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Russian soldiers take over Crimean airports: minister
Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 28, 2014, 3:59 a.m. EST | Lukas I. Alpert

Posted on 02/28/2014 4:19:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei

Russian soldiers have occupied two key airports in Ukraine’s restive pro-Russia region of Crimea, Ukraine’s acting interior minister said Friday.

Soldiers wearing camouflage and bearing automatic weapons have taken up positions at Belbek Airport in Sevastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, and at the airport in Simferopol, the region’s capital, Arsen Avakov said.

He said the soldiers’ uniforms bore no identifying marks “but they do not hide their affiliation with the Russian armed forces.”

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Obama will now have to decide whether to provide food, money and arms to the Ukrainians, and if so, how much. Lots of mothballed surplus Russian weaponry in ex-Warsaw Pact armories waiting for the scrapyard. Stingers, LAW's and so on would be helpful if the Ukrainians decide to put up a fight. Stingers, in particular, proved decisive in Afghanistan. My take is that if the Ukrainians are prepared to fight for their freedom and territorial integrity against their Russian overlords, we should be prepared to arm and feed them.
1 posted on 02/28/2014 4:19:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

NEVER! stay out of there.

and while we are at it time to leave Hamid Karzai to his mess.


2 posted on 02/28/2014 4:28:41 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Good lord now we will hear from the conservative faction from the Harvard Endowment (looters of post-Soviet Russia). My personal wants are for mainly peaceful splitting of the country. (because I want to split from Blue Dystopia)


3 posted on 02/28/2014 4:30:20 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Obama will now have to decide whether to provide food, money and arms to the Ukrainians, and if so, how much.

I suspect George Soros will be doing most of the deciding for him.

Mr. niteowl77

4 posted on 02/28/2014 4:32:20 AM PST by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
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To: junta
Good lord now we will hear from the conservative faction from the Harvard Endowment (looters of post-Soviet Russia).

The looters are mainly Soviet ex-apparatchiks. They've been looting foreign investors every chance they've gotten. You have to hand it to the Russians, though - they've managed to blame their initial economic malaise on foreigners. But what would you expect from the Russians? They did manage to convince a good chunk of the world that the CIA invented AIDS to kill black people.

6 posted on 02/28/2014 4:36:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Strategically, Russia has to do whatever is necessary to maintain its Black Sea assets. The Ukraine will have to surrender the Crimea in exchange for a Russian OK for it to join NATO and the EU.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 4:36:23 AM PST by bjc (Show me the data!)
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To: Zhang Fei

Nothing is gonna happen, Obama will do nothing, EU will do nothing because the simple answer is because Putin and the rest of the world is not going to risk war with Russia over this.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 4:37:24 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars
Nothing is gonna happen, Obama will do nothing, EU will do nothing because the simple answer is because Putin and the rest of the world is not going to risk war with Russia over this.

Why would supplying Ukraine risk war with Russia?

9 posted on 02/28/2014 4:38:20 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
The Ukraines have dug themselves into a hole since they opted for independence in 1991.

They finally elected a president...and ONE FACTION says "we don't like him" because he went to Russia for help that the EU will never provide.

They're nuts.

And Crimea should be returned to Russia.

There are agreements with Russia regarding their ports. The Ukrainians are revolting AGAIN because there are instigators all around....and that includes the USA.

There is no Freedom issue.

10 posted on 02/28/2014 4:38:56 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: bjc
Strategically, Russia has to do whatever is necessary to maintain its Black Sea assets. The Ukraine will have to surrender the Crimea in exchange for a Russian OK for it to join NATO and the EU.

I suspect their pain threshold is not what it used to be. The Soviets cried uncle after losing 13K dead in Afghanistan. If the Ukrainians are prepared to take the pain of inflicting tens of thousands of dead on the Russians, odds are that the Russians will pull back. It depends on what the Ukrainians are prepared to sacrifice.

