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  • Russian Provocateurs Prepare The Ukrainian Battlefield

    04/16/2014 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Austin Bay
    For the past month, the Russian government, with Vladimir Putin its spotlight propagandist, has repeatedly declared that brutal anti-Russian ethnic violence as a prelude to ethnic-based civil war is imminent in Eastern Ukraine. That's a lie. What Eastern Ukraine really faces is a Russian military invasion -- and more on that in a moment. Kremlin claims of anti-Russian ethnic violence in Eastern Ukraine reprise the false accusations Putin made in February to provide media camouflage for the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula. Given the dire life-or-death threat, the Kremlin had to take all necessary military and humanitarian actions required...
  • The End of Ideology?

    04/15/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages, and in our think tanks here, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States. Yet, still, one hears no clamor from Middle America for "Action This Day!" to alter the perception that America is in retreat. If a single sentence could express the seeming indifference of the silent majority of Americans to what is going on abroad, it might be the simple question: "Why is this our problem?" If a Russian or Ukrainian flag flies over...
  • Obama's Peace is Hell, Baby

    As Russia makes another move on its helpless neighbor Ukraine, I can't help but wonder what all the fuss is about. “In a scenario strikingly similar to the fast-paced developments in Crimea in February and March,” reports FoxNews, “western nations are accusing Russia of fomenting protests in Ukraine while Russia claims the protests are an organic response to Ukraine's failure to consider ‘the legitimate needs and interests’ of the Russian-speaking population.” Wasn't it for this very contingency that president Obama was being so flexible with Vladimir Putin? They’re pals aren't they? Or am I thinking Neville Chamberlain and Adolf...
  • Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

    04/13/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The crisis in Ukraine took a turn for the worse this weekend. Many distinct events are in play. Here are a few top headlines Armed Men Seize Police Station in Slavyansk The Wall Street Journal reports Pro-Russia Protests Spread, Police Station Seized. Pro-Russia protests spread Saturday in eastern Ukraine as armed men, some in unmarked, military-style uniforms, moved to commandeer more government buildings—a dramatic escalation that the Ukrainian government and Washington tied to Moscow. Ukraine's acting president called an emergency meeting of the country's top security officials in the capital, Kiev, as police clashed with attackers in several spots in...
  • Czar-Commissar Putin's Creeping War Of Aggression

    04/09/2014 3:32:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Vladimir Putin's creeping assault on Ukraine continues. With a quick strike invasion, Russian conventional and special operations forces bit off Crimea, annexed it, and then waited. This week, ethnic Russian agitators in eastern Ukraine marched on camera, building barricades and demanding political unification with Mother Russia. One group in Donetsk demanded the Kremlin send "temporary" peacekeeping troops. We've seen this script before, in another Slav-versus-Slav war featuring calculated, creeping aggression in pursuit of coveted territory. Serbia's loathsome dictator, Slobodan Milosevic -- who at the time still called himself the leader of Yugoslavia -- used the same "creeping" operational technique in...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Boots on the Ground in Ukraine?

    04/03/2014 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly that "there is not a military option." Silly him. For the most bellicose hawks, there is always a military option. After a brief lull, some of the people who beat the drums for war in Iraq -- and have done likewise for Iran -- now propose that we put American lives at risk on behalf of Ukraine. This comes...
  • Obama's 'Flexibility' Leads to a Dangerous World

    03/28/2014 11:04:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28 | Michael Barone
    "This is my last election," President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. "After my election, I have more flexibility." He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitry Medvedev, then in his last year as Vladimir Putin's stand-in president of Russia. The subject was missile defense, and Obama was apparently seeking time to assuage Russia's objections that a proposed U.S. missile defense system, sited in Romania, Poland, Turkey and Spain, would not be aimed at Russian missiles. Earlier, in September 2009, Obama canceled missile defense installations in Poland and...
  • Obama's Critics aren't Communists, Russia isn't the Soviet Union

    03/26/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- There's no faster or easier way to shut down legitimate debate than to slap an undesirable label on someone based on their views. Criticize same-sex marriage and you're a bigot. Take issue with immigration policy and you're dismissed as a racist. In the latest incarnation of this phenomenon, any conservative who dares to criticize U.S. President Barack Obama's stance against Russia on the issue of Ukraine runs the risk of being called a Putin-loving communist. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested this week that Republican lawmakers may have helped Russia annex Crimea by delaying a vote on aid...
  • Is Europe Cracking Up?

