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Putin's Real Great Game: Energy Imperialism (Ukraine)
Breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2014, 4:18 AM PDT | Peter Glover

Posted on 03/07/2014 6:50:02 AM PST by Texas Fossil

Know your enemy is a great axiom of war - and politics. Whatever we may think of Putin's despotic rule, it is hard not to admire his ability to continually run strategic rings around Western leaders.

As the West's leaders meet to consider how best to 'influence' Russia to leave the Ukraine, they are resigned to considering economic sanctions as the only real option available. They are wrong.

Further, their view is predicated on the belief that Putin genuinely believes in the need to reinstate Ukraine's pro-Russian democratically elected president and protecting the indigenous Russian population. Hence, the public explanation for Russia's seemingly over-the-top belligerent militaristic intervention. The reality is, however, as I will show, this is NOT the reason for the invasion, just a mere excuse for it.

The reason is part of the Kremlin's long-term and officially stated (if you bother to look for it) great game: energy imperialism. That is, recovering Russia's global superpower status via the the chief weapon at its disposal: its oil and energy clout.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; invasion; putin; ukriane
Putin's true motives for the invasion of the Ukraine revealed.

"The Ukraine is sitting on some of the world's largest shale gas deposits. And just a few weeks before Ukraine's President Yanukovich fell from power, his government signed a $10 billion shale natural gas deal with American company Chevron to develop those resources. That would have placed the Ukraine as a net gas exporter by 2020."

Bingo! We have a Winner! This is the explanation.

1 posted on 03/07/2014 6:50:02 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

One of the best one-liners I’ve seen on the whole thing was something along the lines of “Russia is an energy company masquerading as a county.”


2 posted on 03/07/2014 6:53:36 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Texas Fossil

“Admiring” Putin is like “admiring” Hitler or the clever exploits of Jack the Ripper. It is disgusting to suggest.

That being said, this is 100% correct on the reason for him invading a sovereign Nation.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 6:59:13 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo; FreedomPoster

Agree


4 posted on 03/07/2014 7:00:36 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: FreedomPoster

Similarly, Saudi Arabia is not a state but a family oil business.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:00 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Texas Fossil

Shale gas in Europe has not yet proven economical.

In Poland, drills keep coming up non-commercial. Large players are leaving Poland.

Ukraine is likely not going to be able to produce much either.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 7:05:02 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Texas Fossil
The prospect of energy independence for the old Soviet Union would explain Obama's complete non-reaction to the whole invasion. Maybe Obama's not a pussy, it only appears so because he and Putin ultimately share the same goal and only play at being adversaries.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 7:08:54 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Texas Fossil
I'm no oilman but to me it looks like to me that Putin has Ukraine and Eastern Europe over a barrel pipeline.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 7:13:50 AM PST by McGruff (Don't worry. John Kerry is in charge.)
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To: Texas Fossil; FReepers
Now he can't afford to hold up the Keystone Pipeline.




9 posted on 03/07/2014 7:20:29 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: Texas Fossil

That and US deposits too. When will Obama and liberals self detonate? They seem to eagerly wait for a Kool Aid date of shame.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 7:20:52 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: onyx

Shakedown gallore cult.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 7:21:38 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: SeeSharp

I would not disagree.


12 posted on 03/07/2014 7:32:29 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: lavaroise

Indeed.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 7:37:16 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: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Well where would they find any shale gas then?


14 posted on 03/07/2014 7:44:14 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: RIghtwardHo

He’s apparently been aided by obama’s newfound post-reelection “flexibility, which allows obama to bend wa-a-a-a-a-y over for long stretches of time for his lord Putin.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 8:08:34 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Texas Fossil

“Money makes the world go ‘round,
The world go ‘round, the world go ‘round!”


16 posted on 03/07/2014 8:20:20 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Texas Fossil

17 posted on 03/07/2014 8:22:23 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: McGruff

Well, if they have huge shale gas deposits in Ukraine, it need not stay that way.

The difficulty is, it takes time to build things.

The other issue? How far will Putin go to grab more territory in the Ukraine?

He knows Obozo will do nothing to stop him.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 8:56:01 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Energy is among the most important national security concerns.

Not only for ourselves but our allies.

To avoid terrible compromises and sacrifices we should increase our energy production and independence.

1) Obama’s war against coal is a national catastrophe. USA has an incredible amount of coal, a big advantage we are just throwing away.

2) Germany’s decision to shut down their nuclear reactors is idiocy

3) We should be dramatically expanding nuclear power (and encouraging allies to do the same) using safer reactors such as the French have.

4) Fracking is creating an oil boom in the USA, despite Obama doing what he can to cripple oil permitting.
A future president should open up more of America to drilling.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 11:37:25 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mount Athos

Agree on all points.


20 posted on 03/07/2014 7:27:19 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Is Putin playing it 100% right? Highly doubtful but he is playing the great energy game. While our faggy little university theoretician has no clue what this is all about. Obungu knows reparations and redistribution. He knows racial and class grievances and envy.

But Obungle hates, despises foreign policy and oil/gas/energy based geo-strategy. Vlad Putin is the 180 degrees opposite.

Vlad is into world domination (in a sense) His adversaries are outside Russia

Obungle is into taxing the private sector producers more and buying votes with this money. Expanding the affirmative action based Federal work force with this money
His adversaries are conservatives inside America


21 posted on 03/08/2014 6:00:05 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Agree.


22 posted on 03/08/2014 10:11:41 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Texas Fossil

“The Ukraine is sitting on some of the world’s largest shale gas deposits. And just a few weeks before Ukraine’s President Yanukovich fell from power, his government signed a $10 billion shale natural gas deal with American company Chevron to develop those resources. That would have placed the Ukraine as a net gas exporter by 2020.”

It can’t be true.
For the time being, the EU banned the shale gas exploitation. Ukraine cannot ask to be member of the EU and at the same time use fraking.


23 posted on 03/08/2014 10:22:56 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

In my opinion, the Ukraine needs to avoid both Russia and the EU. The path to freedom is through neither of those.

As far as fracking is concerned, I have no clue where the EU stands on the issue. But when the tree hugging nut case are cold they may change their minds about that nonsense.


24 posted on 03/08/2014 10:32:09 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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