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Ralph Peters: "Putin Is Not Crazy Or Delusional..."
Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-6-14

Posted on 03/07/2014 3:19:43 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: Putin establishes facts on the ground. Look, the vote in the Crimean parliament today, begging to be allowed to join Russia -- it's a done deal. The plebiscite coming up in less than two weeks is a done deal. Crimea now belongs to Russia. As I've said on FOX before, the only remaining question is how much more of Ukraine Putin will take and when he will take it.

But the weakness, the lack of unity between the EU and the United States -- the greed, the financial cowardice -- is absolutely stunning, and Putin isn't going to stop, and he's going to do worse.

This administration lives in a dream world that negotiations solve everything. This administration, look, they still indulge in this fantasy that you can talk Putin out of Crimea. It is absolutely insane. Putin is not crazy, he's not delusional; our president and this administration are delusional.

ALISYN CAMEROTA: But it sounds like, Ralph, what you're saying is that it would take a military build-up of the kind that you just explained in order to get his attention. That's not something the U.S. is prepared to do.

PETERS: Well, look at the START treaty. There's no cost. It doesn't have to increase our defense budget significantly or anything else. But Obama wants that as part of his legacy even though the U.S. gave up valuable dual-use systems. The Russians gave up junk. Stationing forces, offering to station forces in the Baltic and Poland doesn't have to be extremely costly, and the EU could pony up for that. It doesn't have to take a huge Reagan-era military build-up, although, by God, Reagan's build-up certainly worked against the Soviets and brought them to economic collapse. There are innovative solutions and answers, but you have...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: crimea; obama; putin; ukraine
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Full title: Ralph Peters: "Putin Is Not Crazy Or Delusional; Our President And This Administration Are Delusional"

1 posted on 03/07/2014 3:19:44 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Finally

“Shameful”

Yes, our leadership is a shameful mess


2 posted on 03/07/2014 3:25:34 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I never thought that I could ever have more respect for post Communist Europe then I have today. Putin, a man, pretty much tells our “pretty boy” to go suck an egg.
GOD save America from the Obozo plague.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 3:28:55 AM PST by AlexW
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I guess Stalin’s policy of Russification in key former Soviet Republics has paid off. Crime does pay. This Russification happened in other places too, like the Baltic Republics and other areas with Ukraine. Look for moves in some of those places too if we don’t get Jimmy Carter Part Deux out of the White House.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 3:32:24 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

Palin was RIGHT and Putin is playing “Hitler” now, one country at a time.

And odumbo is probably golfing again, he is going to Flordia is he not?


5 posted on 03/07/2014 3:41:49 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Progov

Obama is all hat and no cattle as they say in Texas.

Putin? He holds a Texas flush that not even Obama can counter.

But hey, America’s royal family needs another vacation like there is no tomorrow.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 3:44:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The sets of skills required to be a community organizer or a Cold War KGB man are insanely different. We’re witnessing it.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 3:47:53 AM PST by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: yldstrk

I hope we start to hear more of this from the media.

I cannot even view what Kerry and 0bama are putting out as propaganda ‘talking points.’ Sadly, they actually freakin’ believe in what they are saying and doing! The naïveté is truly stunning.

In that regard, there is no way in hell Europe is going to follow us into attempting to stop Putin, even if it is in their own best long-term interests to do so. Reagan and Thatcher must be turning over in their graves.

As far as Putin is concerned, the media blitz to attempt to make him seem stupid is failing. And anyone who remotely thinks so, underestimates this formidable foe at their own peril. Lulling Americans, attempting to lull old soviet states, into a this false sense of confidence regarding Putin is a going to show to be a catastrophic mistake.

The war game is afoot and the Eagle doesn’t fly until Damascus falls. The world is about to change dramatically and due to President 0bama we will sit on the sidelines and watch until mid-2016. Israel is in great peril and I pray leadership inside the Pentagon have wisdom to understand the ‘wait.’


8 posted on 03/07/2014 3:53:06 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: goldstategop

I’m no Obama fan by any means, but let’s be honest here. The Crimea is next door to Russia and has been under Russia’s direct or indirect control for hundreds of years. If Putin let it fall to the new Ukraine government, he would have looked weak. The big picture is that what is unfolding in Ukraine now is Putin trying to salvage what control/influence he can. Its a very bad situation for him. Just three weeks ago, his man controlled the entire Ukraine—now he’s just playing defense.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 3:55:25 AM PST by rbg81
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To: rbg81
And the bigger picture here is that there's no reason even for Americans to give any credibility to an American government whose foreign policy is apparently based on a grand plan to homosexualize the world.
10 posted on 03/07/2014 4:07:25 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Correction—he only wants to homosexualize the non-Muslim world. Figure it out.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 4:14:03 AM PST by rbg81
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This administration lives in a dream world that negotiations solve everything. This administration, look, they still indulge in this fantasy that you can talk Putin out of Crimea. It is absolutely insane. Putin is not crazy, he's not delusional; our president and this administration are delusional.

A very accurate assessment, IMHO.

