions or nuclear war. It sounds as if all the comenters here want WW3. I think they would all pee their pants the moment Obama got on the tube and announces that we have declared war with Russia. Firstly, the young ones would be drafted. Secondly, our standard of living will drastically reduce. Thirdly, nuclear war could be a few days away. Are you ready? Still commenting on the internet about Obama. Feel very respectful of a president who keeps you safe. Any idiot can call in the 82nd airborne, but it takes a string president to keep his country safe. Grow up kids.

Mar 26, 2014 8:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Blackstone3 wrote:

Well Obama will teach Putin a serious lesson. Draw a Red line in the sand. Hold his breath until he turns blue. Yep, our fearless leader will shine once more. He will bitttch slap the old KGB agent and tell him…. tell him….. tell him… that is not nice. Obama will call in the big guns, Kerry, Mr. “I cut my finger so I deserve a Medal of Honor” to go after Putin. Meanwhile, Putin, will have trouble keeping his legs closed at the mere thought of Kerry, laughs his asss off as America continues it sink into oblivion. Thanks Libs. One does not an excuse for Obama and you gave it to us.

Mar 26, 2014 8:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
neuroguy wrote:

What an incompetent tool our president is. Classic liberal wimp. Putin looks
at him and knows the only thing he has to fear is maybe he will come over and
organize a community or two, just to show Putin he means business.

Mar 26, 2014 8:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

There are two solutions – economic sanctions or nuclear war. It sounds as if all the commenters here want WW3. I think they would all pee their pants the moment Obama got on the tube and announces that we have declared war with Russia. Firstly, the young ones would be drafted. Secondly, our standard of living will drastically reduce. Thirdly, nuclear war could be a few days away. Are you ready? Still commenting on the internet about Obama? Feel very respectful of a president who keeps you safe. Any idiot can call in the 82nd airborne, but it takes a strong president to keep his country safe. Grow up kids. Go play your video games.

Mar 26, 2014 8:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reuterszzz wrote:

20,000, 25,000, 35,000….WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??

LOL

Mar 26, 2014 9:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

After the absurd US/EU instigated overthrow of the democratically elected Yanukovych government, Ukraine appears close to anarchy.

The unelected, US/EU-sponsored Kiev government has strong neo-Nazis and Russia-phobes in it. The neo-Nazis were instrumental in overthrowing President Yanukovych. There are people like EU-darling Tymoshenko advocating wiping out the ethnic Russians in Ukraine with nuclear weapons. The present government is killing some of the right-wing thugs who brought it to power. But other right-wing thugs may rise up against the putch government.

With all this going on, Russia is more than simply prudent to have invasive force at the Ukraine border, to protect the Russian speakers in Ukraine. Hopefully the Russian army presence will energize the putch government and the US/EU to ensure peace for Russian speakers in Ukraine, thus precluding further Russian incursion and reducing risk of a major war, even WWIII.

It is not Russia that is to be feared. It is the dark forces unleashed by the US/EU. The Crimea issue is just a side show, and its succession was bound to happen after the US/EU-sponsored putch. The real problem is possible civil war, and the creation of deep lasting hatred of Ukrainians for each other. Unless the US/EU can control their right-wing collaborators and somehow restore democracy and a free vote in Ukraine, then the further split up of Ukraine seems inevitable. And, it seems quite possible that a democratic vote in Ukraine will produce a Russia-leaning government.

This situation was brought on by the US/EU governments. Can anyone see something good that the 99% is getting out of this?

Mar 26, 2014 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ifreborn wrote:

Looking more and more like the Ukraine was just a poker chip and the details on how it was to be split up were worked out in advance between the USA and Russia. The country will be split on the Dnieper river.

Wonder what the larger deal encompasses May take 25-50 years to see it out.

Mar 26, 2014 9:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Lets see here, Former KGB commander vs Community Organizer. A man playing chess and a girl playing checkers. If you put yourself in Putin’s shoe’s, you would really be a fool not to go ahead and take over Ukraine. He knows full well, that the US and Europe would moan and complain but never challenge him to a fight. Obama’s answer will come in the form of strong language, fist shaking and speeches. The Russian’s respect power and strength in leadership, all they see in Obama is empty words coming from a empty suit.