    03/25/2014 7:37:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    A week ago, in the St. George's Hall in the Kremlin, Russia's elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin's rule. In Crimea, the Russian majority has not ceased celebrating. The re-conquest nears completion. In Eastern Ukraine, Russians have now begun to agitate for annexation by Moscow. Ukrainian nationalism, manifest in the anti-Russia coup in Kiev, has produced its inevitable reaction among Russians. While praising the Ukrainians who came out to Maidan to protest peacefully, Putin said that those behind the decisive events "resorted to terror, murder and riots....
  • Criminal Actions by Obama; Two Wrongs Make a Right

    03/24/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    To President Obama, two wrongs make a right. Also, might makes right. Suppose a neighbor steals your cat. Would it be morally just to punch a different neighbor (or the neighbor's kid) in the face to retaliate? If you are president Obama, the answer is yes. Please consider How Obama Crippled a Russian Bank with a Stroke of a Pen. On Thursday, President Obama sent a message to Russian president Vladimir Putin about strength. Specifically, economic strength. The message was this: Whenever I decide to, I can pick up a pen, and kill a significant financial institution in your country....
  • On March 24, 1999, the U.S. bombed Kosovo. Putin has been planning his payback ever since.

    03/23/2014 7:30:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | 21 March 2014 | Masha Gessen
    Fifteen years ago this week, I broke a promise I'd given to myself: After being captured and threatened with execution by Kosovar guerrillas the year before, I had sworn to give up war reporting. Now I was on my way to Belgrade to report on the effects the NATO bombing campaign was having on Serbia. When friends challenged my decision, I explained that I thought the course of history was changing at that very moment and I had to document it. I was wrong about the documenting-it part: I stayed in the region for six weeks, writing a number of...
  • The Beginning of the Reckoning for Obama and USA

    03/23/2014 6:52:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    Vladilyich Wrote: Ukraine has always been a part of Russia. The word "Ukraine" is actually the Slavic word for "Border". It has been a border state of Russia since the time of the Tsars. Well over 50% of those that live in Ukraine are ethnic Russians. I can't blame the Russian administration for wanting to protect them from the terrorists. - The Boneless Wonder Works Magic in Ukraine Dear Tavarish Vlad, Wrong. The CIA Fact Book and a census by the Ukrainian government itself in 2010 peg the number of Russians in Ukraine at about 17.3 percent. In the census...
  • Putin the Great vs. Obama the Weak

    03/22/2014 4:45:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s 3 am all around the world today. And it has been for six years, even as some are just waking up to that fact. As the Obama administration tries to tell the rest of us “All is well, remain calm, there is no new Cold War,” I’m wondering if Obama will try...
  • Buffoon Bluffery; What are Sanctions Really About?

    03/21/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Today, the US imposed more meaningless sanctions on Russia. Of course Russia responded in kind. In Europe, where far more is to be lost than gained from sanctions, bickering amongst suggests no meaningful escalations in sanctions. Here is a roundup of recent actions, counteractions, threats and counter-threats. Meaningless Additional US Sanctions The Financial Times reports US imposes sanctions on 20 more Russians. The US has announced sanctions on 20 more senior Russian individuals over Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and also singled out a bank which does business with the targeted individuals. Moscow responded by banning nine American officials from entry...
  • BOOM: Franklin Graham, ‘Putin is right’ On Gay Issues, Obama’s ‘Shameful’

    03/20/2014 4:16:07 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 20Mar14 | Clash Daily
    <p>CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) -Two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles, evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Putin for his stance on homosexuality.</p> <p>Putin made headlines ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics saying Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.</p>
  • Humiliation Nation(s)

    03/20/2014 6:37:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    What is it about Western leaders from Neville Chamberlain to George W. Bush who want to find good in men of bad character? Acting as if he were endowed by special insight bestowed upon no one else, President George W. Bush declared in 2001 that he had looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and "was able to get a sense of his soul." According to the Daily Caller.com, in a 2010 interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Bush, who was promoting his book "Decision Points," was asked about his ability to see into the souls of men. The former...
  • The Evil Empire Strikes Again

