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  • Ted Cruz Channels Reagan: 'Mr. Putin, Give Back Crimea'

    07/30/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    businessinsider.in ^ | July 30, 2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington. "Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?" Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has made foreign policy hawkishness a key part of his political brand. Speaking before the group of conservative college students Tuesday, he repeatedly accused Obama of being unwilling to aggressively challenge...
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 – Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putin’s ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leader’s most-cherished ideas, that of the ‘Russian Spring,’ was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that “the ‘Russian Spring’ in fact is not an invention of the present time” but...
  • Putin Doesn't Care About the Rules Anymore

    07/30/2014 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | 30 July 2014 | Nick Ottens
    The United States on Monday accused Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty governing both powers’ use of intermediate range missiles. If true, it marks the latest in a series of Russian breaches of international norms since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits both America and Russia from deploying ballistic and cruise missiles that are launched from the ground and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers, was first reported by The New York Times in January. An American government official confirmed the...
  • The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous

    07/30/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/30/2014 | By Julia Ioffe
    Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin's supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people....
  • Three Weird Tricks...that Really, Really Work!

    07/30/2014 6:12:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-30-2014 | MOTUS
    "Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says," Obama said during a press conference from the South Lawn of the White House. Right before Obama spoke, the Treasury Department unveiled the new sanctions. They target Russia's energy, arms, and finance sectors. – Business Insider Interesting: Barry has targeted the same 3 sectors in America. Since he’s crippled our economy, maybe he thought this would reestablish equilibrium in the world. And if you disagree, you’re probably a racist.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror 
  • Moscow may walk out of nuclear treaty after US accusations of breach

    07/30/2014 2:12:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | July 29, 2014 07:38 EDT | Alec Luhn in Moscow and Julian Borger
    Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile. There has been evidence at least since 2011 of Russian missile tests in violation of the 1987 intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, which banned US or Russian ground-launched cruise missiles with a 500 to 5,500-mile (805 to 8,851km) range. But the Obama administration has been hesitant until now of accusing Moscow of a violation in the hope that it could persuade Vladimir Putin, the...
  • Former CIA spy: Putin using Soviet tactics to confuse US

    07/29/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Christopher Snyder
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine, according to one former top CIA spy. Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with being president of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm. He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor. “Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things...
  • MH17 Likely shot down with guns, not missiles

    07/29/2014 9:13:26 PM PDT · by aardwolf46 · 140 replies
    This has been on various news sites today, but I don't see it on FR or Drudge. Any sort of a Google search on "MH17 bullet holes" will turn up multiple versions. German investigators are claiming that the forward part of MH17 is riddled with bullet holes, apparently 30mm, which is the main armament of the Ukrainian jets which were tailing the airliner. There is zero possibility of anybody shooting down an airliner with a 30mm gun from the ground. Typical version of the story
  • U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty [Obama Huffs and Puffs]

    07/29/2014 6:18:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 7/28/14
    The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday.
  • Hillary Clinton: Despite Russia "Reset," I Was "Skeptical" of Putin

    07/27/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jake Miller
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her handling of the U.S.-Russia relationship on Sunday, saying she remained "skeptical" of Russian President Vladimir Putin during her time as the top U.S. diplomat, despite a high-profile effort to "reset" relations between the two countries. Clinton and other U.S. officials also urged the Europeans to step up their economic sanctions against Russia, stressing the need to exact a price from the Russians for their interference in Ukraine and their alleged involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Critics have said Clinton's "reset" initiative was naive because Russia was never...
  • NATO to expand Polish base in response to Russian threat

    07/26/2014 7:10:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:55
    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, has proposed that the Polish city of Szczecin expand its existing base to help the military alliance respond faster to any threat posed by Russia. According to the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank close to NATO, Britain and other NATO allies backing the general’s plans to place supplies—weapons, ammunition and ration packs—at a new headquarters in eastern Europe, to enable a sudden influx of thousands of NATO troops to be ready for action in the event of a crisis. …
  • Motyl: Putin, Just Evil Enough