Mar 26, 2014 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kannongunz wrote:

If Putin wants to risk his countries economy on this little land show of power (which is so nineteenth century) then we should let him it wont be long for his people turn against him and maybe China will be stupid enough to follow and we freeze their assets too. and just maybe americans can get back to work and the top 1 percent wont be able to rape china for their cheap labor. Obamas plan might just work

Mar 26, 2014 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
theduke89 wrote:

Obama needs to stop making stupid, confused, off-the-cuff comments. He needs to make precise formal statements so that Putin will know what the consequences are if he invades the Ukraine. The statement above is at best half-hearted and seems to imply diffidence as to what might happen next. Maybe there are no consequences if Putin invades the Ukraine. Maybe Obama doesn’t care. What if it is a “done deal?”

Who’s he working for, anyway?

Mar 26, 2014 9:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
theduke89 wrote:

Obama needs to stop making stupid, confused, off-the-cuff comments. He needs to make precise formal statements so that Putin will know what the consequences are if he invades the Ukraine. The statement above is at best half-hearted and seems to imply diffidence as to what might happen next. Maybe there are no consequences if Putin invades the Ukraine. Maybe Obama doesn’t care. What if it is a “done deal?”

Who’s he working for, anyway?

Mar 26, 2014 9:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MJ2020 wrote:

God, I miss Reagan. Last night, I had a nightmare. I was asleep and dreamed it was 1979. Then I woke up and had my nightmare. I was here in 2014.

Mar 26, 2014 9:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
postpigsfly wrote:

Hey Mr.Drudge are we aware the WIOD on FM in S.;FL 100.3 is transmitting static?

Mar 26, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
postpigsfly wrote:

Hello Blair High School did you get that?

Mar 26, 2014 9:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rockhad wrote:

The Russian taking back what was stolen by Krushvev head of the USSR. who just happened to be Ukrainian.. Russians died fighting for crime, and won it in their war with the Muslim Empire..

it never belonged to the Ukraine. They got it as a gift in 1954 when they were still one country.. and it didn’t matter then… but its important to Rusian’s security.. so of course they took it.. they have many good reasons for doing so.. no matter who doesn’t like it..

Mar 26, 2014 9:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bytemyass wrote:

“Western governments see what they want to see so they can trigger WW III.”

If that said, “Obama sees what he wants to see so he can finish his plans for destroying America”, *then* it would have been a credible statement.

Mar 26, 2014 9:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LongWayHome wrote:

How many of you are truly Patriots? It is one thing to provide constructive insight or feedback with respect to geopolitical and military matters, but most commentators just spit vitriol. The same applies to commentators of most other websites (CNN, Washington Post, NYTimes, etc). Get a life.

How many of you have ever served in the military or have a clue with respect to the concept of “Duty, Honor, Country”? Not many, I would venture. Certainly, you wouldn’t have a clue in hell about the concept of “chain of command” or sacrifice above self. No matter what your political affiliations are – if a U.S. Citizen – try being constructive, add value to the issues, as opposed to tearing down or forever following you party beliefs.

Mar 26, 2014 9:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Starkstruck wrote:

What is really going on is the World is witnessing the results of the American voters having twice elected an Empty Suit to sit in the White House. Apparently the Affirmative Action policy has finally provided us with indisputable evidence of its dangers.

Mar 26, 2014 9:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DWebster wrote:

“No one’s ruling out the possibility of additional Russian military aggression,” one U.S. official said.

WHAT ?????

Excuse me, but I am an American now in Ukraine. I was in Kiev when the coup d’etat took place. The neo-NAZIs (e.g., the Right-Sector and Svoboda groups) were BRUTAL in their treatment of the police and protesters alike. BOTH groups were funded by the U.S. via the U.S. State Dept and various U.S.-funded NGOs. They now occupy at least FIVE major posts in the post-coup Kiev government, including the police, the national security service and the military. These neo-NAZIs now control the streets of Kiev, as even the police are afraid of them!

I am now in Odessa and I can assure folks that the #1 FEAR of the people here is the neo-NAZIs in control of the government in Kiev. (The parents and grandparents of these neo-NAZIs literally fought for Germany in World War 2 – and the fascist ideology never died in western Ukraine!) The people in southern and eastern Ukraine have NO great love for the Russians; they are seeking help from Russia ONLY because they FEAR the post-coup Kiev government even more!!!

