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Crisis in Ukraine: As Russia surges, is US still a 'superpower'?
Yahoo ^ | March 2, 2014 | Brad Knickerbocker

Posted on 03/03/2014 6:55:27 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

As the fast-moving crisis in Ukraine shows no sign of winding down, the United States – frequently dubbed the lone remaining “superpower” since the Soviet Union fragmented and fell – finds its place in the world questioned and perhaps tenuous.

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More immediately, does the Obama administration have any effective options to influence behavior in Ukraine as Russian military forces surge there, taking over its Crimea region, and amounting to what interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calls "a declaration of war”?

As hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea Sunday, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said, "We are on the brink of disaster.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry was the point man for the Obama administration as he made the rounds of the Sunday morning television news programs.

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1 posted on 03/03/2014 6:55:27 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters just uttered the Quote of the Week on FNC:

“Vladimir Putin is a trained KGB operative. He sizes up people quickly. Putin has Obama’s number, and Obama’s number is ZERO”.


2 posted on 03/03/2014 6:55:48 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: MinorityRepublican

0bama is destroying this Country at warp speed!


3 posted on 03/03/2014 6:57:07 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Now is a great time to cut our military budget. /sarc


4 posted on 03/03/2014 6:59:05 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Nope. I don’t think we understand the nature of man. He is a predator. He is not a woman. He will kill you and go sleep well. We have a woman government. It is impotent. It is a joke.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 6:59:24 PM PST by SADMILLIE
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To: The Sons of Liberty
0bama is destroying this Country at warp speed!

No he isn't. We are this country and we are still here and ready to take up arms.

Obama is an interregnum...a constipational problem on the way to our next leader.

6 posted on 03/03/2014 7:00:50 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Crisis in Ukraine: As Russia surges, is US still a 'superpower'?

Morally or Militarily?

7 posted on 03/03/2014 7:01:24 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Not exactly, IMHO. What has happened is that the gaggle of superannuated campus leftists that has driven U.S. foreign policy for the last five years has finally realized that “punishing” the U.S. by reducing the world diplomatic model to that of 1913 has had some unexpected (by them) results: the world has not devolved into a butterflies-and-unicorns peace paradise but has, instead, screwed up its face at the stench of the next aggressive power. They’re scrambling now to blame somebody else, which is the last resort of a failed demagogue before the roof falls in.


8 posted on 03/03/2014 7:01:33 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: MinorityRepublican
The Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons based on a treaty obligation by the U.S. and EU to protect its sovereignty.

Nevillebama is working on Munich II right now.

9 posted on 03/03/2014 7:01:39 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I believe the current goals of the US are as follows:

1) Fight one major war
2) Discourage aggression in another part of the world.
3) Protect the US

Well, we are retreating in Afghanistan and we won't leave troops there. That war is over. We lost the war with the cave dwellers.
We have failed to discourage Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- a country with which we have a treaty stating that we will protect their sovereignty. Putin knows we will do nothing, so he charged right in.
Protecting our homeland? Maybe -- MAYBE -- Obama can handle that one. But our local militia could handle that one -- so long as Obama doesn't disarm the militia.

As it stands, our entire military strategy is a complete shambles.

10 posted on 03/03/2014 7:02:16 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: MinorityRepublican

Yes were still a super power but things have changed.

Our big industry is now lawn care, we’re now populated by Mexicans and assorted 3rd world foreigners, our new national past time is trying not to offend homos and those offended by our flag.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 7:03:55 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Wll, yes, but powers aren't present when under the influence of the red son.


12 posted on 03/03/2014 7:04:06 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Not even close to a superpower.

It’s a super joke, except it ain’t even remotely funny ;/


13 posted on 03/03/2014 7:04:06 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

We are still as much a superpower, as a sword is sharp edge

However, if one is unwilling to weird such power or cut with the blade you carry, you are at once impotent and not a threat to any aggressors


14 posted on 03/03/2014 7:07:30 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SADMILLIE
Obama is a little queen. His entire constitution is based on indifference...on narcissism.

He will crumble when Putin challenges him.

But Putin knows full-well that Obama is not America. Obama is only the affirmative action part of America...and that part is irrelevant.