    07/25/2014 7:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | July 25, 2014 | Alexander Motyl
    Vice President Joe Biden recently confided a sensational bit of news to the New Yorker magazine: In a 2011 meeting with Vladimir Putin, he had actually told Russia's then-prime minister that he had no "soul." Even more remarkable was Putin's response. "And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' " Many people -- in Ukraine, Europe, America and even Russia -- probably share Biden and Putin's estimation of the Russian president's spiritual condition. In saying Putin has no soul, it means he seems to lack both the capacity to feel emotions and...
  • Russian 'space sex geckos' struggle to survive as satellite spirals out of control in Earth orbit

    07/25/2014 1:42:41 PM PDT · by Veto! · 26 replies
    Mail Online UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jonathon O'Callaghan
    They were intended to be among the first animals to join the 350-mile-high club, but now a group of geckos sent into space to reproduce may be at risk. The five lizards - four male and one female - launched on a research satellite on 19 July to study the effects of weightlessness on their sex lives.
  • Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

    07/25/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the "kulaks," the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was imposed on Ukraine through seizure of her food production. Estimates of the dead range from two to nine million souls. Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who called reports of the famine "malignant propaganda," won a Pulitzer for his mendacity. In November 1933, during the Holodomor, the greatest liberal of them all, FDR, invited Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to receive official U.S. recognition of his master Stalin's murderous regime....
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 29 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • Putin’s Power: Why Russians Adore Their Bare-Chested Reagan

    07/24/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Josh Weil
    The history of strongmen leaders helps fuel a passion for capitalism—even if there's a cost.There he is, the President of Russia, riding bare-back and bare-chested astride a galloping steed; spending $50 billion on a resort town most Russians will never see; seizing Crimea, instigating unrest in Ukraine; maybe even making himself indirectly responsible for the murder of nearly 300 innocents aboard a downed passenger plane: Vladimir Putin, shaking his fist in the face of a West that often seems unable to do more than avert its eyes. When we in The West do look, it can seem perplexing: How can...
  • Disenchanted with Putin, some Russians vote with their feet

    07/24/2014 2:32:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    "The official statistics on migration are very low," said Mikhail Gorshkov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Sociology (ISRAS), a state-funded body. "It's a wake up call for our politicians when someone wants to leave their home country: What is missing for him?" Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly the kind of people it needs to plug a skilled labour shortage and diversify the economy away from reliance on energy exports. "We are losing the most educated, most active, most entrepreneurial people," Lev Gudkov, director of the independent Moscow-based Levada Centre pollster....
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

    07/24/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to trumpet the so-called 2009 “reset” of the U.S.-Russian relationship despite all evidence to the contrary that it worked. With relations over the past two years dwindling to lows not seen since the Cold War, Clinton still told National Public Radio Thursday that it was a success. She told BBC last month that it was a “brilliant stroke.” “The reset worked,” she said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a...
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Obama Talks Tough, But Putin Doesn't Look Scared

    07/23/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Just three days after President Obama delivered his "get tough" speech on Ukraine aimed squarely at Vladimir Putin, Russia's president has responded — not with words, but deeds. Obama has been lauded for his speech on Monday regarding Russia's role in downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people. "Russia has extraordinary influence over these (Russian) separatists," the commander-in-chief said sternly. "No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them. We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons. Key separatist leaders are Russian citizens." Sounds like he was...
  • Dutch furious after Putin’s daughter is found living in Holland

    07/23/2014 1:32:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 159 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Perez
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter is living with a Dutch boyfriend in the Netherlands as the country reels from last week’s jetliner missile attack by Ukrainian rebels with Russian-supplied weapons, according to reports Wednesday. Outrage over Maria Putin’s presence in the grief-stricken country — which lost 193 citizens aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — is fueling calls for her deportation, The Guardian reported. Ukrainians living in the Netherlands are also planning a protest outside Maria’s apartment in the wealthy suburb of Voorschoten, outside The Hague, according to De Telegraaf newspaper. Pieter Broertjes, mayor of the city of Hilversum, demanded the...
  • Putin signals total disregard for the West as rebels take down two more Ukrainian planes