11 posted on 02/28/2014 4:41:29 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Sacajaweau
They finally elected a president...and ONE FACTION says "we don't like him" because he went to Russia for help that the EU will never provide. They're nuts.

They revolted because he was setting himself up to be president for life. This was Chile's Salvador Allende all over again, including the fact that both Allende and Yanukovich were acting at the behest of the Russians.

12 posted on 02/28/2014 4:44:55 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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- Tell Putin I can be more flexible after my reelection….. B. Hussein Obama Junior


13 posted on 02/28/2014 4:48:04 AM PST by devolve (- and so I face the vinyl curtain - I will still misspell the simplest words - I did it my whey)
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To: sunmars

EU will do nothing. They are too dependent upon Russian petroleum.


14 posted on 02/28/2014 4:49:17 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Zhang Fei

The Crimea and Donets Basin are ethnically Russian, culturally Russian, and speak Russian. The Current Ukraine borders are an artificial creation of Stalin and Roosevelt. Splitting the country makes sense and would contribute to world peace. The Russians in the Southwest present a more difficult problem - that area either needs to be given to Russia, as well, or ethnically cleansed by the west.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 4:51:33 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Zhang Fei
This was Chile's Salvador Allende all over again

Allende was a good guy who cleaned out the Communists. Next you're going to be saying that Franco was a Red.

16 posted on 02/28/2014 4:54:06 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Zhang Fei

I think this is what might be called a “soft invasion”.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 4:54:31 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: reg45
EU will do nothing. They are too dependent upon Russian petroleum.

Oil is fungible. The EU can buy it from anyone, and the Russians need to sell it on the world markets to fund their war on Ukraine. Given that oil contracts are set up to optimize transportation and processing costs, the EU will pay a little more to buy from other suppliers and the Russians will get a little less selling to customers further away.

18 posted on 02/28/2014 4:55:23 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: PAR35
Allende was a good guy who cleaned out the Communists. Next you're going to be saying that Franco was a Red.

You must be thinking of Pinochet, who cleaned out Allende and his Cuban advisors.

19 posted on 02/28/2014 4:57:30 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
My take is that if the Ukrainians are prepared to fight for their freedom and territorial integrity against their Russian overlords, we should be prepared to arm and feed them.

I'm not saying you're right or wrong, but here's a question for you. Suppose the Indian nations in, say, Maine claim that they have been treated unfairly by the federal government. And they have ample evidence to prove it.

So by a large margin, the nations decide to break away. It's all about freedom, the freedom of the nations to decide their own future.

Would Russia be doing the right thing by supplying arms to the nations? And how would that affect the stability of the world?

20 posted on 02/28/2014 4:58:13 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Please Obama the bike riding fool vs. Putin I doubt Obama will even fake that he has any power.

The "reset button" got stuck on Hillary and Obama.

21 posted on 02/28/2014 5:00:09 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Zhang Fei
With everything else Obama is doing I fully expect that

Obama and the MSM employees will hype this dispute with Russia to the level of a "Cuban missile" crisis -- or maybe a Berlin blockade.

Then remarks questioning Obama, et al. abilities and motives could result in a 2014 version to the Great Sedition Trial of 1944.. the purpose of the Great Sedition Trial of 1944 was to destroy Roosevelt's pre-war critics as attention turned to post-war matters particularly about relations with communists. IMO.

The Great Sedition Trial of 1944

FDR started with small fry and planned to move up the chain of opposition.

FDR failed. Obama might succeed, the Establishment today is arguably aging 1960s New Left Marxist-Alinsky radical, campus psycho spoiled brats and their ideological issue. The Establishment in FDR's days were Americans who eventually stopped:

". . . one of the blackest marks on the record of American jurisprudence. In the legal world, none can recall a case where so many Americans were brought to trial for political persecution and were so arrogantly denied the rights [guaranteed] an American citizen under the Constitution.”