12 posted on 03/07/2014 4:16:05 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Alberta's Child
And the bigger picture here is that there's no reason even for Americans to give any credibility to an American government whose foreign policy is apparently based on a grand plan to homosexualize the world.

Indeed. Maybe Putin should announce he's gay!

13 posted on 03/07/2014 4:19:40 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One thing that isn’t often mentioned—the Crimea always belonged to Russia. It was attached to the Ukraine as an administrative move under the USSR. When the USSR fell apart, that move wasn’t undone—things were too disorganized. The reality is that the Ukraine is two separate regions—the eastern one is Ukrainian, and was historically so; the western one is predominantly Russian.

Now comes the EU and the US butting in and telling Russia they have to let the Western part go along with the revolting East. Why should the Russians do that, especially when the West is led by our wussified Prez?


14 posted on 03/07/2014 4:29:06 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 3Fingas

With regardes to Russification. .its the same reason the left is doing Mexication of large section of the US..same reason..will be same outcome


15 posted on 03/07/2014 4:35:05 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s really simple: Obama and Putin are evil to the same degree. The only difference is one of them lives in Washington, D.C., the other in Moscow, Russia.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 4:57:11 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: rbg81
I’m no Obama fan by any means, but let’s be honest here. The Crimea is next door to Russia and has been under Russia’s direct or indirect control for hundreds of years. If Putin let it fall to the new Ukraine government, he would have looked weak. The big picture is that what is unfolding in Ukraine now is Putin trying to salvage what control/influence he can. Its a very bad situation for him. Just three weeks ago, his man controlled the entire Ukraine...

Crimea has been effectively Russian since Tsarist times. The nation of Ukraine is the aberration, an artificial modern construct that amounted to a "difference without a meaning" since all SSRs fell under Moscow's rule. It was lunacy to think that Russia would ever allow a hostile alliance like NATO to control its southern flank and its strategic, sole access to warm water. And it's a good thing the West never drew Ukraine into NATO, or the other members would have been treaty-bound to defend an indefensible position.

Those of us who defend and espouse the Monroe Doctrine for our hemisphere ought to look realistically at Russia's borders in the same light. Putin would be derelict if he didn't do what he is doing now. This is how the real world works, and hard realities cannot be wished away by naive dreamers who believe that changes in the weather pose greater threats than clashing civilizations. I only wish that our president was as concerned for his own country's security as the Russian president is of his.

17 posted on 03/07/2014 5:21:34 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I think Daryl would say “that's one tough somabitch”.
18 posted on 03/07/2014 5:27:17 AM PST by McGruff (Don't worry. John Kerry is in charge.)
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To: 3Fingas
I guess Stalin’s policy of Russification in key former Soviet Republics has paid off.


The world is now shrinking at an accelerating rate. Television and the INTERNET have killed the Southern accent in Texas other than amongst people over 60, what do you think they're going to do to the Ukrainian language??

In another twenty years, there will probably be less than a dozen languages in actual use, figure two Germanic languages (English and German), Two Romance languages (French and Spanish), One Slavic language (Russian), Hebrew and Arabic, One Subcontinent language (Hindi), One Chinese language (Mandarin), and Japanese and Korean.

That will be it. Those maps showing a linguistic breakdown for the Ukraine will be 100% vs. zero %.

All of that would be taking place with or without anything Stalin ever did.

19 posted on 03/07/2014 5:37:03 AM PST by varmintman
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To: 3Fingas
I guess Stalin’s policy of Russification in key former Soviet Republics has paid off.


The world is now shrinking at an accelerating rate. Television and the INTERNET have killed the Southern accent in Texas other than amongst people over 60, what do you think they're going to do to the Ukrainian language??

In another twenty years, there will probably be less than a dozen languages in actual use, figure two Germanic languages (English and German), Two Romance languages (French and Spanish), One Slavic language (Russian), Hebrew and Arabic, One Subcontinent language (Hindi), One Chinese language (Mandarin), and Japanese and Korean.

That will be it. Those maps showing a linguistic breakdown for the Ukraine will be 100% vs. zero %.

All of that would be taking place with or without anything Stalin ever did.

20 posted on 03/07/2014 5:38:29 AM PST by varmintman
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m going to post my 1st antiamerican post in my life. I believe Russia has had a historical union with the Ukraine for over 500 years. The Crimean ports are the only warm water ports that Russia has. Putin cannot allow Ukraine to go completely independent and join the globalized EU. It would be like Florida trying to secede from the union. We are not the policeman of the world. Ukraine is in the Russian sphere of influence. Our major goal should be to rebuild the Weinberger Doctrine and absolutely prevent any Russian aggression outside their sphere of influence. Flame away. “stay away from a ground war against Russia.” Russia is not the same marxist collossus that we have all feared. Putin is trying to reestablish orthodox values and protect the historical Christian Church unlike the reprobates that are running our country now.


21 posted on 03/07/2014 5:51:49 AM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: 2nd Amendment
I’m going to post my 1st antiamerican post in my life.

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What is "anti-american" about your post?