    07/23/2014 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Vladimir Putin just showed the world exactly what he thinks of the President of the United State and NATO allies calls for him to rein in the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Less than a week after rebels took down a Malaysian passenger plane carrying nearly 300 civilians, the militants loyal to Moscow are not laying low. “Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country that are controlled by Russian-backed separatists, according to Ukraine’s defense ministry,” USA Today reported on Wednesday. It was the first reported shoot down of a plane over eastern Ukraine...
  • Russian Airlines Still Serving Tel Aviv

    07/23/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    planefinder | 07/23/14 | ^self
    Aeroflot A330, landed and took off from Ben Gurion, destination unknown.
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind

    07/23/2014 9:13:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: “Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them.” Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would “only...
  • Harper saw through Putin from the start

    07/22/2014 9:05:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | J.L. GRANATSTEIN AND WILLIAM KAPLAN
    After Russia orchestrated the absorption of Crimea into the Soviet Union – oops – into Russia, the Prime Minister told a German audience that Mr. Putin was a “throwback” to the USSR. “Unfortunate as it sounds,” Mr. Harper observed, “it’s increasingly apparent to me that the Cold War has never left Vladimir Putin’s mind.” Then the Prime Minister added, “we simply … cannot afford the risk of Europe going back to being a continent where people seize territory … where the bigger military powers are prepared to invade their neighbours or carve off pieces.” The economy was important, he went...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...
  • America Invites Calamity Through Weakness - Putin learns who he can push around

    07/23/2014 4:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Witness the latest fruits of modern leftist foreign policy, as embodied in this instance by the much ballyhooed Obama/Hillary Clinton “Russian Reset”: 298 people who booked a flight on Malaysian Air’s Flight 17, now dead. Brutally slaughtered by those thugs supplied and inspired by Vladimir Putin — the ex-KGB agent who has come to view the president of the United States and his secretary of state (make that secretaries of state, in the plural) as, in the vernacular, wimps. Leaving him free to do anything and everything from invading Crimea to supplying anti-aircraft missiles to his favored thugs prowling the...
  • Kerry Makes Yet Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment (Malaysian flight MH17)

    07/23/2014 2:24:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 23, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another "strong case" based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it's Russian President Vladimir Putin's turn for the global smear treatment. Presumably we're supposed to rush to adopt the notion that Russia's fingerprints are all over last week's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine -- just as we were supposed to buy into Kerry's story last year about the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against his own...
  • This Administration Thinks It’s Handling Putin Well

    07/22/2014 10:08:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Another piece of evidence to support the theory that this administration thinks it’s doing a terrific job, on every front, all the time: David Axelrod ✔ @davidaxelrod Remember not long ago when some folks in DC were almost in awe of Putin's moxy and cunning? He's not looking so slick now. 9:05 AM - 21 Jul 2014 Washington, DC, United States 265 Retweets 147 favoritesFirst, it’s spelled ”moxie.”Second, Obama and his fans love to blur the lines between acknowledging Putin’s ruthlessness and willingness to act, with little fear of consequence, with some sort of admiration for him. Remember when this...
  • The Day of the Hawk

    07/22/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan's raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the...
  • Here's The Insane Russian Theory That MH17 And MH370 Are The Same Plane

    07/22/2014 9:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | ELLEN KILLORAN, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
    One of the more outrageous conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 surfaced in the days following the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week. The theory, which originated in Russia, holds that MH17 and MH370 are actually the same plane and that the U.S. military arranged for the second flight, filled with corpses, to be blown up over eastern Ukraine. This theory was described in a widely read account in the New Republic on Sunday by Russian-American Jessica Ioffe, which argued that Russian civilians were being fed a uniformly skewed interpretation of the events that brought...
  • Poll: Putin's Approval Rating Is at All-Time High in Russia

    07/22/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/22/2014
    While Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly a pariah on the world stage, his approval rating in Russia has never been higher. A new poll from Gallup shows that 83 percent of Russians approve of Putin's job performance, up nearly 30 points from his 2013 rating and tied with the previous all-time high from 2008.
  • “Go ahead, punk, make my day.”

