Skip to comments.Ukraine crisis: Angry Angela Merkel questions whether Putin is 'in touch with reality'
Posted on 03/03/2014 9:51:21 AM PST by DaveMSmith
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Obama, Jarrett, Kerry....do they even have the ability to really take the diplomatic route? I sense they fly by the seats of their pants.
I really don't know what "flying by the seat of one's pants" means (!) but I'm trying to say that they don't anticipate (diplomatic chess) and when push comes to shove they haven't a clue.
Wonder what's the origin of "push comes to shove"?!
Wonder what her "tell" means!
The same can be said for American voters and Obama. America isn't called "Obama-land" overseas for nothing. The rest of the world thinks we've lost our bloody minds.
Yeah, and what is Putin going to do with all that oil and gas? Sell it to someone else, freeing up supplies elsewhere? Stop producing, throwing a big chunk of his population out of work and stopping cash flow to his oligarch buddies? The best he can do is cause a price spike just as the winter heating season is winding down. Putin's problem is that he essentially has a colonial economy based on extracting natural resources and selling them abroad. He needs foreign markets as much, if not more, than they need him.
You are correct....Dont ask how i know.
(But, what DO you know, and generally speaking, how DO you know it?)
Sorry, for asking; just call me "Whiskers" because I'm as curious as a cat and don't want to be the last to know stuff!
But, aren't war economies good economies.
Maybe that could be Putin's secondary reason for overtaking Crimea.
1. Annex Crimea
2. Stimulate faltering economy with a "war economy" mentality that might just come in handy should other countries decide to intervene with Crimea and other Putin actions.
If only we could get a lot more open mikes.
This "transparent" presidency isn't working out.
Wonder what Obama and Medved were fully saying and meaning. Maybe Crimea - maybe Crimea and other stuff.
The Obama/Medved full conversation would probably floor us (at the very least).
-— Both were said to be in favour of sending an immediate fact finding mission to Ukraine -—
What we really need to do is to send a blue ribbon commission on a fact-finding mission to find its butt with both hands.
“Oh no! Not a fact-finding mission! Anything but that!”
Eyes and ears everywhere you go...probably got inside info with the German version of NSA.
Every time I see the name "Angie" I think of Angelina Jolie.
Where is the outrage in Hollywood that Crimea has been overtaken.
Where are the congressional hearings with Ben Affleck, Jolie, Sean Penn, Beyonce, JayZ, and of course, Dennis Rodman, etc?
“Where are the congressional hearings with Ben Affleck, Jolie, Sean Penn, Beyonce, JayZ, and of course, Dennis Rodman, etc? “
They are sitll trying to recover from post Oscar party hangovers. :-)
“Eyes and ears everywhere you go.”
A leaked phone call between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet has revealed that the two discussed that the blame of the killing of civilian protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is on the radical militiamen rather than the government police forces.
The Estonian foreign ministry confirmed the leaked conversation was accurate.
“So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition,” Urman Paet says...
Where we herd that before?
“Milosevici killed 100,000 Albanian Kosovars” (no bodies were found)
“Saddam Hussein has Weapons of Mass Destruction” (no WMD were found)
“Assad used chemical weapons on his own people “ and now
“Yanukovich sent snipers to kill peaceful demonstrators”
When will they stop fooling us?
I'll be the first to say I don't know Jack about Crimea but it looks like its time to learn.
You’re welcome :)
I wouldn’t be dismissive of Russia’s energy advantage or underestimate Putin’s resolve to effectively re-constitute the old Soviet Union. Its a very complex geopolitical situation for sure, with a lot of moving parts, but EU is dependent on Russia for a lot of its energy. Putin could inflict a lot of pain on the continent and many of the EU countries are already in an economically weakened state.
“A leaked phone call between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet has revealed that the two discussed that the blame of the killing of civilian protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is on the radical militiamen rather than the government police forces.”
Olga Bogomolets, who gave the information to the Estonian minister, is a public figure and a respectable doctor, who has actually taken part in the Maidan movement from the onset and was tending to the wounded victims herself, along with other doctors. You can google her. She certainly cannot be suspected of being a Yanukovich sympathizer. She saw the wounded and the dead herself, and also showed photos to the Estonian minister, who, being not too crazy about Russia himself, wouldn’t go broadcasting the news if he believed it was just a rumour made of thin air.