Skip to comments.U.S. Spies Said No Invasion—Putin Disagreed (Obama admin epic fail)
Posted on 02/28/2014 6:07:27 PM PST by kristinn
A day after U.S. intelligence said there would be no Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putins troops started coming over the border.
On Thursday night, the best assessment from the U.S. intelligence communityand for that matter most experts observing events in Ukrainewas that Vladimir Putins military would not invade Ukraine. Less than 24 hours later, however, there are reports from the ground of Russian troops pushing into the Ukrainian province of Crimea. Its hardly a full-blown invasion. But its not quite the picture U.S. analysts were painting just a day before.
There was good reason to think Putin wouldnt do it. Russias Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov told Secretary of State John Kerry that Russia respected the territorial integrity of the Ukraine. U.S. intelligence assessments concluded that the 150,000-man Russian military exercises announced by Putin on Wednesday were not preparations for an invasion of Ukraine because no medical units accompanied the troops. And Russian and U.S. diplomats were still working on Iran and Syrian diplomacy. All of this followed a successful Winter Olympic games for Putins Russia.
Yet private security contractors, working for the Russian military, seized control of two airports in Crimea on Friday. And Ukrainian border officials said that Russian cargo planes had landed inside the province, and that 10 military helicopters flew into Ukrainian airspace.
U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence on the fast moving situation in Ukraine tell The Daily Beast that analytic products from the intelligence community this week did not discount the prospect of Russian provocations and even light incursions in the Russian majority province of Crimea, the home of Russias fleet in the Black Sea.
Nonetheless, until Friday, no one anticipated a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory."Nobody thought Putin was going to invade last night, one Senate aide who works closely on the Ukraine crisis. He has the G8 summit in Sochi coming up, no one really saw this kind of thing coming." This source also stressed that events are still moving quickly on the ground. There is still a question about whether this is Russian troops coming across the border or Russian troops moving around the installations in Crimea.
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Our government is a sad joke. Unprepared (see Benghazi, et al). Whiners in a wimpy administration making a genius move in troop cutbacks. Revolution of some sort is needed.
Hey Obama get your head out of Reggie Love’s lap and start drafting another sternly worded letter!
Or better yet... go over there and bend over for Putin and just get it over with.
aka It's never Obama's fault
If the EU really cared about bringing Ukraine in, would they go to war?
It's what happens when imbeciles are enfranchised.
The fall of the American Republic occurred in 1865.
The fall of the "democracy" instituted over the last 100 years will soon follow.
Putin is blowing off the G8 Summit, he does not need them any longer. The mostly European Union Countries need Russia’s gas in the winters. Can’t afford to cross Vlad.
Other predictions have been more prescient:
After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obamas reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russias Putin to invade Ukraine next, Palin told Foreign Policy in 2008.
It’s not a fail. It’s what was expected by these liars upstairs.
The Washingtonians are an existential threat to the USA.
No surprise here. "Obama admin" and "epic fail" are synonyms. We know that. Putin knows that. Everybody (except the mainstream media) knows that.
more than ten choppers :
Our enemies have, at least, a three year window to completely take advantage of US interests. To not do so, would be utterly foolish.
Obama gets no blame for anything bad that happens...
and all the credit for everything bad that doesn’t.
The minute Kerry put his warning over the wires this was assured. Hagels announcement that we want to neuter the Army was fuel on the Ukrainian fire
Russia is now a superpower again courtesy of Barack the Stupid.
Pimp slapped again. Anyone remember the Pristina International Airport. Where the Russians showed up
before the ailed forces. Oh yea they are moving in
and Obama better watch his 6 because the Russians are
in Cuba. This may turn into a double or even a triple
slap down for him and F’in Kerry.
Even a child would know that Putin won’t give up Ukrainian gas and oil control - it supplies half of Europe!
CIA didn’t know? LOL, Putin probably CLEARED it with all the major powers to avoid any misunderstandings!
Even Stevie Wonder could see the Russians were going to invade the Ukraine.
They moved to protect their port at Sevastopol, and the military and civilian airports they secured are for a future pincer move to the north to link up with an invasion of ground forces to the west into Eastern Ukraine. This is a region of mostly ethnic Russians, so this will be like Austria 1938 all over again.
Russia is moving to take back Crimea.It can easily be defended, it is strategic, and the Ukraine is not going to move into the peninsula to take it back—it has geographic pinch points which will be hard to traverse.
“US intelligence” is a joke, like President Obama is a joke.