    03/19/2014 5:10:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Two things are clear in the crisis over Russia's effective seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula: Vladimir Putin scored a knockout in the first round and economic sanctions will not change what has become a fait accompli. Certainly not the restrained sanctions President Obama announced on Monday that were tantamount to a tap on the wrist in response to a brazen military takeover of a key province in a neighboring country. Obama had repeatedly warned that there would be very heavy costs imposed on Russia if Putin pursued his bid to annex Crimea. But the penalties that he...
  • Sanctions Against Russia Symbolic of a Hollow Culture

    03/19/2014 4:50:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- There are fewer things more pathetic than watching someone take a running dive off a high board only to end in a spectacular belly flop and still think that they're scoring a perfect 10. That's U.S. President Barack Obama right now on the issue of sanctions against Russia. It's a worrying attitude that increasingly permeates Western culture. Europe and America supported a coup d'état against a democratically elected government and president in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, which in turn led to Russia backing a democratic vote March 16 in Crimea -- the southeast corner of the country...
  • The Costs of Barack Obama’s Weakness

    03/19/2014 4:43:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    When George Mallory was asked in 1924 why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he snapped, “Because it is there.” Fourteen years later, Adolf Hitler might well have given the same answer if asked why he wanted to annex the Sudetenland. And nearly a century later, Vladimir Putin is swallowing up Crimea for the same reason: Because it is there for taking. Putin knows when it comes to invading and annexing Crimea, no one is going to stop him. Consider the three candidates you might think at first glance would stand in Vladimir Putin’s path. First, there’s Ukraine. But its...
  • Obama Redeems His Pledge to Be 'Flexible' for Putin

    03/16/2014 6:20:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    Truth001 wrote: Putin has got to be laughing his rear end off because the US is the only place where the people eat their own. He is got to be saying I can do know wrong I'm a hero to those US media conservative outlets and its checkmate to the US left and its western allies. Oh by the way John post another picture of this guy next time or at least one with a shirt. If you want to look at this guy without a shirt do it in private. --Putin, Not Obama, is the Messiah Dear Comrade Pravda,...
  • Back by Popular Demand: Tyranny

    03/15/2014 7:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Ham and eggs, dictators and plebiscites, tyranny and sham elections, they all go together. So it was wholly to be expected, which means it was wholly a surprise to our ever-alert administration, when the latest tsar decided Crimea was ripe for the picking and sent in the Cossacks (sans identifying insignia for now). As usual in these matters, the local bullyboys, formally known in press reports as militias, backed up the not very well disguised Russian troops. With that little formality out of the way, Vlad the Annexer ordered a plebiscite (and its usual result) for immediate delivery, specifically...
  • Poll: Vladimir Putin is stronger than President Obama

    03/13/2014 7:04:53 PM PDT · by gooblah · 47 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 13, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Maybe it is the photos of him posing shirtless on horseback, or his military push into Ukraine, but Americans in a new poll believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is a much stronger leader than President Obama. A YouGov/Economist survey of 1,000 adults interviewed March 8-10 found that 78 percent view Putin as somewhat to very strong leader. Just 45 percent see Obama the same way. Worse, more Americans, 55 percent, view Obama as a weak leader. The poll comes as the president is struggling with a response to Putin's push into Ukraine and expectations that Crimea will break off and...
  • Punish Putin?

    03/13/2014 4:11:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Cliff May
    Sending armed troops into a foreign country for the purpose of seizing territory is an act of war, and a line not often crossed in recent decades. But it’s what President Vladimir Putin has done in Ukraine – in clear violation of the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum (which “guaranteed” Ukraine’s territorial integrity in exchange for the surrender of its nuclear weapons) and the 1997 Ukraine-Russia Bilateral Treaty. If the United States takes no serious actions in response, lessons will be learned – and not just by Putin. But what can an American president...
  • We shouldn't hold people accountable for being "young and dumb," but this is an exception...