22 posted on 02/28/2014 5:00:48 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Leaning Right
I'm not saying you're right or wrong, but here's a question for you. Suppose the Indian nations in, say, Maine claim that they have been treated unfairly by the federal government. And they have ample evidence to prove it. So by a large margin, the nations decide to break away. It's all about freedom, the freedom of the nations to decide their own future. Would Russia be doing the right thing by supplying arms to the nations? And how would that affect the stability of the world?

No - you're saying I'm wrong. And your argument is a reasonable one. Here's the difficulty - your analogy could be applied to the former Warsaw Pact nations or, indeed, to any nation in the world that has been been overrun. Should we de-recognize governments of the nations of the former Warsaw Pact and demand that they surrender their sovereignty to the Russian empire? After all, Russia did conquer them fair and square during WWII, at the cost of millions of Russian servicemen. Wouldn't Eastern Europe be much more stable under Russian tutelage? Doesn't the Right of Conquest mean anything, any more?

Notwithstanding the reductio ad absurdum I posited earlier, note that Ukraine is a sovereign nation. It is not a part of Russia. A more appropriate analogy would be whether anyone should object if we invaded and annexed Cuba.

23 posted on 02/28/2014 5:11:03 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

I think you misread the situation. Ukraine is in NO shape to fight Belarus, let alone Russia. The country is completely bankrupt. Putin could shut down all the gas lines leading into the country in a heartbeat. Ukraine’s military is in disarray after the coup, with many groups being charged in court over the protest killings.

If these people are indeed Russian commandos rather than just separatist rebels (and I’m not convinced they are), then there is nothing Ukraine can do. Her hands are tied.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 5:12:50 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: reg45
The EU will do nothing. They are too dependent on Russian petroleum

Besides which, do they really want these thugs on their border and taking over Russia's nukes in the Ukraine? What's to stop their violent style of protesting from spreading to the poor countries of the EU?

25 posted on 02/28/2014 5:13:11 AM PST by grania
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To: Zhang Fei

The Ukraine is not Afghanistan nor are the Ukrainians, Afghanis. The language and cultural issue is deep-rooted and will be a running sore and distraction.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 5:13:27 AM PST by bjc (Show me the data!)
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To: PAR35

What? Allende was a communist


27 posted on 02/28/2014 5:13:41 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Zhang Fei

Russia owns the pipelines. They cannot get it from anywhere. The infrastructure is not there.


28 posted on 02/28/2014 5:18:32 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Viennacon
I think you misread the situation. Ukraine is in NO shape to fight Belarus, let alone Russia. The country is completely bankrupt. Putin could shut down all the gas lines leading into the country in a heartbeat. Ukraine’s military is in disarray after the coup, with many groups being charged in court over the protest killings. If these people are indeed Russian commandos rather than just separatist rebels (and I’m not convinced they are), then there is nothing Ukraine can do. Her hands are tied.

Afghanistan was close to dead last in terms of GDP per capita when the Soviets invaded. (Some things never change). It hadn't fought a real war in over 50 years. Its finances were a shambles. Thanks to a coalition of anti-Communist states, they got a few billion dollars worth of imported arms and money to feed their guerrilla force, and proceeded to bog the Russians down in an increasingly demoralizing war.

In contrast, Ukraine is roughly in the middle of the pack, income-wise. If we hand a few billion dollars a year in food and weaponry to the Ukrainians to ward off the Russian invasion, I expect they will give at least as good an account of themselves as the Afghans did. After WWII, Stepan Bandera and his people fought the Red Army for over a decade with zero foreign aid, and were destroyed only after the Red Army slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians with them - which is presumably why Khrushchev gave the Crimea to Ukraine - as a consolation prize for mass killings of Ukrainians. If today's Ukrainians have anything like Bandera's fighting spirit, a few billion dollars in equipment and food should see them pushing the Russians out of the country altogether.