One must understand that until 1954 the ORIGINAL Ukraine consisted of only the northern and western regions (where the true Ukrainians live)- NOT Crimea and the southern and eastern regions (where the Russian people live).

The only AGGRESSION I have witnessed here has been in Kiev by the neo-NAZI coup leaders, in cooperation with the multi-millionaire, former mega-banker and “acting prime minister” Arseniy Yatsenyuk and associates – all financed by the U.S., I am sorry to say.

Mar 26, 2014 10:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeffshaffers wrote:

Who said… Tell him that I will have more flexibility after the election.?

Mar 26, 2014 10:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gts58 wrote:

Every time Obama opens his mouth, he makes things worse – not better!
Stupid statements like Russia only being a “regional power” and nukes going off in New York. Obama needs a different Organ Grinder. He truly is the worst POTUS in our history1

Mar 26, 2014 10:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Davage wrote:

I don’t know what’s worse, the Russian propagandists or the Faux astroturf.

I guess it’s a sign of just how bad US education is (seemingly the majority of “Western” commentators) that these boards are overflowing with peddlers lobbying to the emotions of potential suckers – would they be here if they thought they couldn’t change opinion?

—-

@urownexperience,

“There are two solutions – economic sanctions or nuclear war.”

Nuclear war is hardly a solution, everyone loses, and though true sanctions could transform the BRICs into BICs and Russia into a basket case, it’d be after the fact. I think there’s a third option for the US here.

Major geopolitical powers are loathe to go to war with each other, either due to the threat of nuclear war or for the simple fact that it’s too unpredictable and costly. No single country stands a chance in a 1v1 fight against the US (let alone the US + Europe), and the US, which has shown an penchant only for attacking smaller, weaker countries, is lacks political will for another war; voters are exhausted.

That’s the in. Just as the US wouldn’t think of entering a Crimea brimming with Russian troops, a Western troop presence in Ukraine, invited by the government in Kiev they recognize as legitimate, would be a STRONG deterrent to a Russia willing to push around smaller countries (like Georgia) but not willing to face off another major world power.

Western troops on the ground could be difficult to pull off, not to mention expensive, but European “observers” could be politically tolerable. Alternately, or perhaps additionally, a sort of “controlled flight zone,” as a sort of modified “no flight zone” (i.e. no Russian military jets/helicopters) could be VERY effective.

Any further Russian land grab would either need to mix airspace with US/EU(/NATO?) aircraft, or try their luck under a sort of Western-supported Ukrainian air superiority. Those Western aircraft could base out of more politically friendly Western Ukraine, or even as far away as Poland.

Such a move would also send the EU/US message MUCH more strongly than limited, targeted sanctions, without the detriment of the double-bladed economic sword – or nuclear holocaust.

Mar 26, 2014 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
joinamerica wrote:

The American media is responsible for the failed Obama Administration as well as the failures of the Obama Administration. Obama was never vetted. In 2008 and 2012 Obama was never accurately presented to the voting public. The Republican candidates were portrayed negatively and even deliberately targeted by the media. Once elected, Obama’s many failures were kept from the public. Instead of simply doing the job of a responsible media, which is not to promote their personal political philosophy or agenda or to “be the news”, or to misreport, or to under report or to twist reality, or to carefully never connect the dots, but to simply tell the story as it was. Which they never did. And so here we are. Not only our international relations, but our national security, our economy, our cohesiveness as a nation, the miserable state of our inner cities, the decline of our educational institutions, our cultural decline, the trustworthiness and veracity of our essential federal agencies, the trust and respect which we must have for our government, every part of our society has been damaged by Barack Obama.

Mar 26, 2014 10:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MK. wrote:

I think Russia should invade Ukraine, then hang their leader, making his head pop off like Saddam, and then give the Ukrainians the chance to vote. Maybe they could dip their fingers in purple ink and they could send out pictures of it all over the internet and news. Then America will respect Russia for bringing democracy to Ukraine.

Mar 26, 2014 10:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jtw1952 wrote:

Eastern Europe, mind your watches!! (For those less familiar with World War II history, the records show that as the Russian army looted its way in pursuit of the German army, it was common to see Russian soldiers wearing multiple watches they had stolen along the way.)

