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What does Vladimir Putin want next?
This is CNN ^ | March 21, 2014 | By Tim Lister

Posted on 03/22/2014 10:48:07 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Simferopol, Crimea (CNN) -- Is Russian President Vladimir Putin an opportunist, grabbing at chances to poke the West in the eye, or a clever strategist with the longer-term goal of restoring a greater Russia? Is he simply riding a tide of Russian patriotic fervor over Crimea? Is he a rational actor aware of the delicate balances within the international system, or as one observer put it, "drunk on power" and oblivious to sanctions?

These are the questions preoccupying western governments and Russia's neighbors, after the swift annexation of Crimea and Russian military maneuvers close to the Ukrainian border.

There were some tantalizing clues in Putin's pugnacious speech to the Duma this week. He described the fall of the Soviet Union as unfortunate -- because it had separated Russians. "The Russian nation became one of the biggest, if not the biggest ethnic group in the world to be divided by borders," he said.

"It was only when Crimea ended up as part of a different country that Russia realized that it was not simply robbed, it was plundered." He went on to say, "if you compress the spring all the way to its limit, it will snap back hard."

Heady, populist rhetoric -- but it has propelled the Russian President to his highest approval rating -- 71% -- in recent years, according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

Putin said Russia had no intention of violating Ukraine's sovereignty (beyond the 5% of its territory it has absorbed this week.) "Do not believe those who want you to fear Russia, shouting that other regions will follow Crimea," he told Ukrainians.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: checkers; chess; chessvsgolf; crimea; obama; putin; russia; ukraine; ussr; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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'But he then said this: "It should be above all in Ukraine's own interest to ensure that these people's rights and interests are fully protected. This is the guarantee of Ukraine's state stability and territorial integrity."

In other words, if the Kremlin believes Russians are being discriminated against, Ukraine's independence is no longer assured.

Those words will have echoed across parts of the former Soviet Union with large Russian populations...'

What does Vladimir Putin want next?

Well, the dimwitted Obama had best be figuring it out real quick. Putin wants all he can easily take. And he will take all he can when there's no one there to stop him. A pen and a phone ain't cutting it.

He's on a mission from God. Putting the USSR back together.

1 posted on 03/22/2014 10:48:07 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
What does Vladimir Putin want next?

I dunno but my wife is pretty smart -- I'll ask 'er!

(That's an Alaska joke, you know.)

2 posted on 03/22/2014 10:50:11 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

A V8? Something on a crisp Ritz Cracker?


3 posted on 03/22/2014 10:51:29 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Jim Robinson

The bear claws are mightier than the pen, here.


4 posted on 03/22/2014 10:52:05 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Jim Robinson

“it has propelled the Russian President to his highest approval rating — 71%”

According to the latest poll two days ago, Putin’s approval rating is 75.7% - his highest in the last five years.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 10:53:35 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: All

Any Russian patriot would behave as Putin is behaving with such an overwhelming winning hand of cards re oil and gas.

It’s not a matter of being a better chessplayer than Obama. An amateur would defeat a grandmaster if the amateur has overwhelming board material and position. He does.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 10:53:42 AM PDT by Owen
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m voting “Estonia.” He’s already complaining about the way poor “Russians” are treated there. But I think Putin will push at the weakest link next, wherever he perceives that to be.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 10:55:10 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Jim Robinson

You got it Jim, that’s where were at.


8 posted on 03/22/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: Jim Robinson
He's on a mission from God. Putting the USSR back together.

He wants to be the stud that leads a dominant nation to glory. He has nothing but contempt for LGBT poofters, believing that they sap the willpower of a nation.

9 posted on 03/22/2014 10:55:32 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Would he be willing to take a group of traitorous politicians from D.C. to handle garbage removal?


10 posted on 03/22/2014 10:56:18 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Jim Robinson

What does Vladimir Putin want next?


For Obama to get a third term?