    07/22/2014 4:28:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-22-2014 | MOTUS
    I’ve heard from tons of people regarding yesterday’s  “What’s Your Superpower” post. Some who previously hadn’t realized they possessed superpowers, like HHS. Until they read my blog, HHS had contended they had “no legal authority to exclude the U.S. territories from ObamaCare.” Then (ahem) upon “reflection” HHS: discovered new (super) powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively exempt' American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare. Most impressive, as up till now only Barry and DOJ were allowed to circumvent the law of the...
  • How Long Before the Kremlin Fits DPR Commander Strelkov (Igor Girkin) with a Pair of Cement Shoes?

    07/22/2014 3:13:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    We all know he's lying, but Putin now cannot afford to tell the truth- and 'Igor the Terrible' knows way, way too much Live by the sword - die by the sword: The shady character running eastern Ukraine's pro-Moscow 'rebel' militia built his reputation on patriotism, guile, and cruelty: Igor Girkin -who took the non-de-guerre 'Igor Strelkov or 'Strelok' (shooter in Russian) for his part as a 'volunteer' in the Kremlin's ongoing land-grab in the Donbas- previously served as an FSB (post-1995 KGB) agent right up until March of 2013, held a top military-intelligence post in both Chechen wars, and had...
  • MH17: Pinning Everything on Putin Is Too Easy

    07/22/2014 2:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 21, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The British newspapers, like the British government, are pinning the blame for the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Putin. Most Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans, would see things the way these UK headlines do: "Putin is a pariah – he must be treated as such" "Britain and America implicate Russia in Flight MH17 missile attack" "Two British families killed by 'Putin the terrorist'" And over a column written by Prime Minister David Cameron, this headline: "This is an outrage made in Moscow" However, some well-informed conservatives in Britain are pointing the finger for the war in Ukraine not at Putin, but...
  • Obama and Kerry Don't Think the US Has the Moral Authority to Confront the World's Bad Guys

    07/21/2014 1:11:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-21-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, President Obama just -- well, what did he do? He told Putin he better let in the investigators. He better let in these international investigators, or else. He said, let 'em in there. Same thing he said on Friday. He said this is unacceptable, it's intolerable, what happened here, and called for other nations to ratchet up sanctions against Putin. I don't know, folks. It's hard not to be cynical here, but I don't know how else to react to this. I could not, in good conscience, open this program today by saying to you, "Well, I'll tell...
  • Ukrainian Separatists or Putin's masked aggressors?

    07/21/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies
    self | 7/21/2014 | self
    It is sickening to see media calling “Ukrainian separatists” bunch of Russian masked military thugs executing Putin’s order to annex Ukrainian territory. When Yanukovych “thing” did not work out, Ukrainians froze at Maidan to put end to “joining Putin's great mother Russia”, Putin mobilized his army at Ukrainian border, took over Crimea and now is biting more pieces of Ukraine. Ukrainian people, even Russian speaking and especially Crimean Tatars do not want to be part of the Putin’s great Russian empire again or ever. Masked spetznatz and Russian military personnel with modern armaments, no markings, are not Ukrainian separatists!!!!!! If...
  • [Russian] Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up

    07/21/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    Russia This Week: Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick July 20, 2014 1753GMT: The Russian Defense Ministry gave a briefing today for the press in which they claimed that information released by the Ukrainian government on Friday about Russian-backed separatists’ possession of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system likely used in the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner was a hoax. Among the items addressed at the briefing was a short video released by the Ukrainians showing what appears to be a Buk anti-aircraft system on a truck escaping for the Russian border....
  • Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense

    07/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense 16:24 (GMT) As we reported earlier, the Kremlin now says that flight MH17 was "tailed" by a Ukrainian military Su-25 aircraft during much of its flight over Ukraine. As we pointed out, this claim may be physically impossible since Russia says that the Su-25 was consistently between 3 and 5 kilometers away from MH17, but the Su-25 can't fly high enough to have this claim make any sense. Well, today the Su-25 has been given some significant upgrades -- at least on Wikipedia. Several IP addresses that track back...
  • Ron Paul is Putin's New Best Friend

