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Crimea River

What a ridiculous display of impotent rage by the United States on the eve of Russia’s official annexation of Crimea. I do not know who is more pathetic–Barack Obama, John Kerry or USUN Ambassador Samantha Power. Power should be renamed, “Powerless.” That’s what she is. A windbag hurling invective and empty threats and the Russians from her perch as the US rep at the UN.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of violating the U.N. Charter’s key principles that prohibit the use of force to acquire territory and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations – principles she said Moscow agrees with “and defends all around the world, except, it seems, in circumstances that involve Russia.”

“Russia has rejected a resolution that had peace at its heart and law flowing through its veins,” she said.

“Under the U.N. Charter, the Russian Federation has the power to veto a Security Council resolution, but it does not have the power to veto the truth,” Power said. “Russia – isolated, alone and wrong – blocked the resolution’s passage, just as it has blocked Ukrainian ships and international observers” from entering Crimea.

In your dreams baby. In your dreams. Power, Obama and Kerry are delusional. The actually seem to believe that we can levy sanctions on Russia that will hurt them, compel them to back down and leave us unscathed.

Drudge had a little item that points to some of the dynamics that Obama and his crew are ignoring:

RUSSIANS PULL BILLIONS FROM WEST…

The US economy already is limping along. The withdrawal of these funds have the potential to inflict further damage to a weak job market and stall the stock market.

We need to take a good long look in the mirror. The Russians are simply doing what we have been doing for at least 150 years–i.e., when we perceive that a national interest is at stake we intervene militarily without any regard to international law.

Looking at Russia, they will take over the Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Some in the Ukraine will resist and there is the potential that the fighting could escalate quickly and dramatically. But Ukraine’s military is no match for the Russians and will be quickly squashed.

Some politicians and many pundits seem eager to portray this conflict as an act akin to Hitler’s take over of Austrian and Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s–a prelude to world domination. Ignore that hyperventilating. Putin is no Hitler. He is a clear-eyed nationalist and understands Russians strategic interests and is will to fight to protect those interests. We better catch up and understand why he is doing what he does. Otherwise, we risk a gross miscalculation that could escalate things into a real shooting war with Russia. That’s not just madness. That would be suicidal.

I suspect this will be sung with enthusiasm in Crimea comes Monday:

  • Brian Kelly

    The comparisons to Hitler are not being made because Putin plans on taking over the world. The comparisons are being made more towards the weakness and appeasement philosophy employed by Chamberlain and Daladier. The west is again looking weak in the eyes of the dictators.

  • FloridaFI

    The world has changed.

    Forever.

    Follow me on this.

    Today, everyone checks their smart phones before they do anything.

    This connectivity is being displayed by civilians blocking Ukrainian Troop movements in the Eastern Ukraine as they headed toward the Russian border.

    They turned the troops around.

    Peacefully.

    They coordinated this blockage of Ukrainian Troops via cell phones, emails, texts and tweets.

    They stopped the movement of Ukrainian troops and an eventual conflict with Russian Troops.

    20 years ago, the current troop movements within this area of the world would have brought us rapidly into a cascading world conflict.

    WWW. connectivity is now proving to be a moderating influence on escalating military violence.

    Who knew?

    Who knew this would happen?

    Email, Text, Tweets, Instagram, and numerous other instant web communication portals have now changed the political progress of Military Conflict.

    We are witnessing a new world.

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/homeland-security-chief-swoons-over-terrorist-support-group-code-pink-asks-for-medea-benjamins-autograph/

    homeland security chief swoons over terrorist support group code pink

    has backtrack put anyone into any government job that has the best interest of this country as a first priority?

    this makes me sick

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/179897-ukrainian-soldiers-now-authorized-to-use-their-weapons-to-defend-their-lives/

    Ukrainian soldiers now authorized to use their weapons to defend their lives

    one little spark is going to set this whole thing off

  • S7teen70six

    I have yet to see anyone dispute the fact that Crimeans voted by an overwhelming majority to rejoin Russia.

  • S7teen70six

    Putin’s speech today. With translation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLwu4E35us

  • S7teen70six
  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/18/politics/medal-of-honor-vets/index.html

    24 Medal of Honor vets

    as much as I dislike backtrack, I am glad he did this

  • HELENK2

    UN General Assembly meeting on Ukraine that was planned for Thursday morning is postponed until further notice – @sangwonyoon

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    European Council President Van Rompuy expected
    to head to Russia on Wednesday to meet President Putin, diplomatic
    sources tell AFP – @BBCNews

    read more on http://www.bbc.com

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/most-transparent-white-house-ever-rewrote-the-foia-to-suppress-politically-sensitive-docs/article/2545824

    white house rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs.

    this was done in april of 2009

  • HELENK2

    http://www.trust.org/item/20140318163308-2uvyq/?source=hpbreaking

    Russia stoking Bosian Serb separatism in wake of Crimea

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/179808-breaking-ukrainian-military-base-in-crimea-under-attack/

    Ukrainian military base in Crimea under attack

    2nd soldier injured at Ukrainian base that came under attack in Crimea, Ukrainian military spokesman says – @Reuters
    read more on trust.org

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/179825-putin-kiev-is-the-mother-of-all-russian-cities/

    per Putin….Kiev is the mother of all Russian cities

  • foxyladi14
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  • stodghie

    MOSCOW (AP) — With a historic sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Tuesday to annex Crimea, describing the move as correcting past injustice and a necessary response to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia’s vital interests. http://news.yahoo.com/putin-signs-treaty-crimea-join-russia-125545053.html

    • KenoshaMarge

      Oh my, someone tell Obama that Vlad has a pen too.