11 posted on 03/22/2014 10:56:51 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Carry_Okie

~~~He has nothing but contempt for LGBT poofters~~~

But that would mean he has contempt for...


12 posted on 03/22/2014 10:58:34 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Jim Robinson

It doesn’t matter what Putin wants, he’ll get it, because our president is as weak as the image he projects. And doesn’t care — he’s more interested in March Madness or planning his next vacation.

And we can’t impeach the SOB because there’s no political will, because he’s half black.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 11:01:14 AM PDT by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: F15Eagle
But that would mean he has contempt for...

No 'butts' about it.

14 posted on 03/22/2014 11:02:48 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Contrary to the West allegations, that V.Putin, a native of St.Petersburg, wants to rebuild the Soviet Union, this is not his goal. What he wants is to regain the greatness of Russia as set up by the great precursors Peter the Great and Cathrine II, at the end of 18th century, but a new, modern Russia. It is not a coincidence that the Russian Federation adopted the Imperial Russia's flag colors and coat of arms.

Since the last military operation in Afghanistan, at the time of Soviet Union in 1980, Russia hasn't invaded any country, contrary to the allegations in the Western media. Russia didn't "invade" Chechenya, wich was included in the Imperial Russia in 1859. Russia didn't "invade" South Ossetia, which was an automoumous provice and declared independence at the break of the Soviet Union in 1991, and it's still an independent Republic, not part of Russia. Russia didn't "invade" Crimea, it already had there some 17,000 troops according to the treaty signed with Ukraine in 1994. Crimea has been part of Catherine the Great' Imperial Russia since 1774.

At that time of the Imperial Russia, the actual Eastern and South Ukraine, called "Malorussia" (Little Russia) was integral part of the Russian Empire since 1654, the natural border being on Dniepr river. With this data in mind, one can understand Putin's foreign policy. He is not interested in Latvians , Poles or other Ruthenians (inhabitants of Western Ukraine), but only in rebuilding his country prosperity and greatness as he understands it.

15 posted on 03/22/2014 11:03:23 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Russian officials have been making noises about Estonia, due to its large Russian speaking population There might be a hesitation to this as Estonia is a NATO member. (2012)

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Residents of Estonia by ethnicity.

Estonians   68.7%
Russians   24.8%
Ukrainians   2.0%
Belarusians   1.1% Finns   0.8%
Others   1.6%

16 posted on 03/22/2014 11:04:03 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Carry_Okie
He knows what he's dealing with. I only worry that O needs a huge distraction. War would easily provide that.


17 posted on 03/22/2014 11:05:47 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Jim Robinson

It’s clear that Putin loves his country and the things that he thinks made it great. Obastard hates our country and everything we think made it great.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 11:05:56 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Jim Robinson

Whatever iit is, Obama will handed over in a NY minute.


19 posted on 03/22/2014 11:06:07 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Jim Robinson
He's on a mission from God. Putting the USSR back together.

I don't think he is. At least he didn't start out to.

Let's not forget who started this mess. Everything was quiet. The this group of protesters were able to overthrow the Ukrainian government. The ones in charge now wanted to be part of the EU. The fact that there are so many Russian leaning citizens forced Putin's hand. Crimea was a give me. Eastern Ukraine could be pretty easy. After that can't say.

All I know is I don't want our boys and girls involved unless it's in our national interest.

20 posted on 03/22/2014 11:10:01 AM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: Jim Robinson

How large was Tsarist Russia, compared to the USSR?
How many ‘Stan’s are bordered to Russia?

If Vladimir Putin said, “A Russia for all Russians.”, and with the USSR, how many Russians are located in those bordering areas, outside of the old Warsaw Pact nations?


21 posted on 03/22/2014 11:10:37 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Jim Robinson
Was it the Beatles White Album that had the song, Back to the USSR ?

5.56mm

22 posted on 03/22/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: McGruff

We became involved the moment Obama was elected, won the “Peace Prize” and then commenced destroying our economy and our military. Weakness does not impress the Evil Empires of the world.


23 posted on 03/22/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Terry L Smith

At least 25 million. That’s not a group a country with a rapidly declining population like Russia can afford to overlook.

More than even land, Russia needs more people. I’m surprised the West hasn’t figured it out yet.


24 posted on 03/22/2014 11:15:01 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jim Robinson

As I said back when this started, everything Southeast of the Dneiper, most especially the Donetsk region, because of the Heavy Industry and critical minerals of this area.

Again, Russian majority, and largely unhappy with the government in Kiev.

Another violent incident or two is all it is going to take for Putin to act here, especially after the non-response of the West.


25 posted on 03/22/2014 11:15:37 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: F15Eagle
Zero never did say how he planned to be "more flexible."

I think the left hated Reagan winning the cold war and has been working to reverse that victory ever since. The key to halting the process is dropping the price of oil and gas, as that is what has always funded the Russian war machine.

26 posted on 03/22/2014 11:17:17 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Jim Robinson

To continue:

It’s important to remember that Russia didn’t act in Crimea until the legit government fell, and the new one started pronouncing anti-Russian rhetoric, and demanding the end of the Russian language in Ukraine.

This just didn’t start overnight. It has been building for some time, as the same groups that destabilized Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, went to work in Ukraine, including the US Government.


27 posted on 03/22/2014 11:20:22 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Jim Robinson
What does he want? Simple and obvious - he wants better access to the Mediterranean. Crimea, with its warm-water ports, is only the first step, because two things still block easy access:

Access to Crimea from Russia - Ukraine stands in the way. I don't expect Putin to invade, since I don't think he'll need to. He already has the Ukrainian gov't pretty well cowed into submission.

Access to Mediterranean from Crimea: Turkey has already threatened to close the Straits of Bosporus to Russian shipping due to the Crimean situation. That can't sit well with Putin. Turkey will be a much tougher nut for Putin to crack, IMHO.

28 posted on 03/22/2014 11:28:08 AM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: ZOOKER

“Turkey has already threatened to close the Straits of Bosporus to Russian shipping due to the Crimean situation. That can’t sit well with Putin.”

Turkey has its hands full with internal problems right now.


29 posted on 03/22/2014 11:32:16 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Residents of Estonia by ethnicity. Estonians   68.7% Russians   24.8% Ukrainians   2.0% Belarusians   1.1% Finns   0.8% Others   1.6%

Up against the Russian border, Ida-Viru county in Estonia is about 73% ethnic Russian. The other 14 counties in Estonia are largely Estonian.

Putin could probably walk in and take Ida-Viru but that might be his last play. No other region in Eastern Europe outside of Russia has a majority ethnic Russians.

Any other region besides Ida-Viru in Estonia(73% Russian) and Crimea in Ukraine(57% Russian) would be an entirely different circumstance.

30 posted on 03/22/2014 11:34:17 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: tcrlaf

“Another violent incident or two is all it is going to take for Putin to act here, especially after the non-response of the West.”

It’s not just ‘non-response’. Western leftists are actually complicit, and this definitively includes the current administration.

I am worried that we are too far along this path at his point, and that there is a dwindling chance that we can get beyond this without a substantial reordering of the world. There has never been, in history, a more destructive sociopolitical force than that fueled by the delusional disciples of Marx and his fellow travelers.


31 posted on 03/22/2014 11:35:19 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: tcrlaf
As I said back when this started, everything Southeast of the Dneiper, most especially the Donetsk region, because of the Heavy Industry and critical minerals of this area. Again, Russian majority, and largely unhappy with the government in Kiev

No. Only Crimea Oblast has a Russian majority in Ukraine.


32 posted on 03/22/2014 11:38:24 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

Thanks. Did not know that about Ida-Viru but it makes sense.


33 posted on 03/22/2014 11:39:20 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Owen

I don’t know that Putin is a chess player or not but I would guess he is because chess is very much into the Russian culture. I think Putin with a pawn and one other board piece of his choice would/could wipe out Obama with full board. Obama is less than a lightweight in anything except talking the game. At least the Russians have a reality about their oil and gas while the powers that be in the USA, Obama being the latest representative, would rather have the USA beholding to others especially the Arab Muslims.


34 posted on 03/22/2014 11:40:06 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Jim Robinson
What does Putin want?

Two more terms of Obozo as president, aka FDR.

Then, the new Russia, not the old USSR, will be the dominant power in the world. America will have slipped into the post America status, where gays and other mentally ill rats rule what's left of our country.

35 posted on 03/22/2014 12:01:36 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: Terry L Smith


36 posted on 03/22/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Terry L Smith
Russian Federation map, 1992


37 posted on 03/22/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: F15Eagle
He knows what he's dealing with. I only worry that O needs a huge distraction. War would easily provide that.

Russia really doesn't have any good cards to play. Uncle Sam is so much stronger than Russia on the conventional front that the US could deal with the problem without breaking a sweat, and that means merely arming the Ukrainians. Putin is bluffing on the assumption that Obama doesn't want any foreign policy entanglements. If Obama decides to act, Putin will fall all over himself backing down. And that's why Putin has been measured in his actions - he doesn't want to rouse Obama out of his languor.

38 posted on 03/22/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I am about to post an article from National Review by Andrew McCarthy that explains the history that has enabled Putin to make these aggressive moves in the region and how the US foreign policy played right into his hands.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/373964/transnational-transgressions-andrew-c-mccarthy


39 posted on 03/22/2014 12:21:07 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Jim Robinson
Putin wants all he can easily take. And he will take all he can when there's no one there to stop him.

Canadian PM Stephen Harper can't do it alone, but he's working on it.

The prime minister — who called for a "complete reversal" of Russia's subsequent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula — laid a large bouquet of red carnations along a stone wall near Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 on his way to the G7 meeting in the Hague.



"It is for Ukrainians, and for Ukrainians only, to decide their future," Harper told a news conference with the interim Ukrainian prime minister shortly before his visit to the square.