22 posted on 03/07/2014 5:56:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: FReepers


23 posted on 03/07/2014 6:01:06 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: afraidfortherepublic

I bet that right now the Chinese government is slapping its forehead and saying, “Damn! We should have invaded Taiwan while this idiot is in charge of America! By the time that fool did anything we would have two armies of occupation there and it would be a done deal!”

And a moment later they would slap themselves again and say, “Damn! We could have invaded Japan, the Philippines, and even Hawaii, and that jackass would just sit there, wringing his hands.”


24 posted on 03/07/2014 6:08:42 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Always A Marine
I only wish that our president was as concerned for his own country's security as the Russian president is of his.

Were I Putin-or any other world leader-I would have taken particular notice of the secretary of state's and military chiefs stating to America and the world that the biggest threat to our national security is ... Climate change!?!

Seriously again, were I Putin, I would be advancing on every front possible and let the US battle the dreaded global warming.

25 posted on 03/07/2014 6:11:17 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: 2nd Amendment
The Crimean ports are the only warm water ports that Russia has.

Absolutely! You have stated what so many others have missed in the entire situation.

26 posted on 03/07/2014 6:56:18 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: 2nd Amendment

They also have a base in Tartus, Syria...and obviously with the instability there, the importance of Crimea is magnified.


27 posted on 03/07/2014 6:57:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: bill1952
You don't think other countries are watching Putin operate and thinking "hmmmm..".
It will not surprise me in the slightest to wake up one morning to find China has moved on Taiwan or had a major skirmish with Japan overnight. Maybe a different region, maybe I wake up to find Israel is dropping heavy ordinance on Iran in retaliation for an attack overnight. Either way, many nations with ill intent are looking around and thinking they have about 24 months left to get some serious business on.

With that said, I think we are going to see our mid-term elections meddled with like never before. It behooves other nefarious countries to have democrats running things in the U.S., hence I think we will witness some seriously fraudulent behavior this go around with large sponsorship from foreign countries.

Just my $0.02

28 posted on 03/07/2014 7:41:49 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: 2nd Amendment

Amen. Reality has a way of sneaking up on us. Paradigms are a biotch, especially when our formerly righteous nation descends so rapidly into depravity that it now hates everything righteous.


29 posted on 03/07/2014 7:51:45 AM PST by afsnco
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Putin would literally HAVE to be crazy not to be taking full advantage of our current foreign policy weakness...

Putin is still a horrible thug, but he would have to be insane not to take advantage of any weakness that could be an advantage to him


30 posted on 03/07/2014 7:59:53 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Always A Marine; Travis McGee
"It was lunacy to think that Russia would ever allow a hostile alliance like NATO..."

Exactly, which is why no one in the West actually thinks that's the case - it's just posturing for MIV (medium information voters) consumption.

There's a few FR posters left who understand the larger, strategic dynamic, but a lot have left for greener pastures. (Compare read/comment stats @ ZH vs FR.)

The bottom line is this: in order for the US dollar to survive, debt must continually expand. Whether domestic (eg Obamacare) or foreign, the hunt for projects that fit the profile of expensive, credit driven events continues.

Crimea/Ukraine is actually a three-fer: (a) resource control (ie pipelines); (b) justification for military build-up (anywhere, not just Ukraine); and (c) emergency 'grants' & 'loans.

Actually, strike that, it's a four-fer: get the minds of MIVs off domestic treason by focusing on issues which we cannot control. Brilliant, really.

31 posted on 03/07/2014 8:11:58 AM PST by semantic
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To: 2nd Amendment
I believe Russia has had a historical union with the Ukraine for over 500 years.

350 years, but who's counting?

32 posted on 03/07/2014 8:31:37 AM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: Always A Marine
The nation of Ukraine is the aberration, an artificial modern construct ....

Total nonsense. Absence of nation-state doesn't refute nation's existence. Otherwise, Poles, Finns, Chechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Lithuanians/Latvians/Estonians, Jews, etc. are not nations since they too didn't have their own country.

33 posted on 03/07/2014 9:11:20 AM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: Always A Marine

This is how the real world works, and hard realities cannot be wished away by naive dreamers who believe that changes in the weather pose greater threats than clashing civilizations. I only wish that our president was as concerned for his own country’s security as the Russian president is of his.


Great line. That being said, I am sympathetic to the Ukranians who want to determine their own destiny. But I don’t think its worth going to war over for many of the reasons you stated. Especially if said war could easily go nuclear.


34 posted on 03/07/2014 9:14:54 AM PST by rbg81
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To: AlexW
So... to make it clear, you are impressed by Putin/Russia, because they make Obama look like an idiot ?
35 posted on 03/07/2014 1:35:08 PM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246

” you are impressed by Putin/Russia, because they make Obama look like an idiot ?”
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That is a bit of a distortion of what I said.
I can respect Putin as a strong man, far more then I could Obama, but it does not take anyone to make Obama look like an idiot. He does that quite well on his own.


36 posted on 03/07/2014 2:12:40 PM PST by AlexW
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