      • HELENK2

        where is retired so he can write some lyrics to these dueling pens using the dueling banjo music?

        • KenoshaMarge

          Great idea!

          C’mon Retired, your fans are calling you.

      • S7teen70six

        You know, I bet he has a phone too.

  • KlugerRD

    There was a story that Malaysian officials believe that this plane could have been flown into Taliban controlled Pakistan under the radar.

    http://rt.com/news/malaysian-plane-investigation-pakistan-238/

    There are a lot of theories, but there are some that make sense and others that do not.

    What does not is why anyone would take over that plane, go through the trouble of re-setting the flight plan, make those maneuvers, and fly for 7 hours somewhere if the intent was suicide.

    While the search in the Indian Ocean continues it seems to have been scaled back (USS KIdd stopped) and there is a refocus on land (China through Pakistan).

    There was also a theory that this plane shadowed a Singapore 777 flight since the Malaysian transponder was off would not be recognized by the flight it shadowed. Only someone with advanced and extensive knowledge of flight paths would know how to do that.

    And you have Israel taking more expansive steps to guard its air space.

    Since they raided the home of the pilot and seized his flight simulator and computers, there has been nothing said of what was found and you can be sure it was thoroughly investigated those computers immediately. There was also no denial of the story of the pilot that was in the Mirror and his political beliefs.

    You have to wonder what they found on the pilot’s computer and other records.

    • 0getfitnow1

      I didn’t read the story, but there is a question about the cell phones. Why no calls?

      • KlugerRD

        On a plane at 30,000 feet the only cellphone connection is through the airplane antenna which I am sure was off. In the middle of the Indian Ocean there are no cellphone towers. And wherever they may have landed either had no cellphone towers or were controlled or they collected everyone’s cellphones before, which would mean there were multiple people involved.

  • 0getfitnow1

    That One left in the dust — behind the red line.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Completely OT but just had to share this:

    • S7teen70six

      Yeah, college seems to be turning out some real brains these days.

      • KenoshaMarge

        It takes a real twit to post something like that without being absolutely letter perfect.
        I have rushed to post something and found egg all over my face but I was never stupid enough to attack those who join the military. Who does Miss Twit think protects this country? She gives dumb blonds a bad name.

  • S7teen70six

    So far the rest of the world is laughing at the unbelievably small sanctions Barry imposed. No doubt Lurch is satisfied with himself.

  • 0getfitnow1

    Stole these from commenters elsewhere. God help us!
    **************************
    Obama is trying to go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

    But so far he’s still stuck in ridiculous. Sublime is nowhere in sight.
    ******************************
    If the Russians take the rest of Ukraine he might sanction 22 people. How about Poland? 50 people? That’ll show’em.

    • 0getfitnow1

      That should be laughing stock. I was laughing when I typed it. LOL.

    • foxyladi14

      Already done the unfriending thingy. lol

  • stodghie

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/ as we now see mccain as a necon who runs his mouth about foreign affairs most often making no sense. this type of leadership on both sides got us in the mess we are in. this article is very telling and why i included it.

  • LeDa88

    The Russians are looking after their own turf after interference into Ukraine. Pulling the Ukraine into the EU puts it into NATO and threatens the stability of the Russian Black Sea fleet – essential to Russian interests. The Russians are acting as they should – defending their interests.
    Is this where Obama said to Mevedev that he will have more “flexibility” once elected? Was this all pre-sanctioned and how far will Russia go to secure their “interests”? What deal did Obama cut?

    • FloridaFI

      NATO has devolved from being the Cold War bulwark against the Soviet Union to being the safe harbor for previous Iron Curtain countries fleeing the future emergence of imperial Russia.

      Of course, they are right.

      And now, as the leader of NATO, America needs to pay up or shut up.

      Or, as Obama has demonstrated today.

      Stand in front of the world and pee down your leg.

    • binky354

      I’ve had the same question as you. There was something behind sending that message to Putin, it wasn’t said for no reason.

  • HELENK2
    • piattq

      What are they using for weapons? Those US military meals O gave them.

  • S7teen70six

    Putin certainly looks and acts tough enough but I betcha he has nightmares about being slain by a teleprompter, a pen and a phone.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Maybe not so much…

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/179721-putin-signs-decree-officially-recognizing-crimea-as-a-sovereign-state/

    Putin signs decree officailly recognizing Crimea as a sovereign state

    • piattq

      This is such a chess move by Putin. What does O do with that—invade a sovereign state? Deny them legal status?

    • 0getfitnow1

      John (I served in Vietnam) Kerry can’t be reached for comment.

    • stodghie

      sorry helenk2 i posted above and didn’t see your post here on the subject. next time i’ll look further. lol

  • HELENK2
    • piattq

      I thought the Russians had no sense of humor; or are they sorry they did that to Obo?

  • foxyladi14
  • GabbySummers

    Totally in agreement again Larry. Nothing that this puppet Barack has don’t in office has made sense or been intelligent. He has constantly disappointed in every decision he has made. It never makes sense, it is not good for America. And these libs that are obviously fake, will never point this out.