    03/12/2014 1:38:37 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-12-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Some moron (from the left) will undoubtedly see this and interpret it as cheering for Putin and thinking being in the KGB is a great thing.That's not what this is, only a mental midget would see it that way.Where these three men were in their lives at 23 years of age explains who they are today. I don't need to go down the line to elaborate, this graphic explains itself.
  • The Profligate Path to Servitude

    03/12/2014 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    As a teenager, I began a new lifelong routine of starting and ending each day reading from the book of Proverbs, which, of course, was written by Solomon, a very wise man. Interestingly, my parents gave me the middle name of Solomon -- not that I claim even a modicum of his wisdom. After Solomon became the king of Israel, he gained great renown when two women came before him claiming to be the mother of the same infant. Solomon decreed that the baby should be divided and half given to each woman, at which time the real mother immediately...
  • Obama’s Poison Pill for Putin and other Quick Takes

    03/10/2014 11:28:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    If Obama really wants to get nasty with Putin, he'll sign him up for Obamacare. So disgusted by a media that tried to persuade America Reagan's booming economy was hell on earth, while they cover Obama's disaster as the way things should be. There will be an accounting. The old networks will crash. They deserve worse. The glory of a vibrant, growing, free economy isn't that we'll all start companies and get rich --though the opportunity to try is more abundant. No, it's that in such an economy, there are more jobs, choices, and opportunities for everyone to live the...
  • Putin, Not Obama, is the Messiah

    03/10/2014 5:05:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Ransom
    Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has an article running on CNN.com that purports to dispel five myths that conservatives have been nefariously spouting about the Ukraine. Now, Miller is certainly a tight writer, and has some advantage on the rest of us because he was a diplomat, albeit his expertise was in the Middle East from 1978 to 2003, not in countries of the former Soviet bloc. But after reading his apologia for Obama regarding the Russian seizure of the Crimea, I think it would be better if he brought more...
  • 'Vlad the Great': Putin's Approval Rating Soars in Russia

    03/08/2014 2:37:28 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Russian President Vladimir Putin may have to endure the stern disapproval of U.S. President Barack Obama, and the occasional insult from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a result of his invasion of Ukraine. But at home, his approval ratings have soared to nearly 70 percent, up from just above 60 percent in December. Over 70 percent of Russians support Putin's tactics in the Crimea; fewer than one in five oppose his policy. The Russian parliament is expected to support Crimean secession, the Wall Street Journal reports, and even some Russian opposition leaders are praising Putin. One quoted by the Journal...
  • 12 USA/Russia memes and graphics we would have NEVER seen when Bush was president...

    03/07/2014 4:38:45 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-7-14 | The Looking Spoon
    This is sort of a follow up/companion to 23 memes and graphics that demonstrate how embarassing Obama is compared to Putin.The title alone will really tick off liberals, but they'll never tell you this is wrong. The world never messed with us like this when Bush was president, period.
  • Scraping the Rust Off the Iron Curtain

    03/07/2014 7:23:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Peter Morici
    All is easy to attribute to Vladimir Putin’s appetite for empire, but for a long time now the West has pursued economic policies toward Russia that ill serve its objectives. Since the Berlin Wall came down, the United States and its European allies have acted as if Russia’s transition to a non-threatening democracy could be hastened through economic engagement. After World War II, deepening trade helped end centuries of enmity among western European states. Russia provides 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas—half flows through Ukraine—and it is a major supplier of crude oil and other resource based products to the...
  • Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It

    03/07/2014 4:46:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Solipsism. It's a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one's own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than...
  • Victory, Despite the Terror in War and in the Stock Market

    03/06/2014 2:53:41 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Charles Payne
    "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all the terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival." -Winston Churchill Okay, we'll call it a win-win, even as mainstream media states Putin "blinked," and John Kerry talked about revolution and the global community. President Obama bristled at the idea Putin was tough or won, and that his actions were not "a sign of Russian strength." The fact of the matter is, Russian troops are in control of Crimea, and they didn't have to fire a shot. While it's true, nations should...
  • The Cossacks are Back

    03/06/2014 1:11:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    My mother was puzzled. As she regularly was by this strange country and haven, where they did things differently from the old country, thank God. So she asked my older brother to explain something to her. "Irving," she was saying, "I know the Army fights on the land, the Navy on the sea, and the Air Force in the air. But what do the Marines do?" "Ma, they're shock troops," he said. "Shock troops?" "Shock troops," he repeated. "They go in before all the others, land on the beaches, wipe out the enemy and everything else in the way,...
  • The mother of all "Throwback Thursday" posts (staring Reagan, Putin and Obama!)