    07/21/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Lucia Graves
    It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Putin lashes out at criticism over plane crash as more bodies found

    07/21/2014 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out against a chorus of international condemnation Monday over Moscow's role in training and arming the rebels believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Thursday, killing all 298 on board.
  • Armed rebels take bodies by force in Flight MH17 crash

    07/20/2014 4:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    TOREZ, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Ukraine’s separatists were to blame for the downing of the aircraft, adding there was “extraordinary circumstantial evidence” that showed Russia was almost certainly complicit in arming the rebels.....
  • Vacation loving president reaches new high in popularity polls

    07/20/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    How can a president who seems to do so many things wrong and spends so much time running around on vacation surge to all time highs in popularity? Some of you look a little confused, so allow me to reassure you… I’m not talking about Barack Obama. This story is about Russian leader Vladimir Putin. As our good friend (and Prince of Twitter) Andrew Malcolm notes, Putin is more popular than ever in his home country, at least according to a major polling outfit. As Obama wallows in the low 40′s in overall job approval among Americans, with even lower...
  • UKRAINE: Germany, France and Britain gave Putin the time until Tuesday

    07/20/2014 9:12:52 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 14 replies
    liga.net ^ | 20.07.2014 15:26
    If Russia does not affect terrorists before 22 July to obtain access to the investigators involving two MIAs and one Boeing 777, the EU "will determine the consequences" Germany, France and the United Kingdom have given Putin time till Tuesday Terrorists in control of the crash site (photo-ERA) Germany, the United Kingdom and France have called on President Vladimir Putin to affect pro-Russian terrorists, that they provide full access to international experts to the crash of the Boeing 777 airlines Malaysia Airlines in Donetsk region. It said in a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • Putin Posied to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

    07/18/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran. The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms....
  • Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    07/19/2014 10:51:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David. The family was leaving Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said the family weekend had already been planned and that he would return to the White House on Sunday. The escape from the White House caps a fierce week of foreign policy eruptions, highlighted by a...
  • After MH17 shot down, video shows Buk missile launcher allegedly being moved from Ukraine to Russia

    07/19/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by free_life · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tom Parfitt & David Barrett
    A missile launcher allegedly used to destroy Flight MH17 has been smuggled across the Ukrainian border into Russia to cover up its role in the strike, Ukraine’s interior minister claimed Friday. Amid mounting evidence that Russian-backed separatists were behind the disaster, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said “technical assistance” from Russia could not be ruled out. In a pointed reference to Moscow, Samantha Power added that the perpetrators should not be “sheltered” by any UN member state. We cannot rule out technical assistance from the Russians. The perpetrators must be brought to justice, they must not be sheltered...
  • Making America Appear Impotent Is A Crime Against All Humanity

    07/19/2014 9:14:01 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-18-14 | James Raider
    Perception is everything in international affairs, as in most things human.  Compared to any powerful nation in history, America has prevailed magnificently since WWII as its presence around the world has enabled most of humanity to live in a somewhat subdued degree of peace.  America could not stop all dictators, but its presence and its threat of action imposed a calm where none would have been possible.  Today, a world without American leadership through willful strength, descends into chaos. Identifying and audibly pinpointing terrorist and vicious thugs wherever they are and putting them on notice that their acts will not stand is a...
  • Modern-Day Russian "Dupes"

    07/19/2014 9:03:23 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 70 replies
    AIM ^ | April 4 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Pat Buchanan’s column, “Is God Now on Russia’s Side?,” is difficult to read and almost laugh-out-loud funny, as Buchanan was once a staunch anti-communist who served President Reagan as his communications director during the Cold War. Buchanan’s opposition to the Evil Empire, as Reagan correctly called it, has given way to an unseemly embrace of former Soviet KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, the virtual dictator of Russia who served the “Evil Empire” for decades.