America is a core without leaders...which means that our system of selecting our leaders is broken.

Our leaders are still here...just not in plain sight.

Putin knows this. He will not attack us.

If he did attack, all hell would break loose.

Putin knows this.

15 posted on 03/03/2014 7:07:33 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: MinorityRepublican

No. Not as long as a buffoon is a head of state, the once great state...can’t think of the name now.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 7:09:12 PM PST by Fungi
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Obama’s greatest military achievement is the promotion of sodomy. No doubt this is the foreign perspective.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 7:11:22 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

a train full of tanks headed to Moscow

troops on the move in Tatarstan, Russia

“Neftekamskneftehim” the largest oil refinery in Europe located in Tatarstan, Russia is on fire


18 posted on 03/03/2014 7:14:44 PM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: bigbob

We need people to tell it like it is. There’s no time for less.

Thank you Lt. Col. Peters for your service. You’re a true American.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 7:17:14 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The history books offer no example of a superpower being ruled by a “community organizer(TM)”.


20 posted on 03/03/2014 7:18:39 PM PST by varmintman
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To: MinorityRepublican

Obama’s upbringing and training were all intended to raise a communist.

As a communist, his mission was to destroy the U.S. constitution, and the U.S. itself. All of that was accomplished from within.

The U.S. still has a chance to recover, but, with people like him and the liberals and socialists in congress, and the liberal “state” press to carry their water, and the dependent society which democrats created, it’s going to be a very rough road back, and we might never make it back.

The USSR was a model for communism, and when the Soviet Empire crumbled, it was a huge disappointment to communists everywhere, including Obama and Alinsky. But, a communist America, or a destroyed America, would never leave their dreams and desires. They knew how to get it done, and we’re witnessing the results, and Obama is celebrating, while making the necessary speeches to deflect any accusations that might point fingers at his real mission.

America was duped, and we have to take that statement that Obama made to Putin last year, just before the election, as a “smoking gun”; and that statement was about how he (Obama) would have more flexibility after the elections. We now know what that statement meant, and both Putin and Obama played us all for fools.

The goal of communists is to create a world that is all communist, and Russia is the leader in that mission, and Obama is going along with it, because, it will be the culmination of his lifelong dream, and that of his mentors.


21 posted on 03/03/2014 7:23:51 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: RoosterRedux


22 posted on 03/03/2014 7:25:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SADMILLIE

I wouldn’t say we have a “woman” government. We have a “sissy” government. I’m not a completely devoted blind Palin fan, but I don’t think we’d have a “sissy” government if she was in the white house. I truly do believe she’d be another Thatcher. If John McCain’s not around to screw it up.


23 posted on 03/03/2014 7:26:34 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SampleMan
The Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons based on a treaty obligation by the U.S. and EU to protect its sovereignty.

What year did the US Senate ratify that treaty, do you remember?

24 posted on 03/03/2014 7:33:18 PM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Not under Obama! He wants a post America world.


25 posted on 03/03/2014 7:37:51 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: adorno

Obama is a Communist plant that took 47 years to train and put into position.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 7:51:33 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: MinorityRepublican

Not with obama in office. Rather than a “superpower,” we are now officially a “poopersour.”


27 posted on 03/03/2014 8:08:50 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Power is a combination of hardware and heart.


28 posted on 03/03/2014 8:10:15 PM PST by lurk
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To: VerySadAmerican

Good point. Sarah is great but even she would agree we need a man— NOW.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 8:12:59 PM PST by SADMILLIE
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Was that not always his plan?

He is more concerned with disarming law abiding US citizens than standing up to Putin.


30 posted on 03/03/2014 9:12:58 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: MinorityRepublican

Any country that possess enough nukes and have the means to deliver them should be considered a superpower.


31 posted on 03/03/2014 9:20:39 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: mac_truck

It appears your implication is correct. I cannot find that it was even presented to the Senate for ratification.

Looks like another worthless assurance of support from the West to Eastern Europe. The Ukrainians should have remembered Czechoslovakia and Poland, before giving up their nukes.


32 posted on 03/04/2014 5:24:51 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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