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Beware the Russian Bear: The wily predator has fooled the U.S. over and over and over
National Review ^ | 03/03/2013 | John Fund

Posted on 03/03/2014 6:52:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind



TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/03/2014 6:52:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A little historical perspective, copied from another thread.

Are you aware that Crimea was part of Russia for over 200 years, until Nikita Khrushchev literally gifted it to Ukraine in 1954 in order to gain the support of their party bosses during his accession after the death of Stalin?

Before Russia, it belonged to the Ottoman Empire, now defunct. Before that, it belonged to the city-state of Venice, going back to before Columbus discovered America. But it was NEVER part of Ukraine, until Khrushchev’s “gift.”

Imagine if President Eisenhower, as a dictator on his own, gave Long Island and NYC to Connecticut as part of a in internal United States political deal to secure CT’s support.

In 1954, the political gift was an internal USSR matter, not an international matter. In 1991, the USSR broke apart, and Khrushchev’s gift suddenly mattered. But despite the gift and the fluke that led Crimea to become part of the modern sovereign nation of Ukraine, Crimea has always been 90% ethnic Russian, and it contains Russia’s most vital naval bases and sea ports.

In fact, Crimea is far more Russian than Hawaii is American. It’s foolish and naïve to believe that the Russian’s will risk losing the Crimea during a period of chaos in Ukraine.


2 posted on 03/03/2014 6:53:16 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Only those planning to be fooled are actually fooled.


3 posted on 03/03/2014 6:55:31 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Travis McGee
I appreciate the history lesson, Travis.

But as far as the headline is concerned, zero is complicit, not being fooled ... PLAYED, maybe ... but not fooled.

imo

4 posted on 03/03/2014 6:56:21 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The bear has always fooled libs...not much effort required there given their almost unbroken record of weak-d*ck-ness, poor knowledge of history, and general stupidity.

However, with the Obamadork and the clueless marshmallow State(less) Dept running things, Putin doesn’t even have to put effort in it. Just do anything and the libs will screw things up. It’s what they do.

You have to give it to our military professionalism...because no one there with above room IQ has any regard for the dork. Saluting him must make them want to hurl. And I can imagine that the middle finger in each salute of that piece of excrement contains a middle finger that is just slightly more extended.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 6:57:39 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

They haven’t fooled the US over and over. Just the idiots in charge.


6 posted on 03/03/2014 6:58:39 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"All options are on the table"


7 posted on 03/03/2014 7:00:18 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends

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8 posted on 03/03/2014 7:02:23 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Putin will reincorporate Crimea into Russia the way China seized Tibet. The West will not be able to prevent it. In fact the pouting of Kerry and Obama underscores that the West is becoming less influential and relevant to world affairs. Economic alliances and centers of power are shifting. Eventually Germany will tire of subsidizing its non productive, debt ridden Western and Southern European partners. Between 1870 and 1914 the German Russian economic sphere was one of the world’s most dynamic. The tragic events of the 20th century of course ended it. However Germany will soon focus on the boundless potential and resources of Russia. Ironically Ukraine is on the axis and will participate in the Central European economic renaissance. The Central Europeans will be the economic and military balance to the evolving Asiatic power blocs. The primacy of the West is diminishing.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 7:06:14 AM PST by allendale
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To: SeekAndFind

It never fooled Reagan.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 7:08:31 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GeronL; KC_Lion

Ping.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 7:11:05 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

obama is a Russian plant


12 posted on 03/03/2014 7:16:59 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind
Clearly they have an obligation to take some action. In 1994, the U.S., Great Britain, and Russia guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial inviolability in exchange for the new state’s agreement to destroy the nuclear weapons it had inherited from the Soviet Union after its breakup.

Back in '94 we were still enjoying the residual prestige earned by a preceding generation of leaders.

Thats entirely gone now, having been spent on EBT cards & Obama phones.

So forget it, John. It'll be years before we can become the world's policeman again. Pretending we still are invites disaster.

13 posted on 03/03/2014 7:23:55 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

“...it might also be time to reassess Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization.”

Neocon gibberish on display.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 7:34:54 AM PST by Luke21
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To: yldstrk
RE: obama is a Russian plant

15 posted on 03/03/2014 7:58:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Beware neocons cheerleading for endless war.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 8:04:52 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Reagan was a great president, at a very different point in our history. I am much more worried about threats right here at home, than I am from Russia. I really am astonished at the stupidity of people who think we “must” be enemies of Russia. The right (or what passes for the right in this country) really is the Stupid Party.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 8:08:48 AM PST by Romulus
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To: SeekAndFind
You don't try to fool the bear, you starve him. Deregulating American oil and gas production would bring both the Middle East and Russia to heel.
18 posted on 03/03/2014 8:21:19 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Carry_Okie

RE: Deregulating American oil and gas production would bring both the Middle East and Russia to heel.

Exploring ALL of our energy resources would also help.

But this President is making sure that this does not happen...


19 posted on 03/03/2014 8:23:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Carry_Okie

20 posted on 03/03/2014 8:25:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

21 posted on 03/03/2014 8:26:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
That is exactly what I meant.

It's about 4mm barrels per day.

22 posted on 03/03/2014 8:28:13 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Carry_Okie

You will notice from the charts that Germany is highly dependent on Russian energy exports.

It should come as no surprise because former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is a strong Russian advocate.

As Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder was a strong advocate of the Nord Stream pipeline project, which aims to supply Russian gas directly to Germany, thereby bypassing transit countries.

The agreement to build the pipeline was signed two weeks before the German parliamentary election. On 24 October 2005, just a few weeks before Schröder stepped down as Chancellor, the German government guaranteed to cover 1 billion euros of the Nord Stream project cost, should Russia’s Gazprom (controlled by Putin and cronies) default on a loan. However,

Soon after stepping down as chancellor, Schröder accepted Gazprom’s nomination for the post of the head of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest.

German opposition parties expressed concern over the issue, as did the governments of countries over whose territory gas is currently pumped.

In an editorial entitled Gerhard Schroeder’s Sellout, the American newspaper The Washington Post also expressed sharp criticism, reflecting widening international ramifications of Schröder’s new post.

In January 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that Schröder would join the board of the oil company TNK-BP, a joint venture between oil major BP and Russian partners.


23 posted on 03/03/2014 8:34:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone remember the classic TV commercial about “There’s A bear in the woods”. It was effective then and we should send it around the internet today.


24 posted on 03/03/2014 8:52:18 AM PST by wildbill ())
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To: SeekAndFind
You will notice from the charts that Germany is highly dependent on Russian energy exports.

I "noticed" that before the pipeline was built thank you. Sheesh.

25 posted on 03/03/2014 9:00:14 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Travis McGee

I’m not sure about this because I haven’t read the treaty (yet) but wasn’t Crimea given to Ukraine in exchange for land for Poland? It was a swap. I’m not sure of the reason.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 9:06:07 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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