Mar 26, 2014 10:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bludde wrote:

Putin is testing Nato, that is all. If he wanted Kharkiv, the citizens of Kharkiv would gift it to him. I have been there more than 6 times and they all speak Russian. Its just 40m to the border and host to a huge technical university… Soviet era Steel and cement plants were designed there.

Mar 26, 2014 10:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bludde wrote:

Putin is testing Nato, that is all. If he wanted Kharkiv, the citizens of Kharkiv would gift it to him. I have been there more than 6 times and they all speak Russian. Its just 40m to the border and host to a huge technical university… Soviet era Steel and cement plants were designed there.

Mar 26, 2014 10:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
agwisreal wrote:

It isn’t Western governments that are rattling swords. It isn’t Western governments that are asserting that if its ethnics make up a reasonable fraction of a neighbor’s population, it has a right to rule that nation so its ethnics get “treated right”. It isn’t Western nations publishing reports in the official State Organ newspaper reminding everybody that they can incinerate the rival with nukes.

Mar 26, 2014 11:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WestFlorida wrote:

Russia it seems plans to enter Eastern Ukraine, and murder people. If it enters Kieve, it will arrest the current government, and execute them. There already is a murder and liquidation campaign, as yesterday a nationalist was murdered, and then a fake story regarding a police raid was released. This is aggression, illegal under international law, and completely unnecessary for Russia’s strategic interests.

Mar 26, 2014 11:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

Reactions are so funny…sour grapes over Obama still moaning and blaming him for everything from doing too little to starting WW3. When you hate someone they can do no right. If Russia invades Ukraine it’s up to them to make life hell for the invading troops, as I’m sure they are already planning.

Mar 26, 2014 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

prepare for battle.
this is not a drill.

tuck you kids in tight tonight.
this war could last decades.

Mar 26, 2014 12:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

@Davage says:
“Just as the US wouldn’t think of entering a Crimea brimming with Russian troops, a Western troop presence in Ukraine, invited by the government in Kiev they recognize as legitimate, would be a STRONG deterrent to a Russia willing to push around smaller countries (like Georgia) but not willing to face off another major world power.”

Problem is: Perhaps the majority of people in Eastern and Southern Ukraine want to be part of Russia, given the faux putch government installed by the US/EU in Kiev. Maybe the West knows the political answer for this region of Ukraine, and it is not going in their direction. If the West tries to dominate Eastern Ukraine, they may face a well-funded insurgency. I would expect so.

Most everything I see from the West on Ukraine sounds like just trying to cover their butts. They have totally screwed up, over-stepped their bounds, and are losing big. Best thing they can do now is slink away (under cover of a barrage of propaganda which few any longer believe except themselves). Sooner the better, I’d say. Let’s move on to something more real: Syria, Iraq problems, Afghanistan disengagement. OK, unemployment in the US and EU. How about: sick and tired of our fascist system.

Mar 26, 2014 12:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Redshift wrote:

I think it’s really a sham of journalism that so much news is being reported from anonymous officials reporting what is likely top secret information.

“Some officials say intelligence information available to policymakers regarding what Putin is thinking, and what he is saying to his advisors and military commanders, is fragmentary to non-existent.”

Which official? What are his or her credentials and how do we know their information is credible? Nobody ever wonders who all these unnamed sources are? It seems to me like a serious lack of due diligence or worse, pure fabrication.

Mar 27, 2014 1:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
factman wrote:

Well written Xcanada! It is so refreshing to read the comment of a very rational and objective writer who do not brim with hatred and disdain at the mere mention of four countries; Russia, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela. I would bet those people who hate those four countries have not been to either. It is really regrettable how some people can be so easily manipulated by Western propaganda. I suspect by now they have been so well indoctrinated or propagandally programmed by western propaganda and mis-information that they just automatically react negatively when those countries are mentioned. What a shame!

Mar 27, 2014 1:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
immo wrote:

Thank you Mr. Obama for posting this message on this web site. The western world should keep to fear the evil “regional” empire. Keep intimidate people all over the world by these kind of messages. Thank you, thank you very much.