Obama goes on TV to announce about the situation, and then devolved into a joke about 5:30 pm being Democrat happy hour.
What an a-hole.
Sarah Palin More Intelligent Than 0bama's Intelligence!
Putin’s aim is to show that he is in the catbird seat, and there is nothing we can do about it, this former officer said. He’s like a kid with a can of gasoline and a book of matches, and he laughs as Obama tries to deliver lectures on how fire is dangerous. Indeed, Putin throws banana peels on the ground, and Obama manages to slip on every one of them. I’ve never seen anything like it.
How about that RESET Hillary Clinton and Obama celebrated!!!
The world is loving the U.S. more now that Obama is in charge./s
At least with the military slashed to WW2 levels we can’t waste our soldiers lives on another war we’re not fully committed to win.
“”Nobody thought Putin was going to invade last night, one Senate aide who works closely on the Ukraine crisis. He has the G8 summit in Sochi coming up, no one really saw this kind of thing coming.”
Maybe Putin didn’t want to spend lots of money on the G8 thing, which is useless anyway.
Last year the G8 summit in Ireland cost $100 million.
"Appalling" is not a strong enough word.
America can ill-afford a President who isn't taken seriously on a strategic international level. And, after this performance, Obama made Jimmeh Cahtuh look like Theodore Roosevelt...
1865? By freeing the slaves? What are you talking about?
At the risk of being put on the Watch list, let me say that if the history of US Intelligence accuracy is any indication, we’re safe.
barry got his data from a amatuer YOUTUBE VIDEO!
Lol / Ouch.
I rather think that Putin is taking Obama for a fool.
It’s ridiculously simple: there is no power balance in the world today!
The too-clever-by-half infant in the White Hut is just above such old fashioned ideas.
And, as Hannity showed this afternoon, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and the Ukraine all falling ... just like Palin predicted in 2008.
We’ve got a Rodney King POTUS, folks, pleading to the evil in the world: Why can’t we just get along?
Geeze Louise ..NSA gets every bit of data in the world and they missed this ?
I said Wednesday morning about 9 a.m. on one of your threads kristinn if an entry was made it would be from the south. It was a natural thought process and an assessment of the lay of the field. I'm not an intelligence operator though. It was easy to see putin would move in from the south and it would be soon if putin decided to go.
Nothing to do with negro slaves.
Lincoln murdered the sons of the FOUNDERS of the Republic and birthed the federal apparatus that enslaves the working man this very day.
“That’s because U.S. Intelligence is targeting people domestically ”
Here’s an interesting thought experiment - question, what is a more likely military scenario that the U.S. government and its armed forces will face within the next ten years: a. a full scale conventional and/or nuclear war with another world superpower (Russia, or a future China), or b. widespread “civil unrest” within the continental United States?
You gotta give credit where credit is due - the wargamers at the the Pentagon, the public policy nutjobs in the beltway, and the paranoid radical progressives in the legislative and executive branches are indeed making preparations to wage war on their most likely future enemies.
Totally unrelated, how many billions of rounds of ammo and thousands of MRAPs has the DHS bought recently?
If Putin succeeds in annexing Crimea it will encourage others to do the same, yet I see no one in the Obama administration, including Obama, capable of intimidating Putin.
Which is more likely?
Our huge intelligence apparatus was not closely monitoring a volatile world situation
our incompetent, self-absorbed, can't spell foreign policy Campaigner-in-Chief was fully informed yet didn't know how to respond.
I pray to God that we survive long enough to elect a real president in 2016 who will have the ability and the will to strike back and take the fight to the red menace and their Islamic allies.
We still have the democratic process to change D.C. There is only one way to change Moscow and that is with swift and destructive force. World War III is shaping up with America, the EU, and the free peoples of Earth against the expansionist tyrants in Russia and their puppet states of the old Soviet Bloc, China, and the Islamics.
US is too busy spying on Americans because that is the only thing that matters.
And in the US, by the tens of thousands. Open borders are marvelous. Witnessed two Russian speaking gentlemen get off a bus in downtown Houston just last weekend. Started taking pictures of downtown buildings right away. The US is a siting duck. Quack. Quack.
You don’t know your history as well as you think. I have read actual writings and debates that Lincoln had and he craftily did what was right to end slavery. Slavery was a deep evil that was being spread to the new territories. Maybe there was a better way to end it, but he knew that it was eating away at our new nation.
Caused by a youtube video, no doubt!