"In this principle, Canada will not waver. And to help the Ukrainian people peacefully secure a bright future of freedom, we shall spare no effort."

Harper met with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Cabinet of Ministers building on Saturday in the midst of the most serious crisis in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

He gave Yatsenyuk the Ukrainian flag that flew on Parliament Hill during part of the country's uprising. Harper also later sat down with the new Ukrainian president at the nearby presidential palace.

Yatsenyuk was effusive in his praise of Canada for its full-throated support of Ukraine during their news conference.

He grew agitated when reminding reporters that Ukraine voluntarily rid itself of its nuclear arsenal years ago, only to have Russian perform an "armed robbery of Ukrainian independence" by making a play for Crimea.

Yatsenyuk also jokingly made a pitch to replace Russia in the G8.

"If the G8 has an empty seat, we are ready to take it," he exclaimed as the assembled media and politicians erupted in laughter.

Harper, meantime, reiterated his tough stance against Russia.

"For Ukraine, the consequences of the actions of the Putin regime are obvious and can only be remedied by their complete reversal," he said.

"All of us who desire peace and stability in the world must recognize that the consequences of these actions will be felt far beyond the borders of Ukraine or even the European continent itself."

He also provided a preview of what he's likely to argue to his fellow G7 leaders at an emergency summit in The Hague on Monday on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

"I think it is important that we in the free world not accept the occupation of Crimea, that we continue to resist and sanction the occupation of Crimea and that there be no return to business as usual with the Putin regime until such time as the occupation of Crimea ends," he said.

The prime minister's visit to Kyiv comes during an extraordinarily tense time for eastern Europe amid fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be pondering flexing his muscles in other countries that were once part of the Soviet bloc.

Harper's Ukrainian counterpart agreed that a strong international response to Russia's actions in Crimea was crucial.

"Russia violating international agreements, Russia making an armed robbery to Ukrainian independent territory, undermined global security," said Yatsenyuk.

"It's up to the UN and a number of international organizations to find the way how to contain those who violate the deals, who breach the deals and who invade the neighbours."

The two leaders met as pro-Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian air force base in Crimea, firing shots and stun grenades and smashing through concrete walls with armoured personnel carriers. At least one person was wounded, the base commander said.

Russian forces have been seizing Ukrainian military facilities for several days in the Black Sea peninsula, which voted a week ago to secede and join Russia. Harper and his western allies have called that referendum an illegitimate vote.

Harper is expected to deliver his account of the situation on the ground in Ukraine to his G7 colleagues in the coming days, and to push them to take a tougher stand. Germany is of particular concern given that country's close economic ties to Russia.

The head of the Ukrainian Canadian congress, who was in Kyiv with Harper, said he thought the prime minister had significant sway with the G7.

"I think he is highly recognized within the leadership of the G7, we've seen the kind of influence he's had even with President Obama," said Paul Grod.

"We hope to see that when he meets with the G7 on Monday that he'll be able to impress upon him personal first hand discussions and view of the situation in Ukraine, and convince him to in fact push Russia out of the G8 and make it a G7."

40 posted on 03/22/2014 12:21:21 PM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: Jim Robinson

A little piece of Poland,
A little piece of France,
A little piece of Austria
And Hungary, perchance!
A little slice of Turkey
And all that that entails,
And then a bit of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales!


41 posted on 03/22/2014 12:21:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: caveat emptor

Stephen Harper is the Leader of the Free World.


42 posted on 03/22/2014 12:22:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

Crimea is landlocked. Access overland will require more of the Eastern Ukraine.


43 posted on 03/22/2014 12:23:20 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Jim Robinson
What does Vladimir Putin want next?

An understanding with Germany.

44 posted on 03/22/2014 12:24:28 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. H)
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To: Marguerite

Watch as Putin Moves into south Black Sea—put pressure on Turkey (maybe get Hagia Sophia back as a church). Russia will become the good friend of the Slavic Peoples once again. Watch as he moves into Africa and South America.


45 posted on 03/22/2014 12:28:36 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Jim Robinson

“What does Putin want next?”

The same he wants every night, Pinky....TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!


46 posted on 03/22/2014 12:32:18 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Oh, you mean the US?


47 posted on 03/22/2014 12:34:52 PM PDT by dforest
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To: hoagy62

lol


48 posted on 03/22/2014 12:35:09 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Zhang Fei

I can’t imagine Putin backing down to anything regarding Obama.

Guess we’ll see if I’m wrong. I think Crimea is gone and that will be that. And Putin may do more.

Dunno, but that’s my guess.


49 posted on 03/22/2014 12:36:38 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: hoagy62

Partially true. In a post-America world (thanks to comrade Obama), Putin wants to ensure Russia is the world’s dominant superpower.


50 posted on 03/22/2014 12:47:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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