29 posted on 02/28/2014 5:29:57 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Russia owns the pipelines. They cannot get it from anywhere. The infrastructure is not there.

The EU can get its oil from supertankers like everybody else.

30 posted on 02/28/2014 5:32:13 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: grania

The Ukraine turned over their nuclear weapons to Russia a long time ago. They have all kinds of agreements with Russia.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 5:47:21 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Zhang Fei

Big difference. In Afghanistan, the natives wanted the invaders gone. The Crimean citizens will fight just as hard as the Afghans did. If Ukrainian tanks roll in, it will only grow the widespread belief that the Ukrainian government is controlled by Svoboda who want to ethnically cleanse the Crimea. Vietnam shows what happens when the local population is not on your side.


32 posted on 02/28/2014 5:47:58 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Big difference. In Afghanistan, the natives wanted the invaders gone. The Crimean citizens will fight just as hard as the Afghans did.

Probably 10-20% of Afghans wanted the Soviets there. And they would have held out if Yeltsin hadn't cut off their oil. Even if you add all of Crimea's population together, you don't get to 10% of Ukraine's population.

33 posted on 02/28/2014 5:52:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Sacajaweau
The Ukraine turned over their nuclear weapons to Russia a long time ago. They have all kinds of agreements with Russia.

On condition that the US and the UK guarantee their borders. They were a little too trusting.

34 posted on 02/28/2014 5:53:26 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Our military is beat up, used up, torn up, worn out. They simply do not need another war right now. These folks need a break.


35 posted on 02/28/2014 6:04:58 AM PST by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Agree 100% with your statement. We need to rebuild and refit our military, not deploy them on further wars. And besides, when Obi gets done with his proposed cuts? We’ll be lucky to have enough troops left to fill sand bags along the Mississippi River...


36 posted on 02/28/2014 6:14:49 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: Zhang Fei

“The EU can get its oil from supertankers like everybody else. “

If you’e buying on the spot market and taking delivery via tankers, you’re likely paying a premium price. The UK is discovering how expensive that strategy is, as energy prices skyrocket and people are forced to choose between heat and food. There’s a new term in England called “fuel poverty” to designate areas that lack adequate energy for heat and lights. It includes about 3 million individuals. Governments that interfere with heat for its citizens will inevitably fall.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics

What is fuel poverty?

http://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/fuel-poverty/

UK weather: 31,000 people DIED of the cold last winter

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-31000-people-died-2852677#ixzz2ucszzqkN


37 posted on 02/28/2014 6:17:51 AM PST by sergeantdave
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I believe the story that Obama was groomed for the presidency. I can even believe the commies with Soviet influence had a lot to do with it. I do not, not believe anyone who knew of this plan in advance would be so stupid as to blab about it to a random American. So while this story is probably true in concept, it's apocryphal in factual detail.
38 posted on 02/28/2014 6:26:39 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Zhang Fei

>>If today’s Ukrainians have anything like Bandera’s fighting spirit, a few billion dollars in equipment and food should see them pushing the Russians out of the country altogether.<<

It is so good that Russians aren’t that America-hating. A few billions in Russian aid to Iraq and Afghanistan could do wonders to US casualty figures in these respective nations.
It could have been surpassed Vietnam losses easily.

I’m still wondering why Russians are so restraint, considering a mood of many Americans who wants to see them bleeding.


39 posted on 02/28/2014 6:57:24 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Sacajaweau
They finally elected a president...and ONE FACTION says "we don't like him" because he went to Russia for help that the EU will never provide.

The Parliament voted 328-0 to impeach Yanukovich.

They're nuts.

You're not right.

40 posted on 02/28/2014 8:23:51 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign
Bubba was impeached on two charges. He was still president. There was no coup.

The Ukrainian Constitution requirements are similar.

41 posted on 02/28/2014 8:36:31 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: FreeReign

There are 449 members in parliament.