Mar 27, 2014 1:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PATMARTIN wrote:

Maybe the build up is because things in Kiev are still unstable which Western media wont report. Which is better–wait till their is out of control violence then get troops there with guns blazing or…mobilize and intimidate the crazies not to act at all? Notice the UN has not volunteered troops to protect the Russian speakers in Ukraine? Wouldnt this disfuse Russian excuse for military build up?

Mar 27, 2014 2:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse

President Putin needs to bring those soldiers to the former US to liberate us from Osamacare, the IRS, and our corrupt and criminal governments at every level, but especially Uncle Samantha himself. Go President Putin! Don’t stop at Ukraine — keep marching west all the way to Amerikan shores! I’ll provide food, water, shelter, and any information I can to aid you. Rescue us, President Putin.

Love, the 53%.

Mar 27, 2014 2:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

This is hilarious. A whole thread of righties wanting to go to war with Russia, and then saying Obama’s foreign policy is bad.

Thank god Obama is in the White House, and not some war-mongering Republican posing as a tough guy while other people get slaughtered in Ukraine.

Mar 27, 2014 2:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LesLegato wrote:

“Some officials say intelligence information available to policymakers regarding what Putin is thinking, and what he is saying to his advisors and military commanders, is fragmentary to non-existent.”

Hey pres obullcrap, THATS WHAT YOUR NSA IS FOR, you freaking islamo-Marxist jackwad!! Not to be wasted SPYING ON AMERICANS!

/defecate on Dems and Rinos. It’s your duty.

Mar 27, 2014 2:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LesLegato wrote:

“Some officials say intelligence information available to policymakers regarding what Putin is thinking, and what he is saying to his advisors and military commanders, is fragmentary to non-existent.”

Hey pres obullcrap, THATS WHAT YOUR NSA IS FOR, you freaking islamo-Marxist jackwad!! Not to be wasted SPYING ON AMERICANS!

/defecate on Dems and Rinos. It’s your duty.

Mar 27, 2014 2:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alekhin wrote:

Yugoslavia, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, Livia, Ukrainian “maidan” – thousands died people. Is this a sort of “democratic” revolutions?

And what about people in Crimea? They made their choice peacefully without any victims?

American senators dont like peacefull scenarios, I suppose.

Mar 27, 2014 3:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
borisjimbo wrote:

A. Military exercises. Yeah, right.
B. Ukraine, why are you advertising to Russian artillery where your tanks are located?

Mar 27, 2014 5:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Earthtourist wrote:

C’mon Barak, make Putin an offer he can’t refuse just like J.F.K. did. Of course he’ll leave the Crimea. Balls are needed !

Mar 27, 2014 6:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CajunExile wrote:

“With respect to the Russian troops that are along the border of Ukraine at the moment, right now they are on Russian soil. And if they stay on Russian soil, we oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation, but Russia has a right, legally, to have its troops on its own soil. I don’t think it’s a done deal. And I think that Russia’s still making a series of calculations,” Obama said. Obama sounds like a naive Junior in high school student. This child president continues to disprove the myth of his intelligence and this is yet another example where his naive idiocy is exposed.

Mar 27, 2014 7:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CajunExile wrote:

“With respect to the Russian troops that are along the border of Ukraine at the moment, right now they are on Russian soil. And if they stay on Russian soil, we oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation, but Russia has a right, legally, to have its troops on its own soil. I don’t think it’s a done deal. And I think that Russia’s still making a series of calculations,” Obama said. Obama sounds like a naive Junior in high school student. This child president continues to disprove the myth of his intelligence and this is yet another example where his naive idiocy is exposed.

Mar 27, 2014 7:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CajunExile wrote:

“With respect to the Russian troops that are along the border of Ukraine at the moment, right now they are on Russian soil. And if they stay on Russian soil, we oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation, but Russia has a right, legally, to have its troops on its own soil. I don’t think it’s a done deal. And I think that Russia’s still making a series of calculations,” Obama said. Obama sounds like a naive Junior in high school student. This child president continues to disprove the myth of his intelligence and this is yet another example where his naive idiocy is exposed.

