Skip to comments.U.S. Spies Said No Russian Invasion of Ukraine—Putin Disagreed
Posted on 03/01/2014 10:28:30 AM PST by mandaladon
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; the newly-installed Crimean prime minister has appealed to Putin to help him secure the country; Putin, in turn, is officially asking for parliament's permission to send Russian forces into Ukraine. Its not a full-blown invasionat least, not yet. But its not the picture U.S. analysts were painting just a day before, either.
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,
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This administration is horrible. A joke. They need to be thrown out of office. The Obama Red Lines are all over the place now. All of them have been crossed with impunity. Our president is a coward at best.
And let's be frank . . . if Vegas was to lay odds . . . .
But no worries world! We here in the US are enjoying our Happy Hour with the 1st World President Obama who is busy lowering the world's oceans, yada, yada, yada.
Oh yes, and to earn his Nobel Peace Prize, he reducing our military to before WW2 strength. Happy Days are here again!
When NSA focuses on Tea Party Members, male Christians, registered Republicans, all cell phone calls made by Americans to anyone, and people opposing Obozo Care, they wouldn’t have any resources to monitor any real problems.
Even, if any potential incursion plans were intercepted, the Out House and its band of left wing thugs would have ignored the report and buried it like the Benghazi cover up.
One former U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast he expects Russian operatives to begin launching false flag style operations designed to look like terrorist attacks or arms shipments to anti-Russian groups in Crimea and to leak alleged conversations implicating Kiev and the CIA in these drummed up events.*****
Putin must have found one of the CIA’s playbooks left behind in Syria.
When you have a President that is incompetent then you will have people around him that are incompetent.
Feckless government employees
Don’t blame the CIA. They are too busy preparing to celebrate “Diversity Month.”
Chalk up another pathetic failure for the Washington foreign policy and intelligence “experts.”
I’m so glad that these people are keeping us safe in a dangerous world.
C’mon, the Russians have been doing it for decades. If anything, they wrote the playbook that the CIA stole.
The Post-American order stands for nothing except its own dismantling. That is why Obama sets red lines that he wont enforce and issues threats that he doesnt mean.
The only thing less appealing than selfishness is the complete absence of self. The only thing less appealing than empire is an anti-imperialism that so thoroughly negates its own power that it has no influence and no reason to exist.
Post-American America exists to destroy itself. Until that changes, it has nothing to offer the world except membership in a suicide pact.
Obama, doing foreign policy the Chamberlain way
This is what happens when you have a commander in chief that fights for gay marriage in the military instead of preparing the military for a fight.
In 2009 Palin predicted the invasion. US intelligence (as of THURSDAY?) couldn’t see it happening?
Absolute liars, psychopaths, and at their BEST incompetent undocumented sociopaths.
That's the downside.
The UPside is that they have EVERY single email I have sent to my cousin about her newest recipe!
The admin only has competent spies watching US!
Recording everything on FR probably
I am trying to think of who would be impressed with whatever that was, or was supposed to prove. So far I am at a loss.
Kenyan not only screwing America, he is now “fixing” the world, one nice commie caliphate.
Time to “Maidan” the DC.
In most countries, a total diplomatic and intelligence failure such as this would mean the removal of the regime. Here, I doubt most people are even aware of 0bama’s latest fiasco.
The US intelligence agencies are now the largest ever with capabilities almost exceeding the wildest imagining of a few decades past. Yet...we've come to this.
When a red crayon is the only thing left in the arsenal, a choom gang illegal alien usurper drawing pathetic redlines is what we are left with.
Recent reports of fishing boats spotting the Grand Fenwick Duchy's armada off the coast of Long Island have been dismissed by Jay Carnie-Barker.
That is certainly a possibility.
What is a certainty is that no matter what intel the CIA delivered, obama only heard that which would please his ears.
Our strength is our quickness and our brutality. Genghis Khan had millions of women and children hunted down and killed, deliberately and with a gay heart. History sees in him only the great founder of States. What the weak Western European civilization alleges about me, does not matter. I have given the order and will have everyone shot who utters but one word of criticism that the aim of this war does not consist in reaching certain designated [geographical] lines, but in the enemies' physical elimination. Thus, for the time being only in the east, I put ready my Death's Head units, with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race or language. Only thus will we gain the living space that we need. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?
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