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Putin's Challenge to the West
The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 25, 2014 | ROBERT M. GATES

Posted on 03/25/2014 6:57:38 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long-festering grudge: He deeply resents the West for winning the Cold War. He blames the United States in particular for the collapse of his beloved Soviet Union, an event he has called the "worst geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century."

His list of grievances is long and was on full display in his March 18 speech announcing the annexation of Crimea by Russia. He is bitter about what he sees as Russia's humiliations in the 1990s—economic collapse; the expansion of NATO to include members of the U.S.S.R.'s own "alliance," the Warsaw Pact; Russia's agreement to the treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe, or as he calls it, "the colonial treaty"; the West's perceived dismissal of Russian interests in Serbia and elsewhere; attempts to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO and the European Union; and Western governments, businessmen and scholars all telling Russia how to conduct its affairs at home and abroad.

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1 posted on 03/25/2014 6:57:38 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

He should have no fear. Obama is on the job. The USA is collapsing as we speak per Obama’s plan (along with Europe and NATO) and Mother Russia will reap the whirlwind.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 7:01:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Tell Putin not to worry; Comrade Obama is doing more damage than several Russian nukes could ever do. He’s paying us back every day he’s in office...


3 posted on 03/25/2014 7:02:49 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: MinorityRepublican

Putin needs to worry most about Islamics.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 7:07:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MinorityRepublican

Secretary Gates writes:
“Western investment in Russia should be curtailed; Russia should be expelled from the G-8 and other forums that offer respect and legitimacy; the U.S. defense budget should be restored to the level proposed in the Obama administration’s 2014 budget a year ago, and the Pentagon directed to cut overhead drastically, with saved dollars going to enhanced capabilities, such as additional Navy ships; U.S. military withdrawals from Europe should be halted; and the EU should be urged to grant associate agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.”
I agree...except I would put one brigade of airborne infantry in Kiev immediately....followed by a heavy (armor) brigade. This would send a serious message to Putin. Unfortunately, we have a weak liberal POTUS in Mr. Obama, and the Republican party has been infiltrated with traitorous isolationists like Rand Paul.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 7:13:12 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The last adult; the ONLY one in this administration.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae

I always liked Gates. He was a pragmatic man. Unlike Rumsfeld.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 7:23:12 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Mark your calendars for posterity with March 25, 2014.

That’s the date that an ineffectual leader of the superpower, the US, told the Russian hardliner that his country is a pissant “regional power” without the financial capacity to deal with the US or the rest of the world!

Really!

Russia, a “Regional power” with more nukes than the US; same number of ships, planes; more conscripted troops! And, with the US financial strength burdened with $17 trillion in debt, climbing by $1 trillion a year, whilst we gut our military.

A “regional power”, yet capable of running one of their nuke subs, up through the depths of the Ambrose Channel, able to make a direct missile hit onto lower Manhattan to take out the new Freedom Tower, or anything they wish

Never in history has such arrogant stupidity, had one pussy president slapped a power hungry dictator across the face with a Michael Jackson gay glove, and totally dis-respected a strong adversary!

Remember March 25, 2014, like you remember Sept 11!


8 posted on 03/25/2014 7:40:04 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Noob1999

Remember too that McCain called Russia a gas station. Meaning, it’s only a corner Stop n Go.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 7:56:28 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Sola Veritas

US army brigades in Kiev? Uh, no. We have no defense treaty with the Ukraine, and no vital interests there. It cannot be America’s job to be everywhere, all the time. That’s how empires crash.

On the other hand, sending US army brigades to the Baltic states (NATO members), well that does make some sense.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 8:01:43 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Noob1999
If Russia is a regional power then what is the US now after 6 years of Obama? A shrinking you know what? It is sad and difficult to watch the USA self-destruct...
11 posted on 03/25/2014 8:19:07 PM PDT by Netz
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To: Leaning Right

Forget about it. America under Obama will not protect Europe, NATO or not. I don’t even know if he would protect the mainland U.S.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 8:37:14 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Gates is a self-serving, irrational, fag-hag, opportunist. He is responsible for destroying moral in the military while on Bush's and Obama's leash. The only loyalty shown by Gates was to himself along with his bank account.

BTW, the US military is "gassed" after idiotic adventures in the Middle-East. Our incompetent foreign policy started by Bush (Father) is the reason why Putin is in the position he is in. Europe's defense should not be in a position to solely rely on the United States, yet we subsidize that area while our debt spirals out of control. We created Putin (Frankenstein's monster) due to DECADES of incompetence, not just in the last 5 years of Obama.

Maybe Gates will finally open the "gates" for adult sodomites to run wild in the Boy Scouts, just like he wished the DOD to do. Would that be pragmatic?
13 posted on 03/25/2014 8:50:00 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Putin was against Reagan, Thatcher, Solidarity, and the Pope. How amazing is it that there are here people who support Putin, then.


14 posted on 03/25/2014 11:23:36 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Leaning Right
We have no defense treaty with the Ukraine

But we do have repeated Security Assurances to them. If we are too weaselly to honor those, we should at least return their 5000 nukes, or equivalent value in military gear.

15 posted on 03/25/2014 11:36:26 PM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Sola Veritas

Putting troops in Ukraine would likely be met by more annexations and would be strongly opposed by almost everyone.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 2:43:07 AM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: Paul R.

Regarding the Security Assurances, you certainly have a point there.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 7:16:24 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Monday March 24 2014.... Gov. Howard Dean met with former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko , who is running For President of Ukraine. She has taken this as support for her running for office. So again looks like US is involving themselves in another countries elections.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 7:24:55 AM PDT by caww
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To: caww

“Not only are we going to Ukraine, we’re going to Georgia and Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and then we’re going to Moscow to take back the Kremlin! YEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!”


19 posted on 03/26/2014 7:29:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Never ending Dfwgator.......yet nobody’s calling the US and Eu for breaking International Law by doing this. I suspect because they're all , one way or another, influencing nations elections.

No matter how one plays it...no Nations adhering to any Laws......they're simply “using” them when it benefits their cause and agenda.

20 posted on 03/26/2014 7:49:21 AM PDT by caww
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To: dfwgator

These sanctions are only resulting in formation of Russia -China axis to counter the US growing influence in Europe. Simply draws them closer together. Every move Obam makes just creates another crisis to deal with.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 7:53:49 AM PDT by caww
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To: Leaning Right

“and no vital interests there”

The containment of Russia is a “vital interest” to the United States. We can deal with them strongly now or be isolationist and wake up to a Russian/Chinese world.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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