Mar 27, 2014 7:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
redhotrash wrote:

putin knows barry is a weak minded community organizer and his red lines are meaningless

Mar 27, 2014 7:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
doctorcrime wrote:

The cavalry is coming
The eyes of the world were focused upon the Ukraine/Crimea situation watching to see what strong action the U.S would begin to put in place. For the citizens of the Ukraine no knight in shining armor upon a white charger was seen on the horizon. Sometime, much later than any effective measure could be brought to bear, Obama showed up dressed as a clown and riding on a hobby horse.
The beacon of liberty was but a shameful dim glimmer that attempted to light the path for the clown. Putin picked the low hanging fruit that is the Crimea. Why? Because he knew he could. The promises of the West to protect the integrity of the Ukraine’s borders in return for the Ukraine surrendering their nuclear weapons were forgotten.
And so now, we can compare Obama to Don Quixote. This time Don Quixote looks like Genghis Khan.
Should the music be, for the charge of the hobby horse “send in the clown?”
Perhaps Obama will take up playing the fiddle; after all there is the rest of Eastern Europe still available.

Mar 27, 2014 8:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ralucagymnast wrote:

What disgusting behaviour by the USA?why are people standing up for the barefaced lies being fed to everyone by the West? the Russians have always had bloody troops in Ukraine so why are the Western media lying to everyone and trying to make this look like an “invasion” by the Russians?????Also Crimea has been part of Russia for far longer than the USA has existed!!!! This is pure hegemony by the USA and its has potentially very sad circumstances for the world. You only have to look at the broader picture to see what the USA is up to; its plans for the Pacific are as equally alarming, their efforts to “contain” China are also another recipe for disaster. I just dont understand why people are being so laissez faire about the vile imperialistic behaviour being shown by the USA government; if we dont stand up to them now, I fear for our future on this planet I really do.

Mar 27, 2014 9:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stevden wrote:

A tank in a bunker? Quite an expensive artillery unit…and a sitting duck. When I see a nation burying their tanks in bunkers that is never a good sign and carnage usually ensues.

Mar 27, 2014 9:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
liberalsstink wrote:

It is a Russian bluff; they will try to intimidate Ukraine into giving up the territory that they – yes they the RUSSIANS signed an agreement to honor the borders – ALL THE BORDERS!!!!
Fight Ukraine; the Russians want a quick and easy victory.
Fight Ukraine; the Russians are fascists cowards.
Fight Ukraine; the Russians soldiers will not want to fight.
If, you have to retreat, but use the Russian old scorch earth retreat. Counter attack when you can, but fight.
Rally your People.
Don’t just give up.
You do have a chance.
BE UKRAINE

Mar 27, 2014 9:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SDA wrote:

Look for the Russians to invade during the Easter weekend. That will be when most of the western world will be distracted.

Mar 27, 2014 10:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

Once again we see the Republicans and Tea Party cheering for America’s enemies. Why don’t they all move en masse to Russia, where they can praise Putin directly?

Mar 27, 2014 10:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jason144 wrote:

Bakhtin, you’re wrong on so many levels that it is scary. I never wanted a weak president but apparently you are OK with it like during the days when Hitler said, just give me Poland and I’ll stop…We did and he didn’t.

No one is cheering for our enemies, and no one is cheering for Obama’s messed up domestic and foreign policy. You missed it on many levels dood.

Mar 27, 2014 10:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

There was no Russian aggression of Crimea. The people there welcomed Russians with flowers and voted freely to join Russia.

Mar 27, 2014 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
707sixpack wrote:

Under different conditions or leadership the whole world all ready start next stage, most possibly last, in human development CALL WW3

Mar 27, 2014 12:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:

Putinism, has its designs on taking back , all the lands, it feels is theirs…especially, the Ukraine…Putin knows, the west will fold like an accordion, when pressure is applied…all he has to do is march in….he is planning for that, right now…he is just waiting for the G7 to be over with and if no strength is shown…the entire Ukraine, will be back in the new, but old, Putin(soviet) empire..

Mar 27, 2014 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
factman wrote:

I am pleased to see that there are some rational people posting comments and not automatic Russian haters. For those Americans so upset about Russia and Crimea, I would ask one simple questions. Why aren’t the streets of France, Britain, Germany, Belgium and other European countries devoid/free of protesters and demonstrators regarding Russia and Crimea? It is a simple question to ponder. I think the answer is simple. The majority of the people of the world, especially Europe know hypocrisy
and double standards when they see it.