    03/06/2014 12:10:16 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-6-14 | The Looking Spoon
    It's not "beyond a shadow of a doubt" status, but most people are reasonably sure the guy on the left (of course) is Vladimir Putin!Truth be told this photo looked really incomplete to me.So below you can see I fixed it! :-)
  • Hillary: Regret “Reset” Yet?

    03/06/2014 8:21:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    It was the most memorable moment in the debates of the 2008 nomination cycle. Before the New Hampshire Primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton was asked by the debate moderator to respond to comments that she had a powerful resume, impressive achievements, but she didn’t measure up on the “likeability” scale. Her response was charming. “That hurts my feelings.” But her opponent, freshman Sen. Barack Obama scored a knockout with his ultra-cool rejoinder. “Your likeable enough, Hillary.” You have to see it. Hillary actually won that primary, narrowly. But it didn’t take away the sting of Obama’s barb. Likeable enough. Clearly, she...
  • 23 memes and graphics that demonstrate how embarassing Obama is compared to Putin

    03/05/2014 3:58:47 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 33 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-5-14 | The Looking Spoon
    As I've stated before, I HATE doing posts like this, but if the morons in charge think America should kid itself they've got another thing coming.If they don't want to be cast as wimps then maybe they should grow a pair...
  • It's 3 A.M., and Obama's Phone is Ringing

    03/05/2014 10:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | John Kass
    As he seeks to rebuild the Russian empire, strongman Vladimir Putin has developed a terribly obnoxious habit. He keeps dragging the Obama White House back to a difficult place. It's called "reality." Putin's military capture of Crimea, a region of Ukraine, is just the latest example. His could be an act of willfulness, or a desperate attempt to stave off Russian decline. But in any case, no sane American would argue for a shooting war over Ukraine. The point is to avoid miscalculations that could lead to one. It's like that phone call at 3 a.m. to a White House...
  • Obama to Putin: "The Cold War's Over" Putin To Obama: "No, it Never Ended"

    03/05/2014 9:16:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - How Barack Obama deals with Russia's invasion of Ukraine will likely define his presidency in the history books. But after five years of coddling Moscow and its brutal, authoritarian regime, there's little confidence left in his leadership. The immediate reaction among Washington's top political and media power centers to President Vladimir Putin's audacious military incursion in Crimea is that it's the result of Obama's foreign policy incompetence in an increasingly dangerous world. One in which we face a treacherous foe who thinks the Cold War never ended. "Obama's critics assert that this is largely his doing --...
  • The West Needs Russia's Help More Than it Realizes

    03/05/2014 9:03:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Remember when you were a kid and packed your bag to run away from home, only to quickly realize that you lacked the requisite means to follow through on your threat? Mom and Dad, after giving you a little time to save face, had to drive down the road and toss your penniless little behind and your Transformers backpack into the backseat. We're now witnessing a similar scenario with the pathetic display of political theater underway between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Those first few hours back home with your parents were pretty awkward, weren't they? Just...
  • Obama Flops on Russia

    03/05/2014 5:25:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    After Russia invaded Ukraine, demonstrating how Vladimir Putin has zero fear of President Barack Obama, Fox News anchor Bret Baier reran a snippet from the third presidential debate in 2012, showing who felt Russia was a geopolitical threat, and who thought that sounded silly. Obama mocked Mitt Romney for being concerned about Russia. "When you were asked, 'What's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America?' you said Russia. Not al-Qaida. You said Russia, and the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War has been over for 20 years." A clever...
  • The Appeaser Re-appeases

    03/05/2014 5:16:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    It took a while for me to figure out how Obama kept drawing red lines that other countries wouldn’t respect. But now it all seems clear to me: Obama’s using all of the government’s supply of the color red on the deficit. Hence there’s no red left for the lines he draws in foreign policy. As reports continue to circulate of armed gunman taking over public property in Ukraine-- gunmen that are likely under the control of the Russian government-- another of Obama’s red lines that wasn’t has been crossed. “Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament building...
  • What Russia Really Wants (Putin's End-Game In Ukraine Alert)

