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Putinís Ukraine Gambit (Without Ukraine, thereís no Russian empire.)
NRO ^ | 2/28/14 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 02/28/2014 10:56:59 AM PST by cornelis

... Obama wants stability, the New York Times reports, quoting internal sources. He sees Ukraine as merely a crisis to be managed rather than an opportunity to alter the increasingly autocratic trajectory of the region, allow Ukrainians to join their destiny to the West, and block Russian neo-imperialism.

Sure, Obama is sympathetic to democracy. But it must come organically, from internal developments, you see. Must not be imposed by outside intervention, but develop on its own. But Ukraine is never on its own. Not with a bear next door. American neutrality doesn’t allow an authentic Ukrainian polity to emerge. It leaves Ukraine naked to Russian pressure.

What Obama doesn’t seem to understand is that American inaction creates a vacuum. His evacuation from Iraq consigned that country to Iranian hegemony, just as Obama’s writing off Syria invited in Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah to reverse the tide of battle.

Putin fully occupies vacuums. In Ukraine, he keeps flaunting his leverage. He’s withdrawn the multibillion-dollar aid package with which he had pulled the now-deposed Ukrainian president away from the EU. He has suddenly mobilized Russian forces bordering Ukraine. His health officials are even questioning the safety of Ukrainian food exports.

This is no dietary-hygiene campaign. This is a message to Kiev: We can shut down your agricultural exports today, your natural-gas supplies tomorrow. We can make you broke, and we can make you freeze.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: ukraine
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1 posted on 02/28/2014 10:56:59 AM PST by cornelis
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To: cornelis

Our country is being destroyed. How about that?


2 posted on 02/28/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: cornelis
Sure, Obama is sympathetic to democracy.

Only when the majority votes socialist.

3 posted on 02/28/2014 11:00:16 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

How about it? Are you doing anything?


4 posted on 02/28/2014 11:02:55 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cornelis

Imperial Russia

Hitler used the same pretext to invade some other countries. “They speak our language”


5 posted on 02/28/2014 11:03:04 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

That’s already been posted.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 11:03:55 AM PST by cornelis
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To: cornelis

So? Russia is building up its empire?

Why should I care? Why should it matter, when America itself is decaying into a degenerate cesspool of dope and homosex? With America decaying into an evil entity itself, where will it have any moral authority on anything?


7 posted on 02/28/2014 11:06:52 AM PST by greene66
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To: GeronL

For Stalin, geographical proximity was enough.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 11:07:31 AM PST by cornelis
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To: cornelis

Ukraine has to play by Russian rules. Putin just showed in Crimea who is the real boss.

And he is content to dump the toxic mess of rescuing Ukraine’s collapsing economy onto the West.

The Maidan revolutionaries will discover soon enough with Europe and America flat-broke, there’s little Western appetite for bailing Ukraine out.

And Russia has patience. Sooner than later at least a part of Ukraine will finally join the new Moscow-led Eurasian Community.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 11:08:35 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

I still side with the Ukrainian President.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 11:10:21 AM PST by impimp
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To: greene66
The proper question is, where will you have the moral authority on anything? Or will you use what you said as an excuse?
11 posted on 02/28/2014 11:10:39 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cornelis

I could really care less about Ukraine. Let Russia have it. I would back tiny Georgia though since they backed us in Iraq.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 11:11:26 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: impimp

Let me guess, you have the contract for building one of his mansions.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 11:11:30 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cornelis

Never fear. Obama's on it.

14 posted on 02/28/2014 11:12:02 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

And if I told you Ukraine backed us in Iraq? What then?


15 posted on 02/28/2014 11:13:39 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: impimp

Which one, the elected one or the non-elected one?


16 posted on 02/28/2014 11:14:44 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: 1rudeboy

Still don’t care. Can’t do anything about Russia anyway in its own back yard with Obama and Hagel dismantling our military.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 11:16:04 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: greene66
Why should I care?

Were this attitude to represent a serious party position, if someone so flippant should run for office, if this is the extent of your foreign policy . . .

What imaginary world do you live in?

18 posted on 02/28/2014 11:17:26 AM PST by cornelis
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To: Timber Rattler

That’s fine. You give a crap about nobody. Next time, just say so and don’t bring Georgia into it.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 11:17:31 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cornelis

So it is okay if USA and EU cajoles and bullies countries into joining with them but it is horrible and evil when Russia does it?


20 posted on 02/28/2014 11:17:45 AM PST by Arthurio
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