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Obama doesnít grasp Putinís Eurasian ambitions
Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2014 | By Editorial Board

Posted on 03/19/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

IT’S EASY to conclude that Vladi­mir Putin’s passionate defense of Russia’s takeover of Crimea “just didn’t jibe with reality,” as Secretary of State John F. Kerry put it. In a speech on Tuesday, the Russian ruler repeated mendacious charges that the Ukrainian government had been hijacked by “nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites”; voiced his paranoid conspiracy theory about supposed Western sponsorship of popular revolutions, including the Arab Spring; and brazenly compared Russia’s abrupt annexation of Ukraine with the reunification of Germany.

It’s necessary, however, to take some of what Mr. Putin said seriously, because of the implicit threat it poses to European and global security. Mr. Putin advanced a radical and dangerous argument: that the collapse of the Soviet Union left “the Russian nation” as “one of the biggest, if not the biggest ethnic group in the world to be divided by borders.” That, he suggested, gave Moscow the right to intervene in Crimea, and, by extension, anywhere it considers ethnic Russians or their culture to be threatened.

Mr. Putin’s doctrine would justify Russian meddling not just in other parts of Ukraine — he claimed that “large sections of the historical south of Russia” now “form the southeast of Ukraine” — but also in other former Soviet republics with substantial populations of ethnic Russians.

Western officials seem to be betting that Mr. Putin won’t dare to extend his aggression beyond Crimea. But then, just last week they were saying they did not expect Moscow to move quickly on Crimean annexation. The Obama administration and its European allies have been too slow to grasp that Mr. Putin is bent on upending the post-Cold War order in Europe and reversing Russia’s loss of dominion over Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; palin; palinwasright; putin; russia; ukraine
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1 posted on 03/19/2014 5:51:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

The only ambitions Obama grasps are his own.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 5:56:04 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Putin is opposing Bad America, therefore Putin must somehow be a good guy...”

2016: DEAD ON BULL’S-EYE.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 5:57:34 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama doesn’t “grasp” anything. Obama is a front.

Valerie Jarrett grasps everything very well. She is there to destroy America as we know it.

Fundamentally changing America = destroying what you know to be America. Different wording, same meaning.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 5:58:00 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Jim Robinson

Well...Obammy is more flexible now after the election.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 5:58:45 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Russia is a great power. With 150 million people, it would always be certain to dominate Europe. We can’t change this but we could shape the kind of great power Russia ought to be.

Whether a common European home is ever realized depends on the choices Russians make. Crimea aside, I do not see Europe going to back to the Cold War days. Every one has too much to lose.

That is why no one is taking really irreversible steps that could plunge Europe into another world war. And we can all hope that never does happen.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 6:00:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: JudyinCanada

Where was Valerie Jarrett born? Oh yeah. Shiraz, Iran.


8 posted on 03/19/2014 6:02:13 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Jim Robinson

Nature abhors a vacuum.


9 posted on 03/19/2014 6:02:45 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
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To: Jim Robinson

Yep.....neo-Eurasianism.

It’s laid out here pretty well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundations_of_Geopolitics

Mind you, the book was written in the mid to late 1990s, so some minor aspects of it might have changed, but I’m seriously thinking the neo-Eurasianist idea has become Russia’s guiding ideology.


10 posted on 03/19/2014 6:03:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Jim Robinson

11 posted on 03/19/2014 6:04:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: goldstategop

We never would have had a cold war if Roosevelt had not stopped Patton from rolling into Berlin. Roosevelt believed that Russia had an ultimate right to seize Berlin.


12 posted on 03/19/2014 6:04:56 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Velly intelesting.


13 posted on 03/19/2014 6:06:47 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama is going to call a timeout on Ukraine, the Baltics, the Malaysian airliner, and all that. Time out until March Madness is done. First things first.


14 posted on 03/19/2014 6:06:55 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: Jim Robinson

Is it time for another round of golf yet?


15 posted on 03/19/2014 6:06:58 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama grasps Putins ambitions.....

He simply doesn’t care....


16 posted on 03/19/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman

Well, they both agree on bringing down the USA.


17 posted on 03/19/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson; cripplecreek; onyx
This type of crisis should have been prevented with good diplomacy before it happened.

That means not having a pill pedeling homo as a president.

What we can do now is what Sarah Palin said (though she was wasn't the first, any thinking American would come up with it.) Drill and sell our own natural gas and other fossil fuels.

We get Money, Jobs, Undercut Russia's Massive profits, and get new customers In Europe.

There is no downside to it at all.

18 posted on 03/19/2014 6:09:47 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Ubama is a pill pedaling Homo!)
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To: KC_Lion

Good diplomacy = strength through superior firepower.

Obama’s going with flower power and fairy dust.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 6:13:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Reagan broke the Soviet Union’s bank with a defensive buildup and “starwars” that the SU couldn’t compete with. Now Obama announces proudly that US defenses will be reduced to pre-WWII size. What do Libs expect?


20 posted on 03/19/2014 6:13:15 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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