42 posted on 02/28/2014 8:41:54 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
They finally elected a president...and ONE FACTION says "we don't like him" because he went to Russia for help that the EU will never provide.

You described Yanukovich's opposition as "one faction". That's NOT a correct description. Faction means a small group within a larger group. As I pointed out to you 328 of the deputies voted to remove Yunukovich which is just under 75% of the deputies in the Rada. Your description is not correct.

43 posted on 02/28/2014 9:04:09 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: RetiredArmy
Our military is beat up, used up, torn up, worn out. They simply do not need another war right now. These folks need a break.

No need for US troops. Ukrainians have plenty of manpower. What they need is money and equipment. The Afghans got a few billion dollars' worth spread out over a decade. After 13K KiA, they persuaded the Russians that staying was more trouble than it was worth.

44 posted on 02/28/2014 11:19:28 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: cunning_fish
It is so good that Russians aren’t that America-hating. A few billions in Russian aid to Iraq and Afghanistan could do wonders to US casualty figures in these respective nations. It could have been surpassed Vietnam losses easily. I’m still wondering why Russians are so restraint, considering a mood of many Americans who wants to see them bleeding.

Because Russians have already killed 100K Americans via Korea and Vietnam, not to mention poisoned much of the world's minds against the US via extremely effective propaganda? Given the number of restive (and violent) minorities in Russia proper, there are a lot of things the US could do to make trouble. Ultimately, unlike Russia's efforts in Afghanistan and Ukraine, the US was never going to annex either Iraq or Afghanistan, so there was never a prospect of a long term war in either of those two locations. And the Iraqi and Afghan insurgents got all the supplies they needed via their porous borders. Not to mention that their insurgents included a lot of Russian Muslim minorities who would have made life interesting for Russia if they had returned alive. Ultimately, we helped cleanse Russia of its troublesome zealots. It would be stupid for Russia to get in our way, and even Putin understood that.

45 posted on 02/28/2014 11:29:33 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: sergeantdave
If you’e buying on the spot market and taking delivery via tankers, you’re likely paying a premium price. The UK is discovering how expensive that strategy is, as energy prices skyrocket and people are forced to choose between heat and food.

Buying oil via supertankers is what developing countries do. The UK has 10x the per capita income of the average developing country. Besides, the Russians have to sell their oil somewhere at the spot price, so UK purchases won't affect that price, except for added transportation costs.

46 posted on 02/28/2014 11:35:05 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: donozark
Agree 100% with your statement. We need to rebuild and refit our military, not deploy them on further wars. And besides, when Obi gets done with his proposed cuts? We’ll be lucky to have enough troops left to fill sand bags along the Mississippi River...

No US troops necessary. The Afghans outlasted the Russians without a single GI going into combat. We sent food and equipment and the Afghans did the rest.

47 posted on 02/28/2014 11:38:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Afghanistan does not equal Ukraine.
We had heavy CIA involvement in Afghanistan in the 80s. And other “interested” Americans.
Putin may not have that much interest in Ukraine proper, but he will never relinquish Crimea.
And if we’ve learned anything, in many instances, US involvement at any level leads to US boots on the ground...


48 posted on 02/28/2014 12:32:05 PM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: donozark
And if we’ve learned anything, in many instances, US involvement at any level leads to US boots on the ground...

Actually, the majority of US involvement during the Cold War involved material aid. Most of Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines) and Latin America received substantial sums of American aid to fight off their Communist insurgencies. Among the failed efforts that nonetheless stretched our adversaries' resources, we financed Angolan rebels against the ruling Soviet-aligned Angolan government, Tibetan insurgents against the Chinese, the contras against the Soviet-aligned Nicaraguan government.

49 posted on 02/28/2014 12:41:16 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

One of the reasons the US Government has failed to endorse The Cold War Victory Medal is the fact they would need to acknowledge the 500 or so military men who died on various “missions” during the Cold War.


50 posted on 02/28/2014 12:49:27 PM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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