    03/04/2014 9:48:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/04/2014 | Ruslan Pukhov
    That’s because Russia has a strong interest in nominally retaining Crimea as part of Ukraine. From the disintegration of the Soviet Union onward, Crimea, with its traditionally separatist leanings, was always a destabilizing factor. It served as a direct avenue of Russian pressure on Ukraine, and also guaranteed almost a million “pro-Russian” votes in Ukrainian elections, ensuring the dominance of the pro-Russian eastern half of the country over the nationalist western half. If the Ukrainian nationalists had been smarter and more farsighted, they themselves would have advocated a renunciation of claims to Crimea in order to remove this needle in...
  • Obama: 'Strong belief' Russia violated international law

    03/04/2014 11:59:21 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | March 4, 2014 | REID J. EPSTEIN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense of his involvement in Ukraine, arguing Tuesday that there is widespread consensus that Russia is violating international law and urging Putin to agree to talks to de-escalate the situation. “There is a strong belief that Russia’s action is violating international law,” Obama said at an elementary school in the District of Columbia after introducing his proposed 2015 budget. “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations. I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.”
  • Tune out the war party!

    03/03/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 67 replies
    WND ^ | March 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech. When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash...
  • Putin On Ukraine: What He Said, What He Meant (Decoding Putin Alert)

    03/04/2014 7:57:56 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 3/04/2014 | Fred Weir
    Russia will only recognize a new Ukrainian government after nationwide elections have been held. But they must not take place in the same "atmosphere of terror" that was created by the abrupt overthrow of Yanukovych in Kiev ten days ago. Putin added the intriguing suggestion that Ukrainians might escape from their present impasse by rewriting their national charter. "Frankly, they should adopt a new constitution through a referendum so that all citizens of Ukraine feel engagement in that process, have an input on the formation of the new principles of how their nation should function." A new constitution for Ukraine,...
  • Which is more realistic? This Photoshop or John Kerry's assessment of Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

    03/03/2014 9:37:14 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-3-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I hate doing posts like this as much as I feel compelled to do them. They can be construed as rooting against our (Democratic) leaders in a foreign crisis, but honestly it's the only kind of commentary that makes sense because they're not giving us anything to root for.Anyway Secretary of State Kerry is going to the region, and YOU decide which is more realistic, the Photoshop below (with a face like John Kerry's I have to clarify that it is a Photoshop job) or Kerry's claim that Russia is invading Ukraine because it is weak and desperate.Really, Mr. Ed? Compared...
  • LOL: Good Morning America Claims Obama Gave Russia 'Harsh Warning' Over Ukraine

    03/01/2014 5:32:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Perhaps because President Obama is looking pitiably weak in his mano a mano with Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine, ABC News chose to bury the story during today's Good Morning America. Incredibly, the Ukrainian crisis the show-opening teaser didn't mention the Ukraine--but did highlight the latest on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. As the program unfolded, and before saying a word about the Ukraine, GMA inexcusably chose to air segments on rain in California, snow in the North, a laser being shined into a plane's cockpit, an airplane bird strike, the arrest of a Mexican drug lord, the cause...
  • 12 Captions for this photo of Putin and smug Obama

    02/25/2014 1:13:15 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-25-14 | The Looking Spoon
    {fsubscribe}Posted a blank of this photo over the weekend, here are 12 of the best/favorite captions people came up with. In some instances some people came up with something for one of these guys and a response from the other popped in my head, so there are some where credit is shared :-)
  • Kiev's Jews told to flee

    02/22/2014 8:41:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/22/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Some of you might recall that I visited Kiev and the Ukraine with one of my children in late September. A lot has changed since then, and now a rabbi in Kiev has urged his congregants to flee the city and the country, if possible. Ukrainian Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, called on Kiev's Jews to leave the city and even the country if possible, fearing that the city's Jews will be victimized in the chaos, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday. "I told my congregation to leave the city center or the city all together and if possible the country too,"...