Imhotep7
Imhotep 7

Mar 27, 2014 4:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thoma wrote:

Was Putin giving instructions to Ukraine President to rough up protestors

Mar 27, 2014 7:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kafantaris wrote:

No, Russia won’t invade Ukraine.
Vladimir already regrets the cost of annexing Crimea.

Mar 27, 2014 10:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geeureek wrote:

they see, but the do nothing…. well at least we can keep a dozen ruskies away from their Brighton Beach condos!

Mar 27, 2014 10:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amcalabrese wrote:

Considering that Ukraine is not a NATO member, why is it our problem?

Mar 27, 2014 10:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Davage wrote:

@xcanada2

“Problem is: Perhaps the majority of people in Eastern and Southern Ukraine want to be part of Russia,”

Actually, we already know that they don’t want to be part of Russia, there’s already significant polling on the issue.

If the West tries to dominate Eastern Ukraine, they may face a well-funded insurgency. I would expect so.”

Oh, I’m not saying the West should try to dominate Ukraine, if anything, Western troops there would be very sensitive. Any ground force in Eastern Ukraine would probably have to be limited to “observers” and “advisors,” probably tagging along with Ukrainian regulars. Scattered SOFs in a trainer status might work. Likewise, aircraft flying out of Western Ukraine or other parts of Europe wouldn’t be as sensitive to the public … though would be a huge deterrent to Russia.

“They have totally screwed up, over-stepped their bounds, and are losing big.”

Well, the West certainly hasn’t stopped the invasion of Crimea, and looks ill prepared to stop an invasion of the rest of Eastern/Southern Ukraine, that certainly counts as a loss, but they have hardly “over-stepped their bounds.” You should be careful of getting your media from Russian state media.

“Best thing they can do now is slink away (under cover of a barrage of propaganda which few any longer believe except themselves). Sooner the better, I’d say. Let’s move on to something more real: Syria, Iraq problems, Afghanistan disengagement. OK, unemployment in the US and EU. How about: sick and tired of our fascist system.”

Fascist system? In the West? Admittedly, there are a lot of problems in the West, but they pale in significance to Russia’s. Again, I refer you to non-state-controlled media.

@PATMARTIN,
“Maybe the build up is because things in Kiev are still unstable which Western media wont report. Which is better–wait till their is out of control violence then get troops there with guns blazing or…mobilize and intimidate the crazies not to act at all? Notice the UN has not volunteered troops to protect the Russian speakers in Ukraine? Wouldnt this disfuse Russian excuse for military build up?”

You don’t seem to understand Western media, or Russian media for that matter.

ALL media is biased, in one way or another. State-controlled media is often a mouthpiece for a government. Xinhua for instance is the mouthpiece for Beijing (the CCP in particular), and you can expect that what they say will be so biased. Likewise, Russian state media is going to spread the message the Russian government wants to spread.

Western media by comparison is typically PROFIT driven. It pushes what will sell, not the Government’s line. Thats why you see all the scandals. If Western media got actual leaks that the US Government was supporting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, they’d be all over it. It’d make them money.

There is a caveat to that. As “free press,” Western media often reflects the particular political views of the owner(s). Fox is extremely Conservative, MSNBC quite Liberal (and Democracy Now practically Socialist, a label Fox erroneously applies to “mainstream media”), and CNN is simply sensationalist.

But all three are designed around $$$. That’s why US government bloopers are such a big deal, they make money off them.

That they are NOT reporting something as potentially profitable as Neo-Nazis running rampant throughout Ukraine is very telling – it means Neo-Nazis aren’t running rampant throughout Ukraine. That’s just yet another lie from Putin’s mouthpiece. Credit to Putin, his propaganda has been extremely effective.

Mar 27, 2014 11:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Worden_Report wrote:

Perhaps Ukraine’s government should invite NATO (or any) troops, not unmarked like the Russian troops pictured above, to amass with Ukrainian troops on the Ukrainian eastern border. Looking the other way didn’t work last century. However, if “new rules” are to take hold for this century (see http://www.thewordenreport.blogspot.com/2014/03/new-rules-for-new-millennium-russian.html), then we ought to find some alternative sources of countervailing energy.

Mar 28, 2014 8:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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